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Manager of Marketing and Communications

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. As the leader in culturally-responsive, inclusive music education, the organization partners with public school districts to build music programs as diverse as the kids being served. Little Kids Rock trains teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates accompanying instruments and resources as necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 320,000 public school children each year through the efforts of more than 2,000 teachers in 200 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 650,000 students.

Position Overview

The Manager of Marketing and Communications will help expand Little Kids Rock’s online presence, increasing visibility and supporting the mission and work of the organization through digital marketing and communications, internal communications, and public relations. The Manager of Marketing and Communications will support the Director of Marketing and Communications to tell Little Kids Rock’s story through social media, website, video, events, and all other digital and physical assets.

Keys to Success

  • Social Media & Culture Obsessed – Steeped in digital culture and driven by amazing content as well as data. You are passionate about creating compelling, impactful, and entertaining digital content and campaigns, building upon what’s working and adjusting based on what’s not. You know how to build and move audiences.
  • Writing & Creative Chameleon – Talented storyteller, copywriter and creative powerhouse with experience creating engaging social media posts, web copy, marketing campaigns, emails, decks / proposals, reports, and blogs. Ability to write in a variety of styles ranging from formal to light, whimsical, and even comedic.
  • Let’s Be Partners – Skilled at identifying and managing potential marketing partnerships and co-marketing campaigns, developing the creative plan for them, and ensuring they’re executed to their full potential.
  • Eye For Content – While you are not necessarily a designer or a video creator (though that would be awesome!), you know great design and video when you see it and have experience working with designers, photographers, and filmmakers to create great content. You’re skilled at making sure that words and pictures always work together.
  • Obsessively Organized – You excel at management of timelines, calendars, and organizational assets (video, photo) to ensure deadlines are met and assets are readily available.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop online and offline marketing and communications campaigns and tactics in partnership with Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Manage all social media channels, including creation and management of editorial calendar, copywriting, and partnering with design and/or video on execution of posts.
  • Plan, create, write, and edit key internal and external materials for the organization including website and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn), e-blasts, newsletters, blog.
  • Execute on creative marketing tactics for key programmatic and fundraising initiatives, events and milestones, e.g. program impact, annual Benefit, teacher conference, artist-related opportunities, advocacy efforts, campaigns with corporate partners, industry-relevant dates and events.
  • Manage and implement day to day website updates in partnership with technology staff.
  • Create audience growth plan, tracking metrics and analytics for digital footprint to improve tactics; includes social media and website.
  • Partner with design staff to create digital and offline marketing assets and to manage the timeline and work-back schedules for the creation of those assets.
  • Manage and organize marketing assets to ensure ease of access.
  • Serve as a key liaison between marketing and internal departments as well as external constituents (teachers, partners).
  • Support press and communications efforts, including engaging with publicist and/or agencies, editing of media alerts, and supporting PR outreach.
  • Partner with Director of Marketing and Communications on SEO and paid, earned, and donated media support plan for digital marketing tactics.
  • Identify and manage partners and vendors to build and expand upon the organization’s mission.
  • Partner with internal finance team to ensure vendor paperwork and payments are executed on schedule.

Qualifications

Required

  • Minimum five years’ experience with a successful track record of actively creating, managing, and executing marketing campaigns and tactics for an organization – ideally mission-based.
  • Strong written and editorial skills: Rich vocabulary, dynamic tone, and ability to shift writing style based on audience. Impactful and succinct storyteller. Ability to self-edit and edit others.
  • Social media and website savvy: Experience managing website content and social media channels, strategies, and campaigns from ideation through execution (creation and posting).
  • Strong track record of creating compelling, high quality content for marketing and/or promotion of an organization, with the purpose of driving conversation and action.
  • Project management experience including the proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects, self-prioritize, and adjust to shifting priorities while meeting deadlines and showing attention to detail.
  • Experience managing agencies and contractors in any or all of the following: PR, marketing/branding, promotion, social media, photography, video, design.
  • Digitally obsessed, constantly up to date on industry trends, new platforms, and best practices.

Preferred

  • Design skills including basic proficiency with graphic design tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Ability to create and edit video content using mobile devices and/or adobe premiere.
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS.
  • Experience with Salesforce or other database systems (Note: Salesforce is a central tool in our work).
  • Experience working in the field of education or with music, teachers or kids.

