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Careers at iCivics

iCivics has the following positions open:

Chief Communications and Marketing Officer - iCivics

Senior Director of Human Resources

 

Who We Are

iCivics is a fast growing civic education nonprofit. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics re-imagines civic education for American democracy. We champion equitable and non-partisan civic education, while providing engaging resources that empower educators in the critical task of preparing young people for lifelong civic engagement.

With iCivics, nearly 10 million students learn about our government, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources—for free. Our reach is substantial: 156,000 teachers across all 50 states are registered with iCivics. Furthermore, our games have been played by students a staggering 148 million times! Our growth continues: last year, teacher accounts and active users grew at over 30%.

We’re the leading national movement elevating the importance of civics in our schools, and the largest civics education brand. We’re currently making a major investment in how our flagship product supports our students and teachers.

An iCivics Type of Person

We are looking for growth-minded entrepreneurial leaders that are ready to make a difference in education and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. Our organizational culture is shaped for those with the following traits:

  • Passionate Commitment: We are committed to the success of our mission to bring a high-quality civic education to every student nationwide. We believe all our work should be done with purpose and a focus to further our mission.
  • Goal-Oriented: There is an urgency to our work, and we are relentless in achieving our goals.
  • Equity-Centered: We believe that equitable civic education must acknowledge students’ identities, knowledge, and lived experiences through diverse histories and a teaching of American government that is truthful and transparent. It must be inclusive, representative, and relatable across lines of race, gender, and ability.
  • Collaborative: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students in teaching civics knowledge and skills in a relevant, equitable, and engaging way. For this reason, we collaborate with educators, partners, students, and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials.
  • Service-minded: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education.
  • Friendly and accessible:At the end of the day, we are all in this together. We are friendly and accessible, so all educators and organizations feel comfortable trusting and partnering with us.
  • Innovator: We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea/strategy and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight.

 

Chief Communications and Marketing Officer - iCivics

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and serving as an integral member of the executive team, the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer (CCMO) serves as principal adviser charged with executing comprehensive marketing and communications strategies to promote and amplify the iCivics brand on multiple platforms. As the CCMO, you will lead all iCivics communications externally, will oversee iCivics marketing operation, and will ensure timely and consistent communication internally in an effort to create awareness and plans and initiatives across the organization. The CCMO will work collaboratively with iCivics leadership and other key stakeholders in setting the vision for and leading the Communications and Marketing Team, including media relations, social media, marketing elements of iCivics websites, creative, and strategic communications. Product marketing experience will be a key factor for a successful leader in this role.

The CCMO drives the promotion and management of the organization's brand reputation, its most important asset. The leader in this role will be responsible for the development, integration, and implementation of a wide range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. Our CCMO may also serve as an ambassador for the organization with the goal of advancing the organization's position with relevant constituents, as well as to drive broader awareness and support for the organization.

Your Key Responsibilities (The “What”)

Marketing and Communications Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Serve as chief communication strategist on iCivics strategy, initiatives, and priorities with focus on forward-looking message and communications planning.
  • Develop, lead, and evaluate iCivics’ integrated marketing and communications strategy to advance iCivics’ brand identity, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, and increase the visibility of iCivics programs and products across key stakeholder audiences.
  • Play a key role in partnerships, public events, and launches of initiatives and products with the goal of making iCivics the go-to source on civic education and related policy.
  • Create marketing/public relations strategy that will allow iCivics leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media and key influencers.
  • Identify challenges and emerging issues faced by the organization. Work with the leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.
  • Serve as strategic marketing and communications adviser to iCivics leadership, particularly with respect to product strategic direction.
  • As part of the senior leadership team, advise on all marketing and communications priorities, including the nature and timing for all public engagements and partnership alignments.

