Community Engagement Associate

Are you passionate about being a community organizer working to make sure every student in Arkansas has equal access to a world-class, high quality education?

Join us as a community engagement associate in Arkansas to find, train and coach parent leaders so they can advocate effectively for high-quality education that best meets the needs of all children regardless of zip code or economic circumstance.

We seek applicants who want to be community organizers and develop leaders.

Successful organizers must maintain a courteous and professional attitude in dealing with people within and outside of TRA and have to demonstrate behavior and have a reputation that is aligned with the core values of TRA.

The Position

As a TRA Community Engagement Associate in Arkansas, you will work alongside our team members who have decades of experience as community organizers. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary.

Sample “Week-in-the-Life” of a Community Engagement Associate as a community organizer

  • Schedule 1-1 meetings with 10-15 parents a week who are interested in education options that meet the needs of all kids regardless of zip code
  • Build power in the community by coaching and training education leaders to conduct house meetings where parents strategize about how to create positive change
  • Make calls and engage on social media to invite parents to attend an upcoming meeting and schedule 1-1 visits
  • Meet with your supervisor to evaluate your previous parent leader team meeting
  • Schedule a 1-1 with a local nonprofit leader to learn more about their work with families and the changing political environment in local cities
    Maintain a detailed familiarity with assigned communities.

Develop Leaders!

Build relationships: Meet people, listen for self-interest, uncover values
Make judgments: Invite participation, identify potential leadership
Create learning: define situations that test and develop new leadership

Job Responsibilities Include:

➢ Find, recruit, train, challenge, and develop parent leaders
➢ Develop community and issue stakeholder power relationships
➢ Develop and support a local committee where community parents lead
➢ Create and move issue campaigns that produce education reform
➢ Represent TRA at various community events, meetings, and media events which may be out of town and on some evenings, weeknights and weekends
➢ Willingness to work long and flexible hours
➢ Serve as a credible source of knowledge and information to community members
➢ Work collaboratively with organizations providing technical assistance to the effort
➢ Utilize online organizing tools and social media

Qualifications (Required)

➢ A valid driver’s license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements)
➢ Proof of eligibility to work in the United States
➢ Ability to work frequent evening meetings (average 3-4 per week) and some weekends
➢ Baccalaureate degree or equivalent work experience
➢ Work experience in low-income communities
➢ Demonstrated experience in outreach or advocacy work (paid or voluntary)
➢ Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and communities
➢ Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, including speaking in small and large group settings
➢ Strong strategic thinking skills and an ability to analyze policies and institutions
➢ Experience with and sensitivity to multicultural work environments
➢ Willingness to work as a member of and contribute to a team in a dynamic, learning environment
➢ Passion for creating more high-quality school options for working families
➢ Eagerness to learn and apply TRA’s approach to community outreach

Qualifications (Preferred)

➢ Two to five years of outreach or community development experience
➢ Understanding of the education reform landscape
➢ Academic or experiential knowledge related to building social capital and political power in low-income and multilingual communities
➢ Skills as a trainer with specialized knowledge in grassroots leadership development,, public policy development, and/or p
➢ Skills as a trainer with specialized knowledge in grassroots leadership development, political context, public policy development, and/or public education
➢ Experience developing and supporting public policy solutions to local or regional problems
➢ Experience working with diverse communities
➢ Proficient in Spanish

The Exceptional Community Engagement Candidate Will Possess These Qualities:

Authenticity: Honest; self-confident and inspires confidence
Curiosity: Inquisitive; sees patterns, questions and examines everything
Imagination: Vision; Ability to see what does not exist; conceive broader meaning
Sense of Humor: Observant; recognizes the absurd; sees contradictions
Organized: Conscientious; thorough in thought in action, consistently reliable
Learning: Investigates; open to new ideas and different points of view


Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant at The Reform Alliance (TRA)  is a critical team member responsible for coordinating and managing some of the offices most critical functions. These vital functions include providing administrative support to the Managing Director and supporting TRA programs by providing a wide variety of complex and administrative support and engaging with parents, TRA leadership, staff, other government agencies, and stakeholder groups. 

This role requires outstanding customer service, enthusiasm, communication and planning skills, meticulous attention to detail, accuracy, follow-through, and self-motivation. Must maintain a courteous and professional attitude in dealing with people within and outside of TRA.  Must demonstrate behavior and have a reputation that is aligned with the core values of TRA.  Must be at least 18 years of age. 

