Excel by Eight (E8) envisions a state where all children have access to quality health care and education that maximizes their full potential, regardless of gender, income, race/ethnicity, disability, or geography. We are committed to increasing children’s health and education outcomes by 1) building models for change in communities across the state, 2) identifying policy barriers that make it difficult for communities to build and strengthen their grids of resources, and 3) enhancing public understanding of early childhood development to encourage action to build strong resource grids statewide. 

E8 is seeking a communications professional to help achieve our goals in all three of these areas.  Our current E8 communities include Little Rock and Conway, Independence, Sevier, and Union counties.  Each community is developing and implementing a plan for increasing health and education outcomes for children birth to age eight. 

The policy work is focused on supported families, early childhood education, and healthy beginnings. The Early Childhood Education Task Force, convened by business and philanthropic leaders, has developed a set of priorities to 1) support the establishment of or expansion of quality child care, 2) recognize adequate compensation is critical for early childhood educators, and 3) make child care affordable. The Early Childhood Education Campaign Director will lead a campaign to implement these priorities. 

The Healthy Beginnings task force will launch this spring and will focus on policy change that 1) enhances the sustainability of HealthySteps; 2) supports primary care co-location and integration of behavioral health services; 3) enhances system navigation for children with developmental delays; 4) improves the overall health coverage landscape for children prenatal-to-age-three; and 5) is fiscally and practically achievable given the Arkansas political landscape.

1. Manage contract with E8 communications firm to develop and deliver the E8 communications plan, and/or take lead responsibility for particular plan items, in coordination with E8 Executive Director, E8 Community Consultants, and E8 Foundations leadership.  Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and deploying monthly eblasts;
  • Drafting blog posts;
  • Drafting and deploying social media;
  • Updating the website regularly;
  • Researching and writing annual report; and
  • Documenting success stories related to plan implementation in E8 communities.

2. Work with the Early Childhood Education Campaign Director and E8 communications firm, in coordination with E8 Foundations leadership and E8 lobbyists, to support the implementation of the ECE campaign.  Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing one-pagers, infographics, slide decks, videos, social media posts, and other collateral materials;
  • Documenting stories of businesses, parents, and child care providers that tell how challenges in the child care system have impacted them;
  • Developing earned media opportunities including tv, radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews; radio and tv talk shows; and op-eds/guest columns; and
  • Planning events for the campaign. 

3. Work with the Healthy Beginnings Task Force and E8 Foundations leadership, in coordination with the E8 communications firm and E8 lobbyists, to support the implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations.  Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing one-pagers, infographics, slide decks, videos, social media posts, and other collateral materials;
  • Documenting stories of parents, early childhood and K-12 educators, and health care professionals that tell how challenges in the early intervention system have impacted health and education outcomes for children; and 
  • Developing earned media opportunities including tv, radio, newspaper, and magazine interviews; radio and tv talk shows; and op-eds/guest columns.

4. Participate in PCI meetings, webinars, and communities of practices as relevant. 

5. Participate in E8 Steering Committee, E8F Collaborative, and other team meetings as requested.  

6. Provide oral and written progress reports to the E8 communities and E8F leadership teams. 

7. Contribute to the development of grant reports and funding proposals.

8. Other duties as necessary to implement the E8 strategic plan

Weekly Hours:  The consultant will work, on average, up to 30 hours per week.  This is a contract position and does not include benefits.   

Travel Requirements:  The consultant can expect to spend no more than 10 percent of time traveling.  Travel may include visits to E8 communities to document success stories, supporting policy events, or participating in other E8 meetings.  Travel expenses are reimbursable; consultant must use their own vehicle. 

Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree; strong writing skills; and experience with the communications strategies and tactics outlined in this scope of work.  Knowledge of and/or experience in working with early childhood education, health care, and/or the non-profit sector preferred.    

Excel by Eight believes that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Resumes and letters of interest should be submitted to Angela Duran, aduran@excelby8.net.