COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (Fully Remote Position Available
Location: San Jose
Posted on: April 10, 2021
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST (Fully Remote Position Available)
Small businesses uplift communities and anchor local economies,
while creating opportunities for themselves, their families, their
employees, and our neighborhoods. Yet entrepreneurs who are people
of color, women, and immigrants often struggle to secure capital
and resources, as they are systematically shut out from traditional
financing.-- Accion Opportunity Fund is an unparalleled financial
support system that provides these small business owners with
access to capital, networks, and coaching.-- We work to build
inclusive and accessible options for these determined business
owners. For over 25 years we have served a client base that is
nearly 90% women, people of color, or immigrants.-- In addition to
providing resources and loans --to small businesses , we also
conduct original research, advocate for policy changes, and financ
e community --construction projects --in low-income neighborhoods
--through our New Markets Tax Credit program. Together, we are
building a diverse, vibrant community where opportunity, knowledge,
and access to capital are within reach. For more information about
us, visit-- https://aofund.org/ . TheRole Reportingto the Vice
President for Partnerships & Development, Accion Opportunity Fund
(AOF) is seeking anexperienced and dynamic Communications
Specialist to support theorganization's fundraising and
communications teams. The ideal candidate willhave experience
researching and writing compelling narratives under tightdeadlines
for diverse audiences and communicating organizational impact
throughstorytelling. They are proactive, energized by engaging with
others, valuemutual respect in discourse, and have a natural
curiosity about how to achievegoals and higher aspirations. They
will be passionate about entrepreneurship,racial equity and
justice, and community and economic development. Spanishbilingual
preferred. This position can be fully remote with occasional
domestictravel required post-COVID.
- Research and write grant proposals, reports, concept notes,
andimpact narrative. This includes proactively seeking out and
interviewing keystakeholders such as community partners, loan
clients, staff, and others who areinvolved in our work and
identifying compelling stories that the organizationand funders can
use in our work.
- Work with teams across the organization on key
communicationsdeliverables for funders, including crafting media
pitches around key momentsand gathering data to be responsive to
funder and media communications requests.
- Proactively reach out to AOF's clients across diverse
geographiesand industries to identify clients to feature in client
stories on our website,funder reports, social media, and media
pitches. This includes responding undertight deadlines to requests
for story information and developing creativesolutions to meet
stakeholder communications needs.
- Research and stay abreast of key trends, reports, and
informationthat demonstrates the challenges the organization is
trying to address forsmall business and the impact of small
business on the broader economiclandscape. This includes tracking
and keeping updated key statistics and datathat can be drawn upon
for fundraising and impact narratives.
- Support marketing team on social media efforts,
includingproposing social media campaigns and posts around key
communications moments toexpand the reach of the organization.
- Draft communications products and content for diverse
audiences,including funders and small business owners. This may
include annual reports,e-newsletters, campaign collateral, flyers,
impact story highlights around keymoments, or organizational
responses to issues in the news.
- Draft talking points, briefing documents, and other
internalcommunications materials to support team members.
- Assist with special events as assigned. This can be a fully
REMOTE (work from home) position. The Person Highly qualified
candidates will share Accion Opportunity Fund'scommitment to its
mission and will embody the organization's core values bringinga
broad range of skills and experience including, but not limited to:
- BA/BS required and a minimum of five (5) years of writing and
reportingexperience, ideally either for nonprofit organizations
and/or as amission-driven journalist. A combination of education
and experiencemay be considered.
- Excellent writing, editing, research and communications
skills,with an emphasis on proposal writing for funding. Ability to
convey complex ideas through brief, simplematerials. Ability to
understand the organization's target audience and developeffective
communications strategies and materials.
- Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
andcomfort level with conducting outreach and interviews to develop
- Experience with digital tools instorytelling.
- Experience collaborating withmultiple stakeholders to integrate
input and feedback form a wide audience to achieve work
- Proventrack record of exceeding goals; evidence of the ability
to make strategicdecisions; ability to navigate and balance
interests of multiple stakeholders.
- Abilityto maintain high level of organization, to manage
several projects at once, andto meet deadlines. Attention to detail
and ability to consistently followthrough, with determined
self-motivation and autonomy.
- Evidenceof sound judgment, discretion, and highest ethical
- An entrepreneurialmindset, self-motivated, flexible, creative,
comfortable in a fast-paced workculture.
- Works well under tight deadlinesin a fast-paced
- Familiarity with and interest inentrepreneurship, community
development, and racial and social justice. Our mission is what
motivates us to come to workeach day. We know that happy employees
are productive employees, which is whywe offer a comprehensive
benefits package that includes:
- Competitive salary commensurate withexperience.
- 100% company-funded Medical, Dental,Vision, Life & Disability
coverage for employees (Based upon your planselection). 90%
company-funded dependent coverage (Based upon your
- Voluntary benefits with payrolldeduction for Supplemental Life
& AD&D insurance, Auto/Renters/Homeownersinsurance, Pet
Insurance, and Legal plans.
- Tax-deferred & Roth 403(b) Retirement Plan withemployer match.
Employer match increases with tenure.
- Paid vacation days (increased with tenure), 12 paidholidays,
and 10 Sick days, and family leave days per year. -- Diverse
candidates are encouraged to apply,especially BIPOC. Accion
Opportunity Fund is an Equal OpportunityEmployer.--
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