Senior Associate for Strategic Communications

Jan 14, 2014
Feb 13, 2014
Crystal Hill
Full Time

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


The Senior Associate for Communications’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•Collaborate with the Director on the development and execution of Achieve’s communications strategy
•Develop communications strategies that will broaden programmatic reach and deepen impact.
•Lead communications strategy and execution for select Achieve projects.
•Draft and edit press releases and media advisories.
•Plan and lead Achieve’s social media strategies.
•Pitch stories to traditional, digital and social media.
•Respond to media inquiries and arrange media interviews for Achieve staff.
•Be able to occasionally serve as Achieve spokesperson with media.
•Assist in the plan and execution of media tasks for the Achieve’s annual meeting.
•Conduct web-based research.
•Prepare Achieve media kits.
Print and Online Content:
•Assist with the production of Achieve’s monthly newsletter.
•Assist website manager maintain fresh web copy, including program descriptions and resources.
•Ensures factual accuracy and AP style in print and online content.

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 a must; either at the state or local level is a plus.
•Experience in new/social media.
•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.
•Deep 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.
•Comprehensive knowledge of state education policy and reform processes.
•Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, under considerable pressure and tight deadlines.

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