Marketing and Communications Operations

  • Communicate and represent iCivics’ vision and perspective internally and to the general public/community.
  • Build and maintain public support for civic education and iCivics in collaboration with the executive director, leadership team, and coalition and other partners.
  • Oversee a marketing program that enhances iCivics’ image across diverse key stakeholder groups (from the public to the donor community) with a recognizable “brand” reflective of a strong organization on an upward trajectory.
  • Oversee messaging for external iCivics communications vehicles, including the annual report, print materials, iCivics’ public-facing website, and newsletters, among other; provide support and direction in effective communications and marketing to school, district, and state-based stakeholders.
  • Staff or assign staffing for media interviews and events.
  • Develop and oversee editorial content strategy that leverages core team expertise and partner experiences that makes iCivics the go-to source for information on civic education.
  • Identify and develop strategies for dealing effectively and proactively with external issues and concerns; interact with diverse stakeholder groups, and represent iCivics as needed.
  • Build capacity of iCivics leadership in marketing and communications by providing training on a variety of topics, including public engagement, marketing, media, and social media.
  • Assess, evaluate, and enhance formal, informal, internal and external communications programs, leading implementation of regular communications impact monitoring, including web and social media analytics and strategy benchmarks.
  • Oversee day-to-day activities of the marketing and communications function including budgeting, planning, and staff development to ensure resources are used effectively in service of the strategy.

Team Development/Management

  • Lead a strong, vision-focused, service-oriented team of professionals across all aspects of media, internal and external communications, web design, and marketing. Foster collaboration, teamwork and creativity and a deep commitment to teachers and students.
  • Build, supervise, and support a communications and marketing team that will execute and, in service of the communications strategy, write briefings for media and speaking events, blog and social media posts, op-eds and white papers, and oversee messaging for iCivics communications vehicles.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
  • Monitor established staff performance and development goals, set priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals.
  • Manage communications consultants, inducing media relations consultants, designers, event firms, etc., to advance iCivics’ strategic goals and key initiatives.

What You’ll Need to be Successful (The “How”)

Commitment to World-Class Civic Education

We are committed to the success of our mission to bring a high-quality civic education to every student nationwide. We believe all our work should be done with purpose and a focus to further our mission. You are a growth-minded, entrepreneurial leader who is ready to make a difference in education and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment.

Goal-Oriented and Equity-Centered

There is an urgency to our work, and we are relentless in achieving our goals. We believe that equitable civic education must acknowledge students’ identities, knowledge, and lived experiences through diverse histories and a teaching of American government that is truthful and transparent. It must be inclusive, representative, and relatable across lines of race, gender, and ability.

Collaborative and Innovative

We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students in teaching civics knowledge and skills in a relevant, equitable, and engaging way. For this reason, we collaborate with educators, partners, students, and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials. We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea or strategy, and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight.

Service-Minded and Accessible

We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education. At the end of the day, we are all in this together. We are friendly and accessible, so all educators and organizations feel comfortable trusting and partnering with us.

Requirements

What You’ll Bring

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, communications, or related field is required; an advanced degree is preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience of accomplished strategic marketing and/or communications experience of increasing scope, including experience in a senior management role either in-house or with an agency
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
  • Experience functioning successfully as a marketing and communications strategist and spokesperson in a politically charged environment
  • Product marketing experience is a must have; nonprofit, agency, and consulting experience in an entrepreneurial context is a powerful plus
  • Proof of effective communication skills, partnership and relationship building, and experience as a leader in communicating with a diverse community
  • Extensive successful writing and editing experience (externally focused) with a variety of print and online communications media
  • Experience working directly with executives or other high-profile individuals
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management and staff
  • Fiscal accountability and budget management experience
  • Knowledge of:
    • Current education trends, issues and research
    • Current literature and best practices in public relations, marketing, communications, and public affairs
    • Marketing and communications theory, principles, practices and strategies
    • Diversity, sensitivity, and competence with regard to issues of race, learning or other ability, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, socio-economic group, sexuality or other orientations or cultural markers

Benefits

What We Offer

Salary for this integral position starts at $160,000 and is commensurate with experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package will be included in the offer to the finalist candidate. We look forward to discussing details with you as the interview process progresses.

Our Commitment

iCivics is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. iCivics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or political or other viewpoint in making any employment decisions.

To apply, please complete the form at  https://apply.workable.com/almaadvisorygroup/j/CE4938B727/

 

Senior Director of Human Resources - iCivics

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Operating and Financial Officer (COO/CFO), the Senior Director of Human Resources (SDHR) is a team-focused senior leader who will play a key role in ensuring iCivics realizes its mission through collaborative leadership, sound strategy, and purposeful development of a diverse and talented staff.

