ParentChild+ - About Us
A child has only 1,800 days to prepare for kindergarten. Imagine spending those days in a community void of children’s books, without safe places to play, and with few early learning opportunities.
ParentChild+’s purpose is to ensure that all children regardless of their race, socio-economic status, or zip code have equal possibilities from the start – we work with families, caregivers, and communities to support not only early literacy and school readiness, but early opportunities.
We are a nationally recognized early childhood school readiness organization working in 16 states and six countries. Our innovative two-generation program focuses on providing families early opportunities. We work with marginalized and under-served communities to support families and other caregivers in preparing children for school success. We envision culturally responsive, high quality, community-based early education resources as a critical support for families, levelling the playing field before children ever enter their firstoom, helping families to access a future full of possibilities, and moving us closer to an equitable future for all children.
Writer and Content Specialist -- Position Overview
ParentChild+ is seeking a skilled writer and content specialist to write compelling copy, as well as guide and develop the content creation across all platforms. Content matters, and storytelling, even more. It is how we connect funders, potential donors, partners, and stakeholders to who we are and what we do.
ParentChild+ is relentlessly committed to bringing our purpose to life for families and caregivers we work with, staff, supporters, and communities. Storytelling in all its forms, grantwriting, website content, social media, and outreach materials build relationships and strengthen our mission and purpose, ultimately enabling us to work with more children and families.
We are looking for a writer and content specialist to join our growing development team. This position reports to and works with the Chief Development and Strategic Initiatives Officer and will be responsible for helping to establish content strategy, developing, optimizing, and maintaining high-quality and consistent content across all our communication outlets, both internal and external, including but not limited to grant proposals, social media, website, newsletters, one-sheets, presentations, and other outlets we may develop together.
To ensure success as a writer and content specialist, you should understand the early childhood education space and/or non-profit programming, as well as ParentChild+. A skilled writer and content specialist on the team is expected to keep current and possess deep knowledge of early childhood care and education trends, research, events, news, policies etc.
- Write and develop content for grant proposals and reports – drafting best language to be used across grants.
- Write website content and work with other communications staff to keep website content current and fresh.
- With development team write content for bi-monthly donor newsletter and one-pagers on programmatic work.
- Write press releases and social media posts.
- Draft letters to the editors.
Skills and Qualifications:
- BA required
Minimum Work Experience:
- At least 2 -4 years’ experience with content creation-focused writing, experience could include grant writing, website and social media text, journalism, and/or copywriting.
- Advanced expertise in Microsoft Office.
- Experience in WordPress and HTML coding and working knowledge of Adobe InDesign or similar design program (preferred).
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- Write consistent, creative, and compelling text.
- Navigate multiple perspectives, communicate across a variety of stakeholders, and build trusting relationships.
- Experience writing web content, press releases, blogs, newsletters, and/or other written communications.
- Take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, be flexible with hours when needed for specific deadlines, and work both independently and as a team member.
- Commitment to early childhood/education issues and knowledge of trends and news in education and education-based fundraising; learn early childhood/education industry norms to ensure program communications materials are designed appropriately.
- Be flexible, listen to/understand the needs of our partners, engage in regular feedback and communication, and adapt processes and procedures as needed.
- Be a team player, support external & internal project teams, engage with colleagues regularly.
- Bilingual (Spanish) - preferred but not required.
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time salaried position. The compensation range for this position is $65,000.
ParentChild+’s benefit package includes: employer contributions to medical plan and coverage of dental and vision insurance plans; a 403B plan with an employer match; and paid sick leave, personal days, vacation, 11 paid holidays, a week-long office closure at year-end, and summer Fridays. We offer a family-friendly flexible work schedule and work environment.
The ParentChild+ National Office (when we are working in person) is located in NYC. Applicants do not have to be based in New York; however, they must be able to travel both to New York and other ParentChild+ locations when conditions permit. Preference will be given to those applicants who could come to the NYC office at least once a month.
How To Apply:
Submit the following application materials through the TriNet portal (need link):
1) A cover letter, describing how your experience, knowledge, and abilities align with the scope of work stated in this announcement
2) A resume or curriculum vitae
Resumes WITHOUT cover letters will NOT be considered.
ParentChild+ is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We have a clear vision and commitment: to being a place where a diverse mix of talented people engage and do their best work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
More About ParentChild+:
An international research-based and research-validated program, we work to support families and caregivers, helping them prepare children for academic success through intensive home visiting. Since 1965, this innovative program has emphasized the importance of quality adult-child interaction to help build the skills children need to be successful students. Across the 2022 calendar year, ParentChild+ will reach over 9,000 families and home-based child care providers through over 140 local partner organizations. Visit us on the web at: www.parentchildplus.org.