COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

What do Kansas kids need to succeed? 

At Kansas Action for Children, we believe the answer is simple. They need high-quality educational opportunities, reliable health care, and equitable communities where their families thrive. 

Achieving these simple goals isn’t so simple, however. It takes all of us, working together, to achieve the results that all 706,000 Kansas kids deserve.  

That’s where KAC comes in. 

Our mission for the past 40 years has been to educate, engage, and activate policy makers, legislators, advocates, and the general public about improving outcomes for kids. That means talking about the crucial role of brain development in kids’ youngest years, mapping this knowledge to the most effective policies, and motivating every single Kansan to speak out and speak up. 

We want Kansas to be the best place to raise — and be — a child. And we want you to be a part of our team. 

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY 

The Communications Specialist advances our policy priorities by effectively synthesizing information, research, and technical details for a variety of audiences and partners through multiple platforms.  

The Communications Specialist will support our Communications Director and KAC staff to create connections with legislators, potential new supporters, and partners across the state of Kansas. You’ll be organized and resourceful, able to track the key projects of KAC and our transformative work, while simultaneously generating tactics that will advance our mission and policy priorities. 

You will have an interest in developing expertise in health, education and economic policy to draft press releases, media advisories, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points, and other media materials that promote and support our advocacy.

This is a highly collaborative position that reports directly to the Communications Director. This is an ideal role for a communications professional with experience in nonprofit communications, journalism, public relations, or social impact work.  It is based in KAC’s office in Topeka, Kansas.

WHAT YOU’LL DO 

  • Draft digital and print documents including press releases, newsletter content, grant reports, fundraising asks, and other communication assets in an approachable manner for diverse audiences. 
  • Use exceptional proofreading and editing skills with attentiveness to accuracy to proofread proposals, papers, talking points, and other materials. 
  • You are creative and effective in using design and images to help convey information. You can develop a message, including aesthetics, to resonate with diverse target audiences. 
  • Think critically and creatively about different forms of media in light of message, target audience, and delivery, enabling each piece to fit together into a larger picture. 
  • Monitor the organization’s online engagement and develop social media strategies to support our advocacy efforts. 
  • Create and maintain an archive of messaging, talking points and other materials. 

WHAT YOU BRING 

  • 3-5 years of experience in journalism, marketing, public relations, or communications. 
  • Excellent ability to communicate through diverse media and a strong portfolio of blog entries, proposals, newsletters, press releases, bylines, etc., to demonstrate this work. 
  • Familiarity with common style guides (such as the Associated Press) and knowledge of how to apply them correctly and tastefully. 
  • An ability to drive a communications strategy and personal work agenda, while working cooperatively in a team environment.  
  • Deep commitment to race equity and inclusion, evident through efforts to improve the health, education and economic opportunity for Kansas children and families of color. 
  • Comfort engaging with colleagues and the public, listening to others talk, and the ability to adapt the style, tone, and voice of our organization for various types of content. 
  • Strong communication skills in English is a must.  Fluency in additional languages is a plus. 

TOTAL COMPENSATION  

The salary range for this position is $42,500 – $50,000. We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including comprehensive, affordable health care; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; along with a supportive and flexible work environment. 

HOW TO APPLY   

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, a resume, and samples of your work.

The initial review of applicants will take place beginning Feb. 21, 2020, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin the first week of March. The position will remain posted until filled. 

Please send all materials, as well as any questions about the position or process, to Director of Organizational Effectiveness Jami Jones at jami@kac.org.  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

Kansas Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.  

Kansas Action for Children is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Kansas State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Kansas Action for Children does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or parental status and veteran’s status.