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Full Time

Director of Marketing and Communications

Position Summary

Department: Marketing & Communications
Supervised By: Executive Director

The Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership for the Marketing and Communications department. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Marketing and Communications is responsible for developing strategic plans in alignment with the organization’s overall direction with the end goal of ensuring CRS achieves its annual and long-term performance metrics. The Director is expected to articulate and use a well-designed data analysis plan as insight for engaging and maintain engagement of current and potential customers and to inform all marketing communication and advertising campaign decisions and actions. This position is responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive marketing and communication plan and for heavy collaboration on business development plans.

The Director develops and oversees short- and long-term annual marketing and communications promotional projects for all of CRS’s programs, products and services and oversees the quality control and project management process as a key tool for protecting brand integrity and reputation.

The Director is also responsible for overseeing and planning for CRS’s social media strategy and for ensuring desired messaging are consistently communicated internally and externally and for CRS’s annual conference. The Director is responsible for ensuring CRS’s websites have quality marketing and communication messages and functioning.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Planning, designing, and implementing marketing and promotional campaign projects

Creates and implements an annual strategic plan aligned to CRS’s revenue stream metrics, marketing and communication and business development goals. Evaluates and adjusts that plan on a regular and on-going basis for effectiveness to achieve desired results and return on investment.

  • Responsible for the development of annual and on-going marketing projects and ensuring each project follows a well-designed quality control and development process that supports on-time and on-budget completion and execution of the project.
  • Ensures that each marketing project has a unique identity and that they are developed with the intention to achieve or exceed annual goals. Leads a departmental culture that is nimble and flexible (growth mindset) so as to quickly adapt and improve strategies and activities based upon quality data and feedback. The current body of work for which Marketing and Communications is responsible for setting annual goals are:
    • Responsive Classroom contracts for four-day courses and one-day workshops in the US and internationally. These services are provided all year long.
    • Responsive Classroom advertised events for four-day courses (June, July, Aug in US and all year long internationally) and one-day workshops (October – March).
    • Responsive Classroom publications
    • Ave A Books
    • Fly Five Curriculum & SEL Workshop
    • CRS national conference
  • Leads the production of high-quality catalogs and other print and digital sales materials. Responsible for the collaboration needed to ensure the editorial and design direction for all marketing and communication materials are accurate, consistent and internally vetted prior to release
  • Oversees the curation and management of marketing assets
  • Responsible for conducting regular marketing research and measuring the success of a campaign with an emphasis on analysis, insight, and recommended action
  • Plans and oversees the execution of CRS’s annual conference
Well-designed communication and cross-promotional plans
  • Responsible for leading communication intended to engage, educate, advocate, and project CRS and its programs as a leader in SEL program development, publications, curriculum, service provider and researcher that is well respected, highly-used and has a national and global reach
  • Ensures that communication plans and activities are understood as an investment and each communication plan has a clearly identified expected return on the investment
  • Responsible for developing a set of annual communication plans that follow an editorial calendar and ensure that each plan has the required bank of materials/assets. Does a regular evaluation of the effectiveness of planned activities and sets expectations and improvement changes based on data analysis and feedback. The current body of work included in CRS’s communication plan includes:
    • Social media channels
    • Social and Emotional Learning Professional Association
    • Newsletters, blogs, regular emails
    • Sponsorships, advertisements, and presentations and exhibits at other conferences
  • Responsible for creating, implementing and collaborating on timely programmatic cross-promotional strategies and activities
  • Implement a plan for maintaining an updated and well-organized database
  • Coordinate and support the implementation of all webinars
Brand integrity and websites
  • Responsible for providing leadership and collaborating with the Director of IT to ensure all of CRS’s websites meet the primary objectives of:
    • Creating a display that convinces site visitors to become loyal customers and positioning CRS in an educational and marketable way
    • Present its programs, products, and services as best-in-class, high-quality and -value, a reliable source of useful and practical content, dependable, trustworthy, and experienced in education and SEL
    • Existing as marketing and communication tools intended to generate business and a place where business can be easily transacted
    • A source for promoting goodwill among customers and prospects, and delivering strong marketing messages
    • Beautifully designed, easy to navigate, sensibly organized, frequently updated, and inspiring
  • Collaborates with Directors of IT, Business Development and Customer Care, Administration & Strategy, and Finance on the development and e-commerce functions of CRS’s websites and the Directors of Programs and Publications on content development and design
  • Responsible for ensuring all print and digital marketing materials are branded appropriately and free of grammatical errors, easy to read and process, well-designed and presented with integrity and consistency
  • Ensures there is a consistent marketing message across the organization, including unified messaging via emails, phone messages, and other external communications
  • Oversees media relations, has a regular press release schedule, and provides tools for customers to complete their own press releases
  • Ensures that CRS uses communication tools that are well suited to our current and future audience
Collaborates and acts on strategy
  • In collaboration with other directors, design, support, and oversee cross-functional teams as appropriate to carry out marketing activities
  • Lead a collaborative effort between the Marketing and Communications staff and other departments to plan all aspects of CRS conferences, panels and forums, and secondary events
  • Collaborates with relevant directors to generate campaigns that drive sales of services and products, in particular, the Summer Cross-Promotional Plan
  • Collaborates with other directors to plan and implement CRS’s annual conference
  • Collaborates with Principal Scientist to develop and share research data or to conduct market research and to support education, engagement, and advocacy communications
  • Collaborates with other directors on asset creation and for print and digital product development, social media assets including photography and videography
Other Duties
  • Plan, develop, implement and monitor the Marketing and Communications department annual budget
  • Represents CRS positively and professionally in interactions with clients, vendors, and the community at large
  • Serves on CRS’s leadership team, playing a key role in setting and executing organizational strategy
  • Attend Board meetings as needed, assisting the Executive Director with preparation of materials and reports.
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

