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Communications Coordinator

ABOUT US | HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) is an employee-owned company advising public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic clients on how to increase opportunity and advance quality of life in cities. 

We believe in creating vital places, building more equitable and resilient communities, and improving people’s lives. 

From Brooklyn to London, Medellin to Hong Kong, we have guided hundreds of clients in transforming real estate and economic development concepts, and public infrastructure, first into actionable plans then into job-producing, community-strengthening assets

Our clients include real estate owners and investors, hospitals and universities, cultural institutions and philanthropies, community development organizations and governments. 
HR&A has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, and Washington D.C. We come from diverse backgrounds, have a breadth of lived experience, and share a passion for cities. We are former city officials, executive directors, planners, lawyers, architects, and economists. 

Learn more about careers at HR&A on our website here.  

Who Are We Looking For? 

THE ROLE | HR&A is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator. This position can be based in our Washington, DC or Dallas, TX offices. 

This new role will report to the Communications Manager, who leads the firm’s approach to Communications and Marketing. As part of HR&A’s Growth Team, this role is critical for supporting the growth of the firm’s business and brand with purpose. This dynamic team is focused on the firm’s current and future approach to business and brand development, including strategy, operations, and how we promote our impact through storytelling and thought leadership. 

This candidate needs to have experience developing multi-media content, planning and executing large events, and writing high quality communications material. 

This person knows how to tell persuasive stories and synthesize multiple perspectives into a cohesive narrative. We’re seeking someone tech-savvy that’s sharp with social media and understands the type of content that works best on different channels. This person should thrive on creative problem solving and a collaborative approach to building HR&A’s brand. Finally, while they don’t need formal training in urban planning or community development, the Communications Coordinator should share our passion for improving the lives of people in cities and the social impact of HR&A’s work. 

What You Will Work On 

In this role, you can specifically expect to: 
  • Manage all social media channels and the company website (built on WordPress). 
  • HR&A plans to make significant updates to our website in 2023, and the Communications Coordinator will be heavily involved in this project. 
  • Write newsletters, website copy, and brochures with a consistent branded tone and narrative style. 
  • Monitor analytics and create reports detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies. Contribute to strategic planning that incorporates these lessons. 
  • Stay up to date on industry trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices. 
  • Coordinate in-person and virtual programming for events, conferences and other gatherings.
  • Collaborate with an agency to create and coordinate content to support media strategies for various business lines including source pitches, op eds, and press releases. 
  • Support the creation of consistent communication standards, tools, and ways of working to ensure brand cohesion and efficient collaboration with consulting staff. 
  • Work with Business Development Coordinator to create new templates, tools, and narratives to build out our library of branded collateral for communications and business development needs. 
  • Perform communications-related special projects.  

What You Bring 
  • Excellent analytical, written, and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to effectively articulate ideas to staff, clients, and other stakeholders. 
  • Strong organizational skills to manage time effectively and strategically. A strong eye for detail and experience working with a style guide and/or Chicago Manual of Style. 
  • Three or more years of communications experience at an agency, company, nonprofit, government, media organization. Working in or around social impact, public policy, or advocacy is preferred but not required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, PR, marketing, design, communications, business, or related field — or equivalent combination of education and experience and training. 
  • Strong collaborating skills, including some experience in leading a team and/or managing larger projects, as well as working effectively both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Capacity to analyze and interpret data to support decision making and communications strategy. 
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive. 
  • An inquisitive, collaborative, resourceful, multi-tasker who can set priorities, keep calm and solutions-oriented under pressure, and embrace ambiguity. Proficiency in WordPress, InDesign, Mailchimp, LinkedIn, Microsoft Tools, and Zoom are required. 

TRAVEL | In this role you will travel 10% of the time visiting HR&A offices and projects across the country.  

COMPENSATION | The base salary range for this position is $57,000 – $65,000. We offer competitive compensation packages, based on qualifications and experience. We are an employee-owned company, meaning you will have the opportunity to benefit from the firm’s growth over time through participation in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Each year, the firm will contribute funds to this long-term wealth-building account and may make contributions to other retirement accounts. We also provide a comprehensive benefits package that goes well beyond coverage of 90-95% of healthcare premiums, dental and vision coverage.  

HOW TO APPLY HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document (maximum of 2 pages) here.  If you have a digital portfolio, include a link within your cover letter. Applications without a cover lever will not be reviewed

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed.

There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Communications”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process. 

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law. 

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