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Development and Communications Coordinator

Full time (40 hours per week)

Background

At Pittsburgh Urban Christian School (PUCS) our mission is to equip students to engage the world with their unique, God-given gifts. PUCS provides an excellent education in an urban setting for a racially and economically diverse group of students. We are committed to educating from a Christian perspective with a curriculum characterized by integral thematic units, close student teacher interaction and substantive parental involvement. By offering a high quality, affordable education, PUCS seeks to play a leading role in enhancing the quality of life for the people of Wilkinsburg and surrounding communities. Our staff of certified teachers is dedicated to facilitating each student’s spiritual, personal, social, academic and physical growth.

PUCS serves 130 students ranging from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. PUCS employs 19 talented faculty and staff who are devoted to creating a rich learning environment for students. Our talented teachers help foster an environment that empowers PUCS students to realize their full potential and set them up for a successful post-PUCS educational experience.

Please review the PUCS website for further detail on the PUCS approach to learning and the impact PUCS has had on the community.

Responsibilities

Development – 25 hours a week (approximately) 

Position Purpose: The Communications and Development Coordinator reports to the Development Director to support the fundraising efforts of PUCS. The Coordinator will be responsible for helping with grant research and grant writing, managing special events, donor cultivation, and office duties including database management. They will ensure timely responses to all funding opportunities and manage the gift recognition process.

Duties:

  • Maintain accurate donor database (Bloomerang) – contact information, donations and Annual updates for newly enrolled families, staff, alumni, event participants and community members. Use the database to record donations, mail tax receipts, and generate mailings.
  • Learn standard donor database reports and create custom reports as necessary. Use donor database reports to analyze and evaluate donor trends (lapsed, LYBUNT/SYBUNT, soft credits, wealth screening).
  • Research potential sources of funding. Maintain foundation calendar. Write grants with the Development Director.
  • Provide timely and creative ways to say thank you to donors, foundations and businesses. Write donor reports with financial support provided by Financial Secretary.
  • Manage annual events (Grandparents Day, Pastor Appreciation Breakfast, Serve-A-Thon, fundraiser, etc.) and follow-up. PUCS will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the 2021-2022 school year – planning and preparing for this milestone.
  • Assist with other development activities such as annual fund, corporate relations for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) program efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Communications –  15 hours per week (approximately)

Communications

  • Research, write, and edit email newsletters and messages to ensure clear and accurate communication to constituents.
  • Copyedit, proofread, and revise communications from multiple departments to ensure accuracy and quality.
  • Create compelling written content for a variety of platforms including the School’s website, social media, PUCS Post, Constant Contact, and more.
  • Support senior management, faculty, and staff as-needed with communications (i.e., slide presentations, one-pagers, etc.).

Graphic Design and Publishing

  • Create compelling print and digital content to support the School’s communications campaigns.
  • Create materials for multiple School departments and divisions, including Admissions, Advancement, and Athletics. Materials include invitations, postcards, programs, and more.
  • Create graphic designs to support social media campaigns.

Website

  • Update and add content to the School’s website.
  • Regularly review the School’s website to ensure information accuracy, proper display on multiple devices, and site health.

Branding

  • Steward the School’s editorial and brand standards by ensuring consistency and visual integrity on all communications.
  • Revise communications from multiple departments to ensure alignment with the School’s brand guidelines.

Crisis Communications

  • Participate in reputation management and media monitoring.
  • Participate in crisis communications response and support.

Administrative

  • Act as a liaison with third-party vendors and assist in managing those relationships.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area.
  • Two or more years of related experience, and/or equivalent experience and training.
  • Solid knowledge of communications principles, concepts, strategies, and best practices.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. (Newsletters, donor reports, grants, grant reports, receipts, thank you notes, etc.). Acute attention to detail, accuracy, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Current knowledge of social media platforms and current communications technology with the ability to demonstrate best practices.
  • Proven project management skills and ability to drive a project from concept to completion.
  • Experience with managing or updating websites.
  • Ability to work well within a team and with other groups within the School.
  • Ability to analyze data from campaigns and be able to draw insights with actionable recommendations based on the analysis.
  • Experience collaborating/working with outside organizations.
  • Acute attention to detail, accuracy, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask and prioritize workflow.
  • Highly motivated, productive, and deadline oriented.
  • Good judgment, tact, diplomacy, and ability to guard confidentiality.

Skilled in the use of:        

  • AP Style
  • Google products such as Gmail, Drive, Docs, Slides, and Sheets
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adobe software including InDesign, Photoshop
  • Content management systems such as WordPress
  • Social media monitoring software
  • Working knowledge of HTML

APPLICATION DETAILS

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter careers@pucs.org.

Please write a cover letter that outlines what excites you about PUCS’ mission and what your vision is for PUCS. Please include your Statement of Faith and explain how your personal faith and leadership experience make you the right fit to lead PUCS in this mission.

Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Please direct all inquiries to careers@pucs.org

Learn more about PUCS:

The history & community of PUCS
How PUCS serves students

PUCS and Diversity:

At PUCS we reflect on the fact that our community is interlinked and strive to address the multiracial, multi-cultural composition of the city and the world surrounding us. We seek to reflect the diversity of the students and the greater Wilkinsburg community we serve within the composition of our leadership and faculty, recognizing the strength that results from having a diverse staff.