Communications Manager

Website UrbanLibCouncil Urban Libraries Council

Who We Are: The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) has spent 50 years enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets. As a nonprofit membership organization of more than 160 libraries in North America, ULC provides a forum for library leaders to share best practices and innovative ideas that support 21st-century learning, a strong economy and an active democracy. ULC’s members are thought leaders dedicated to innovation and the continuous transformation of communities. ULC’s programs focus on today’s critical issues, including anti-racism, economic and workforce development, education, environmental sustainability, health and public safety.

The Opportunity: ULC seeks a dynamic, collaborative and creative Communications Manager who will work with North America’s most innovative public library systems to ensure the public library – the most trusted public institution – is able to make a continuous and lasting impact on the communities they serve. This position reports to the Director of Communications.

What You Will Do:

• Consistent with the mission and vision of ULC, develop and execute communications projects and initiatives related to the organization’s annual work plan.

• Manage the creation of marketing and communications materials through information gathering, developing key messages and writing and editing communications.

• Contribute to communications projects, which may include but are not limited to activity guides, toolkits, brochures, articles, posters, flyers, press releases, newsletters, video scripts, marketing materials and meeting presentations.

• Manage and ensure an up-to-date monthly communications calendar to identify opportunities and implement upcoming priorities.

• Design layouts for blog posts and articles to be published internally and externally.

• Understand and embed the ULC brand and voice in all content, partnering with other team members to maintain consistency in content across the organization.

• Lead social media and targeted engagement and outreach to leaders, members and partners.

• Create and support graphic design needs including customizing templates for emails, websites, collateral, presentations and social media graphics.

• Develop and post web content and ensure the upkeep of ULC websites, working with other members of the team to enhance website appearance and user experience.

• Support team with copyediting, communications advice and refining and aligning key messages. • Measure, track and analyze newsletter, news media, web and social media engagement.

What You Bring:

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, graphic design or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.

• A minimum of 4-6 years of experience in communications for a nonprofit, association, public library system or city/county government.

• Strong communication skills including graphic design, writing, and copy editing.

• Knowledge of AP style and media monitoring software.

• Experience in project management, social media management and building brand presence.

• Expertise with email marketing tools (i.e., Constant Contact).

• Adobe Creative Suite experience preferred. • Web-savvy and have a working knowledge of content management systems, HTML coding, digital graphics production, blog writing/formatting and social media.

Location and Compensation:

• This posting is for a full-time salaried position located in a hybrid environment at ULC’s Washington, D.C. office.

• Salary Range: $65,000-$80,000/year.

• ULC offers employees a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, disability and life insurance and an employer funded retirement plan. ULC Team Statement on Race and Social Equity: We are committed to racial and social equity by contributing to a more just society in which everyone can realize their full potential. This includes holding ourselves accountable for an open environment that encourages honest dialogue and a commitment to anti-racism.

Application: Cover letter and resume should be sent to to the attention of Angela Goodrich, Finance and Administration Executive.

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