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Coordinator, Organizational Development (writing and graphic design focus)

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Gateway to College National Network

Coordinator, Organizational Development (writing and graphic design focus)


Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) is a growing education nonprofit organization with partner programs in 19 states.  GtCNN has two education models focused on reengaging high school dropouts and college freshmen unprepared for college level work.  Originally started at Portland Community College, the National Network has replicated the Gateway to College model to 30 colleges since 2004.  GtCNN has a new model, Project DEgree operating at 9 colleges and is launching an associated initiative, the Innovation Collaborative, at 12 additional colleges.  GtCNN receives support from national foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, the Foundation to Promote Open Society, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and The Kresge Foundation.  More information about Gateway to College National Network is available at: www.gatewaytocollege.org.


We are an equal opportunity employer and are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our workforce. 



·            Draft and copy edit reports and correspondence to funders and other stakeholders

·            Assist Communications Director in the development and design of marketing and communications pieces including e-newsletter, brochures, annual report, fact sheets, etc.

·            Maintain Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN) website

            ·            Work with GtCNN team members to monitor and communicate  progress on grant deliverables

·            Assist with research projects related to fundraising, new partnership development, and policy initiatives

·            Communicate with partner programs about communications-related projects such as results updates, student stories, and e-newsletter articles

·            Assist in the development of video projects

·            Track media coverage and maintain media clip files

·            Assist with preparing and filing board of directors materials

·            Maintain and expand photo archives; obtain photo releases as necessary

·            Other duties as assigned



·            Well-written, attractively designed communications materials

·            Consistent completion of projects on time and within budget 

·            Excellent customer service and attention to detail

·            Well-organized file management systems

·            Effective collaboration with all members of the National Network team

Supervision & Reporting:

·         No supervisory duties

·         Reports to Communications Director


Minimum Requirements:

·         Bachelors degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field, plus at least two to four years of experience in a similar position (ideally within a nonprofit organization)

·         Demonstrated experience writing, editing, and proofreading documents for a variety of high-level audiences

·         Computer literate, including proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

·         Demonstrated experience interacting with and building effective working relationships with diverse populations

·         Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work cooperatively in a fast-paced environment

·         Ability to travel, sometimes for multiple days


The ideal candidate will also have the following:

·         Demonstrated graphic design experience in a professional setting

·         Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, HTML and CSS


 The starting salary range is $40,000 - $48,750 per year, depending on experience, plus a comprehensive benefits package.  This position will be located at the Gateway to College National Network office in Portland, Oregon.


TO APPLY:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and answers to the four supplemental questions below to [email protected] by Wednesday, June 15th at 5pm.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


We anticipate conducting first round interviews in late June and final interviews in early July.  The position will start on August 1, 2011.  All applicants will be notified once a hiring decision has been made.  No phone calls, please.


REQUIRED Supplemental Questions:

1.  Why are you applying for this position?  What aspects of the position and organization interest you?


2.  A primary function of this position will be working collaboratively with other team members on writing projects.  Please provide one or more examples of collaborative writing projects you’ve engaged in within a professional setting.  Describe your role in the project/s and the kinds of collaborative strategies you employed to help make the project/s successful.


3.  This position will require the ability to write effectively for a wide range of audiences including funders, policymakers, education practitioners, media, and the general public.  Please describe the extent of your experience writing for these audiences.


4.  The ideal candidate for this position will also have demonstrated technical skills in the areas of graphic design/desktop publishing and web design and maintenance.  Please rate your skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) in the following two areas, and list examples of relevant projects you completed in previous jobs:


            --graphic design/desktop publishing

            --web design and maintenance