PR Manager at Code.org
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Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by young women and students from other underrepresented groups. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science as part of their core K-12 education. The leading provider of K-12 computer science curriculum in the largest school districts in the United States, Code.org also created the annual Hour of Code campaign, which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.
We are looking for a PR Manager who will extend the reach of our messaging and increase the awareness of the need for computer science education. The PR manager will keep up with news and progress in computer science and diversity in tech; drive engagement with our partners, community and influencers; increase awareness of our mission through media opportunities; and draft written communications, such as announcements, press correspondences, campaign proposals, and partnership inquiries.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The PR Manager will work to spread our messages through communications channels beyond our own. In this role you will:
•Monitor news and trends in computer science and diversity in tech
•Maintain a regular cadence of communication with reporters and writers who cover computer science, education, education advocacy, and the technology industry
•Work with Content Marketing Manager on compelling stories for our blog or external press
•Conduct media outreach, writing pitches for relevant news and stories from our organization and community
•Learn, then project and maintain the voice and personality of our organization in all communications
•Work cross-team in our organization to coordinate the dissemination of information and news for public consumption
•Maintain a record of press contacts and coverage
•Cultivate relationships with partners and collaborate on announcements and joint marketing activity
•Coordinate and track celebrity and influencer engagement on different campaigns
•Coordinate with Content Marketing Manager on joint campaigns with partners
•Propose new promotional campaign ideas, sponsorships, or paid promotions to reach more audiences through extended channels
•Assist in various capacities for the Hour of Code campaign
•Carry out additional duties, as assigned
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
To be successful in this role, you should be an energetic self-starter, experienced in communications; you should have the ability to multi-task, excel under pressure, and work independently with a geographically dispersed team. You should have a reputation for keeping on top of the news and swiftly prioritizing duties as needed on multiple ongoing projects. You should be tech savvy, flexible, and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
To be successful in this role, you should have:
•Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•Strong copywriting and content development experience
•A track record of cultivating relationships with partners and influencers
•Knowledge and understanding of current communications trends
•Familiarity with methodologies and media tracking tools
•Experience in PR, following publication editorial calendars, researching reporters, writing pitches
•Proven ability to work effectively across a wide range of internal teams, and produce on deadline in a fast-paced environment
•Proficiency in using Google suite of applications, presentation and layout skills
•5 years or more of relevant experience in communications
•A Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, or related field (or equivalent work experience)
•Familiarity or background in educational communications preferred, no background in Computer Science needed
In addition, candidates:
•Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
•Must pass a pre-employment background check
What does the interview process look like?
Step 1: Informational Interview - learn more about the role and share your experience
Step 2: Interviews with several members of the Code.org team
Step 3: Final Interview + Meet & Greet with 2-3 members of the Code.org team
Step 4: Reference Checks
All interviews are currently being conducted virtually via Google Meet
The initial review of applications for this position will begin on Monday, 1/17/2022 and preference will be given to applications submitted by this date. Our team will review all applications and if we believe your qualifications would make a great fit, we'll contact you to schedule an informational interview.
We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package that includes:
• Competitive Salary
• Technology subsidy consistent with our Bring Your Own Device environment
• Flexible, engaging working environment
• Paid time off: 3 weeks vacation annually, sick leave, and 'winter break' office closure the two weeks that include Christmas and New Years.
• Medical, dental and vision premiums paid at 100% for FT positions and their dependents
• Option to participate in 403b retirement savings plan
• Annual professional development stipend
• The opportunity to help students learn better and change the face of computer science
Additionally, in order to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, we require that all Code.org employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We define fully vaccinated as either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and take medical and sincerely held religious exemptions into consideration.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. If you have individual needs related to a disability, please reach out to [email protected]
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