Director/Partner of Communications

About RootED

We’ve set an audacious goal: all Denver Public Schools students will attend a high-performing school that prepares them for what’s next — success in college, in careers, and in life.

At RootED, we believe students, schools, and communities thrive when they have the access, tools, and resources to drive change. That’s why we provide funding and strategic support to schools and organizations that authentically engage their communities to create world-class public schools for every student in Denver.

Reaching our goal requires a departure from the status quo. The lack of access to a quality education disproportionately affects students of color, low income students, and students with disabilities. Many of these children, their families, educators, and surrounding communities are left out of efforts to improve their schools.

So, We’re investing in partners that ensure those voices are at the center of decision-making. Specifically, our funding priorities include:

RootED is an organization that utilizes a co-leadership partnership model where each Partner leads a key aspect of our work and where every Partner is involved in key organizational strategic decisions.

About the Role

As Director or Partner of Communications, you will play a leadership role on our team by developing and executing our communications strategy through network building, digital storytelling and earned media. Your role will focus on raising awareness of RootED’s work, elevating the impact of our grantee organizations, and ultimately influencing public attitudes around educational equity problems and solutions. This is a new role and includes responsibility for our organizational communications as well as coordinating our communications work across the Metro Denver education ecosystem, including identifying and amplifying shared messages aligned with our goals and values. This role provides opportunities for engagement with teams and senior stakeholders across the city, as well as the opportunity to manage our partnership with the communications firm that has laid a strong foundation for our work in this area thus far. Depending on our chosen candidate’s demonstrated readiness to step into full ownership of a complex communications strategy as well as co-ownership of broad organizational decision-making, this role may hold a Director or a Partner title. Major areas of responsibility include:

Strategy Development & Oversight

Stakeholder Engagement

Storytelling

Key Qualifications

Strong candidates will have the following skills and experiences:

Team Orientation

Strong candidates will have the following qualities:

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $100,000 – $130,000 (Director) or $130,000 – $165,000 (Partner), depending on our chosen candidate’s readiness to fully engage in all aspects of the organizational leadership, communications leadership and stakeholder engagement components of this role upon hire. We are mindful of market pay inequities and are committed to making an offer that is externally and internally equitable; our offer will be based on the demands of the role and the skills and experiences the candidate brings. RootED provides a comprehensive benefits package and opportunities for meaningful advancement for all team members.

RootED is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Application

To apply, please submit a resume and a response to the prompt below to: rooted@rooteddenver.org.

Please answer the following briefly and in a medium of your choosing (if you answer in written form, please keep to under 150 words per response; if you answer in video form, please keep to under 2 minutes per response).

  1. What makes you a great potential fit for this role?
  2. What does community-driven change mean to you? 
  3. What is your proudest accomplishment when it comes to using storytelling to achieve tangible outcomes that advance racial equity (e.g. shifts in political attitudes, policy change)?  How would you apply your learnings from this to advancing racial equity in education as RootED’s Director/Partner of Communications? If you have one or more artifacts that capture this accomplishment, please attach them to your email response.