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This Week In Black History

October 3 - October 9


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October 3rd: 10/3/1887

On October 3, 1887, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was founded and began classes with 15 students and two instructors. The original school was housed in a single building on Copeland Street and offered instruction in three areas. It was designated as Florida’s land grant institution for colored people. In 1905 management of the college was transferred from the Board of Education to the Board of Control, and with this change came official designation as an institution of higher learning. Another name change occurred in 1909 when the school became known as Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes (FAMC). In 1910 FAMC, now with a student body numbering just over 300, awarded its first degrees. Learn more about FAMU and watch this video https://youtu.be/Q8UvJJByTzI


Reference: http://www.famu.edu/about-famu/history/index.php


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October 7th: 10/7/1967

🎉🎁🎂Happy Birthday to singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist Toni Michelle Braxton. Toni began performing with her sisters in a family group known as The Braxtons in the late 1980s. Toni attracted the attention of producers Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, later recording a series of songs for them before being signed to their Arista-distributed imprint, LaFace Records. Her self-titled debut studio album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, selling 10 million copies worldwide. Throughout her career, Toni has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums worldwide. She has won seven Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, among numerous other accolades. Visit Toni Braxton’s website http://www.tonibraxton.com/


Reference: https://www.biography.com/musician/toni-braxton


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October 8th: 10/8/1966

🎉🎁🎂Happy Birthday to gospel singer and author Priscilla Marie Winans Love aka Cece Winans. CeCe began her solo career with the Platinum certified album “Alone in His Presence”. It earned her a Grammy Award and two Dove Awards, including the Female Vocalist of the Year. CeCe has sold over 12 million records worldwide and won 12 Grammy Awards. She is the best-selling female gospel artist of all time, as of 2015. CeCe's collection of Top Ten R&B radio hits include "Count on Me", her duet with Whitney Houston, which was certified Gold in the US and reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and No. 8 on the Billboard R&B Singles charts. CeCe has authored three books, “On A Positive Note”, “Throne Room: Ushered into the Presence of God”, and “Always Sisters: Becoming the Princess You Were Created to Be.” Watch CeCe Winans Believe for It concert https://youtu.be/CxtrLKpuBIM


Reference: http://cecewinans.com/about/

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City of Philadelphia

Director, Office of Public Engagement

1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA


Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact.

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

 Impact - The work you do here matters to millions.

 Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it?

 Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

 Opportunities in Tech - Don’t wait for the future, shape it.

 Benefits - We care about your well-being.


Agency Description

The Office of Public Engagement strengthens trust and supports collaboration between community and city government. The office plays a key role in raising awareness about how the City can serve its many diverse communities and facilitates opportunities for the public to provide input into the City’s policymaking process and priorities. The office oversees the mayor’s public engagement commissions as well as community and volunteer engagement services.

Job Description

The Director of Public Engagement will manage public engagement staff who work directly with different constituency groups and communities across Philadelphia, as well as staff that provides support for all departments in their community engagement and volunteer programs. The Director of Public Engagement will report directly to the Chief of Staff and focus on ensuring that each engagement team has a strong understanding of upcoming administration priorities and policies and is able to share this information with their respective commissions and constituencies to help increase awareness about city programs and initiatives. Additionally, the Director will work to ensure that the commissions and engagement teams have a clear line of communication with the administration and that community concerns around policies and issues are heard by policymakers and can inform the administration’s policymaking process.

Essential Functions

  • Work with Chief of Staff and key city leadership to develop public engagement strategy around key initiatives
  • Manage public engagement commissions and staff leadership, as well as community engagement and volunteer services staff
  • Oversee the production of a weekly citywide newsletter and the development of digital engagement content
  • Implement tracking systems to ensure that community concerns and priorities are elevated and communicated to key decision-makers within city government
  • Work to ensure that departments and community engagement staff across city government consistently conduct robust engagement and outreach efforts to all communities
  • Foster and build relationships with community leaders and grassroots leaders across the City of Philadelphia
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for members of the public to engage with City leadership and craft both policy and priorities
  • Promote stronger civic culture across the city through thoughtful and authentic engagement
  • Ensure voices that have not historically had a say in public policy are provided meaningful opportunities to engage with government
  • Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Effective and persuasive leadership comfortable with all levels of staff, public, and others
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle simultaneous priority projects and meet established deadlines
  • Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills and the ability to communicate complex concepts effectively and succinctly
  • Experience in communications and messaging of key priorities
  • Ability to craft a strategic plan and execute it
  • Must be able to work extended hours on an as-needed basis
  • Familiarity with, and understanding of, City of Philadelphia municipal operations and departments
  • Strong relationship-building skills are essential, along with the ability to work seamlessly with different
  • constituencies
  • Flexible with the ability to shift priorities quickly as business demands require
  • Strong management skills
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and under time pressure
  • Team player with a positive disposition, strong interpersonal skills, and sound judgment
  • Able to work well within diverse environments
  • Tech-savvy with experience and fluency in office software programs
  • Values and encourages diversity of thought, background, and perspective
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


