Cradles to Crayons

Public Relations Manager/NAT

Cradles to Crayons, Newton, Massachusetts, United States, 02165

Job Details

Job LocationRemote (Occasional onsite) - Reside near BOS, CHI, or PHL - Newton, MA



Cradles to Crayons is leading the way to #EndClothingInsecurity.

Cradles to Crayons (C2C), founded in 2002, provides children living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. We supply clothing, shoes, diapers, school supplies, and more, free of charge. Our vision is that one day all children will have the essentials they need to thrive.

Two in 5 kids in the United States are currently facing Clothing Insecurity, going without basic essentials like pants, shoes, diapers, and school supplies during their critical development years. Three of the top 10 reasons kids miss school are rooted in Clothing Insecurity just one example of the significant short- and long-term social and economic costs when these needs go unmet. Cradles to Crayons keeps Clothing Insecurity at the core of our mission and is the only large-scale nonprofit organization to focus on this resource gap. Since its founding, Cradles to Crayons has distributed more than four million customized packages of essentials to children in Massachusetts, Greater Philadelphia, Chicagoland, and nationally, through Giving Factory Direct a first-in-kind online clothing donation platform launched in 2021.

Cradles to Crayons takes a three-pronged approach to mitigating Clothing Insecurity:In-person Engagement

through tens of thousands of children and adults volunteering at our Giving Factory warehouses to sort and package high volumes of new and like-new donations from our communities for our Service Partners to distribute to the children they serve.Online Product Donations

Giving Factory Direct matches product donors directly to children who need the items they have to donate. GFD is currently available in a growing number of communities as we expand our reach nationally.Advocacy and Awareness

Cradles to Crayons is uniquely positioned to raise Clothing Insecurity as a national issue through awareness campaigns, data/evaluation, and legislative outreach.

Cradles to Crayons has earned the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator since 2009. Only 2% of charities nationwide have received this distinction. C2C has a budget of $16.5M for FY24.


Cradles to Crayons is leading the way to #EndClothingInsecurity and build more visibility and solutions for this hidden crisis. Our high-volume clothing and essentials distribution, Partnerships, and advocacy, education, and awareness efforts aim to increase clothing support for more children across the U.S. The External Affairs (EA) team focuses on consistent and impactful visibility for our growing work across our Cradles to Crayons, Giving Factory Direct, and End Clothing Insecurity brands.

Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Public Relations Manager is a new position within our new centralized MarCom team and is responsible for managing, coordinating, and leading C2C's media and PR efforts in collaboration with Leadership and function areas to meet organizational goals. This position will build comprehensive PR and media plans; strengthen internal and external positioning, strategies and relationships; manage external PR agencies to elevate Cradles to Crayons' mission, work, leadership, and initiatives to End Clothing Insecurity; provide media training, prep, and support for all media opportunities; work with and coordinate collaborative PR efforts with C2C's Partners; and expand awareness of C2C's expertise around childhood and family poverty, clothing needs and distribution, connecting communities, and leading the #EndClothingInsecurity movement across all our work.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:Model and lead a positive One Cradles to Crayons culture, underpinned by Cradles to Crayons' Cultural Values and related behaviorsHelp establish and implement best practices, processes, and workflows to support project teams/plans/managementSupport with the planning, development, and implementation of public relations activities that promote and enhance the organization's mission and brand, with particular focus on Clothing Insecurity support and need across the U.S. and C2C's various in-person and online distribution and engagement initiatives serving Chicagoland, Greater Philadelphia, Massachusetts, NYC, and San FranciscoManage and coordinate all external PR agency teams implementation; support contracts and budgetsCreate and support centralized and customized message development and delivery of mission, initiatives, events, and stories for stakeholders across all C2C communication mediumsHelp identify thought leadership opportunities for C2C leadership and other internal experts for op-eds, Letters to the Editor, podcasts, blogs, etc.Partner with cross-functional colleagues, Service Partners, donors, and other key stakeholders to maintain a list of expert voices trained and available for media opportunitiesManage timelines and deliverables and find new ways to bring the most helpful, integrated, and inclusive communications to our stakeholdersIdentify publicity opportunities for C2C thought leaders, including public-facing conferences, convenings, and moreManage rapid response statements and PR and media strategy for time-sensitive media opportunities related to children, poverty, basic needs, legislation, and other relevant timely news topicsDevelop and maintain relationships with press and media contacts, Partner communications teams, and external third party agenciesOversee reporting and collection of data and metrics on plans and campaigns to track KPIs, measure impact, assess effectiveness, uncover insights, and inform strategy and propose solutionsOther duties as assigned by the Director of Marketing and Communications or VP of External AffairsRequired Experience/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Strong written and verbal communication skills are critical3-5 years relevant PR, media, or agency experienceExemplary organizational and project management skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously requiredProven ability to meet deadlinesAbility to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and collaborative environmentCan-do attitudeProficiency with Office365 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and database managementTraining and/or teaching experience a plusNon-profit experience a plus


Diversity and Inclusiveness are core values at Cradles to Crayons, and we continuously strive to be a team where everyone feels welcome and supported. It is the policy of Cradles to Crayons to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Working Conditions:

This is an office / work from home remote virtual environment with occasional visits to C2C Giving Factories. There are no hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made by Cradles to Crayons which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others, or which impose undue hardships on the organization.