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LCU Fund Seeks Technical Writer

The LCU Fund is seeking a temporary Technical Writer (Consultant) to create a visually appealing report (seven to ten pages) and high-level presentation (two to three pages) that summarizes what has been learned through the “What More?” process (survey results, grantee institution interviews, preliminary funder conversations). See full RFP below.

 

Background and Objectives

In the last year, the LCU Board of Directors has engaged in an investigation of ways that the Fund could do more, or differently, or better – to meet the needs of current students and / or alumni. This effort has been dubbed the ‘What More?” project.

In order to better understand who is and has been supported by the LCU Fund and their needs, wants, accomplishments and persistent barriers, two surveys (one designed for current students and the other for alumni) were administered in June and July of 2018.  All formerly funded and current scholars for whom the LCU Fund had active email addresses (a total of 932 female-identified students representing nearly 45 percent of all funded scholars since 2002) were invited to participate.  A total of 197 current scholars and alumni participated in the study (78 current students, 114 alumni); 186 completed for a completion rate of 20.4 percent.

Survey questions were designed to address the data needs identified by the three “What More?” Investigative Teams; subject-driven teams (current model, supporting graduates and community colleges) that were tasked with identifying specific data questions, sifting through the results and formulating recommendations to the Board.

The survey questions were rooted in themes of college completion, graduation rates, education attainment, employment, income, expenses / affordability, unmet needs, community engagement and demographic information.

In addition to the survey, a series of discussions with select grantee institutions and like-minded funders took place.

Role of the Technical Writer Consultant

The LCU Fund is seeking a temporary Technical Writer (Consultant) to create a visually appealing report (seven to ten pages) and high-level presentation (two to three pages) that summarizes what has been learned through the “What More?” process (survey results, grantee institution interviews, preliminary funder conversations). The LCU Fund expects to meet with the consultant at least once (by phone or in-person) before the work starts and to review and comment on at least one draft report in advance of this final submission.

Specific tasks include:

  • Review survey data
  • Assimilate data; identify key findings and themes
  • Create a visually appealing report (seven to ten pages) that encapsulates the survey and discussion findings; clearly conveying ideas and themes
  • Create a high-level presentation with visual data points (two to three pages) that communicates complex ideas to a broader audience including grantee schools and like-minded funders
  • Possible follow-up conversations with select LCU Fund Board members

 

Desired Skills

 

  • Excellent copywriting, language, writing and revision skills
  • Ability to create, assimilate and covey complex material in a concise and effective manner
  • Experience with organizing, describing and analyzing survey data
  • Demonstrated graphic design and layout skills

 

Please note that work is performed remotely and requires use of your own computer to complete projects and tasks.

 

Contract Terms

 

The contract runs from April 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019.  The LCU Fund will pay the consultant $3,000 in total with $1,500 upon execution of a service contract and the remaining $1,500 upon completion of the project.

 

How to Apply

 

To be considered, please submit a CV along with a letter of interest detailing your experience with projects of similar size and scope and provide a brief summary of how you would design the report and presentation to Sara Espinosa, Executive Director – LCU Fund for Women’s Education, lcufund@gmail.com by the close of business on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

LCU Fund for Women’s Education 2019 Website Redesign & Maintenance RFP

   Introduction

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education awards grants to ease the burden of New York City housing costs for promising, low-income women students who are preparing for careers that give back to the community – in fields such as in the Arts, Religious Leadership, Social Services, Criminal Justice, Health Care, Public Administration and Education. The aim of these grants is to enable students to focus more fully on their studies and complete their degrees. 

Since launching our housing grant program in 2001, we have awarded over $12M to nearly 2,500 women. The benefits of a college degree are clear. Female college graduates are more likely to be employed and earn a good living, making them less economically vulnerable. While most financial aid programs target tuition costs, they overlook other significant expenses associated with attending college. Only the LCU Fund specifically addresses student housing by closing what is often a formidable gap between scholarships and the true cost of living in New York.

