Senior Associate for Strategic Communications
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JOB TITLE: Senior Associate for Communications
DEPARMTENT: Strategic Initiatives
REPORTS TO: Director, Strategic Communications and Outreach
The Senior Associate for Communications reports to the Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach and will help the Communications Team promote the college- and career-ready agenda to the public and policymakers. The Senior Associate’s time will be divided between strengthening media relations, supporting states’ communications efforts and supporting Achieve’s programmatic work through strategic communications.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior Associate for Communications’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Plan and execute Achieve’s social media strategies.
• Pitch stories to traditional, digital and social media.
• Manage communications strategy and execution for select Achieve projects.
• Draft and edit press releases and media advisories.
• Respond to media inquiries and arrange media interviews for Achieve staff.
• Assist in the plan and execution of media tasks for the Achieve’s annual meeting.
• Prepare Achieve media kits.
• Assist with the production of Achieve’s monthly newsletter.
• Assist website manager maintain fresh web copy, including program descriptions and resources.
• Ensure factual accuracy and AP style in print and online content.
• Conduct web-based research.
Internal: All Achieve Staff and consultants
External: Media, state and local policymakers, Achieve partners and key stakeholders
Bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years related experience. Master’s degree may be substituted for two years of experience.
• Education policy and/or communications experience required; either at the state or local level is a plus.
• Experience in new/social media required.
• Proven ability to manage multiple short and long-term projects in a fast paced environment
• Effective time management skills.
• Ability to work well in a team environment.
• Proven research, writing, and communication skills.
• Knowledge of state education policy and reform processes.
• Knowledge of the Common Core State Standards and/or the Next Generation Science Standards a plus.
• Persistence, resourcefulness, drive and ability to work proactively.
• Ability to build collegial relationships with colleagues, state representatives, project consultants and others in order to achieve a goal.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, under considerable pressure and tight deadlines.
|About Our Company
||Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a priority across the country so that students graduating from high school are academically prepared for postsecondary success. When states want to collaborate on education policy or practice, they come to Achieve. At the direction of 48 states, and partnering with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Achieve helped develop the Common Core State Standards. Twenty-six states and the National Research Council asked Achieve to manage the process to write the Next Generation Science Standards. Achieve has also served as the project manager for states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which are developing next generation assessments. And since 2005, Achieve has worked with state teams, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning key policies with the demands of the real world so that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to fully reach their promise in college, careers and life. For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org.