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Director of Communications

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Marketing & Communications
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2024

Director of Communications

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 1 month ago(4/19/2024 10:21 AM)
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Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
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First Teacher


First Teacher is a community of parents and caregivers working together to prepare all our children for success in kindergarten and beyond. We believe we are our child's first teacher.

First Teacher’s central goal is to increase school readiness by reminding parents/caregivers of their power as their child’s first and most important teacher. First Teacher’s secondary goal is to help rebuild a network of parents/caregivers in Roxbury and its surrounding areas. First Teacher views parents as experts, transformative agents of change, and an untapped resource in our city. We believe in the collective power of parents/caregivers to change the trajectory of their own lives and their children’s lives, and to define the fate of our city. Ours is a story of the regenerative power of re-connecting.

First Teacher is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (tsne.org).


First Teacher’s Director of Communications primary responsibility is to ensure that all communication from First Teacher with families in the movement and to the outside world is reflective of our mission, values, and goals. Through engaging text, image, and video content on a variety of platforms, the Director of Communications assures that First Teacher has the necessary visibility to continue growing all aspects of our movement. Ultimately, this role will help us all communicate the story and essence of First Teacher.

Essential Functions

General Communications Leadership

  • Develop effective messaging and communications strategies;
  • Manage a Communications triangle team with other First Teacher staff;
  • Work with Director of Programming to ensure programming information is shared effectively, consistently, and in a timely manner;
  • Work with Director of Development to coordinate fundraising campaigns and create appeals with targeted messaging;
  • Develop relationships with media outlets and other communications-related companies;
  • Lead the Facilitate social team to ensure that First Teacher has the necessary visibility to continue growing our movement through up-to-date engaging text, image, and video content on social media;
  • Attend and participate in speaking engagements and events to bring visibility to First Teacher;
  • Respond to potential communications challenging situations quickly and professionally.

Branding and Marketing

  • Develop effective messaging and communications strategies across all aspects of the organization, both internally and externally;
  • Ensure all First Teacher materials have consistent messaging and branding.

Email Communications and Social Media Management

  • Oversee the Social Media team to ensure the First Teacher movement is accurately captured and represented on social media platforms and our website;
  • Develop creative ways to share First Teacher’s mission on-line, strategically identifying the platforms where First Teacher can have the largest reach;
  • Use our social media sites to strengthen partnerships and help to create visibility for our partners;
  • Stay up-to-date with changes in all social media platforms, ensuring maximum effectiveness;
  • Train co-workers to use social media in cohesive and effective ways;
  • Work with social media team and program staff to coordinate timely posts of programming in action;
  • Work with Director of Organizational Learning and Development to gather impact data with First Teacher families using social media campaigns;
  • Work with social media team to develop an optimal posting schedule, considering social media and customer engagement activities;
  • Work with the Director of Programming and Director of Development to build and send email blasts and newsletters (Mailchimp) quarterly. Use insight from past newsletter performance to increase open and click rates.

Website Management

  • Ensure that the First Teacher movement is accurately captured and represented on our website;
  • Ensure First Teacher’s necessary visibility to continue growing our movement through up-to-date and engaging text, image, and video content on our website;
  • Develop creative ways to share First Teacher’s mission on our website;
  • Stay up-to-date with changes on our website host, ensuring maximum effectiveness.

Communication Systems with Families

  • Oversee communication platform(s) to ensure effectiveness of RSVP system and corresponding platforms;
  • Lead on external communications, ensuring the frequency and quality of our communication with families is consistent with our First Teacher values;
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programming and Welcome Team to ensure every new family feels welcomed at First Teacher;
  • Has familiarity with [CRM] platforms that we can use to communicate with families;
  • Ensure family database stays up-to-date;
  • Ensure we have data on RSVPs and attendance.

Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to occasionally work evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to meet local travel needs to a variety of off-site locations.
  • Ability to participate in Annual Summer Retreat in August.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Proven advanced level experience with communications systems and strategies;
  • Advanced to expert level experience with social media platforms and partnership development;
  • Demonstrated a passion for working towards social change through grass-roots organizing;
  • Be committed to effectively building the organization’s capacity;
  • Possess strong relationship-building skills;
  • Possess strong reading, writing, and public speaking skills;
  • Be able to identify a problem and create a resolution effectively and efficiently;
  • Be systems-centered;
  • Successful CORI/SORI background check
  • Has been a First Teacher staff member or program participant for at least three years, preferred.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Ability to sit and/or for extended periods of time is an essential aspect of the position;
  • Ability to travel within Massachusetts;
  • Talk, hear and see in the normal range with or without correction;
  • Use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Move, Traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); reach with hands and arms; occasionally Ascend/Descend; and position self (to), move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move materials or equipment up to 35 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits

Location:Work will be primarily performed at the First Teacher office located in Roxbury, MA. This role might require occasional travel to other sites around Massachusetts, as needed. Occasional remote work may be possible, with supervisor approval.

Schedule: Part-time, standard weekly hours 33 hours a week. Must be able work during regular business hours Monday – Friday. May occasionally work morning, nights, and weekends.

Compensation: The pay range for this position is $61776 – $70,064 per year based on 33 standard weekly hours.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): twelve paid holidays, three weeks of vacation, one week of personal holiday, and ability to accrue up to 487.5 hours of health leave time for benefited staff.
  • 80% Employer-paid, offering some $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim along with several low-deductible plans;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision.
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care.
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance.
  • Employer-paid Pension and Employee-paid 403b plan through TIAA.
  • ...and more!

TSNE/FT strives to achieve excellence through a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment that embraces all of our individual and collective differences. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Middle Eastern and North African, Bilingual and/or Bicultural candidates, and LGBTQ2SIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We value and honor the unique talents, learning styles, and lived experiences of each individual that enrich and strengthen our workplace culture, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

All employment conditions are based on an individual’s performance and job qualifications. TSNE/FT prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, creed, color, religion, native language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, race-based hairstyles, or any other protected characteristic stated by federal and state law. Regardless of any class’ protection under the law or lack thereof, TSNE/FT celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse team of employees. It is represented in our workplace culture, and it is who we are.

TSNE/FT's EEO statement extends to volunteers, interns, contractors, vendors, and clients.


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