  • Five or more years of successful leadership; with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism (communication), education, marketing, advertising or business; experience in marketing, communication, advertising, and brand management preferred
  • Experienced in communicating with multiple educational professional audiences
  • Able to operate on both a tactical and a strategic level, overseeing highly effective teams while also collaborating with colleagues to develop new, innovative marketing and communications solutions
  • High accountability for performance; goal-oriented, flexible, and creative under pressure
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to hire, train, and motivate team members
  • Ability to travel (sometimes extensively) is required
  • Regular and reliable attendance
  • Maintains membership in a professional organization, such as the American Marketing Association (AMA); keeps informed of developments in the fields of communications, marketing, advertising, and education and use this information to help CRS operate with initiative and innovation
  • Disposition is consistently professional, cooperative, and collegial as evidenced by workplace maturity, composure, perspective, transparency, reliability, integrity and trustworthiness
  • Caring for and commitment to the mission, vision, and direction of CRS

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to use a computer for up to 8 hours per day, with breaks and lunch.
  • Ability to talk on the telephone for up to 4 hours per day.
  • Ability to travel by airplane and automobile.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds on occasion.


These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to perform this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of this position, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.  Responsibilities, tasks, and duties of individual jobholders may vary from the above description.  Other duties, as assigned by the jobholder’s supervisor, may also be required.


Staff Accountant I

Position Summary

Department: Finance
Supervised By: Director of Finance

This position is responsible for all activities related to the processing of our bi-weekly payroll, including timesheet review, benefit and salary calculations, and processing of retirement and flex spending account contributions. This person provides assistance to close our books timely on a monthly basis by preparing journal entries throughout the month as necessary information becomes available. This position supports the accounts receivable and accounts payable activities of the department and provides training to other staff when needed.   This position also has accounting responsibility for project development budgets, monthly staff time logged for projects and for providing actual vs budget reporting to directors regularly.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Payroll and Benefits
  • Reviews all employee timesheets for accurate entry of time worked and Department, Product, and Offering  selection as well as compliance with company policies regarding use of paid time off
  • Verifies per diem timesheets have all been submitted and completed accurately based on Salesforce staffing records and follows up on any discrepancies when necessary
  • Processes bi-weekly payroll, including any benefit or salary change calculations
  • Maintains offering list for timesheets in CheckWriters
  • Process bi-weekly contributions to retirement plans and flex spending accounts
  • Verifies benefit calculations provided by HR and enters into payroll system
  • Monthly reconciliation of medical and dental insurance accounts
  • Annual review of employee paid time off balances eligible for rollover and updates CheckWriters based on rollover and new benefit year PTO
  • Maintain strict confidentiality with regard to all payroll and benefit information
Month-End Closing
  • Assist with month-end activities for closing the books
    • balances all tracking spreadsheets to the general ledger prior to posting closing journal entries
    • prepares journal entries related to the bank reconciliation
    • reviews journal entries to recognize prepaid expenses and unearned revenue
    • prepares journal entries to accrue for any outstanding expenses and revenue including reversals of any prior month accruals
    • review of all general ledger account activity before month-end closing is finalized
  • Prepare budget vs actual reports for distribution to department directors
Department Support
  • Provides assistance and back up to Accounts Receivable Clerk and the Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Assists with training other staff as necessary
Project Development Budget
  • Review and fully understand the current development projects and their budgets
  • Collect and review monthly tracking of staff time on development projects
  • Review project development expense activity and ensure all expense coding follows CRS’ policy for amortization
  • Keep track of monthly actual development cost as compared to budget
  • Update and maintain amortization spreadsheets
  • Maintain fiscal year expense tracking spreadsheet for all development projects along with supporting documentation for annual audit

  • Assists in preparing year-end closing entries
  • Assists in the annual external audit review by helping to prepare analysis, documents, reconciliations and other requests from auditors

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required

  • Associates degree in Accounting
  • Two to three years of related financial/office experience
  • Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel & MS Outlook
  • Knowledge of CheckWriters Payroll system is a plus
  • Knowledge of accounting software packages for general ledger accounting
  • High attention to detail
  • Accurate and efficient work despite interruptions
  • The ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Must be flexible and able to adapt to a changing environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Exhibit a professional, businesslike demeanor
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work autonomously
  • Regular and reliable attendance

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to use a computer for up to 8 hours per day with breaks and lunch
  • Lift up to 30  lbs. on occasion


These requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive, of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to perform this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of this position, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties.  Responsibilities, tasks, and duties of individual jobholders may vary from the above description.  Other duties, as assigned by the jobholder’s supervisor, may also be required.



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