Summary of Position
The Marketing and Communications Coordinator will be responsible for all elements of external messaging and material creation, which includes brochures, flyers, press releases and packets, social media messaging, and all other marketing-related correspondence. All materials must be written with the house voice, look, and feel, so candidate must be adept at adopting the language and tone of our literary center. They must also be an impeccable writer, with the skill to take material from concept to final draft with little direct supervision. This position will also be responsible for maintaining a database of press and community contacts, as well as internal mailing and email lists, and will be expected to work within various artistic and civic communities to spread the word about the organization and the work we’re doing. Most importantly, the ideal candidate is passionate about reading, writing, and literature, and feels comfortable managing freelancers and working closely with and productively with staff members.
- Create and implement yearly marketing plan for all programs.
- Develop and manage a shared calendar of marketing material development, including a series of scheduled steps toward production.
- Manage the creation, design, writing and distribution all print marketing materials, including brochures, flyers, website images, postcards and letters, often working with a freelance graphic designer and other staff members.
- Write and design (or manage) weekly e-newsletters. Maintain email lists.
- Maintain and promote Lighthouse blog and podcasts.
- Manage all social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) campaigns.
- Write and distribute press releases and messaging to community at large. Develop relationships with local media.
- Maintain and update website pages daily/weekly.
- Manage all media advertising and purchasing in line with budget. Manage relationship with printing vendor.
- Maintain LH style sheet, proofread written materials as needed.
- Serve as final arbiter (and proofreader) of all written materials, as needed.
- Work with Program Director, Program Coordinators, Youth Program Director, and Community Programs Coordinator on all program marketing and other related promotional materials.
- Represent organization within various communities, building a strong network of professional and personal connections.
- Attend and engage constituents at various public events.
Experience and Education
Candidates must possess exceptional writing ability, and must feel comfortable working with feedback from a team of professional writers. Must also be an experienced and knowledgeable proofreader. Should possess a bachelor’s degree, and at least five years’ experience with marketing, writing, and public relations—ideally in a nonprofit setting.
The ideal candidate will have experience marketing a wide variety of programs to people who are already engaged with the organization while reaching and cultivating new audiences.
Must be an outgoing and energetic champion of the Lighthouse mission, and be willing to network and develop relationships with civic and artistic institutions, as well as individuals and arts supporters. Must also have experience with effective social media strategies. Familiarity with website content editing is also integral, as is working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, and social media technologies. Ideal candidate is an avid reader who enjoys keeping up-to-date on literary culture, both here in Denver and beyond.
The ideal candidate will also be a highly organized, flexible, easy-going, and goal-driven self-starter who enjoys creating positive and inspiring relationships with internal and external parties. Also enjoys working unsupervised for long periods of time, occasionally on weekends and at night. Attention to detail and professionalism are imperative.
After a 90-day probationary period, benefits include 15 days of paid time off (PTO) which can be used as sick, vacation, or personal time. Also includes four free eight-week workshops, and four free one-day workshops per year.
Other benefits: Medical insurance, SEP IRA, and Health Savings Account.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Lighthouse is an equal opportunity employer.
The Lighthouse Young Writers Camp is led by published and award-winning writers, and each workshop is designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and excitement about writing. Our camp is held at Lighthouse, 1515 Race Street, Denver CO, 80206.
During each camp, young writers will work at length with a number of published instructors in a variety of genres and will leave camp with at least one completed piece of work and enthusiasm about pieces-to-come! Our full day camps include a lunch hour for eating (please bring your lunch), free writing, hanging out with new friends, and lawn-cartwheeling. The camp culminates each year in a public reading, where students have the opportunity to showcase their work.
Each participant also receives a professionally published anthology featuring the best work each young writer completed during camp. Our hope is that each participant will leave the camp with a new awareness of the writing craft and increased confidence in their writing and in themselves—not to mention a lot of new writer friends!
Lighthouse staff and faculty review each application, looking particularly at a student's expressed interest in writing and writing sample. Beginning in mid-March, we will review and accept applications on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of submitting their application.
If a camp fills, we will create a waitlist. If any student declines or cancels their acceptance, we will contact the next student on the waitlist.
If a camp is full, we will post that information on our website. Currently, space is available in all camps.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
We strive to fill our camp with students who show a passion for writing, a creative spark, a desire to explore new topics, and openness to discovering new things. Group dynamics are especially important in a camp as small as ours, so we expect that all applicants will be respectful of instructors and their peers, and motivated to write. We also welcome a diverse range of interests in our students—some are experienced writers with hundreds of pages under their belts, while others excel at sports, music, math, or science, but want to gain more experience in writing. We do not discriminate based on the need for financial aid.
The cost of the camp is $375. This cost includes a copy of a professionally published book after the camp weeks are completed. Payment is required to secure a spot once you have received an acceptance. After you’ve received an acceptance letter, please register online, call with payment, or send us a check. For cancellations and refunds, see our cancellation policy.
Lighthouse believes that all young people should have an opportunity to explore the world through creative writing. Therefore, we offer a sliding scale to families who need financial aid. Funding support is provided by Grace US Foundation and individual patrons. To request financial assistance, please fill out the appropriate sections of the application form. We will contact you about financial aid at the time of your acceptance to our camp.