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The work that we do here at SFTA is a reflection of our mission, vision and purpose. Each member of our team, whether staff, board, or volunteer, works within their area of expertise to contribute to our success. If your skill set, commitment, and enthusiasm for building and sustaining effective support systems for Wisconsin’s youngest children match ours, please stay tuned to our website for updates in available job opportunities. Meanwhile take some time to browse our site and learn more about SFTA and what we do. We encourage you to also explore job openings for our member Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) and Family Resource Centers (FRCs)

SFTA looks for certain attributes and experiences in candidates for employment, so if you’re interested in employment, here are a few things to consider:

  • People are the cornerstone of our work. Interpersonal skills demonstrated through effective decision-making, discretion and good judgment are a must
  • Effective partnerships are essential to our success. This requires excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • SFTA values linguistic diversity and aim to serve every individual in their preferred language. Bilingual capacities are a major plus
  • We are highly productive. This means we all have to know when and how to collaborate effectively and work independently
  • Our work evolves. This means that our team members manage and prioritize competing demands and shifting timelines and priorities
  • We are a nonprofit. An understanding of how nonprofits operate and thrive supports our mission and vision
  • We are here for Wisconsin’s youngest children. Staff hands-on experience matched with education, training and knowledge related to the earliest years maximize our impact

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Communications Specialist

Posted 7/19/2019

Supporting Families Together Association 
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711

Purpose: Our purpose is to optimize the developmental window of opportunity that early childhood presents for building a strong foundation for life.

Mission:  We cultivate a system of organizations and professionals across Wisconsin to promote quality, strengths-based, early childhood services in all communities.

Vision:  In every Wisconsin community, all children have the opportunity to reach their highest potential and all adults embrace their role and responsibility to children

Values: Our strong and responsive relationships are vital. Our work mirrors our passion. Curiosity inspires our innovation and growth. We believe true wisdom means lifelong learning.

Job Description:

100% FTE Under the direction of the Co-Director of Programs & External Relations, the Communications Specialist will collaborate
with staff to develop and implement communications and advocacy plans for Supporting Families Together Association.
The Communications Specialist will develop and design general, program and project specific materials for various
audiences, including funders, members, stakeholders and the media. The Communications Specialist will maintain the
organization’s online presence (both website and social media accounts) and manage contacts and media relations. The
Communications Specialist will advance the fund development through research, funder/donor relations, and grantwriting. The position is based in Madison, WI.

Primary Responsibilities:

Organizational Communications (40%)

  • Collaborate to develop, coordinate and implement culturally responsive organizational communications plans
    and strategies, including the organization’s brand, in collaboration with staff.
  • Create and publish communications and marketing materials that speak to various stakeholders, including
    funders, policymakers, partners, members, child care providers and parents. These include, but are not limited
    to one-pages, newsletter articles, online digests, annual reports and e-blasts.
  • Maintain the organization’s online presence, including the maintenance of the agency website and social media
    platforms.
  • Manage the organization’s contacts using Constant Contact and/or other web-based tools.
  • Monitor media converge on childcare issues. Develop and maintain media relations and create media
    resources, including press releases, advisories, media kits and an online press center.
  • Support the organization’s fund development strategy by researching opportunities, cultivating funder and
    donor relationships and writing and editing proposals.
  • Convene communications staff from member organizations to develop and implement statewide strategies.

Programmatic Communications & Marketing (30%)

  • Develop, coordinate and implement culturally responsive programmatic communications plans and strategies in
    collaboration with staff, statewide partners and various stakeholders.
  • Work with state and community-based partners on coordinated communications and marketing efforts to
    advance the impact of programming, including but not limited to Child Care Resource & Referral Services and
    YoungStar.
  • Create and publish success stories regarding various programming efforts and cultivate earned media
    opportunities to feature various programming successes statewide.
  • Collaborate with staff and statewide partners to complete program reports for funders.

Advocacy (25%)

  • Collaborate to develop, coordinate and implement an effective advocacy strategy to include direct and
    grassroots advocacy.
  • Organize the organization’s annual advocacy event(s).
  • Research, monitor and evaluate existing and potential state, federal and local policy.
  • Support members in developing and refining advocacy skills, advocacy materials and organizational advocacy
    plans.
  • Collaborate to build partnerships in advocacy with key decisionmakers and influencers in various sectors.
  • Implement quality improvement efforts and evaluation processes to ensure the effectiveness of advocacy
    strategies.

