Director of Digital Storytelling at thinkLaw
*Final Application Deadline: Monday, June 6, 2022*
thinkLaw’s vision is a world where critical thinking is taught by all teachers and to all students, leveling the playing field for 21st century success. To that end, thinkLaw seeks a Director of Digital Storytelling to promote stories that drive engagement, promote partnerships, and activate current and future supporters, thereby further igniting the movement of thinkLaw where this mission becomes reality.
thinkLaw exists to create a world where critical thinking is no longer a luxury good. We help educators teach critical thinking to all students, not just the highest achieving ones at the most exclusive schools. Rote memorization and spoon-fed learning will not prepare young people for the rapidly changing workforce that awaits them. This is why thinkLaw increases educational equity by giving all students access to critical thinking. We do this through our award-winning curriculum that uses real-life legal cases in upper grades and fairy tales and nursery rhymes in lower grades as a hook to unleash the critical thinking potential of all students and powerful professional development that helps educators apply rigorous inquiry strategies that help them transform from asking “what” and “how to” to “why” and “what if.”
thinkLaw has partnered with over 500 school systems and organizations in 40 states in since launching in June 2015 and has thousands of opportunities for new partnerships due to our tremendous exposure through national and regional education conferences, social media and email marketing efforts, district-wide approvals in hundreds of schools districts, and the success of our founder’s books, Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students and Tangible Equity: A Guide to Leveraging Student Identity, Culture, and Power to Unlock Excellence In and Beyond the Classroom.
At thinkLaw, the Director of Digital Storytelling will use platforms to allow visitors to experience thinkLaw in the same way as if they had a front row seat to a professional development session or a thinkLaw classroom. Success will require you to bring a passion for thinkLaw’s work, the knowledge of how content strategy can mold a user’s relationship with the brand, and the ability to utilize digital resources and channels to catalyze the excitement of the movement. Due to your success as the Director of Digital Storytelling, you will help thinkLaw tell the story of critical thinking as equity and continue to interrupt inequities in education across the country at an even higher level.
As the Director of Digital Storytelling, you will:
Engage and Excite
- Develop and implement the organization’s social media strategy, including marketing plans that leverage social media outlets to achieve goals.
- Monitor, post to, and analyze social media channels to build a highly engaged community of followers.
- Utilize images in real time from training sessions, conferences, and other events to tell compelling stories that keep our audience attached to the work thinkLaw is leading around the country.
- Establish and maintain relationships with bloggers, podcast hosts, and other members of the online community.
Create and Curate
- Analyze data to drive decisions and engagement.
- Identify new content types and delivery mechanisms to exponentially increase our audience reach.
- Coordinate, fine tune, and resurface an incredible suite of content (blog posts, graphics, podcasts, testimonials, webinars, articles) to attract attention, support strong engagement, and ensure that potential partners and customers become satisfied users.
Collaborate and Communicate
- Provide subject matter expertise and recommendations on emerging trends and user adoption strategies.
- Collaborate with all internal teams – particularly the directors of digital marketing, sales, partner success, and operations – to drive engagement, partner acquisition, and overall communication strategy.
A Profile – Director of Digital Storytelling
We encourage candidates to apply who may not have every single quality of this profile, yet have significant, relevant capabilities and experience that would allow them to succeed in this role.
- Energized by the opportunity to create, curate and share the stories that make the difference to the mission and vision of thinkLaw.
- An expert-level prioritizer, able to manage time skillfully and tackle tasks, both large and small, with efficiency and effectiveness.
- An independent and innovative self-starter, with strong cross-group collaboration skills and relentlessly persistent follow-up.
- Goals- and results-oriented, proactive about dismantling roadblocks and adapting quickly to change.
- Eager for feedback to support your own continual development and to support the positive outcomes for the organization.
- As passionate about education equity as you are about doing the unsexy tasks necessary to move important work forward, with an ongoing dedication to DEIB, developing your cultural competence, and embodying anti-racist leadership and inclusiveness.