Objective

The LCU Fund for Women’s Education is a small, secular, private, non-profit foundation based in New York City.  For 160 years, the LCU Fund for Women’s Education has helped to provide safe and affordable housing to women seeking economic self-sufficiency through work and education.

The design and navigation of our current website (lcufund.org) is outdated. The LCU Fund is looking for a firm to overhaul the design, structure and functionality of its website to be responsive on multiple devices and screens, including desktop, tablets and mobile.

The overarching goal is to have an attractive, dynamic, and easy to navigate website that is intuitive for our audience and reflects the LCU Fund’s brand identity.

Requirements for New Website

The existing website is built on Expression Engine and hosted by 1&1 IONOS. Interested parties must understand our current CMS and be able to maintain our current site without much education.

The project requires migrating existing content into a full and complete redesign that will include the following features:

  • Content Management System

  • Database driven website

  • Ease of use and navigability

    • Ability for content editor(s) to easily update content including graphics, photos and videos

    • Ability for users to sign up for newsletters, using opt-in / opt-out functions

    • Ability for users to provide feedback

  • Consistent and logical organization of pages

  • Multimedia Integration (graphics, photos, videos); ability to embed on any page

  • Integration and shared feed with social media platforms

  • Links to external websites

  • Integration with PayPal non-profit donor processing system (for general gifts and event ticket purchases)

  • Access to intranet: Password protected pages for Board to access shared documents

  • Responsive design for mobile devices

  • Creative integration of the LCU Fund’s visual brand

  • Site must run on modern compliant browsers, including those running on tablet and mobile device platforms including Apple and Android. These include, but are not limited to current versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari

  • Site must adhere to the latest search engine optimization best practices and submitting page and sitemap information to all popular search engines while allowing integration with social media platforms

Selection Process, Terms and Conditions

The primary objective is to establish a contract with a qualified consultant to deliver a fully redesigned product by August 5, 2019. Moreover, the LCU Fund is seeking a consultant to provide ongoing site maintenance and support. As such, the contract will specify the creative and technical services that will be provided in the development as well as technical support for website maintenance, content editor training and troubleshooting after the initial launch. The LCU Fund will own the right to use all technologies and creative designs and / or features used in this project.

All proposals will be reviewed by the LCU Fund’s Communications and Development Committee. The LCU Fund reserves the right to select the individual and / or firm that offers the best value in terms of cost, technical expertise and proven experience. The LCU Fund reserves the right to decline any and all proposals.

In submitting a proposal, it is understood that the Consultant is familiar with the nature and extent of scope of work, laws and regulations that in any manner may affect cost, progress and performance of completing the work as stated. Any material developed as a result of this project shall be considered a work made for hire as such term is defined in §101 of the Copyright Act of 1976. The selected Consultant specifically waives any “artist’s right” it may have pursuant to any state or federal statutes regarding any material produced as a result of this agreement. The parties agree that LCU Fund shall be the sole owner of copyrights and all other intellectual property rights embodied in all materials produced under this agreement.

Budget

The estimated budget for the website redesign and introductory content editor training is $7,000.

Proposed Project Timeline

 

RFP Released

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Proposals Due

Monday February 18, 2019

Candidate Interviews

Week of March 4 – 8, 2019

Final candidate notified of selection

Week of March 11 – 15, 2019

Redesign Work

March 18, 2019 – July 15, 2019

Redesigned Site – Soft Launch

July 22, 2019

Redesigned Site – Full Launch

August 5, 2019

 

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit a PDF document to Sara Espinosa, Executive Director - LCU Fund for Women’s Education, lcufund@gmail.com by the close of business on Monday, February 18, 2019. Please be sure to address the following:

  1. Brief statement detailing your qualifications, technical expertise, design acumen and experience working on projects of similar size and scope
  2. Description of the redesign process including specific project stages and deliverables (within predetermined project schedule above)
  3. Examples of past projects with links
  4. Proposed budget breakdown (redesign, migration of existing content, infrastructure, training, hosting, ongoing maintenance)
  5. Three references
  6. Contact information