Ideal Attributes

  • A shared passion for Little Kids Rock’s mission, pedagogy and the unique value of arts education to serve underserved youth.
  • Matchless integrity and ethics.
  • Ability to think big, while providing tangible, constructive suggestions to improve the organization and support its growth objectives.
  • High “emotional IQ,” with self-awareness, and ability to manage multiple partners with distinct needs and personalities.
  • An effective collaborator, who considers diverse opinions and integrates them into creative and effective solutions.
  • A desire to grow with the organization.
  • A sense of fun, wonder and humor and an undeniable passion for the work of Little Kids Rock.
  • Passionate about popular music and actively connected to popular culture.
  • A true love for working within a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented culture.
  • High energy, enthusiasm, and a can-do attitude.
  • Music maker.

Compensation and Benefits

Little Kids Rock is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture and mission. Salary is in accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision, AFLAC) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include unlimited vacation, flexible work arrangements, professional development, fun staff events and reimbursements for music lessons and experiences.

Location and Travel

Little Kids Rock is located in Verona, NJ (19 mi. west of Manhattan/New York City). Some travel and weekend/evening work required.

Application Procedure
Please email a cover letter and resume to foundhuman@littlekidsrock.org. Please include “Manager of Marketing and Communications” in the e-mail subject line. In the email please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and distinguishing characteristic that makes you an ideal candidate for this position. Please submit your application early, and be prepared to provide references. Early submission recommended. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org. No phone calls, please.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

 

EOE


INTERNSHIPS

Chicago Regional Program Services Intern

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. As the leader in culturally-responsive, inclusive music education, the organization partners with public school districts to build music programs as diverse as the kids being served. Little Kids Rock trains teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates accompanying instruments and resources as necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 320,000 public school children each year through the efforts of more than 2,000 teachers in 200 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 650,000 students.

Position Overview

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual to assist the Chicago Regional Little Kids Rock program team with daily tasks. This is a great opportunity for a college student to learn what goes into the operation of a growing and leading music education nonprofit. This will be approximately 10-15 hours per week position with a flexible schedule. 

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Chicago Team with teacher customer service
  • Assist the Chicago Team with local event and conference prep
  • Occasional data entry and clean up
  • Occasional travel within Chicago and surrounding area as necessary

Qualifications

  • Organized and with great attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Gmail
  • Positive “can-do” attitude and team player
  • Experience with data entry beneficial
  • Prior customer service experience preferred
  • Interest in music education greatly encouraged

Schedule

Up to three days per week (10-15 hours/week) for a period of three to five months is preferred. Exact days and times will be established in harmony with the intern’s schedule

Compensation

This internship is unpaid but the experience will be extremely valuable. We would be willing to work with your college for course credit as well. A travel stipend will be provided depending on any travel needs necessary

Application Procedure

Please email a cover letter and resume to chicago@littlekidsrock.org. Please include “Chicago Regional Program Services Intern”in the email subject line. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org. No phone calls, please.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency. 

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EOE


 Marketing and Communications Intern

About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. As the leader in culturally-responsive, inclusive music education, the organization partners with public school districts to build music programs as diverse as the kids being served. Little Kids Rock trains teachers to run its innovative Modern Band curriculum, and donates accompanying instruments and resources as necessary to teach popular music in a way that empowers students to experience instant achievement. What began as a single after-school guitar class has since exploded into a national movement that brings free, weekly music lessons to more than 320,000 public school children each year through the efforts of more than 2,000 teachers in 200 school districts nationwide. To date, Little Kids Rock has served more than 650,000 students.

Position Overview
Do you have music in your soul? Are you passionate about youth development? Little Kids Rock is seeking an intern who will help make the organization more visible and organized by getting hands-on experience in the area of external communications, marketing and public relations. You will assist the Marketing and Communications Director in helping tell Little Kids Rock’s story through social media, public relations, website, and database archival. 