- An approachable, precise communicator, capable of speaking with intention from an authentic position without being cliche or relying on buzzwords.
- Known for being responsible and reliable, particularly with sensitive information such as passwords and backend information.
- Principled, with an impeccable reputation for honesty and integrity.
Knowledge and Expertise
The Director of Digital Storytelling will have a/n:
- Deep understanding of how Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) issues impact classrooms across the country and how thinkLaw equips teachers, leaders, students, and families with practical tools to make equity a reality.
- Strong sense of empathy for the realities of classroom educators, school leaders, and school system leaders.
- Exceptional strengths as a communicator, writer, editor, and presenter, who is thoughtful, creative, and strategic about the creation of content.
- In-depth knowledge and experience in social media platforms, including management tools, analytics, and reporting.
- Expertise with determining KPIs/success metrics against site destinations, individualized web experiences, user journeys, content funnels and cycles, audience segmentation, web page objectives and UX (user experience design) based on content intent.
- Ability to synthesize information from a/n article, lesson, or event and make timely and deeply relevant connections to the mission and vision of thinkLaw in a social media platform-specific way, catalyzing the message and movement.
- Expertise with developing, managing, and optimizing communications across multiple channels including search, display advertising, website, and email.
- Strong sense of discernment; curates with purpose and with an acknowledgement of when an idea is out of scope.
Education and Experience
The Director of Digital Storytelling will have education and experience in the following areas:
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with at least 4 years of experience in related positions required.
- Digital marketing experience, including demonstrated capacity to execute campaigns and leverage dynamic, tailored content to drive engagement, activation, and membership via web, social, and email.
- Additional experience, preferred:
- A degree in journalism
- Experience in navigating various channels and social media management systems that help brand communication reach a national level.
- Experience teaching or working with students in K-12 public Title I schools.
- Collaboration with key stakeholders (senior/executive administrators) and decision-makers in K-12 education.
- Autonomy and independence within a flexible work environment (work-from-home) and family-friendly business practices.
- Salary: $65,000 annually with an opportunity for organization and individual performance-based bonuses.
- Competitive benefits, including healthcare with 100% employer paid health care for the employee. 15 days of PTO and 12 sick days in addition to the two weeks of company closure in December and July.
- The opportunity to work for a mission-based, social enterprise that is revolutionizing education.
Commitment to Equity
thinkLaw is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to addressing issues of racism and inequity. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where every staff member feels heard, supported, valued, and can share their authentic brilliance to move the mission forward. Applicants who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, women, people with disabilities, queer, trans, non-binary, immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply.
thinkLaw is a national organization and the Director of Digital Storytelling can be located anywhere.
Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
Significant travel is not expected for this role.
If you have a passion for the K-12 ecosystem, education equity, and critical thinking, and you possess a strong ability to tell the stories that keeps the audience inspired and engaged, we want to hear from you! Please review the job description details and apply using the Application Guidance below as soon as possible to have your candidacy considered for this amazing role!
OneTeacher is conducting the executive search for thinkLaw’s Director of Digital Storytelling. At OneTeacher we care deeply about education equity and connect individuals and organizations that will advance this cause. We partner with like-minded organizations like thinkLaw to support them in making a match with professionals who will make their vision and mission a reality.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those who apply by June 6, 2022.
Please submit all application components directed to Erin Tobin, email@example.com. Applications should include the components listed below:
1) A resume.
2) A portfolio or a collection of links that showcase your storytelling work via social media and other relevant media (blogs, websites, articles, marketing campaigns.)
3) A thoughtful and compelling cover letter that addresses:
- Why are you interested in working with thinkLaw? Please share what about thinkLaw inspires you and why.
- What relevant qualifications and experience do you bring to this role?
- A brief description of the portfolio or collection of materials that you are submitting. If you have co-constructed any of the materials please cite and describe the contributions of each contributor.
4) A list of three references* that includes names, affiliation, relationship to you while you worked together, email addresses and phone numbers.
*References will not be contacted until the final stage of the search and candidates will be given an opportunity to notify their references in advance.