Would you like to join a compassionate team working to change school food and nutrition education?
Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF), is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental, and social justice issues of our food choices. We are seeking a full-time Marketing and Communications Manager. A generous benefits package is included.
The Marketing and Communications Manager will work from home. The position will require occasional day trip travel post-pandemic and the candidate needs to live within a few hours of Ithaca, NY, and New York City.
CHSF believes that every child should have healthy, plant-based food at school, and advocates for plant-based foods on the school menu. We provide education to students, families, teachers, administrators, food service workers, and other adults that work in the school.
CHSF focuses largely on Title 1 schools but helps any schools that wish to increase plant-based options on the school menu and promote learning about healthy plant-based eating. In addition, we advocate for key policy and practice changes at the local, state, and national levels.
Assist in developing and implementing strategies to effectively communicate the work of the organization and raise CHSF’s profile and policy agenda in the media.
Develop a consistent bi-weekly email marketing calendar designed to increase subscriber’s engagement metrics like open rates and click-through rates.
Establish a welcome email series.
Create weekly/monthly/quarterly outreach campaigns to our CHSF target audiences. (e.g. school superintendent, food server directors, teachers, school nurses, and parents)
Secure 2 to 3 earned media opportunities per month in education & parenting-related publications through securing interviews, articles, print publications, and digital media mentions.
Grow student attendance for our virtual classes through developing collaborative projects with public & private schools and homeschooling communities.
Increase our communication to support schools that have already adopted vegetarian menus or CHSF curriculum.
Build systems and processes around repeatable marketing campaigns and events. (e.g. gala, online auction, charity partnership events, year-end campaign)
Track and provide monthly reports that measure the impact of marketing on fundraising, Gala attendance, virtual classroom participation rates, and school adaptation rates.
Other marketing and communications tasks as needed
Skills and Characteristics
The candidate must follow and be committed to a vegan lifestyle, knowledge of whole food, plant-based nutrition. Knowledge of school food issues would be a plus.
Enjoys working independently and thrives in a remote work environment.
Has a creative approach to developing a strategy, however, can translate ideas into actionable projects through completion.
Ability to effectively represent CHSF to external organizations and individuals, including leading meetings, and delivering presentations and speeches.
Demonstrated experience articulating complex concepts to a variety of audiences via blog posts, articles, social media, and email.
Simple photo and video editing capabilities.
Ability to build relationships with media outlets and their staff.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with a strong ability to effectively engage our supporters, as well as our target audiences (parents, teachers, principals, school superintendents, and food service directors and staff).
Being diligent and organized, with the ability to consistently complete tasks today while keeping an eye on long-term strategy
Enjoys brainstorming and collaborating with others in a creative environment and welcomes feedback without defensiveness.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required with a degree in marketing or communications strongly preferred.
A minimum of three-five years of relevant post-college experience in marketing and communications.
Strong technology skills and experience using Google products in a collaborative work setting.
The Marketing and Communications Manager must be based in or near New York State where the majority of our work takes place. Applicants must have a functioning home office space for effective virtual work.
This position will require occasional day trip travel (on average twice per month) throughout New York State and surrounding regions. Must have access to a car and be a licensed driver.
This position will require working some nights and weekends.
This position requires some meeting and event setup and support.
The salary range for this position is $45,000 – 50,000 depending on experience. Generous benefits package includes 90% employer-paid medical insurance, 3% employer matching contribution to a retirement plan after one year of employment, and paid vacation and sick leave.
CHSF is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or veteran status. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants.
cover letter, including the answers to application questions listed below
a writing sample
a 1 – 2 minute video that tells us why you would be great at and love this position, and your answers to the application questions below. Provide a link to your video via a YouTube link or google drive shared link.
Please make sure that you clearly indicate how you possess relevant qualifications in your application materials and include links to your online marketing and graphic design work and any additional strengths or advantages you could bring to this position.
No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
We sincerely thank all candidates for their time and interest.
Describe a project you directed or were a key player in that you feel is relevant to the work you would be doing with CHSF. What were some lessons you learned from the experience? (300 words max.)
What are your top priorities in thinking about your ideal job? (300 words max.)
If you had to rank your skills, what would you consider the top 3 skills you would bring to the position?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how comfortable are you with technology? How familiar are you with Google Drive, Constant Contact, Network for Good, WordPress, DIVI, Photoshop?
We look forward to hearing from you!
About Coalition for Healthy School Food
The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community about the health, environmental, and social justice issues of our food choices.