Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)
The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is comprised of over 550 governing boards, and over 6,000 trustees who govern public and private community, technical and junior colleges across the U.S. and abroad. ACCT is the voice of community college leaders at the federal level, spearheading federal-level advocacy efforts, facilitating board education, and implementing innovative initiatives to facilitate student success and college completion.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Associate Writer-Editor to join our communications and public policy teams. This role will entail the creation of content for print and online publications, daily news summaries, magazine articles, public relations, social media, member communications, and other areas as needed. The ideal candidate will demonstrate exceptional writing skills, an interest in public education, a working knowledge of federal-level government and policy, and an abundance of practical creativity to facilitate greater online engagement and increase ACCT’s communications capacity. The candidate must be able to understand and communicate complex information about policies and practices with a conversational, non-technical and non-academic voice for the association’s non-technical members.
This is a 20-hour per week contracted position located in downtown Washington, D.C. with the possibility of telecommuting and full-time potential.
- Compile weekly summaries of news and information of interest to community college board members.
- Support research and policy analysis on higher education and related areas.
- Draft articles and other member communication materials for association magazine, websites, news bulletins and other outlets.
- Collaborate as needed on policy briefs, reports, white papers, web postings, and support documents for policymakers, the media, and other interested parties, on higher education policies.
- Assist in organizing the two annual national conferences focusing on community college trustee education and community college advocacy.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
- Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Creative Writing, Education, or Public Policy plus at least two years of professional experience; or Associate degree in pertinent area plus at least five years of related professional experience
- Demonstrated ability to write in a variety of voices and to understand the needs of diverse audiences
- Demonstrated command of language and high-level editing and proofreading skills
- Computer savviness with the willingness and interest in learning new technologies
- Working knowledge of social media
- Strong work ethic, flexibility, dedication, and ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently under minimal supervision
- Ability to exercise sound judgment, initiative and maintain strict confidentiality
- Ability to work on a team, conduct collaborative research, and deal effectively and courteously with supervisor, peers, and external stakeholders
- Strong understanding of higher education and passion for public, open-access institutions
- Experience working with community college and/or a national advocacy association
- Awareness of and relationships with higher education trade media
- Basic knowledge of higher education governance
ACCT offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits (full-time) in a smaller office environment.
Please forward letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Office Manager. No phone calls please.
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