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Fourth Economy

The Application Process

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Fourth Economy is committed to building a diverse team, fostering an inclusive culture, and investing in equity across our organization. We believe that building a team diverse in people, ideas, and experiences allows all of us to be more successful in our jobs and support the communities we serve. We are continually working to diversify our team. 

We welcome all candidates regardless of race, color, ancestry, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Any other human expressions and experiences not mentioned here are equally welcome. If you require an accommodation please let us know. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Marketing Coordinator (Remote)
About Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy Consulting is an innovative community and economic development consulting firm – we recently celebrated our 10th anniversary. We envision a world where people are empowered to be co-creators of a sustainable future. We equip change agents with the tools to build better communities and stronger economies. Our clients include community and economic development organizations, local and state governments, innovation intermediaries, colleges and universities, and businesses. For more information on the types of work we do, please see our project portfolio. Two projects that we are particularly proud of are One Macon and Hazelwood Initiative

In 2021, Fourth Economy joined Steer, a global management consultancy, to support our growth and expansion of services. Fourth Economy’s partnership with Steer complements Steer’s global economic development offering, and strengthens their already successful boutique consultancy, Steer Economic Development based in the UK. Collectively, we now offer a comprehensive approach that embraces people, skills, enterprise, infrastructure, mobility, and innovation to deliver sustainable, inclusive and equitable economies.

About the Role 

The Marketing & Communications Coordinator is a driven, entrepreneurial, passionate, and rigorous professional. You drive innovative problem solving for clients, manage complex client and stakeholder interactions, produce industry-enhancing thought leadership, and ensure the excellence of client deliverables.
Our collaborative team is interested in advancing non-traditional models of community and economic development. Our work encompasses various issues/topics (economic resilience,  inclusive and equitable development, job growth/decline, talent attraction, civic infrastructure, affordable housing, sustainable development) that intersect with communities and economies at different scales (neighborhood to regional to statewide). 

The marketing and communications coordinator supports Fourth Economy’s efforts to articulate its unique set of services, in addition to client projects, including research, engagement, and writing.

Who You Are
  • An Effective Collaborator: You’ve successfully worked across cultural lines on a dispersed team, and you can operate in complex situations. You can easily gain trust from team members and are known for supporting them to ensure they are set up for success. You’re not afraid to ask questions.

  • Convener: You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversations to identify the best/most creative ways to build a nurturing and generative community. You enjoy removing barriers to our partners coming together. 

  • Flexible: You can manage a diverse set of team needs and aren't afraid to step outside your job description or comfort zone to help the team reach its goals. You're comfortable with shifting schedules and don't expect every day to go "as planned."

  • An Abundant Thinker: You believe that we are living in a world of abundant resources and that the right team of partners can make incredible things happen. You bring relentless curiosity and creativity to every task, project, and engagement.

  • Committed to Inclusion: You're always asking, “whose voice is not at the table?” You have experience working with diverse teams and successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in both local and global contexts. You deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference. 

Your Skills and Competencies

This work is creative, collaborative, and challenging. The marketing and communications coordinator will be a self-starter who is committed to their learning and growth and possess the following skills and competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking: You’re a strong conceptual thinker who can quickly grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical actions.

  • Written and Verbal Communications: Your written and verbal communication skills are excellent, with an ability to independently create original public content and deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings.

  • Self-motivation: You proactively take the initiative, identifying problems and opportunities across your portfolio, developing recommendations, and acting on those recommendations.

  • Learning Mindset: You desire continuous improvement, have an innate sense of curiosity, and are grounded by a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth. 

  • Passion for Social Change: You are driven by the desire to make a change in our society, making the economy work for all people. You’re interested in system integration and social change theories and putting those theories into practice.  

  • Analytic skills: You are able to utilize a database and reporting to define the ROI that we are having with our various marketing and communications activities. 

  • Design-related: You may have Adobe skills or use Canva or similar design products to visualize what you are thinking. 

Why this role is compelling

You will be exposed to an extensive range of people and issues in the community and economic development sectors, as well as the internal infrastructure and operations of a unique firm in the space.
A successful candidate will develop and grow a broad set of professional skills, honing them to the level of excellence in a demanding and fast-paced environment. You will work with, learn from, and grow alongside a high-performing and diverse team in which everyone is committed to the development of themselves and others.

This role is intended to serve as a professional development path for you. There is high potential for the position to evolve within two to three years based on the particular strengths you bring to the team, making this an invaluable opportunity to expand your career in the economic development sector. 

What You’ll Need
  • 3+ years of overall professional experience in roles that include:

  • Experience in a marketing and communications role 

  • An interest or experience in  the field of community engagement and economic development

  • Excellent listening, speaking, and writing skills to effectively communicate with team members and clients

  • Analytical, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving abilities to assess organizational challenges and propose solutions.

  • Ability to make connections between partners, projects, ideas, and objectives to develop impactful recommendations for clients

  • Comfort with technology; ability to learn new tools 

Duties and Responsibilities

Marketing and Branding

Work alongside the Fourth Economy team to develop and implement marketing strategy and plans to grow business and drive brand awareness by ensuring ongoing, effective communication with the Fourth Economy community through: 

  • Creation and implementation of external engagement strategies that include conferences, webinars, social media campaigns, e-mail marketing and emerging marketing platforms 

  • Research and analysis of market, audience, and competitor trends 

  • Development and deployment of marketing campaigns based on trends and audience insights, tracking effectiveness and reporting findings

  • Establishing and elevating the Fourth Economy brand and messaging

Client Marketing and Branding

Support the strategic development and planning of client external marketing, communications, and branding initiatives alongside graphic designer(s) and project management team through: 

  • Development of communications and outreach strategies for client community engagement and planning activities which may include the development of websites and landing pages in platforms such as Wix, social media toolkits, and other communication products

Compensation and Location

Fourth Economy provides its employees with a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous vacation and sick time, and holidays, and an impressive match of employee contributions to the 401k retirement plan. 

Starting salary is $50,000.

We are location agnostic when it comes to this hire. We work east coast hours and have office space for our Pittsburgh-based employees but have employees in various locations and time zones across the US. 

Working at Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy is as much an approach as it is a company. We work to advance the recognition that the economic and community development actions of the past have failed many and we all must do better. People who thrive at Fourth Economy share a set of values that define our actions and attitudes. These values include:

  • Curiosity: consulting provides us an opportunity to be curious as we get to know communities and their issues. 

  • Creativity: there is not a template that drives us rather we are driven by the opportunity to provide original impactful strategies.

  • Collaboration: to truly improve our communities and economy requires collaboration between actors with different lived experiences, expertise, ideas and passion. 

  • Empathy: we must recognize the variety of perspectives that people may hold as they engage in planning work.

  • Fun: we are a social group that appreciates the opportunity to celebrate our shared success. 


We believe that Fourth Economy can be a platform for personal exploration and growth while creating positive change throughout the country.

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