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Independent Contracting Opportunity: Projects and Communications Coordinator

POSTING DATE: July 20, 2020

CLOSING DATE: August 14, 2020

About the Role: MindOpen Learning Strategies, a growing social justice consulting firm located in New York City with a U.S. national scope, is seeking a Projects and Communications Coordinator with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset. This is an ideal contracting opportunity for a graduate student, early-career professional, career-changer, retiree, or other individual who would benefit from meaningful exposure to a wide range of projects and initiatives geared toward advancing social justice goals.

This is a part-time, ten-month independent contractor role (September 2020 through June 2021), scoped for approximately 40 hours per month for a monthly payment of $1,000.00. The Projects and Communications Coordinator will be an independent contractor who will work with MindOpen’s Principal. As we are a growing firm, there is potential for business development leading to opportunity for expanded hours if desired by the contractor.

As an independent contractor, the Projects and Communications Coordinator will have the autonomy to create their own schedule for completing milestones and goals under the terms of the contract. At present, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all internal and external meetings and events are planned for remote (virtual) delivery. As regional and national conditions change, MindOpen Learning Strategies  may resume in-person programming according to official guidelines, but is committed to maintaining flexibility to accommodate the selected contractor’s ability to be present in-person. For these reasons, the selected contractor does not need to be located in the New York City area, but does need to be prepared to be available for meetings during Eastern Daylight Time business hours.

About the Organization: Launched in 2017, MindOpen Learning Strategies works with organizations, teams, and individuals to achieve social change goals through customized training, coaching, and organizational development services. We specialize in helping people and groups make the behavioral and cultural shifts that build equitable, healthy, and high-impact organizations and companies. MindOpen’s Founder and Principal, Elizabeth Speck, leverages an engaging and evidence-based approach as a Registered Drama Therapist with a Doctorate in Organizational Development, and 25 years of diversified experience within New York City’s complex human services systems landscape. MindOpen’s team also includes dynamic subject matter experts who are innovators in their respective fields, including criminal legal systems reform, workforce and community development, education, and mental health. 
MindOpen Learning Strategies values and actively cultivates diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and our internal operations. We intentionally prioritize the expertise of people directly impacted by the systems we are working to change. Please review our website at for a greater understanding of our work.

Contractor Responsibilities:

  • Support the overall development, implementation, and continual improvement of MindOpen’s ongoing training and consulting engagements, through research, participating in design processes, and documentation.

  • Develop content and maintain a light posting schedule (once per week) for MindOpen’s website and social media accounts, telling the story of our work and engaging with aligned work.

  • Coordinate production of quarterly newsletter (example here)

  • Communicate on behalf of MindOpen with partners, stakeholders and prospective clients, developing and maintaining positive relationships through written, verbal, formal and informal interactions.

  • Contribute to MindOpen’s internal infrastructure and capacity, by collaborating to create processes and tools for optimal teamwork.

  • Maintain momentum for assigned projects and tasks, and keep MindOpen’s Principal and team members informed of project and task progress. 

Contractor Qualifications: The selected contractor will have a demonstrated track record in the following areas. MindOpen Learning Strategies recognizes that skills and experience can be obtained in a variety of settings, including through work experience, personal life experience, internships, volunteering, community involvement, and other ways. 

  • Investment in and commitment to social justice and systems change

  • Maintaining productive interpersonal relationships in professional settings

  • Designing print and electronic marketing materials

  • Creating visually engaging presentations using PowerPoint and/or other platforms

  • Crafting written materials targeted for audiences in diverse sectors and settings

  • Familiarity with social media

  • Independently managing projects through to completion

Contractor Desired Qualifications: It is understood that the selected contractor may not necessarily hold the following qualifications; please do not be discouraged from applying if you do not. Ideally, the selected contractor will have some of the qualities listed below, or will be interested in learning:

  • Experience with short video editing, preferably through Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Experience with proposal writing or reviewing for government contracts, private foundation funding, or corporate sector projects 

  • Familiarity with at least one of the following professional areas: trauma-informed care; workforce development; youth development; culturally responsive education; criminal legal systems reform

Instructions for Applying:

Please go to the Application Link where you will be asked to submit the following information:

  • Name, Email, Phone Number

  • Resume (pdf) OR link to a comprehensive LinkedIn profile

  • Responses to the following prompts. There are no length requirements, but we appreciate clear and concise writing that fully addresses each point.

    • Please describe how your experience aligns with the requested Contractor Qualifications.

    • Please describe what interests you about this opportunity.

    • Building a collaborative working relationship is crucial for this role. Please describe your approach to getting started in a new collaborative working relationship. Considerations might include, but are not limited to: How do you set mutual expectations? What do you think it’s important for both people to share about their work and communication styles? How do you build trust? Please include other considerations that are important to you.

  • Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview on an ongoing basis, by the end of August. We appreciate your interest and time in applying. Thank you in advance for understanding we are unable to respond to individual inquiries regarding the status of your application.

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