The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company’s (US) mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich youth in under resourced communities through the creation of collaborative original theatre. Our mission powers our vision of a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed; and to be heard, valued and respected. We strive to be a bridge that helps youth make positive life choices.
Founded in the wake of the 1992 LA Uprising, US has grown from a small, volunteer-led youth intervention program into a recognized leader in arts education, youth development, mentorship, and community building. With the launch of a new Alumni Residency, we now serve 1,600+ participants annually via 7 program models that use theatre-arts education & mentorship to mitigate the underlying environmental risk factors that threaten healthy youth development. Each modeled after our core Youth Theatre Residency Program and reimagined for virtual delivery during our current health crisis. US programs collectively provide holistic prevention & intervention benefits and open educational/career pathways for LA’s most underserved youth. For more information, visit: https://theunusualsuspects.org/
The Unusual Suspects is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and those with protected class backgrounds to apply. We value the individuals that we hire and look forward to creating a positive, diverse work environment for all identities.
The Communications Coordinator is a full-time position that provides communications support for the organization, including event management, communications, and all digital communications platforms (ie website, social media, CRM system, email marketing, etc). This position must be able to identify needs, conceptualize how to meet these needs, and make them happen in a timely manner while also attending to the various needs of different departments. The Communications Coordinator will manage multiple projects, executing low- and mid-level aspects of these projects. Position reports to the Director of Development and Communications.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work with the Development and Communications Director to develop and implement an annual communications plan, including managing the communications calendar and coordinating content delivery
- Assist in the planning and execution of small and large fundraising and cultivation events, including multi-tasking an extremely high-level of event management duties such as assisting with invites, overseeing auction and raffle needs, drafting/creating event related communications and web forms/pages, aiding in guest-list management, assisting with key onsite roles such as volunteer management and various day-of preparation, and working with contractors and other pre, onsite and post event duties as assigned.
- Develop and execute Communications Calendar, ensuring brand integrity and balanced messaging.
- Draft and post daily updates and communication for all social media platforms, gauging platform status and growth and tracking and reporting analytics
- Track and report on US mentions and web traffic.
- Collaborate with Development and Communications Director in generating content ideas, and assist in drafting and distributing a monthly email newsletter and other external communication alerts as required.
- Support the programs team in creation of promotional materials and execution of events.
- Develop additional flyers, one-pagers, infographics and other marketing materials as needed.
- Support with Development Coordinator in updating the website to ensure appropriate and timely recognition of funders.
- Regular hygiene reviews of the website to ensure all information/images are current and accurate.
- Support coordination efforts on digital platforms and printed materials with Development and Communications Director for all special events.
- Assist the office in sorting, storing and sharing US images/videos effectively and in an organized manner.
- Aid in routine website content management including drafting content
- Develop campaign materials for various development campaigns, to include both printed and digital assets.
- Aid with database management (aiding in keeping data organized/consistent in the organization’s CRM, Little Green Light, helping create/pull reports, aiding in processing donations and creating event forms)
- Other duties as assigned for general office needs
Desirable Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.) in related field is preferred
- At least 1 year of working experience in a similar role and willingness to learn
- Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
- Event management and development experience a plus
- Proficiency with digital communications tools such as Google Analytics, SEO, Hootsuite, etc.
- Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud programs, iMovie, Canva, Mailchimp, and WordPress a plus, as they are used frequently for communications efforts.
- Experience using donor management software such as Little Green Light, Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge, Salsa or similar a plus
- Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Suite and Google Suite of applications
- Proficient at data entry and evaluation
- Work in a team environment with minimal supervision
- Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage a high-level of multiple priorities
- Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations
- Work well in a team-oriented environment and maintain harmonious relationships
- Work with diverse set of community-based organizations, residents and stakeholders
- Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Some experience in community organizing, team building, and group dynamics is helpful
- Must have reliable transportation and be able to drive a car and have appropriate auto insurance coverage, and a valid California Driver’s license
The candidate has a commitment to developing leaders and coalition building. Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Personal values align with the vision and values of the Unusual Suspects organization.
Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Must be able to drive a motor vehicle. Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus. This position works primarily in the US administrative office, but will occasionally work off-site as well.
Applicants for Employment:
All applicants who are offered employment with The Unusual Suspects will be subject to a background investigation.
Salary & Schedule:
- $40,000 - $42,500 annually. Commensurate with experience. Non-exempt. Health benefits.
- Position is expected to work 40 hours weekly. Candidate must be open to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.