Position Description: Content Manager (F/T)

Company: Next Stage

Location: Charlotte, NC (Hybrid Work Environment)

About Next Stage

Next Stage builds belonging at the intersection of social good. We are a social innovation company that partners with nonprofits, private sector companies, government agencies, faith institutions, philanthropy and community leaders to develop and implement effective strategies that center community voice, foster collaboration, mobilize movements, and fuel social change. Key services include strategic planning, collaboration management, training and learning communities, brand and content marketing, community voice, and social responsibility services for the private sector. To learn more about our work, please visit nextstage-consulting.com

The Opportunity

Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary, Next Stage has learned an important truth through its work with more than 200 clients across the Carolinas – collaboration is the key to addressing the biggest challenges facing our communities. At the same time, collaboration is difficult. Our systems and social good institutions are not setup to work across sectors and across differences to get the important stuff done. The result is ineffective models and less efficient ways of operating.

We think there is a better way. Our company centers collaboration in everything it does, with the aspiration of making it the preferred way to advance our collective work.
In the past year, Next Stage launched a collaboration management and social learning platform called Cultivate Impact™, a reimagining of the company’s popular incubator for emerging nonprofits. The platform supports both capacity-building for nonprofits and collaboration efforts to realize new ways of making social impact. Next Stage is seeking to augment its analog consulting model with a digital platform that has the potential to scale nationally.

In 2023, we moved into a new office at 1800 Central Avenue in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte. As a team committed to a hybrid workplace, Next Stage is continuing to grow into a nationally-recognized social innovation company with Charlotte as its headquarters city.

The Role

Next Stage built its reputation working with nonprofit organizations, providing consulting services focused on optimizing business models and increasing impact. While the company has evolved its services and theory of change over the years, its commitment to the critical role of nonprofits remains steadfast.

Reporting to the CEO, the Content Manager will serve as a creative strategist and content developer for Next Stage’s clients and the company’s own marketing efforts. This role is ideal for a marketing expert who is passionate about social good, highly organized and a strong communicator. The ideal candidate will have experience with digital marketing, content planning and development, and project management. This role will support client engagements, partnering with client managers and the internal marketing team.

Key responsibilities include: 

Client-Focused Creative Development & Management (60%)

  • Manage the creative process for clients in a support role, including messaging, marketing planning and content development.
  • Lead deliverable production in partnership with client managers, including design briefs, personas, strategic marketing plans, content calendars, thought leadership and website content.
  • Work with Visual Design Manager to develop graphics and creative for clients, including social media templates, slides, presentations, one-pagers and more.
  • Oversee ongoing content support services for digital learning communities and communities of practice in the areas of planning and content development. 

 Inbound Marketing Content Development (30%)

  • Work with Marketing Operations Manager to co-design email and content marketing strategies and set measurable short-term and long-term goals.
  • Undertake content marketing initiatives to achieve business targets, collaborating with staff colleagues to produce high-quality content.
  • Develop editorial calendar, delegate tasks and ensure deadlines are met, maintaining Asana project schedules to reflect real-time work status.
  • Share content through various channels, ensuring a strong web presence

 Firm Engagement and Growth (10%)

    • Participate in weekly team meetings and share progress on internal and external projects.
    • Engage with staff and contractors to advance client work and firmwide initiatives.
  • Champion productivity best practices methods and resources to ensure team synergy and transparency.

Desired Qualifications & Competencies

The ideal candidate would have the following capabilities and qualities:

  • Background in digital marketing, with experience in advertising and SEO strategies
  • Proficiency in various marketing tools, including HubSpot, WordPress, Typeform, Zoom, and Canva.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with a proactive approach to problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Exceptional written communication skills.
  • Basic video editing skills are a plus. 
  • A commitment to the mission of strengthening the social good sector
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and prioritize multiple projects. 
  • Must be a collaborative team player who can also work independently. 
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, manage timelines, and coordinate cross-functional teams.

Base salary range is $75,000-$80,000. In addition to a competitive base salary and retirement benefits, Next Stage offers performance-based bonuses based on company profitability.

To Apply

Next Stage is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Next Stage encourages candidates of all groups and communities to apply for this position.

Send all inquiries, nominations and applications via email to Next Stage (search@nextstage-consulting.com). Applications must include a custom/compelling cover letter and CV to be considered for the role. Please also indicate where you learned of the opportunity.

Please note that only those candidates invited for screening will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.