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Communications and Events Manager


April 23, 2014

Job Opening

Communications and Events Manager

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association

Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is the non-profit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities in Massachusetts. Established in 1967, CHAPA has a diverse and active membership of more than 1,500 people and hundreds of organizations, including volunteers and professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. CHAPA pursues its goals through advocacy with local, state, and federal officials; research; education and training; consensus-building; and programs to expand rental and homeownership opportunities for low and moderate income residents. For more information, please visit

Job Summary:

CHAPA is seeking an energetic and tech-savvy individual to join its staff as a Communications and Events Manager. This is a new position that is still evolving; the individual we are seeking must be comfortable handling a variety of responsibilities within the organization.

Job Responsibilities:

1- Manage and update content on CHAPA’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts

2- Organize and implement CHAPA’s communications and media plan, including:

  • Drafting press releases
  • Tracking related stories in the media and coordinating/writing responses
  • Arranging editorial board meetings
  • Maintaining an up-to-date media list

3- Oversee and edit monthly e-briefs

4- Design and produce invitations, flyers, and brochures for CHAPA events

5- Coordinate CHAPA’s Annual Dinner, an evening event that attracts over 1,200 people, including:

  • Working directly with event staff point person at the Convention Center to organize schedule and event menu
  • Creating a Save the Date, Invitation and Annual Program highlighting the guest speaker and major sponsors for the year
  • Working with administrative staff to organize tables and ticket distribution
  • Working with Executive Director and Board President on PowerPoint presentation.

6- Coordinate all of CHAPA’s other events, including breakfast forums, trainings and conferences

7- Other event management and media tasks as they arise.

This position will report to the Deputy Director.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of (or willingness to learn) Microsoft Publisher, InDesign, Photoshop, Drupal and email marketing services
  • Familiarity with event and meeting management technologies such as video conferencing, webcasting, webinars and onsite electronic event registration
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • College degree plus 2-3 years relevant work experience preferred
  • Support of and enthusiasm for CHAPA’s mission; experience in housing or community development a plus

Salary: The salary is commensurate with experience. CHAPA also provides a generous package of benefits including vacation and sick time, health insurance, short-term disability insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Karen Wiener, Deputy Director, The deadline is Wednesday, May 21st.

CHAPA is an equal opportunity employer;
We value diversity and encourage individuals of various backgrounds to apply.

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