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For two decades, Virginia529 has helped people dream, save and achieve. An idea to prepay college tuition and to reward and encourage savings has become a plan which is helping make college affordable and accessible to our customers nationwide. Every day we seek ways to assist families through program enhancements, technology improvements, education and scholarship. We are motivated by helping students achieve their dreams of higher education and career readiness.
Our growing team is seeking an experienced professional to be the Senior Communications Associate in our Marketing Department. This person will develop and execute communications strategies in support of Virginia529’s mission.


Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development and publication of agency communications including printed, online, email, and in-person messaging
  • Manage public relations logistics and activities including press releases, events, promotional activities and media appearances; serve as the media contact and spokesperson for the agency
  • Lead communications projects for the agency
  • Foster partnerships with media entities, community organizations and businesses in order to enhance the agency’s presence nationally and increase participation in the agency’s programs
  • Collaborate with the creative team to develop agency documents and marketing materials with consistent messaging and strategy


Work Environment The Senior Communications Associate must be able to frequently communicate with customers, vendors and organizational partners. This position primarily works in an office environment but will occasionally travel throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia for media appearances and events which take place in public areas such as conventions, fairs and sporting venues.


Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, English or related field
  • Eight years’ experience in public relations, communications, marketing or related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience developing and executing communications strategies
  • Experience in financial services a plus
  • Superb oral, written communication and presentation skills with the ability to convey complex concepts to diverse audiences
  • Ability to collaborate on initiatives and build consensus among peers
  • Proficiency with MS Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint

About Virginia529
Virginia529 is the nation's largest college savings plan serving over 1.3M customers and managing over $56B in assets.
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