Communications Manager

The Telling Room - Portland, Maine

Job Category: Communications/Marketing

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: March 06, 2019

About Our Organization

At The Telling Room, we empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.

Job Summary

The Telling Room’s Communications Manager is responsible for all communications and public engagement activity to support our strategic objectives.

We are seeking an experienced individual to lead our communications, serve as a key spokesperson, and help shape the organization’s future through brand stewardship and sustainability efforts.

This is a full-time position and will require travel and some evening and weekend hours.

This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Why Work at The Telling Room?

You will be able to walk the fine line between fun and silly, wacky and smart. And while The Telling Room is informal, we are serious about our field and our community!

We’re familiar, friendly, and straightforward, with a commitment to excellence and fun. Our staff is small and close-knit, and we care about our culture.

If you value inclusion, embrace working with a variety of people, and can maintain your sense of humor in January in Maine, then you will fit well here.


Strategy, Vision, and Brand

  • Develop, implement, and execute an annual communications and events plan
  • Lead the creative and written development of all print and electronic communications and collateral materials
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with reporters, bloggers, and other members of the media
  • Develop media pitches and write press releases
  • Manage website content, including updates to reflect TR news, events, and all programs
  • Manage the “look + feel” of the Telling Room Brand including the oversight of the evolution and adherence to design standards
  • Manage print collateral for all external communications
  • Guide the organization’s storytelling voice
  • Work closely and effectively with staff and volunteers

Development and Events

  • Work alongside the development director and executive director to promote and execute TR community events, the annual fundraising event, and other public engagement opportunities
  • Work with The TR’s development director to create print and electronic fundraising collateral in alignment with overall brand and vision, including the annual appeal, the annual report, and special campaigns


  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to communicate the mission of The Telling Room and our programs with clarity to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, adapt to change, and meet deadlines
  • Experience in managing websites and knowledge of design software
  • Innovative and critical thinker with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • High level of proficiency with Adobe Suite and other graphic design programs
  • Passion for The Telling Room’s mission


This is not an entry-level position. This position requires at least 5 years of experience working with teams and colleagues across multiple sectors to develop and deliver internal and external communications.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, a one-page writing sample, social media post samples, and any other relevant collateral material to Celine Kuhn at

We are an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and we strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply.

Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.


Working Conditions

  • 40-hour week in accordance with the TR’s Flex-Time Policy
  • Some travel is required
  • Must have access to a car
  • A background check is required to ensure applicants can work around youth


Paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, health insurance, and contribution to a Simple IRA