The Urban Assembly is made up of a team of committed and passionate educators and professionals. We are dedicated to providing our students with a first-class public education and carry out this mission by hiring superior leaders, school staff, school support team staff, and administrative staff. We look for individuals whose skills and beliefs align with our commitment to our schools and students. All Urban Assembly schools were created based on the premise that small schools with compelling themes, strong partners, flexible hiring and innovative teaching practices can provide a top notch education to students who would otherwise attend large high schools. We strive for excellence in our schools and our organization, and are committed to leading by example to strengthen broad scale public education in this country.


Development Manager

The Urban Assembly

The UA is seeking a talented, creative and passionate Development Manager to help drive fundraising efforts as part of the Advancement team. The Development Manager reports to the Director of Advancement & Strategy, and supports grant writing, grants management, donor prospecting and cultivation, and event planning, with a focus on diversifying the UA’s funding streams both in New York City and nationally. The ideal candidate will have a passion for education and youth development, and a talent for engaging with a variety of audiences in order to continue building upon the UA’s strong funding base.

This is an opportunity to join an engaged, collaborative, mission-driven staff and to take part in the vital process of improving the lives of NYC students. The Development Manager collaborates with UA staff, schools, and a wide variety of partners, and is based at the UA’s newly renovated central office in Manhattan’s Financial District.

This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position, averaging 35 hours per week, including paid sick and vacation days, paid holidays, and generous health benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.

You are a great candidate for this position if...

  • You love telling compelling stories about an organization to develop partnerships and build support.
  • You are a good listener and communicator, and you love making complicated information clear and inviting.
  • You are comfortable speaking to and engaging with a wide variety of audiences, both in person and in writing.
  • You enjoy the proposal writing process.
  • You are deeply detail-oriented, and known for following through.
  • You are comfortable interacting and collaborating with colleagues at all levels.
  • You are hungry to learn, grow, and give and get feedback as part of a strong team.
  • You have a sense of humor.
  • You are passionate about leveling the playing field for NYC students who may not otherwise have access to opportunities, relationships, and resources that provide economic and social mobility.

Responsibilities

The Development Manager will:

  • With the Director of Advancement & Strategy, execute an annual fundraising strategy which accounts for significant growth in donations from new foundations, as well as individuals, to diversify the organization’s fundraising streams and maintain fiscal stability
  • Lead donor prospecting efforts to identify potential funders and assess alignment to organizational fundraising and programmatic needs
  • Ensure diverse and balanced funding sources for the UA, including maintaining significant institutional and governmental support, and expanding corporate and individual giving
  • Work with the Director of Advancement & Strategy to implement an engagement strategy for existing donors, including targeted events and communications throughout the year
  • In partnership with the Communications Manager, craft compelling narratives across multiple media that present UA programs and schools to a wide range of audiences and potential funders
  • Maintain systems to cultivate all donors (foundation, corporate and individual) through personal outreach, invitations, school visits, special events, publications and correspondence
  • Update and maintain a Salesforce database with donor information
  • Develop grant proposals for multiple potential funding audiences, including foundations, corporate donors, individual donors, and governmental grant programs
  • With the Director of Advancement & Strategy and program teams, ensure adherence to goals and timely reporting on all existing grants
  • With the CEO, Board and Director of Advancement & Strategy, successfully execute the annual UA benefit

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5 years’ experience with development and/or fundraising in the nonprofit sector
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully soliciting new donors
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with deadlines and adapt to changing priorities as needed
  • Self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team
  • Awareness of local and national education issues and passion for mission-driven youth development
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
  • Salesforce expertise strongly preferred (but we will train the right person!)
  • Event planning experience preferred

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and résumé to Sarah Kelly with “Development Manager” in the subject heading. For additional information about the UA, please visit www.urbanassembly.org.


Communications Manager

The Urban Assembly

The UA is seeking a talented, creative and passionate Communications Manager to drive our branding, public relations and marketing as part of the Advancement team. The Communications Manager reports to the Director of Advancement & Strategy, and serves as a specialist in all matters of communications and public relations, with a focus on expanding the UA’s footprint in New York City and nationally. The ideal candidate will have a passion for education and youth development, and a talent for sharing stories in a compelling and visually appealing way for a variety of audiences.

