The Marketing & Communications Assistant supports the Director of Marketing & Communications with projects relating to external and internal communications, marketing and social media.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Supporting the management of Safer’s brand and visual identity
Helping to execute Safer’s marketing strategy, including development of collateral, campaigns and donor resources
Assisting with the logistics, preparation and tracking of events, meetings and conferences
Monitoring and updating content for the Safer website and other online properties, including social media vehicles
Assisting in email marketing initiatives and managing a contact relationship database
Supporting internal communications
Assisting in public relations duties, including writing press releases and coordinating media requests
Assisting with taking photos of staff, providers, clients, events, etc.
Assisting with drafting, editing and/or proofreading materials for a variety of purposes (i.e., announcements, posters, letters, invitations, brochure copy, advertisements, web pages, press releases, etc.)
Assisting with developing and utilizing graphic design for publications and presentation
Performing other duties as needed by handling special projects along with routine expectations as necessary
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proven and successful experience as a marketing assistant
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
Must be able to work well as a member of a team as well as independently
Strong grammar, writing, proofreading, and copy editing skills
Ability to effectively coordinate multiple projects concurrently to meet pre-determined deadlines
Knowledge of social media marketing and analytics
Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Photoshop, Google Analytics, Content Management Programs and E-mail Marketing Software (i.e., Constant Contact)
Possess strong design skills using Adobe Software InDesign, Illustrator
Strong & proven presentation skills
Multimedia skills to create in-house videos, online newsletters
Education and Experience:
Minimum 2 years’ work-related experience, preferably in the non-profit sector
The Safer Foundation supports, through a full spectrum of services, the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community and as a result, reduce recidivism.
All positions are Full-Time (40-hours/week) and located in the Chicago Metropolitan area unless otherwise specified.
Safer Foundation is a national leader in prisoner re-entry and employment programs. A nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Safer was founded more than 42 years to help people leaving prison find jobs so they could successfully transition back into their communities. But people with criminal records faced a stigma that made securing employment difficult.
The situation is even more dire today..., especially in the United States. Despite accounting for only 5 percent of the world population, the U.S. leads the world with its incarceration rate. And an overwhelming majority of individuals returning from prison face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job.
This means the services Safer Foundation provides are even more important. In fact, we know, and an abundance of research has shown, that the most difficult barrier—and the single-most crucial factor—to successful reintegration is a job.
When our clients find jobs, they become valuable contributors to their families and their communities, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
Re-entry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support, and Safer Foundation is proud to be a leader in the discussion and advocacy efforts occurring on the local, state and national levels.