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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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.
- Collaborate to develop, coordinate and implement an effective advocacy strategy to include direct and
- 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
- 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
- Actively participate in monthly staff meetings.
- Support agency mission, vision and strategic aims.
- Other duties as assigned.
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
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.
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.
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
- 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 email@example.com
SFTA completes background checks prior to official hire.