Responsibilities

  • Manage our Flickr account and YouTube channel – curating photos/videos (old and new)/tagging/organizing
  • Organize video on external drives
  • Social media
    • Find people to follow on Twitter and create lists of favorites
    • Review our outward facing channels (all social media) and ensure our verbiage is consistent
    • Monitor social media channels for performance; share insights / recommendations with communications team
    • Use Google Alerts to find news on music education and curate relevant articles to share on social media (and with staff)
  • Do a Google search of Little Kids Rock and compile list of websites where we are mentioned (ie – as a partner)
  • Add press clips to Salesforce
  • Organize digital media in shared cloud-based drive to make it accessible and easy to find for team members.
  • Write occasional blog posts and help come up with ideas for content
  • Create and manage the bi-weekly staff internal newsletter

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Flickr, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
  • Knowledge of the G-suite
  • An undeniable passion for the work of Little Kids Rock
  • A sense of fun, wonder and humor
  • A true love for working within a fast- paced, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented culture
  • High energy, enthusiasm and a can-do attitude
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • A desire to learn while doing
  • Quick learner and proactive problem solver

Schedule
Up to three days per week (10-15 hours/week) for a period of three to five months is preferred. Exact days and times will be established in harmony with the intern’s schedule.

Compensation
This is a learning opportunity with a stipend of $300/month.

Application Procedure
Please email a cover letter and resume to marketing@littlekidsrock.org. Please include “Communications and Marketing Internship” in the e-mail subject line. In the email please briefly state: relevant experience (including number of years of experience) and distinguishing characteristic that makes you an ideal candidate for this position. Please submit your application early, and be prepared to provide references. Early submission recommended. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org. No phone calls, please.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency. 

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EOE


Graphic Design Intern

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual to assist our Curriculum Design Specialist for various projects. This is a great opportunity for a college student to learn what goes into the graphic design components of curriculum production for a leading music education nonprofit. This will be approximately 10-12 hours per week position with a flexible schedule. This position is unpaid but travel reimbursement is available and the experience will be extremely valuable! We would be willing to working with your college for course credit as well. Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Updating the core curriculum print materials
  • Creating lesson plans and song charts based on an existing template
  • Making custom web graphics
  • Miscellaneous graphics including newsletters, flyers, and event programs
  • Improving the design aesthetics of our training PowerPoints
  • Using WordPress to update the song chart library

Required Skills:

  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Indesign
  • Knowledge of music (reading and playing it) greatly encouraged

Supervision Structure
Reports to Curriculum Design Specialist  

To apply please email your resume and cover letter to marketing@littlekidsrock.orgwith the position name as the subject.  

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Little Kids Rock does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

EOE


Events Internship

About Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in our schools. Our network of thousands of K-12 teachers across 45 states leads a national movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to students. 

Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, our program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. Our students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary instruments, and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs.

The world of music expands through innovation. We ensure that music education does as well.

More than 450,000 kids currently participate in Little Kids Rock programs nationwide. Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 850,000 students with highly-inclusive and culturally relevant music education.

Position Overview

We are seeking an energetic, highly motivated intern interested in learning all about nonprofit events through hands-on experience! The Events Intern will assist the Events team members with all facets of research, planning, and execution of nonprofit fundraising events. 

Responsibilities

The Events Intern will:

  • Learn all about timelines, budgets, marketing, logistics, and more for nonprofit fundraising events.
  • Have the opportunity to offer creative perspectives on existing Little Kids Rock events.
  • Conduct research on potential donors and partners in major Little Kids Rock markets.
  • When appropriate, conduct research and recommend sites, venues, and vendors for Little Kids Rock fundraising events.
  • Assist the events team members with identifying and soliciting auction items, creating and fulfilling sponsorship packages, and tracking invite lists and RSVPs.
  • Be available to attend some New York City events. A flexible schedule is required.

Qualifications

The right match for this position will be ready to rock at a moment’s notice. Keys to success in this position include attention to detail, a high level of organization, and the ability to work in a team environment. Open communication with supervisors about learning goals, deadlines, progress, and challenges is a must. A positive attitude, patience, empathy, and the desire to learn are essential. 

Required skills and education:

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and research skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and to work independently with initiative.
  • A passion for music, education, and youth development.
  • Adept at using Google Suite products.
  • Professional telephone manner and prior experience in an office setting highly desirable.
  • Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events on an as needed basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain calm under pressure.

College seniors and recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.

Schedule

Up to four days per week (15-25 hours/week) for a period of three to five months is preferred. Exact days and times will be established in harmony with the intern’s schedule. This can be a summer or summer and fall internship. 

Compensation

This is a learning opportunity with a stipend of $300/month.

Application Procedure

Please email a cover letter and resume to MarrLa@littlekidsrock.org. Please include “EVENTS INTERNSHIP” in the email subject line. For more information about our work, please visit our website: www.littlekidsrock.org. No phone calls, please.

Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency. 

Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

 EOE