Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
Internal Application Review: February 16-20, 2023
Interview Scheduling: Starting February 20, 2023
Start Date: TBD, preferably asap
Position Type: Full-time
Salary: $45,000 – $50,000
Benefits: Healthcare, Dental, Vision
PTO: 2 weeks guaranteed and org-recognized holidays
Location: Remote, with scheduled in-person team meetings
The Vermont Professionals of Color Network (VT PoC) is a growing 501c3 organization based in Burlington, VT, dedicated to the social and economic empowerment of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community throughout the state. What began as a side-project for a group of five dedicated community members has now grown into a state-wide organization with a team of four, including two full-time and two part-time staff. Every day, we bring our respective passions for our community to our work, driven by the goal of supporting the BIPOC community at large. Our motto is to build from within.
We are now enthusiastically looking to add a fifth team member to the mix! Our Outreach and Member Coordinator (OMC) will be tasked with growing our membership base, coordinating events, and developing outreach efforts that will touch all corners of the state.
The OMC is a key member of all internal teams, working with each team to develop and implement outreach messaging. The OMC will serve as the liaison between our internal teams to the BIPOC community at large: at events or through in-person, digital communications, and/or published materials. They are the first point of contact for potential and current members, using our myriad of platforms to engage members on a daily basis, and ensuring that our brand and voice is consistent across our communication channels. Simply put: we are looking for an extrovert, an expert communicator, a social media Jedi and a people person!
This is a full-time position with benefits. The OMC will report directly to the Director of Operations and Development. This is a remote position with scheduled in-person meetings as needed.
- Develop and manage VT PoC’s social media and communications outreach strategy with our mission and values in mind.
- Develop and manage VT PoC newsletters.
- Coordinate virtual and in-person events under the direction of the Project and Event Manager.
- Lead/host events and affinity spaces across Vermont as assigned.
- Generate growth of and manage our membership base of individuals and businesses.
- Assist in maintaining VT PoC’s interactive website by updating the BIPOC Business Directory, jobs board posts, events calendar, and other relevant pages.
Who we want to work with:
We want to work with someone who has an insatiable curiosity for the world around them. You are willing to learn new skills by putting in the time and effort, and have a perpetual desire to improve and evolve processes. You have an ability to problem solve on your feet, and can pivot from roadblocks and barriers. You might ask the hard questions and you’re ready to answer some yourself. You know that hard work begets positive change, and understand that sometimes you have to stop, listen, learn, and then pivot, even when that’s the hardest thing to do.
A Motivated Team Member
Our new team member is enthusiastic and collaborative. You thrive as part of a team; to ideate, to develop, to implement. You love sharing these ideas and creations, whether it is your own, the team’s, or the community’s. You are also great at keeping yourself accountable to others and can effectively communicate your professional needs. You know that individual actions at work impacts the team as a whole. You desire success for others as much as you want it for yourself. You like to see (and lead) a project through from start to end, and can also easily jump into the middle of a project under direction with vigor. You are a leader in your own right and make efforts to support, respect, and value others’ time and efforts.
An Effective Communicator
Whether it’s an email to the entire VT PoC membership, a printed document sent to our donor base, or a social media post to advertise our upcoming event, we are looking for someone who has a keen eye for what works. You love to express yourself through written words and visual elements. You get that sometimes less is more, but never leave out the important details.
A Community Advocate
At the end of the day, we support the BIPOC community, and our new team member is excited to add their energy into this role to support the organization’s mission. After all, we are looking for someone who will be the key point of contact for our members! Maybe you haven’t yet had the opportunity to support the community in all of the ways you want, or maybe you have rich experiences that have supported the community in various ways. Regardless, you care deeply, take the time to listen to what others are saying, and use that information to create impactful change, whether it is through a meal offered or a policy changed. You have experienced and understand systemic racism, and understand how this impacts your life and that of others; that none of us are free until everybody is free. Like the rest of our team, you see the disparities that exist and use all the tools available (and some that you might create!) to forward the mission of the organization. To be clear, we aren’t looking for a social butterfly, yet we are hoping for someone who comes alive when engaging with individuals or large groups of people. For you, the integrity of the organization and the trust of the community is a motivation.
In addition to the qualities above, we’re also looking for someone who has experience and/or working knowledge in:
- Google workspace
- Spreadsheets, e.g. Excel or Google Sheets
- Mailchimp, or similar newsletter managers
- Social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and beyond
- Social media content management platforms
- Graphic and digital design
- Customer service
- Developing and writing materials for public consumption, e.g. newsletters, press releases, marketing materials
- Media and press relations
- Copy editing (e.g. you’re good at picking out errors in drafted documents)
- Attention to detail (e.g. you’re a stickler for the Oxford comma)
Academic or professional experiences that might match this position (but are not required) could be marketing, communications, community development, public relations, and/or community organizing.
Using the subject line: VT PoC Outreach and Member Coordinator Application, please send the following items to email@example.com:
- Cover letter
- One to three samples of your previous work that demonstrates your skills
All documents should be sent in PDF format and use the following naming convention: <<VTPoC OMC_Document Name_Your last name>>.
VT PoC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We strive to be a place where a diverse mix of dedicated folx want to work, to stay, and contribute back to the community in which they live.
VT PoC makes every effort to ensure that our staff and Board of Directors is representative of the community we work with and for. We are constantly learning from each other and the greater community, and applying our knowledge to the events and programs we create. Even as a BIPOC-led and run organization, we are each experiencing different challenges that result from our respective identities, and we acknowledge our respective privileges and responsibilities that result from that. Formal identity work is forthcoming as we strengthen our board and staff capacity.