Content Crafter | Community Builder | Change Maker
- Greater New York City Area
- Writing and Editing
Allison Jones's Overview
- Editor at Idealist.org
- Writer, Speaker, and Consultant at Nonprofits and Purpose-driven Professionals
- External Affairs Manager at Explore Schools
- Development Director at St. James School
- Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) Coordinator at The Village of Arts and Humanities
- Associate Producer at Yenza
- Radio Rookie at WNYC Radio
Allison Jones' Summary
My mom loves to tell this story about me: When I was eight, I asked her if cartoons were real. She told me they weren't and I stopped watching cartoons, preferring to focus on reading, writing, and telling my own stories.
Though she admired my inquisitive mind, she thinks she took something from my childhood---the joy of watching cartoons and getting excited like other kids.
I think she set me on a path that I am still following: Finding, creating, and sharing stories that inform and inspire. And for the past seven years I've been lucky enough to do this for innovative nonprofits.
Whether launching a new online publication or creating an organization's first annual report, I love helping nonprofits strengthen their brands, communities, and influence through thoughtful communications.
And, in case you're wondering, I've fallen back in love with cartoons (Bob's Burgers anyone?).
Get in touch if you want to work together or talk about content marketing, social media strategy, brand journalism, blogging, media relations, relationship building, and how to create a better world.
Allison Jones' Experience
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
June 2012 – Present (2 years 4 months) Greater New York City Area
Manage the social media and blog strategies for a global nonprofit that specializes in connecting people to jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships.
*Envisioned, launched, and currently manage successful job seeker publication. Featured in Huffington Post, Business Insider, Lifehacker, and more; receives 130,000 unique visitors each month; secured interviews with Peter Buffett, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and other thought leaders.
*Doubled size and engagement of Facebook and Twitter communities in one year and oversaw social media strategy for launch of Idealist Network for Action, resulting in #idealist trending on launch day.
*Recruit and manage 10+ volunteer contributors, an intern, and social/editorial calendar.
Writer, Speaker, and Consultant
Nonprofits and Purpose-driven Professionals
2010 – Present (4 years)
I write and present about how purpose-driven professionals can build careers that make a difference. My work has appeared in Forbes, Lifehacker, and more. I've presented at Demos, NYU, and other influential institutions on career paths for changemakers.
I also love helping nonprofits figure out how to use social media and content marketing to reach their goals.
To see the work I have done visit http://ow.ly/4q1Nw
External Affairs Manager
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Education Management industry
July 2010 – June 2012 (2 years)
Developed and implemented fundraising and communications strategies and oversaw brand development for fast-growing charter school management nonprofit, serving over 1,500 students and 100 staff.
*Oversaw key branding initiatives including: a new tagline, organization’s first annual report, organization-wide outreach guidelines, frequent website and photo updates.
*Helped secure legal authorization for three charter schools and subsequent funding totaling over $1 million; required management of relationships with various stakeholders including funders, public officials, teachers, and parents.
*Launched and managed e-newsletter, which enjoyed a 40% open rate.
St. James School
July 2008 – June 2010 (2 years)
Created and managed fundraising and marketing strategies at an inner-city Catholic school. Increased student enrollment by 5% in one year through new marketing initiatives. Secured more than $10,000 in funding for classroom enhancements and $23,000 for school support in one year by increasing community and donor engagement.
Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) Coordinator
The Village of Arts and Humanities
August 2007 – June 2008 (11 months)
Developed and managed a leadership training program for disadvantaged young people in Philadelphia. Increased participation in extra curricular activities for 80% of students, secured internships for 90% of students, and maintained at least 85% enrollment in program. Also worked on closely on grant reporting and monitoring for this program by co-planning funder visits and writing reports.
January 2006 – August 2006 (8 months)
Invited by Peabody Award winning journalist to co-lead a journalism program in Cape Town, South Africa. Program encouraged disadvantaged youths to interview adults about apartheid for radio broadcasting. I developed curriculum, led workshops, edited interviews, and managed program finances.
Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Broadcast Media industry
2003 – 2004 (1 year)
Allison Jones' Volunteer Experience & Causes
LCU Fund for Women's Education
Recently joined the Board of Directors of The LCU Fund for Women's Education. We give grants to colleges and universities in New York City to cover the housing costs of women who are pursuing degrees in the arts and in public service.
Oversaw communications strategy for volunteer-run member-based organization that supports young nonprofit professionals in New York City.
Increased social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, and increased member engagement by launching a monthly newsletter. Re-launched and oversaw organization's blog: In just three months I developed a committee of dedicated writers, implemented a content schedule, and saw an increase in web traffic generated, in part, from the content created by the blog.
Allison Jones' Publications
How can you leverage volunteering to advance your career? Here are three opportunities to explore. Originally published on The Daily Muse.
- Business Insider
Changemakers often juggle multiple priorities. How can we stay on top of all of the work we have to do? Originally published on Idealist Careers.
- Huffington Post
There are things we can do on a regular basis that allow us to grow professionally while reconnecting us with the reasons we decided to pursue social-impact careers in the first place. Originally published on my blog.
Interviewed Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking on how you can change the world, even if you're an introvert.
Allison Jones' Projects
Team Members: Allison Jones
- February 2013 to Present
To better support our community of job seekers and changemakers, as well as strengthen Idealist's position as a great place for nonprofit jobs, I developed, launched, and currently manage Idealist Careers, an online publication that provides stories and tips on how to find, land, and love your social-impact career.
Allison Jones' Skills & Expertise
- Non-profit Communications
- Grant Writing
- Program Development
- Event Planning
- Community Relations
- Social Media
- Social Networking
- Strategic Communications
- Communications Strategy
- Program Evaluation
- Curriculum Design
- Media Relations
- Volunteer Management
- Public Speaking
- Community Outreach
- Community Development
- Program Management
Allison Jones' Education
Allison Jones' Additional Information
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