6-10 years paid experience in public engagement, community relations, or community affairs

Experience managing organizational systems

Fluency in other languages is not a requirement but a plus

In-depth knowledge of service, volunteerism, public affairs and public policy, and a broad understanding of city government and the ability to influence senior leaders/government officials/other key stakeholders

Experience working with people from many diverse and different backgrounds

Demonstrated commitment and experience in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in community and in teams

Additional Information

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.


Did you know?

We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer

Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities

We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents

Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan

Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays

Generous retirement savings options are available

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire


The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr@phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx

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Marketing Manager

Position Report to: Director of Business Development

Start Date: Immediate

Our organization –

Exit Design, an experiential graphic design studio and J2, a branding and graphic design agency is located in a pretty cool office space in sunny Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. Our two “sister studios” share operations, marketing staff and a family-like culture with strong work ethic and values.

Exit Design is an environmental graphic design and planning firm that designs connections between people, information, and environments. Exit helps complex organizations advance their missions by creating communication in the built environment that facilitates ease of navigation and promotes place-based branding. With a deep understanding of how people experience places, our creative multidisciplinary team is passionate for strategically creating transformative experiences. For more information about Exit Design, please click here.

J2 is a Branding and Communications agency composed of ambitious researchers, strategists, designers and makers who build brands and experiences for organizations with purpose. Our approach is rooted in research and strategy then executed through engaging messaging, visual identity, campaigns, and websites – all driven by a deep respect for our clients’ missions and values. For more information about J2, please click here.

The Opportunity–

As a key member of the Marketing and Business Development team at Exit and J2, the Marketing Manager is responsible for leading and guiding the marketing efforts to continuously advance and drive the studio forward. This marketing expert will focus on strategy and development of studio qualifications, collateral, website management,

content creation, social media, and managing public relations activity. Exit and J2 are creative thinkers-doers, so the role requires the Manager to develop and produce content as well as ideate and brainstorm new approaches and solutions to market our work and


What You Will Accomplish –

Collaborate with studio leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive annual marketing plan for Exit and J2 that aligns to business goals and builds our brand

• Conduct market research regarding trends, client needs, and competitors.

• Compose compelling project or process narratives that tell Exit and J2’s story and impact successfully

• Maintain studio websites and social media accounts including updates to case studies, crafting and posting blog entries, SEO and general content maintenance

• Create and manage award and conference speaking submissions

• Create and coordinate production of collateral materials (i.e., brochures, direct mail)

• Maintain standards and guidelines for our studios’ image and promotional

materials and manage and maintain those digital assets

• Collaborate with cross-disciplinary teams (business development, account management, creative, operations, etc.) and be a key contributor in weekly marketing meetings to providing the team with insights on proposals, marketing team efforts, and other updates

Who Should Apply –

• You have a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience

• You are a strategic thinker, with the ability to create short term plans to accomplish long term goals

• You have a strong work ethic with the ability to accomplish tasks efficiently and accurately

• You have excellent written and verbal communication skills

• You develop relationships and earn the trust of clients, partners and colleagues

• You are a self-starter who can work independently while also collaborating across teams to move the work forward

• You have excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

• You are proficient in Google Suite, Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suites


• You understand the design and creative services industry (preferred, but not required)

• You have experience with writing and copy editing.

• You have graphic design experience (preferred, but not required)

How to Apply –

We’d love to hear about your passion and share ours with you! Please apply HERE. If you have any questions, reach out to hr@exploreexit.com.

Exit Design + J2 strive to create a welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage

you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed.

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