This is an opportunity to join an engaged, collaborative, mission-driven staff and to take part in the vital process of improving the lives of NYC students. The Communications Manager collaborates with UA staff, schools, and a wide variety of partners, and is based at the UA’s newly renovated central office in Manhattan’s Financial District. It is a full-time, exempt, salaried position, averaging 35 hours per week, including paid sick and vacation days, paid holidays, and generous health benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.

You are a great candidate for this position if...

  • You care about high quality execution and getting things done well and done right; you like bringing great work to life through engaging written content and high quality design.
  • You are a good listener and communicator, and you love making complicated and confusing information clear and attractive.
  • You love the written word in all its forms, and are as comfortable on social media as you are with creating more traditional marketing materials and one-pagers.
  • You actually enjoy editing!
  • You are comfortable interacting and collaborating with colleagues at all levels.
  • You are hungry to learn, to grow, and to give and get feedback as part of an ever-evolving team.
  • You enjoy an open office environment, and you possess a sense of humor.
  • You are passionate about leveling the playing field for NYC students who may not otherwise have access to opportunities, relationships, and resources that provide economic and social mobility.

Responsibilities

Marketing Strategy Development
The Communications Manager will develop and implement a strategic communications plan that:

  • Increases internal awareness and understanding of the UA’s strategic plan and vision for growth & impact, and inspires UA staff and schools to publicly champion the organization’s mission
  • Broadens and strengthens the UA’s brand identity across key stakeholders, including students and families, education thought leaders, donors, elected officials, community partners, and UA alumni
  • Identifies and maximizes opportunities for UA engagement in national and local conversations on equity, education reform, and other critical issues impacting UA schools and students
  • Engages current and prospective donors and funders, and builds a dialogue across all communications channels (email, social media, direct mail, face-to-face, and media)

Digital Marketing & Social Media

The Communications Manager will ensure that the UA develops and maintains an online presence and social media strategy that remains fresh, builds upon social media trends, and advances the organization’s mission and needs:

  • Work with UA program teams to develop creative, timely and consistent electronic communications and email marketing campaigns to deepen partner and school engagement across programs
  • With external partners and UA staff input, revise website content and design to effectively describe our work and appeal to a wide variety of audiences
  • Develop unique social media content that increases engagement with UA schools and programs, and highlights the UA’s innovations and impact
  • Manage and expand the UA’s visual content library, including high-quality photos and video content, for use across a variety of platforms
  • Use Google Analytics and other tools to measure and report on the performance of all digital campaigns, as well as site traffic/usage activity

Press and PR

With the Director of Advancement & Strategy, lead the organization’s media interactions, with a focus on promoting the UA’s impact and highlighting our schools:

  • Strategically prioritize media opportunities, including support for UA and school leadership and staff in preparing talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed
  • Cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage of relevant education issues, UA programming, and UA student/school/alumni achievements

Branding

Oversee the continued development and use of the UA brand, including the development of UA-branded materials (printed & online):

  • Work with UA school leaders and staff to design and optimize school-specific branding opportunities to increase school enrollment and partnerships
  • Work with Director of Advancement & Strategy to design and publish UA’s annual report
  • Ensure consistency of all marketing, promotions and communications across platforms

General

  • Determine and maintain optimal internal communications norms and platforms for UA staff, including a UA style guide
  • Support UA program teams and schools with event publicity and execution
  • Support Director of Advancement & Strategy and CEO with partner and donor meetings
  • Serve as gatekeeper/final review for all external-facing UA documents and presentations

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 5 years’ experience with communications/marketing/PR in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience in designing and/or executing communications strategies
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or other image editing and publication software
  • Experience with WordPress and/or HTML preferred
  • Experience using content management systems and Google AdWords and Analytics preferred
  • Social media savvy and enthusiasm for engaging across a variety of platforms
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with deadlines and adapt to changing priorities as needed
  • Self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team
  • Awareness of local and national education issues and passion for mission-driven youth development
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively

TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter and résumé to Sarah Kelly (skelly@urbanassembly.org) with “Communications Manager” in the subject heading.

The UA is committed to building a diverse team. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


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