General (5%)

  • Actively participate in monthly staff meetings.
  • Support agency mission, vision and strategic aims.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Policy, Public Relations, Marketing or a related field. Master’s degree in a related field valued.

Minimum of 3 years’ experience in communications, advocacy, community organizing or a related field is required. Experience in the nonprofit sector and/or early care and education field preferred.

Ability to create and implement strategic plans and approaches for effective communications and advocacy.

Advanced communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to create high-quality organizational and programmatic communications materials and publications. Bilingual capacities highly valued.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to show discretion and judgment in working with various
stakeholders and media contacts.

Must be able to manage and prioritize competing demands to meet shifting timelines and priorities in a teambased, collaborative environment.

Must be proficient in Microsoft programs, basic office technology, and be able to learn and train others on
software tools. Proficiency in WordPress and at least one social media platform is required. Proficiency Adobe
Creative Suite and other tools such as Constant Contact and Piktochart is preferred.

Must be a self-starter with great attention to detail and excellent follow through.

Must be comfortable in a highly productive, fast-paced, multi-project office environment.

Possession of a valid Wisconsin Driver’s License and current auto insurance.

Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.

Have a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance and ability to travel statewide and remain away from
home overnight.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties of this job, the employee is frequently required
to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or
hear and taste and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or
move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision,
peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while
performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals and
disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally
exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

Other

Understands agency mission and represents same to public
Must pass criminal background check/s prior to final employment offer
Perform other duties as assigned
This position is contingent upon grant funding

Compensation

  • Annual Salary ranges from $40,000 – 53,000 (1.0 FTE) depending on experience
  • Time off and benefit policies are available

SFTA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To apply, forward resume and cover letter to erik@supportingfamiliestogether.org

SFTA completes background checks prior to official hire.

Apply to be a Board Member

The Board of Directors is the organization’s governing body. It is entrusted with the authority to establish policy for the governance of Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA). Its members are trustees who act on behalf of SFTA and have the principle responsibility for setting and fulfilling the mission. The board forms the strategic plan to accomplish the mission and oversees and evaluates the plan. The board hires the executive directors, provides support and supervision to the directors, is responsible for the financial solvency and sustainability of the organization by providing proper financial oversight and ensuring adequate resources; and establishes and oversees the organization’s policies and procedures for human resource management.

Board members serve three year terms. The make-up of the board as determined by the organizational by-laws, must include a representative elected by the Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and the Family Resource Centers (FRCs); and should include such consideration as geographical region, community and public and private business leaders, early care and education professionals, and the diverse communities served by the organization.

Each board member must:

  • Be committed to SFTA’s mission, vision, and purpose
  • Be a current member of Supporting Families Together, on the staff of a current organizational member organization, or be the elected representative of a CCR&R or FRC
  • Approach board service to SFTA in a way that serves the organization as a whole, rather than any segment of the constituency
  • Have no financial or personal interest, direct or indirect, that may pose a conflict of interest or may be otherwise incompatible with proper discharge of fiduciary duties as a Board member

Each board member is expected to:

  • Review agenda and materials prior to meetings
  • Attend quarterly board meetings
  • Attend one day and a half long retreat/planning meeting each year
  • Actively participate on one board committee via teleconference bi-monthly
  • Participate in new board orientation at the start of the term on the board
  • Make a financial commitment to SFTA at a level comfortable to the individual member
  • Keep up to date on developments that may affect the organization
  • Inform others about the work of SFTA
  • Suggest potential nominees to the board

Think you are interested in becoming a board member? Take a look at the detailed job descriptions for an SFTA Board Member at Large and an SFTA Board Core Member Representative (only available to SFTA Core Members). Then take our SFTA Prospective Board Member Interest Survey and drop it off at the SFTA offices, or send it via, e-mail, fax or mail:

Supporting Families Together Association
Attn: Jody Bartnick, Board President
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711
Fax: 608-441-5399
info@supportingfamiliestogether.org

Volunteer with SFTA

If you want to get involved in Supporting Families Together Association’s efforts, volunteering is a great way to get started! Check out our Volunteer Page.

 

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