at After School Matters in Chicago, Illinois, United States
After School Matters is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that annually offers after-school and summer programs to nearly 19,000 Chicago high school teens to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills that will set them up for success in college and beyond.
Thirty years later, now known as After School Matters, our program has engaged more than 400,000 Chicago teens and is the nation’s largest and most successful provider of after-school and summer programs for high school teens. No other organization offers programs to high school students at the scale and quality that we do.
We offer paid apprenticeships led by professionals in the fields of arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Our nationally respected youth development model has been replicated in cities across the country and earned us the City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Programs take place at community locations throughout the city, including three ASM buildings: downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, the Michael and Karyn Lutz Center in Belmont Cragin, and the Pullman community at Gately Park.
Currently, After School Matters’ annual operating budget is approximately $35M and employs approximately 500 staff across the organization.
For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.
Summary of Position:
Are you a community lover, enthusiastic to celebrate and advocate the work of Chicago teens? Do you enjoy storytelling through visual elements (photos, videos, design)? Do you appreciate the power of social media in elevating stories to new audiences?
If so, this internship is for you! Help us raise awareness of After School Matters and encourage teens to take part in our life-changing programs. In this role, we’ll build on the skills you’ve gained in other settings to help launch your career in marketing and communications.
This is a part-time position, 3-months in length, scheduled for approximately 16-24 hours per week within agreed upon working hours.
After School Matters alumni, volunteers, instructors, and other community partners are encouraged to apply.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
+ Support Digital Marketing Manager in promoting After School Matters programs and initiatives on social media platforms.
+ Support content creation by
+ Capturing photos and video of ASM programs throughout the city
+ Creating TikTok videos from submitted content and onsite gathered footage
+ Creating Instagram stories and polls
+ Drafting social media posts highlighting ASM programs and upcoming events
+ Support the ASM graphic design team in creating flyers or graphics for use in social media
+ Help identify current trends to assist in creating teen-friendly content for social media and website development.
+ Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
+ Solid knowledge of and experience with social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok
+ Photography, videography, and graphic design experience
+ Must be creative, imaginative, and innovative
+ Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
+ Detail oriented with strong project management skills
+ Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
+ A strong work ethic, collaborative spirit, and the ability to manage and keep organized multiple independent projects successfully
+ Commitment to a mission-driven organization, ability to maintain donor confidentiality, and desire to advance the mission and vision of After School Matters
+ Self-motivation, ability to work independently, reliability, and proven ability to meet deadlines
+ Must be able to multi-task, meet deadlines, and demonstrate flexibility when workload or priorities change
+ Proficient in social media platforms, especially Instagram and TikTok
+ Proficient in Canva, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign (graphic design software)
+ Familiarity with Asana (or other project management software) preferred
+ Microsoft Office experience required
+ Currently attending a post-secondary institution, in an undergraduate or graduate program
+ Proficiency in social media channels, graphic design, and photography/videography
+ Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
+ Positive, motivating, and team spirited attitude
+ Must be available to work occasional pre-designated nights and weekends
+ Experience with After School Matters (e.g., as an alum or current or former intern, volunteer, instructor, or community partner) preferred
Staff are required to provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or have an approved medical or sincerely held religious beliefs exemption prior to starting employment. If a medical or sincerely held religious belief exemption is approved, weekly Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing is required part of any reasonable accommodation.
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
+ Must be able to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time.
+ Must be able to stand for long periods of time during events.
+ Must be able to move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing 40 pounds or more without assistance.
+ This position will be asked to assist in-person during special events following all city and state COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
+ While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not often exposed to weather conditions.
+ The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
How to Apply:
Apply by submitting a resume, cover letter, and application here: https://afterschoolmatters.applytojob.com/apply/
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
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