Director of Communications
Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Communications will set and guide the organizational strategy across various platforms, to effectively communicate The iCenter’s mission and vision.
ABOUT THE iCENTER
The iCenter advances excellence in Israel education by serving as the North American hub for shaping and strengthening the field. In collaboration with schools, camps, universities, travel experience providers, and more, The iCenter supports educators with training, tools, and resources to bring Israel into learners’ lives. We believe that education is key to inspiring generations of young Jews with a meaningful and enduring connection to Israel and the Jewish people.
The iCenter is made by the people who work here. We all contribute our diverse talents and expertise, and are always encouraged to bring our diversity of skills and passions into our work. We’re creative, fun, and hardworking, and care deeply about our work of enhancing the relationship of Jews to Israel (and Israel to Jews). We have a strong culture of learning, and are constantly refreshing as we learn and take in feedback. Our brightly-colored office is stocked with snacks and swag, and frequently is bustling with educators collaborating together.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Are you passionate about combining creativity with strategy? Are you a self-starter who values collaboration? Are you as focused on the journey as you are on the destination? Do you enjoy setting a vision and helping a team actualize it? Do you love to tell stories about people, education, and Israel? If that’s a yes, then we’d love for you to lead our growing Communications team based in Northbrook, IL.
WHAT YOU’LL CONTRIBUTE
Design, manage, and oversee the implementation of a high-impact, multi-channel, integrated digital strategy across all areas of The iCenter’s work.
Develop and implement a cohesive iCenter voice for all digital communications platforms, including website, social media, newsletters, and press releases for audiences in North America and Israel.
Work with a cross-functional team of content creators to actualize the digital communications strategy and translate core messaging into compelling multimedia content optimized for digital channels.
Establish and enforce branding and quality standards, and ensure streamlined workflow with efficient timeline management.
Partner with iCenter education teams to design branding strategies across core initiatives.
Advance the use and effectiveness of new technologies to continuously enhance iCenter core initiatives, drawing on internal capabilities and leveraging outside expertise when necessary.
Review analytics regularly and adjust strategies as necessary.
Serve as a liaison between CEO and PR consultant to ensure The iCenter is represented appropriately.
WHO YOU ARE
Highly creative, strategic thinker with ability to develop fresh, executable ideas
Detail-oriented and have excellent content editing skills
Comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of communications
Able to craft key messages and communicate them with impact to targeted audiences, including funders, the media, thought leaders, and internal and external audiences
Fluent with new forms of media and social media in a professional capacity
Able to remain flexible in an ever-changing environment
Self-directed and able to prioritize several assignments simultaneously
Desire to work closely with a dynamic team, leveraging individuals’ strengths.
Committed to continuous personal and professional growth
Passionate about the mission of The iCenter
Ability to work occasional nights and weekends, including travel to conferences around North America and possibly Israel. (Anticipating up to 10% of the time, noting that currently travel is restricted due to COVID-19)
QUALIFICATIONS AND TECHNICAL SKILLS
7-10 years communications and/or marketing experience, non-profit sector preferred
Management experience in a team environment
Strong project management skills
Fluency with WordPress, HTML/CSS, Adobe Creative Suite, Salesforce, Slack, and social media platforms
Experience with and knowledge of Israel and the Jewish community preferred. Hebrew is a plus.
Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree in communication management, digital media management, strategic communication, or any related field preferred)
COMMITMENT & BENEFITS
This is a full-time position based in Northbrook, IL. The iCenter provides a benefits package including medical, dental, and vision benefits, retirement matching, and a robust professional development stipend.
The iCenter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The iCenter promotes diversity and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
Diversity is a core value at The iCenter. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty. We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.