The position is full-time and permanent. The position is located in Little Rock, AR.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as initial point of contact, answering phone and greeting visitors
  • Managing inbound email and route to appropriate members of the TRA team
  • Coordinate and oversee field staff expense reports, handles communications and appointments in a timely and efficient manner
  • Manage electronic and paper filing systems for the Managing Director
  • Plan and coordinate logistics, materials, and follow-up materials for TRA meetings, trainings and staff trainings
  • Manage office supplies, organization and upkeep, and other office responsibilities as requested by the Managing Director
  • Participate in all staff meetings and trainings to take minutes, notes
  • Coordinate and oversee Succeed Scholarship payment processing ensuring timely receipt of all appropriate documentation and accurate distribution of funds.
  • Create and maintain appropriate project documentation
  • Manages special projects assigned by the Managing Director
  • Read and stay current on the state, local and national education issues that impact the ability of all Arkansas students to achieve a world-class education.

Required Education, Credentials, & Experience

  • Must be honest, thoughtful, kind, committed to excellence, and reliably exercise sound judgment; is emotionally mature and possess solid stakeholder management and relationship building skills
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Habitually provides outstanding customer service and displays an appropriate sense of urgency
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Coachable and willing to learn new skills and independently seek learning opportunities to benefit the organization
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change in a dynamic workplace environment
  • Minimum of three years of job-related work experience, preferably in education, business or a corporate setting
  • Substantial project and time management skills, effectively backward plan, juggling multiple priorities and delivering consistent, timely and accurate results
  • Ability to redirect work priorities and assignments as requested
  • Proficient computer skills

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package. 

 


Communications Director

The Reform Alliance’s (TRA) Communications Director will promote our organization’s mission and goals. We are looking for top talent at the manager level for our growing nonprofit. Successful team members have experience in implementing strategic communications and public affairs programs and tactics. This position is expected to work independently to help oversee the planning, execution, and management of multiple initiatives. You will be expected to juggle multiple assignments and deadlines simultaneously, including major projects, drafting memos, pitching stories, building coalitions, working on digital or social campaigns, and helping to develop improvements. Additional responsibilities will include identifying press opportunities and developing content to be disseminated via social media, websites, newsletters, press releases and any other distribution channels. The communications director ensures messaging aligns with key strategies. 

You will work closely with The Reform Alliance management and team members to shape TRA’s image and values, as well as the appropriate methods to communicate them to the public.

The Communications Director will serve to: 

  • Unify and align communications
  • Partner with TRA team and community partners, meeting with them and creating communications plans to mobilize specific audiences
  • Ensure high-quality and highest impact communications are created for both internal and external audiences 

The Communications Director needs to: 

  • Proactively plan and work with the team to support their communications needs
  • Communications Director will be asked to: 
    • Keep social media fresh and engaging
    • Network with other organizations communications teams
    • Collect and tell stories 
    • Photograph events and gatherings
    • Help strategize and plan communications/marketing
    • Own and manage TRA brand/identity 
    • Carry out day-to-day tasks of facilitating communications/marketing
    • Be proficient in writing/editing, graphic design, communication, strategy and multi-tasking

TRA Communications Director Qualifications: 

  • 3+ years of progressive experience in strategic communications 
  • Demonstrated success implementing strategic communications 
  • Experience using digital communications and social media platforms
  • Strong organization, prioritization, and project management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple assignments while maintaining high quality work product and careful attention to detail 
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and maintain quality, detail, and organization across multiple assignments
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills with strong presentation skills 
  • Team player with the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, partner organizations, the press, and other audiences
  • Takes initiative, curious, resourceful, and has a strong desire to work hard 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications, Hootsuite, Facebook Business Manager, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube and knows or can quickly learn graphic platforms such as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

TRA Communications Director strengths should include: 

  • Excellent project management and organizational skills 
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Being detail-oriented and strong at multitasking
  • Being motivated, responsible, and proactive

TRA Communications Director specific responsibilities: 

  • Actively participate and contribute to internal planning meetings and brainstorming sessions
  • Demonstrate professionalism, maturity and good judgment, contributing to a positive work environment
  • Take the lead on specific components of day-to-day activities and projects
  • Create, organize, plan, and implement effective communications messages and strategies for TRA, conveying the vision and communications priorities to appropriate audiences 
  • Serve as air-traffic controller, keeping communications requests on time and on budget 
  • Create and implement a strategy for becoming more visible
  • Write and edit communications messages for use in various mediums and audiences 
  • Keep ears open to stories that impact TRA and develop ways to creatively communicate those stories via video, interviews, newsletter, eNews, etc.