Assistant Director of Adult Literacy Communications, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy

Posted by Mayor's Commission on Literacy on July 28, 2014

Assistant Director of Adult Literacy Communications, The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy – Philadelphia

The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy seeks a dynamic, hard-working, creative and productive individual with a proven track record in the full spectrum of communications work to write, edit and publish a wide range of materials in online and print media, to manage events, and to support the effectiveness of fundraising for the adult learning cause in the City of Philadelphia.

This is an exempt position working for the City of Philadelphia; must be a resident.


  • Administer the organization’s website ( and regularly update it with creative written and visual content
  • Manage the department’s editorial calendar and create compelling external communications tailored to a variety of different audiences
  • Identify story, proposal, and collateral ideas in the day-to-day work of the program staff and assure communications about regular Commission trainings, professional development offerings, and adult learning offerings are communicated to appropriate audiences in an effective and timely manner
  • Maintain the integrity of The Commission’s brand internally and externally
  • Support public relations campaigns, generating and producing story ideas and promotional opportunities
  • Prepare and edit news releases, columns, op-eds, articles and marketing copy
  • Provide logistical support for approximately 8 annual special events, including regional conferences, press conferences, and professional development, partnership, and fundraising events; and three annual meetings of the Commission
  • Implement the Commission’s comprehensive community outreach strategy
  • Provide creative input to marketing and communications strategic and operational plans
  • Supervise part-time work-study students and/or college interns
  • Do data entry, data scrubbing, and data analysis from a Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Google Analytics, and other databases used by the Commission
  • Represent the Commission in appropriate forums, such as meetings or community outreach events
  • Support phone coverage and logistical planning of meetings, as needed
  • Support fundraising efforts, as needed, including research, provision of boilerplate for proposals, and other tasks as assigned
  • Participate in and support all Mayor’s Commission activities as a member of a small, dynamic, and effective team.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related field
  • Demonstrated outstanding writing, editing, and speaking skills
  • 3-6 years professional experience in the full range of communications work, including copy for social media, print, and websites; press releases, proposals for funding; and events and public relations activities
  • Experience with communications in a non-profit environment

We are looking for the applicant who can show evidence she or he is:

  • A strategic thinker who is also detail-oriented, creative, and analytic
  • Able to work productively in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks
  • A self-starter
  • Energetic in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships internally and externally
  • Ready to work with traditional, new, and emerging media
  • Able to find ways to get a great job done with limited human and financial resources

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