Communications: Communications Department Management
Communications Director - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)
The Communications Director is a key member of Great Lakes Science Center’s Marketing Team and plays a pivotal role in the development of creative and compelling content that increases awareness and brand visibility, drives attendance and audience engagement while conveying the Science Center’s voice and brand promise. Promote Great Lakes Science Center by developing and executing marketing communications including public and community relations, website and social media and digital content to ensure optimum exposure for the Science Center’s traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX films, seasonal offerings, featured exhibits, special events and educational programs. Collaborate with internal departments to provide marketing and public relations counsel and execution.
Execute marketing communications plans for traveling exhibitions, OMNIMAX films, seasonal offerings, featured exhibits and special events, including media relations, social media, collateral development, digital communication and website.
Execute marketing communications plans for programs and initiatives including fee-based and visitor experience programs (ex. camps and classes, sleepovers, late nights, value-added offerings, etc.) including media relations, social media, collateral development, digital communication and website.
Create clear and compelling content that increases awareness and brand visibility. Write persuasively across multiple platforms - digital, social, mobile, print. Upload videos, images and audio to website and social media platforms.
Produce all media events, including press conferences,
Respond to all media requests in a timely manner.
Develop and implement proactive media relations tactics for sharing Science Center news and events, as well as mission-based coverage (ex. new hires, promotions, board member news, new mission-based programs, weekly updates, etc.).
Research new media opportunities; enterprise and develop fresh story ideas. Proactively pitch appropriate media outlets.
Serve as organization’s spokesperson as needed.
Manage and execute all social media activity which includes sharing a smart mix of promotional messages, current events, mission-based posts, pictures and dialogue-inducing commentary. Respond to comments in a timely manner. Monitor peers closely and provide recommendations on new ideas to implement.
Take photographs to assist in promotional efforts.
Develop and produce media kit and annual Report to the Community. Manage projects from start-to-finish; work closely with other department to ensure quality products.
Participate in cross-departmental meetings and provide communications counsel and support to other departments and President/Chief Executive Officer.
Ensure that website is continually updated.
Maintain organizational mailing lists.
Update and maintain Communications documents, including media lists, fact sheets, bios and clipping reports.
Provide support to other departments as needed. Copyedit, proofread and revise communications.
Conduct general research, information gathering and analyzing as needed. Measure and monitor inputs, outputs and results.
Ability to work evenings, early mornings, weekends and holidays as needed (Manager-on-Duty rotation, media and marketing events).
Perform other duties as assigned by Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Sales.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience.
4-5 plus years of marketing, public relations, communications, journalism or related experience.
The ability to work in a team environment as well as in cross-functional teams and with external organizations
Proficient in Microsoft Word
Competent in Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
Database management a plus
Digital photography skills a plus
Excellent oral and written communications, creativity and analytical skills. Excellent interpersonal, teambuilding and persuasion skills.
Dedication to flawless work, detail and deadlines.
Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education - Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, OH)
Great Lakes Science Center seeks a creative and resourceful Program Coordinator for its Early Childhood Education initiatives. Candidate will work independently and with a dynamic and diverse group of peers to develop enriching experiences for your youngest scientists (ages 3-9) and their teachers through inquiry-based STEM learning. A successful candidate is expected to develop relationships with participating families, deliver high quality, fun programs, build a network of early childhood teachers and researchers, and evaluate the effectiveness of their programs. This is a full-time position, which reports to the Director of Youth Development and Community Engagement and supports the efforts of the Education Division.
Create and nurture relationships with early childhood partners, including, preschools, head start centers, families, teachers and funders, to support, grow and build participation in programs associated with GLSC's early childhood initiatives.
Develop early childhood programming for the Science Center that includes best practices in early childhood education and encourages inquiry based learning for children, parents and teachers.
Coordinate GLSC Education staff and volunteers to assist in program development and delivery.
Refine curriculum for early childhood educators that shares the best practices in inquiry based STEM teaching. Model these best practices in program delivery.
Ensure the quality, relevance, freshness and interactivity of program curricula and implementation.
Support a culture of continual improvement through program evaluation.
Pilot and help evaluate new programs for early childhood; adjust content or delivery based on participation and success.
Create and deliver workshops for teacher professional development in early childhood science education. Model best practices in professional development delivery.
Train, coach and encourage teachers in best practices for early childhood education and inquiry based STEM teaching.
Create and track program budget and participation data while meeting grant deliverables in a timely and efficient manner.
Interface with colleagues from other institutions engaged in similar initiatives.
Act as an energetic, positive, and knowledgeable representative of the Science Center to the community of Northeast Ohio, both on and off site.
Other duties as assigned.
A Bachelors or Masters Degree in early childhood education, elementary education, science or related field. The successful candidate will have 1-3 years experience in building community relationships, classroom teaching, working with underserved audiences, and developing and delivering educational programs for young audiences. candidate will have demonstrated the ability to successfully manage projects or programs, create and develop relationships, manage budgets and direct volunteers. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written/verbal communication and networking skills are a must. Experience with curriculum development is a plus. A successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm, flexibility, creative thinking and a passion for sharing science with young children and their teachers and families.
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