Sisters in Cinema Marketing and Communications Assistant


About the Role

The Marketing and Communications Assistant will assist with the organizational marketing and communications needs of Sisters in Cinema including event and programming support at-large. The Assistant role sits within the creative marketing and communications area and plays an important role at the intersection of programs and production. The Marketing and Communications Assistant guides the production of assets from creation to distribution. 

This role utilizes a set of project management and community engagement skills to ensure that Sisters in Cinema provides thoughtful internal and external communication. With the Director of Production, Partnerships, and Branding as the direct supervisor, and working closely with the Program Manager and Media Arts Center Director, this position will be responsible for assisting with execution of the marketing and communications for Sisters in Cinema.

This role sometimes requires work on evenings, weekends, and other non-standard work hours. 

The Objectives You Will Meet

As the Marketing and Communications Assistant, you will be responsible for assisting with the execution of Sisters in Cinema marketing and communications strategy, with an emphasis on external communications, social media management, and publications. This role serves as a weaver and connector across a diverse slate of organizational efforts. 

Social Media Management:

  • Assist in the creation and execution of a monthly social media calendar including launch runway and strategy.
  • Identify, collect, and organize information for and about Sisters in Cinema programming, productions, and other events.
  • Assist in the development and curation of thought-provoking and visually appealing content, including photos, videos, and written copy for social media, new/emerging media, print, and other genres that showcase Sisters in Cinema’s programming, productions, and impact.
  • Maintain asset trackers and sync cross departmentally and with other partners to ensure understanding of asset production statuses and timing.

Brand Communications:

  • Maintain monthly Sister Social community newsletter 
  • Maintain quarterly organizational newsletter featuring program news, event news, notes from leadership, partnerships, collaborations, etc. 
  • Assist in management of public communications tasks including maintenance of opportunities database, partner toolkits, year-in-review, and general updates to the organizational WordPress website.

Administration:

  • Review and proofread materials, including social media posts, website, advertisements, articles, brochures, etc.
  • Assist in documenting (via photo and/or video) programs and events
  • Serve as a thought partner in creating content for and about Black women and gender non-conforming media makers.
  • Perform monthly review and maintenance of MailChimp audience database.
  • Maintain updated press and industry contact lists

How You Will Meet These Objectives

  • Manage internal calendar for all Sisters in Cinema marketing and communications so that the entire team stays up-to-date on all key initiatives and campaigns
  • Provide administrative support to the Director of Production and Partnerships throughout the planning and implementation of Sisters in Cinema marketing and communications campaigns.
  • Identify areas of improvement for marketing and communications management workflow within Sisters in Cinema; and assist in providing support in those areas.
  • Alongside the Director of Production, Partnerships, and Branding, collaborate with the Program Manager to define goals, timelines and deliverables of all Sisters in Cinema programs and events.
  • Assist in the set-up, main activity, and break down of all Sisters in Cinema events 
  • Ensure that Sisters in Cinema meets its outlined goals, timelines and deliverables
  • Assist Director of Production and Partnerships, as needed

Who You Are

At Sisters in Cinema, we welcome and embrace a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and approaches to work. We also understand the importance of being transparent in our expectations. If you meet the expectations below, we welcome you to apply.

A well-matched candidate will bring the following:

  • Proven track record of supporting Black women & Black gender nonconforming people in community-engaged work
  • Forward thinking that proactively addresses needs as they come up
  • Excellent personal, written and verbal communication skills, as well as high attention to detail.
  • Proactive storytelling skills, with experience turning dense or wordy information into compelling, community-centered stories and social posts.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience with standard office (Google Suite, Word, and Excel) and creative (Adobe Suite, Canva, Photoshop, or another graphic design software) required
  • Previous experience with WordPress and/or willingness and ability to learn WordPress website management software 
  • You have at least 1–3 years of experience working for a nonprofit organization, social justice or other related work experience.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Remain in a stationary position/location, often sitting for prolonged periods in an indoor office environment.
  • Must be able to navigate throughout various offices of the building.
  • Communicate with others to exchange information and perform duties.
  • Ability to read materials on a computer screen.
  • Repeat motions that may include the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Moderate noise level consistent with an office environment.
  • Ideally has a driver’s license and access to a car.

How We Invest in You

Compensation

We offer competitive compensation ranging from $40,000-$42,500.

Health Insurance

Sisters in Cinema provides 100% premium coverage of health, dental, vision, and life insurance. All employees are eligible to participate in the Organization’s medical benefit plan, pursuant to the medical benefit plan’s eligibility terms, effective on the first day of employment. The premiums are fully paid for by Sisters in Cinema, except in instances where employee contributions are mandated by the insurance carrier.

Retirement Plan

Employees are eligible for a 401(k) retirement plan. 

Paid Time Off

Sisters in Cinema recognizes the importance of time off from work.  The office is closed for 10 holidays. Annually, full-time employees receive 10 vacation days (15 at the two-year mark) and 6 safe and sick leave days. Sisters in Cinema offices are also closed from December 24 – December 31, so our team can prioritize rest and well-being at the end of the year.

Location

This position is based in Chicago, IL. All staff are currently working with a hybrid office/remote schedule until the Media Arts Center opens in March. The current office is located at 7140 S Yates Blvd., Chicago, IL 60649. The Media Arts Center is located at 2310 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60649.

Equal Opportunity

Sisters in Cinema is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. As such, we strongly encourage and seek applications from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women and gender nonconforming individuals, people of color, bilingual and multicultural individuals, people with working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, as well as members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Applicants with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the process. Please let us know how Sisters in Cinema might be able to meet your accessibility needs in writing at the time of application.

More About Sisters in Cinema

Sisters in Cinema was founded in 1997 as an online resource for and about African American women media makers. Today, we are a Chicago based 501(c)3 non-profit with an inclusive mission to center and celebrate Black girls, women, and gender nonconforming media makers, providing programs designed to educate, raise visibility, and support and serve our communities. We envision a world where all Black girls, women, and gender nonconforming media makers and storytellers have equal opportunities to create and thrive. To learn more, visit: www.sistersincinema.com.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, complete this application in its entirety. In it, we will ask you to upload your cover letter, résumé, and include a list of three work-related references who can speak to your qualifications for this position.

In your cover letter, we invite you to respond to the following prompts:

  1. Why is being Sisters in Cinema’s Marketing and Communications Assistant the next best step for you professionally? 
  2. What motivates you to want to join Sisters in Cinema?
  3. Tell us why our vision statement is important to you. (We envision a world where all Black girls, women and gender nonconforming media makers and storytellers have equal opportunities to create and thrive.)

Applications are rolling until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on February 19, 2024.

Start date: Spring 2024.

Have questions? Send an email to jobs@sistersincinema.com. We check our inbox daily Monday-Friday.

Hiring companies: We will not respond to emails about this position.