Position: Permanent, Half-Time, Hourly; Reports to Communications Manager
Salary: Starts at $20.00/hr., commensurate with experience
Locations: Burlington, Vermont (VBSR’s co-working space at Hula Lakeside); remote within Vermont
Benefits: Health and dental insurance; SIMPLE retirement plan contribution; Flexible schedule and primarily remote work within Vermont; Reimbursement for remote work expenses; Strong organizational culture supporting work-life balance
VBSR is a statewide, nonprofit business association with an enduring mission to leverage the power of business for positive social and environmental impact. Our diverse membership represents all sectors and geographic regions of Vermont – from sole proprietors to the largest employers in the state – all working toward a just, thriving, and transformative economy that works for all people and the planet.
For more than 30 years, VBSR has recognized that what is good for people, communities, and the environment is also good for business. From our beginnings as a small group of pioneering businesses to today’s network of thousands, VBSR members have continued to prove themselves leaders, innovators, and influencers, with impact reaching far beyond the workplace and our state: our members have shaped the Vermont brand, advanced leading-edge policy, and fueled the social responsibility movement.
The Communications & Outreach Coordinator works directly with the Communications Manager and in collaboration with all staff to promote the VBSR brand, programming, events, and policy. This position is responsible for communicating with members, drafting content, graphic design, and executing social media campaigns on a variety of platforms and channels. The role is an opportunity to contribute fresh ideas and creative approaches that support communications strategy.
- Database: Maintain VBSR’s membership database (approximately 40%)
- Maintain and organize dynamic membership data related to member employees, email lists, programming participants and sponsors, new and renewing members
- Assist broader team in developing targeted additional audience outreach lists based on programming specifics
- Website: Update and add content to VBSR’s website (approximately 20%)
- Maintain various content for both members and VBSR such as job postings, events, and news
- Develop and publish additional items as requested by members or staff such as post-event recaps, policy recaps, etc.
- Social Media: Work with the Communications Manager to produce social media communications (approximately 20%)
- Develop and publish social media posts (including copy and graphics) for member acknowledgements, news and events; VBSR programming and events; other key moments in time
- Coordinate with the Communications Manager and Education & Events Manager to develop and publish social media posts; produce share kits/guidance to support participants and partners in co-promoting VBSR events
- Coordinate with the Communications Manager and Policy Manager to develop and publish proactive or reactive social media posts for policy developments and updates, including opportunities to take action
- Assist in developing clear and effective processes and workflows for social media content and channels
- In collaboration with the Communications Manager, identify and amplify existing compelling digital content (member news, thought leadership) that reflects VBSR’s mission and values
- Graphic Design & Outreach: (approximately 20%)
- Develop graphic materials for digital and print to enhance member news, VBSR website, VBSR programming, policy campaigns, and more
- Identify opportunities to expand awareness of VBSR mission through a variety of communications channels, including partner collaborations
- Manage VBSR’s “info@” email account
- Ambassadorship & Teamwork:
- Serve as an ambassador for VBSR, positively representing VBSR’s brand and values
- Be a positive contributor to VBSR Staff Team and team-wide efforts, including membership growth, public relations, fundraising, mission alignment, and organizational development
- Physical Requirements:
- This position is remote within Vermont with occasional networking and educational events around the state that can require occasional light-to-medium lifting or carrying (11-50 pounds)
- VBSR provides standard office equipment (including a computer, and, if needed, printer) and supplies as well as reimbursement for remote work expenses (phone and internet)
- This position requires sitting and working with a computer for long periods of time
Proficiency in the following preferred, not required: Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, WordPress, Loomly, Canva, Wild Apricot, MailChimp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Wufoo, Slack.
Those who identify as women and non-binary, Black, Indigenous and People of Color, First- or Second-Generation American, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, formerly incarcerated, or other historically marginalized and underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. A college degree is not required to be successful in this position.
Deadline: March 20, 2023 12:00 am
To Apply: Please submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Commitment to Equity
In 2021 VBSR made a formal commitment to center equity within our organization and consulted with Claire Wheeler from REWORK to draft a Strategic Plan that embodies this principle, including our vision for centering equity:
“VBSR has a strong culture that welcomes, includes, and empowers identities historically underrepresented in our organization. Operationally, equity is a primary lens through which we design, implement, and evaluate our work: governance, operations, branding, programming, and policy. Our philosophy and practice of centering equity inspires and influences all VBSR stakeholders. Our internal transformation creates the necessary conditions for VBSR and our partners to contribute to the shared goal of expanded economic opportunity for all, including the redistribution of power, wealth, and access.”
We see delivering on this commitment as an unending journey. We have challenged our community to lean into discomfort, hold ourselves accountable, and support each other in new ways as we learn/unlearn. As one of VBSR’s core values, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are a part of each conversation of VBSR’s board, staff, and committees, and inform each decision we make.
Concurrent with creating this foundation of culture, policies, and practices internally within VBSR, we have been providing our membership with opportunities to engage in education and training focused on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI); and actively working to influence both the public narrative and Vermont legislation.
In our policy work we have partnered with the Social Equity Caucus, Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, and Vermont Professionals of Color.
In our educational programming we have partnered with numerous Vermont leaders and leading organizations to deliver content that aims to shift power dynamics in workplaces, create people-centered workplaces grounded in JEDI; address the inherit relationship between capitalism and racism, and support new ways of thinking.
This work endeavors to shape not only policies for our state and our workplaces, but also the perceptions of individuals and communities through public dialogue around race, gender, class, ability, and identity.