AFS USA is seeking an energetic and creative Volunteer to ensure that communications within the Pacific Cascades (OR) area team is being developed, implemented and evaluated in ways that are consistent, coordinated, and targeted to team priorities while supporting and extending National efforts. The volunteer will also ensure that the AFS Branding is being shared with and utilized by local volunteers and that local forms of marketing are planned and utilized to help the area meet and surpass yearly goals.
AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchange for 65 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,300 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.
Collaborate with Team Leadership, TDS (if applicable) and AFS-USA Marketing and Communications to assess local marketing and communications needs and create a marketing and public relations plan for the Team to support Team’s sending, hosting and volunteer development goals
Responsible for sharing quarterly updates with Team and AFS-USA Marketing and Communications
Ensure adequate publicity to attract volunteers to become involved and aware of the full range of AFS volunteer opportunities available.
Maintain & update a local calendar of events
Build and maintain Team website in cooperation with the National Office
Use knowledge of AFS Branding
Work with local print, radio, cable television, and internet media on local stories about volunteers, returnees, students, educators, etc
Time Required: 3-5 hours per month
Responsible to: Volunteer Team Chair
Flexible and willing to step in and provide hands-on assistance as needed
Able to work independently and remotely
Strong communication (verbal, written and in person)
Strong organizational skills
Ability to effectively work with diverse populations
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
Strong decision making skills
Additional Job Requirements:
Access to personal computer required
Knowledge of and ability to ensure that all activities and materials follow AFS brand guidelines, policies and procedures
Working knowledge of web pages, social media, wiki, etc
Training (online, conference call or in-person):
Website Development and Maintenance
Marketing and Communications (M&C)
Staff: Area Team Development Specialist and Marketing and Communication National Office
Volunteer: Team Leadership, Team and Chapter/Local Unit Volunteers, Volunteer M&C Coordinators for other teams, Other constituencies, Hosting and sending families, Hosted students and returnees
Benefits to Volunteer:
Develop relationships across all facets of the AFS-USA organization
Empowerment to plan in accordance with Team’s priorities
Enhanced knowledge and understanding of other cultures and the impact of AFS programming
Build resume skills and knowledge – communications, traditional marketing, PR, social media and internet marketing skills.
Interested applicants should email Caitlin Krutsinger at firstname.lastname@example.org with a recent resume and brief summary of interest.