City Blossoms, Inc. Communications Fellow Washington, DC · Part time

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Description

CITY BLOSSOMS FELLOW - COMMUNICATIONS FOCUS

REPORTS TO: Development Manager 

FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt, Part-time


ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

City Blossoms is a nonprofit that cultivates the well-being of our communities through creative programming in kid-driven gardens. We envision cities with abundant, accessible green space where communities thrive and children build lifelong connections to the natural world. Applying our unique brand of gardens, science, art, healthy living, and community building, we "blossom" in neighborhoods where kids, their families, and neighbors may not otherwise have access to green spaces.


ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

City Blossoms strives to create a work environment and programs based on our values:

EQUITY. Strive to ensure access and inclusion for all 

DIVERSITY. Celebrate everyone's strengths and experiences 

RESPECT. Nurture compassion and consideration for all living things 

COLLABORATION. Enhance our impact by joining together 

CREATIVITY. Cultivate open-mindedness and experimentation 


All City Blossoms programming aligns with our mission and strategic plan. City Blossoms staff work as a team to embody the values of the organization to carry out all aspects of our work. 


POSITION SUMMARY 

City Blossoms fellowships are designed to support the professional development of young leaders interested in community and youth engagement, non-profit management, outdoor education and/or environmental and food justice. Fellows work side-by-side with the City Blossoms team, receive training and coaching, and are provided the opportunities to lead their own projects within program areas over eight months. The Communications Fellow reports to the Development Manager.


Alongside the Development Manager and Executive Director, the Communications Fellow is responsible for supporting branding and outward communication for the organization. This includes aligning the public-facing voice of the organization with City Blossoms 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. The Communications Fellow will have both internal and external responsibilities, including social media content creation and storytelling around City Blossoms programs, community-focused graphic design, occasional written communication through City Blossoms bi-monthly newsletter, and periodic tabling opportunities.


Additional responsibilities include supporting the rest of the City Blossoms team to meet  organizational needs, including but not limited to participation in workdays, community events, fundraising efforts, and regular Open Times. The Fellow will receive mentorship and professional development to guide them in their career path and next steps after the Fellowship.


The position is 20 hours per week beginning May 1, 2024 and ending December 31, 2024.


The Fellow must be able to: 

  • Work in-person at the City Blossoms Studio and travel to program partner sites and Community Green Spaces (locations found on our website) across all eight Wards of Washington DC. 
  • Flexibility to work between the hours 8:30am and 6:30pm, Tuesday through Saturday, totaling no more than 20 hours/week.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES 

1- Strategy, Vision, and Administration

  • Have an understanding of the communications strategy goals, objectives, target groups, and approaches; 
  • Partner with the Development Manager and Executive Director to accomplish City Blossoms’ strategic goals and objectives as laid out in the organization’s work plan;  
  • Co-create and follow quarterly work plans; 
  • Refine City Blossoms external voice and tone;
  • Participate in regular communications and development meetings to support planning and implementation; 
  • Contribute to a culture of support, high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality, collaboration, and City Blossoms’ mission; 
  • Represent City Blossoms externally, as necessary. 


2- Social Media Content Creation and Storytelling

  • Support in shaping social media strategy alongside City Blossoms team members;
  • Partner with Development Manager and Executive Director to create and build a City Blossoms TikTok account and presence;
  • Create and publish social media content on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to promote City Blossoms programs and impact;
  • Track and analyze social media engagement to evaluate communication performance;
  • Conduct interviews with program participants and key stakeholders to support storytelling efforts.


3- Graphic Design and Written Communication

  • Collaborate with City Blossoms staff to create digital templates to support community engagement across all programs;
  • Utilize City Blossoms Mailchimp and Bloomerang to support writing and editing of bi-monthly newsletter.


4- Representation, Networking & Collaboration  

  • Support daily programming in other programs as needed. Including but not limited to Open Times and Community Workdays;

● Maintain good working relationships with team members, outside partners, and donors; 

● Represent City Blossoms in relevant forums and develop/maintain relationships with  outside partners, government entities, and other stakeholders. 


Other tasks in line with the essential functions/responsibilities mentioned above may be required.


QUALIFICATIONS 


Education & Experience

  • High School Certificate or Equivalent;
  • Two Post High-School years of Employment or Education preferred; 
  • Experience utilizing social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok required;
  • Interest working in diverse settings, on community-based initiatives, and directly with community members;
  • Passion for City Blossoms’ mission.


Requirements

  • Successful MPD background check; 
  • Submission of a COVID-19 proof of vaccination


Skills

  • Basic proficiency in Spanish preferred, but not required; 
  • At-home working in a collaborative, fast-paced professional setting;
  • Strong active listening, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and Google applications; 
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • High attention to detail and self-starter mentality;
  • Preference for a highly collaborative and creative work environment;
  • Comfortable with physical tasks, including lifting 20 pounds.
  • Proficient presentation and public speaking skills.

Salary

$19.5 - $19.5 per hour