Open Opportunities


Communications and Engagement Coordinator

The primary goal of this position is to build a sense of community for all stakeholders through communications, events, and more.

About Disability Lead

Disability Lead is a network of people with disabilities who use our power to create an equitable and inclusive society. Our vision is that people with disabilities will lead with power and influence for full participation and equal opportunity as a vital part of the civic fabric in the Chicago region. And our mission is to increase civic engagement and diverse leadership in the Chicago region by developing and building a network of leaders with disabilities — consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

To feel engaged, connected, and empowered to make a difference, we know our employees must feel valued. We strive to build a culture where inclusion is a reflex, not a nice idea. We strive to create a place where employees can come and feel a deep sense of pride, passion and belonging that transcends any role, business unit, language, or country and is unified in our shared commitment to supporting new leaders and improving our region’s civic life. We hold to be self-evident that creating a space where different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds can come together to build something new, that we can create a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers results as unique as our program (the only one of its kind in the nation).

Position Description

Disability Lead is looking for an outstanding team member who is passionate about creating and maintaining community and connections, disability inclusion, disability leadership and disability having a strong representation in professional and civic life. The Communications and Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the daily activities of planning and implementing digital communications, cultivating relationships with our Network, engaging and growing the Collab and year-round recruitment efforts. This position is a full-time salaried position. This position reports to the Director of Civic Engagement and Marketing.

 

NOTE: This is a work from home position; however, the selected candidate must reside in the Chicago area for when in-person events resume. Safety is a top priority for Disability Lead and we will not be in-person until the pandemic is contained. At that time, this will be a hybrid position of remote and in-person work as needed.

 

Disability Lead provides employees with equipment that is essential to their job duties, like laptops, headsets, monitors, docking stations. In addition, and as budget allows, Disability Lead will provide a stipend to help cover the costs of telecommunications (internet, phone, etc).

Key Responsibilities 

Communications 

  • Maintains digital space including the website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and blogs.
  • Creates graphics and images to be used online and in print.
  • Prepares accurate records and reports on the goals of the outreach plan.
  • Writes and sends email communications in MailChimp.
  • Engages Members in outreach activities.

Engagement

  • Nurtures new and old relationships with collaborative partners.
  • Organizes a calendar of outreach activities, including community events (Disability Power Series), recruitment activities, and other communication opportunities.
  • Supports various communities including the Network and the Collab.
  • Supports the Collab by creating events, sharing content, and nurturing connections.
  • Serves as contact for Member services.

Administrative 

  • Supports events (in-person and virtual).
  • Supports other activities consistent with a small team environment. 
  • Maintains the organization’s CRM (Neon) with contact information.
  • Schedules meetings for those involved in related opportunities.

Skills and Experience 

  • Interest in making a significant contribution to a disability leadership organization. 
  • Strong racial equity lens in all aspects of work. 
  • A deep commitment to the values of the organization and a passion for the mission.
  • This is a virtual position. Internet accessibility and daily usage is required.  
  • Solid independent worker and multi-tasker who enjoys working in a small and collaborative team environment. 
  • Fully proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook). 
  • Strong attention to detail including proofreading skills and general organization.
  • Experience managing virtual events and use of technology and platforms like Zoom. 
  • Strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms.
  • Experience with databases and understands and extensively utilizes the database that contains outreach records.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal, and strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Preferred — familiarity with designing an accessible event (in person and virtual). 

Salary and Benefits 

Disability Leads offers a competitive salary and benefits package that meets industry standards. The pay range is $43,000-$45,000 annually. Pay is commiserated with knowledge and experience.

Benefits include health insurance that is largely organization supported, free vision and dental insurance, up to 10 paid vacation days in the first year, 4 paid personal days, and 9 sick days annually. Disability Lead provides a Simple IRA with up to 3% matching should employees contribute. All employees of Disability Lead are encouraged to pursue educational and professional development goals. Disability Lead may provide financial support, time off, or flextime for development opportunities.

Application process

It is the policy of Disability Lead to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants to employment. Disability Lead prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, and age, physical and mental disabilities, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, order of protection status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Applications must include the below materials to be considered. Please include your full name in the subject line of the email.

Interested individuals must submit the following materials to application@disabilitylead.org:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position
  • Current resume
  • Two writing samples of past material you have written, ideally social media campaign copy and graphic design
  • 3 professional references including phone number and email

The deadline to apply is August 31st,2022. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis with first round interviews starting the week of August 8, 2022. The below is an approximate timeline subject to change based on applicants’ and interviewers’ availability.

 

Hiring Timeline

  • 8/1/2022 – 8/12/2022:Applications are accepted; initial interviews scheduled on a rolling basis
  • 8/15/2022 – 8/19/2022: Final round of initial interviews and second round interviews
  • 8/29/2022 – 8/31/2922: Final interviews
  • 9/15/2022: Target start date

For questions regarding this announcement, or to request accommodations to participate in the application process, please contact application@disabilitylead.org.