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Open Positions at Sunflower House 

Communications Coordinator 

The Communications Coordinator will serve as an integral part of the development team as the primary communications and donor appreciation coordinator. Manage Sunflower House social media platforms, print and digital newsletters and agency publications and collateral, website updates, primary content creator and editor. Manage all aspects of the donor database, gift entry, donor acknowledgements, and a donor communications and stewardship calendar. This is a non-exempt full-time position of 37.5 hours per week. The salary range for this position is $35,000 to $45,000 annually. Compensation will be based on experience. 

Specific Responsibilities:

Communications and Marketing:

  • In coordination with the Resource Development Director, create and execute an annual communications calendar with clear deliverables and deadlines. 
  • Work with Resource Development Director, volunteers, and vendors to design and script donor-centric communications pieces, including digital communications, social media, newsletters, annual reports and agency and special event videos.
  • Provide communication, audio visual and program support for all Sunflower House annual events, including the Valentine Gala, Happy Bear Golf Classic, Pumpkin Palooza and the Circle of Safety Breakfast.
  • Maintain agency profile and current content on all social media platforms; Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.
  • Work with the CEO and leadership team to write and produce regular blog posts and messages. 
  • Update the Sunflower House website to maximize donor and community engagement.
  • Create and update agency marketing pieces: brochures, flyers, business materials, etc. 
  • Creates and maintains regular/monthly communications to send out helpful tools, creative content and important announcements to agency constituents.
  • Produce the bi-annual agency newsletter.
  • Direct and execute all activities as they relate to Child Abuse Prevention Month.
  • Assist the Director of Development in producing annual agency appeals and special appeals. 
  • Ensure branding and updates of other agency print and electronic materials.
  • Maintain Constant Contact email lists.
  • Serve as staff liaison with the Marketing Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Provide graphic design and/or support to a contract graphic designer(s) to create professional and branded communications. 
  • Assist the Resource Development Director with all Gala communications, including: developing theme, flyers, sponsor packets, invitations, and all collateral materials. 

Donor Communications and Stewardship:

  • Serve as the primary DonorPerfect database manager.  
  • Manage the Receptionist(s) in gift entry and processing gift and donor thank you letters.
  • Work closely with the Resource Development Director to create and implement an annual Donor Stewardship plan. 
  • Create engaging, individualized thank you letters for donors and ensure timely delivery. 
  • Pull donor reports and lists as needed for fund development efforts.
  • Analyze full options of use for DonorPerfect (including modules for volunteer management, moves management, etc.) and implement as necessary.
  • If prior knowledge of and experience with DonorPerfect and OneCause does not already exist, training will be provided.
  • Oversee the solicitation, coordination, inventory management, organization, and donor recognition of all GIK donations.

Other:

  • Remain abreast of issues related to child abuse and neglect.
  • Regularly meet with Sunflower House leadership and staff to create engaging program stories, updates and news. 
  • Attend all agency functions, donor and volunteer appreciation events, special events and meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission of Sunflower House.
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications and marketing, or related field is required. 
  • Professional communications experience is required: managing social media, email marketing/Constant Contact, writing press releases, content creation and management, etc. 
  • Experience working with Adobe Creative Suite, CANVA, Constant Contact, and WordPress is a major plus.
  • Ability to showcase creativity, follow-through and meet deadlines. 
  • Understanding and ability to implement diverse and inclusive communication standards. 
  • Significant experience and demonstrated success with managing social media platforms.  
  • High level of attention to detail, excellent writing, story-telling ability and verbal and organizational skills are essential. 
  • Experience in event management, volunteer management, fundraising/development is a plus.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with confidence and ease.  
  • Able to work independently or in a team environment. 
  • Experience in Adobe Suite and website editing are essential. 
  • Must possess the ability to communicate with people from all backgrounds and feel at home in both corporate and nonprofit settings. 
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office/Google, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. 
  • Must demonstrate professional appearance, pleasant telephone and interpersonal demeanor
  • Ability to interact effectively and confidently with partners, clients, staff, board and volunteers.
  • Respectful of cultural differences, and ability to remain sensitive and demonstrate appropriate boundaries with all constituents.
  • Flexible scheduling as some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Physical/Environmental / Other 

  • Lift 25 pounds routinely 
  • Bend, sit, and stoop on a regular basis 
  • Work in an often stressful environment, requiring quick thinking in difficult situations 
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel in and around the region 
  • Ability to effectively use all tools, devices, equipment, computer systems required to fulfill essential functions of the position  

Application Instructions:

Please send your resume, cover letter, writing samples and a print/digital portfolio to Allison@SunflowerHouse.org. Please include Communications Coordinator Resume in the subject line.

EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Primary Description:

Educate the public (children, parents, professionals and community) about child abuse and neglect through implementation of the agency’s various education programs. Assists as needed in related activities that may include community networking, information and referral, fundraising and marketing and public relations.  

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Implement programs endorsed by Sunflower House in local schools, including caregiver meetings, in-service training for school staff and childcare centers, and developmentally appropriate components for children.
  • Coordinate and schedule programs endorsed by Sunflower House, mandated reporter training and other community and professional education programs for the public.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of new programming as relates to data received from the Child Assessment team, therapy team and/or community partners.  This includes virtual/hybrid learning.
  • With the Program Director, promote the agency’s education programs and curriculum materials to local school districts, child care facilities, professional and community organizations.
  • Collect and maintain all relevant service delivery data, including evaluation results and statistics.
  • Create and distribute program information in newsletter format to all local schools in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.
  • Administer program measurement tools and input evaluation data.
  • Attend skill-based training to remain abreast of current research trends and best practice standards in child abuse prevention programs and cultural sensitivity.
  • Provide regular updates to Education Program Director for modification to service delivery, program content, evaluation, etc.
  • Attend relevant continuing education opportunities, networking meetings, committee meetings, conferences, etc, as approved and requested by the Education Program Director.
  • Assist in the recruitment and use of volunteers in the Education Program wherever possible.
  • Provide ongoing information and referral on child abuse and neglect as well as all programs and services of the agency.
  • Attend annual agency functions, special events and meetings as necessary and appropriate.
  • Remain abreast of issues related to child abuse and neglect.
  • Engage in other duties as assigned.

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in education, human services or related field.  
  • Two years experience in public speaking, community or professional education preferred.  
  • Excellent oral, written and organizational skills are a must.  
  • Computer skills and experience with volunteers preferred.  
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care and child abuse and neglect are helpful.  
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus.  
  • Must be willing to work some evenings and occasional weekends.  
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to accomplish program goals with accuracy and within given deadlines, an ability to advance the program goals through use of written, oral, organizational and public relations skills, a willingness to remain abreast of current issues related to child abuse and neglect, and an ability to remain sensitive and demonstrate appropriate boundaries with program participants and agency staff and volunteers.

Physical/Environmental / Other 

  • Lift 25 pounds routinely 
  • Bend, sit, stoop on a regular basis 
  • Work in an often-stressful environment, requiring quick thinking in difficult situations 
  • Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel in and around the region 
  • Ability to effectively use all tools, devices, equipment, computer systems required to fulfill essential functions of the position  

Please send your resume and cover letter to Monica@SunflowerHouse.org. Include Education Specialist in the subject line. 

Youth Therapist – PACES South

Help children and their families reach for the stars! Sunflower House and PACES are accepting resumes for a Youth Therapist to work with children and families impacted by abuse and trauma. Since 2012, Sunflower House has partnered with PACES, the safety net children’s mental health provider for Wyandotte County, to provide on-site therapy services for children and their families who have received child assessment services at Sunflower House. This full-time clinician will be employed by PACES with a primary location at Sunflower House in Shawnee, Kansas.

The PACES Youth Therapist will:

  • Provide specialized therapeutic interventions as appropriate to training and experience.
  • Maintain caseload of clients/consumers in need of short-term treatment.
  • Identify strengths and needs of client/consumer and families and acts to involve them in planning for desired services.
  • Familiarize client/consumer with community resources for educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities.
  • Work with other agencies to refer and secure adequate services.
  • Complete emergency intake assessments and provide therapeutic crisis interventions.
  • Provide resource location/acquisition and resource coordination with area agencies.
  • Provide liaison duties to community agencies, as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as deemed appropriate by immediate supervisor or designate.
  • Complies with all relevant PACES/Wyandot BHN policies and procedures.

Minimum Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling other mental health related field.
  • Licensed by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.
  • Must have experience providing crisis intervention services and must have familiarity with trauma-Informed systems of care.

Please send your resume and cover letter to judi@sunflowerhouse.org. Please include PACES Youth Therapist in the subject line.

Sunflower House’s policy is to provide equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected category.

If interested in an open position at Sunflower House, please contact us today for more information.

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