Since it began operating in 1997, the See Forever Foundation's mission has been to create learning communities in lower income urban areas where all students, particularly those who have not succeeded in traditional schools, can succeed academically and socially. The Foundation operates the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools in DC, as well as the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings’ secure facility for committed youth in Laurel, MD. Our students develop the academic, social, and employment skills they need to build rewarding lives and promote positive change.
If you are interested in learning more about See Forever, please visit our website at www.seeforever.org.
At the Maya Angelou Schools, the key to our success is rooted in building trusting, respectful and nurturing relationships with each other. We strive to create safe spaces for all to be able to reach their limitless potential. We are at our best when we work together to ensure the unique needs of our community are met. We empower each other to grow successfully so we can see forever! This is how we live the Maya Way, even when no one is watching.
The Communications Specialist is a key member of the Development Department of the See Forever Foundation (SFF). This position is responsible for working with the Chief Development Officer toward the conceptualization, planning, and execution of the communications strategy to promote SFF and its commitment to providing services to Maya Angelou Schools (MAS) and the Washington DC youth and families they serve. This position is responsible for the overall daily marketing and communications support and will work to achieve the outcomes identified in established marketing and communications plans, thereby supporting SFF’s key strategies among key audiences.
Working with the senior leadership, school staff and Board of Directors, the Communications Specialist focuses on cultivating local/regional print and broadcast and publicizing priority issues. This position manages all media contacts, proactive and reactive, as assigned and makes use of print, broadcast and electronic media to secure placements. In addition, this position will be responsible for the content development, messaging and production for special projects, social media, publications (print and electronic), events and issues. A significant part of the Communications Specialist’s responsibility will be writing and editing a variety of brochures, print and electronic publications, fact sheets, presentations, speeches, annual report, quarterly newsletter and Web content.
The Communications Specialist will lead the effort to create a compelling message and value-add statement and work to ensure consistency across the organization. This position will assist as needed in strategic planning, special event coordination, Board committee coordination, crisis communications coordination and, other duties as needed.
Core Beliefs and Desired Characteristics
Candidates should possess an unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond. In addition, candidates should exhibit the following characteristics:
Salary and Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience. In addition, See Forever offers a robust benefits plan, including health care coverage, a 401k retirement savings plan, and the opportunity to positively impact students with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.