Communications and Staff Associate

Washington D.C.
Great benefits, competitive salary commensurate with experience
Feb 15, 2017
Entry Level
Metro Area
Full Time

The Role

The communications and staff associate will report to the director of external relations and will work primarily with that individual, as well as the president and the rest of our small-but-mighty external relations team and other Fordham staff members. Approximately two-thirds of time will be spent managing our social media channels and playing a significant role in developing our media, marketing, and partnerships work. The remainder will be spent assisting Fordham’s president and ensuring that trains run on time by helping with scheduling and office management. Specific responsibilities include:


  • Oversee social-media strategy and execution, including digital marketing and paid strategy campaigns related to reports and Fordham’s areas of interest, by:

    • Identifying critical social metrics and setting ambitious growth and engagement goals;

    • Developing content including tweets, Facebook postings, and Google ads to promote Fordham’s research and commentary;

    • Owning monthly and weekly social calendars that tie to Fordham’s overall messages as well as external events (e.g., holidays, major events in ed reform/politics, etc.); and

    • Developing and adhere to budgets, as necessary, for paid opportunities.

  • Draft and project-manage promotional publications, including the annual report, quarterly newsletters, conference proposals, and website text

  • In advance of Fordham releases, assists by:

    • Managing media lists;

    • Copy editing pitches (and helping to develop where appropriate);

    • Drafting website texts and e-blasts for releases; and 

    • Identifying partners in the ed-reform space to help with outreach and impact.

  • Monitor Fordham’s impact in the media and keep staff abreast of media hits

  • Manage the Education Gadfly listserv and email inbox

  • Assist with event setup, act as videographer during livestreamed events, and edit and post videos

  • Handle scheduling for Fordham president Michael J. Petrilli, and assist with meeting prep

  • Assist other staffers with travel and scheduling as needed

  • Answer phones


The successful candidate must share the core values of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, possess a can-do attitude, and be comfortable juggling multiple tasks and deadlines. They should have some (1-2 years) experience in communications (preferably in social media, or journalism) and be interested in building their communications skills and knowledge across the board. Bachelor’s degree required, with majors in journalism, English, communications or a related field preferred. Other qualifications include:

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Demonstrated interest in education or education policy

  • Enthusiasm for key education reforms, including high standards, accountability, and parental choice

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Experience with Tweetdeck, Google Analytics, Mailchimp, and Canva (or similar tools)

  • Creativity, flexibility, and diligence

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