Under the leadership of the COO/CFO, and in collaboration with the executive team, the Senior Director of Human Resources drives talent recruitment and engagement, onboarding, benefits management, HR system management, and talent management support. The Senior Director of Human Resources safeguards human resources integrity and legal compliance; and ensures all human resources policies, plans, services, benefits, compensation, protocols, communications, and events are welcoming, equitable, and in alignment with the organization’s goals and mission.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversees talent management including recruitment, onboarding, training, development, evaluation, and recognition to develop and maintain a highly competent, diverse staff team committed to implementing organizational vision and goals.
  • Administers compensation and benefit programs, including job description and classification, salary structure, and salary adjustments. Oversees benefit plan communication and administration.
  • Oversees HR systems and employee records to ensure accuracy and improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization. Works with all managers to ensure the timely annual completion of all performance appraisals.
  • Facilitates HR initiatives and special projects.
  • Working with pro bono legal counsel, ensures the organization remains current on employment laws and regulations and serves as point of contact and manages relationships with compliance agencies.
  • Ensures timely and accurate submission of data requested by the EEOC, Department of Labor, etc.
  • Recommends new approaches, procedure changes and innovative solutions to continually improve efficiency and employee experience. Facilitates updates to employee handbook annually and as needed.
  • Works with Executive Director, COO/CFO, and Executive Team, as appropriate, to identify and develop HR best practices, benchmark similar employee relation issues, and provide coverage and collaboration.
  • Manages organizational insurance policies and risk management, serving as liaison with brokers and vendors.
  • Participates in senior leadership meetings and strategic planning efforts, championing organizational goals and priorities.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

iCivics Values and Culture:

We are looking for growth-minded entrepreneurial leaders that are ready to make a difference in education and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment. Our organizational culture is shaped for those with the following traits:

  • Passionate Commitment: We are committed to the success of our mission to bring a high-quality civic education to each and every student nationwide. We believe all our work should be done with purpose and a focus to further our mission.
  • Goal-oriented: There is an urgency to our work, and we are relentless in achieving our goals.
  • Equity-centered: We believe that equitable civic education must acknowledge students’ identities, knowledge, and lived experiences through diverse histories and a teaching of American government that is truthful and transparent. It must be inclusive, representative, and relatable across lines of race, gender, and ability.
  • Collaborative: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students in teaching civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions in a relevant, equitable, and engaging way. For this reason, we collaborate with educators, partners, students, and with each other to continue to develop and share the best educational materials.
  • Service-minded: We prioritize all of our activities around what’s best for teachers and students to increase educational opportunities in civic education.
  • Friendly and accessible: At the end of the day, we are all in this together. We are friendly and accessible, so all educators and organizations feel comfortable trusting and partnering with us.
  • Innovator: We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea/strategy and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resources. or other relevant field
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR) or other recognized HR certification preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience serving in a human resources role to include strategic leadership, employee benefits, compensation, talent management, policies and procedures, and employee onboarding/orientation
  • Experience using HR software and reporting
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-priority environment
  • Ability to view problems and issues in the context of the bigger picture
  • Strict adherence to confidentiality
  • Energy, flexibility, collaboration, and proactive leadership, positively and productively impacting both strategic and tactical initiatives
  • Knowledge of:
  • Regulations, policies and procedures which govern human resources and nonprofit organizations and ability to accurately interpret and administer
  • Current literature and best practices in human resources, stages of organizational development, and change management
  • Diversity, sensitivity, and competence with regard to issues of race, learning or other ability, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, socio-economic group, sexuality or other orientations or cultural markers

Compensation & Benefits

iCivics provides a comprehensive benefits package, including generous health insurance for individuals and competitive rates for families/dependents, generous time off, and a collegial environment that supports professional development and wellness.

The salary range for this position is between $125,000 and $135,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. While iCivics’ headquarters is located in Boston, we are currently location-agnostic when it comes to this hire.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit https://diversifiedsearchgroup.com/search/icivics-senior-director-hr/ or email asessoms@koyapartners.com. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

iCivics is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.