YCB is hiring a Communications Associate

YCB is hiring a Communications Associate

Applications due February 4. See full description below. Forward to any individuals who may be interested in this position.

Full Time Equivalency: 100%

Reports to: Executive Director


Summary Description:

The Communications Associate is the sole communications staff person for the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board and is responsible for communications, IT and data base management.  The Communications Associate supports all YCB staff in their communications needs but works under the direction of the Executive Director.  This is a full-time position.


Responsibilities include managing web communications and social networking, updating and maintaining data bases, production and dissemination of a monthly newsletter and other promotional materials through GovDelivery.com and providing Communications support to staff.


Qualified candidates for the position of Communications Associate will have strong project management capabilities and familiarity with various electronic platforms. They will also be well organized and flexible with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with all levels of management and staff, elected officials, members of the public, and youth from diverse backgrounds as well as outside partners and vendors.


Duties Include:

I. Management of YCB Web Site

  • Update existing pages and create new pages as needed

  • Monitor Site for server and Internet problems

  • Update Site with latest information, create new links

  • Explore new website options and coordinate the transition

II. Coordinate the Development and Production of the YCB Promotional Materials

  • Write, edit and design YCB monthly newsletter for staff, board, and stakeholders

  • Write, edit and design YCB Fact Sheets, YCB Annual Report, and other collateral materials

  • Create flyers, posters, invitation, and programs for events for YCB and YCB affiliated events

  • Manage and develop YCB social media sites

  • Manage YCB Data Base

  • Develop and drive a marketing plan for What’s Up 612!

  • Assist other YCB programs with promotional materials as needed

IV. Assist the Minneapolis Youth Congress in their Communications Needs

  • Manage, with the MYC, their social media presence

  • Work with the MYC on promotional materials for meetings, conferences, workshops and events

  • Attend MYC meetings when necessary

  • Provide other communications support as needed

V. Manage YCB Media and Social Media Presence

  • Set up and manage digital marketing campaigns.

  • Write and distribute news releases and media alerts for programs

  • Create media opportunities that promote the YCB mission, goals and priority areas

  • Develop talking points for staff and YCB jurisdictional partners including elected officials

  • Provide media training for staff, Minneapolis Youth Congress members and others as needed.

  • Monitor media for information relevant to the YCB and disseminate to staff and partners

  • Measure results of all online marketing

VI. Manage and Support App Development

  • Oversee the continuing development of MYCepaz -the teen stress and well-being app

  • Research and oversee the development of new apps as requested by staff

VII. Internal Communications

  • Manage SharePoint

  • Work with Minneapolis IT to implement new software

VIII. Other

  • Review materials prior to mailing, publication for YCB staff as requested

  • Assist in the writing and editing of foundation requests

  • Assist the YCB staff in planning special events and in creating materials for events such as invitations, programs, material packets, banners, etc.

  • Work with YCB staff, when needed, to secure speakers and facilities for special events

  • Complete other activities as requested


  • BA Degree or equivalent in a communications related field such as journalism or English

  • Basic familiarity with content sharing tools such as SharePoint. Familiarity with the Microsoft Tools Suite and GovDelivery.com is helpful

  • Commitment to equity and a strong understanding of how systemic inequity creates and perpetuates community disparities

  • Ability to collaborate and lead cross-functionally to achieve goals and create deliverables

  • Ability to effectively communicate and exchange information

  • Experience managing a web site, social networking and databases

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to prioritize

  • Professional demeanor and experience working as a member of a staff team

  • Self-starter and flexible

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out core business activities such as writing high quality letters, descriptions, newsletter articles and web content and ability to proofread/edit others work

  • Experience working well with all levels of management and staff, elected officials, members of the public, and youth from diverse backgrounds as well as outside partners and vendors

Compensation and hours:

100% time, typically Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day

Staff are eligible for benefits including medical and dental.

Wage - $16.82 to $19.23 per hour


To Apply:  Submit a letter and resume by February 4 to Ann DeGroot, Executive Director, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, 330 – 2nd Avenue S, Suite 540, Minneapolis, MN  55401, ycb@ci.minneapolis.mn.us.