Communications and Program Coordinator
The Aspen Institute

Program/Dept.:     National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development; Education and Society Program
Position Location:     Washington DC
Reports To:     Communications Strategist
FLSA Status:     Full-Time, Exempt

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development is engaging and energizing communities to fully integrate social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) in K-12 education so that all students are prepared to thrive in school, in their careers, and in life. The Commission’s 25 members represent wide-ranging experiences and viewpoints from multiple fields, including education, research, business, policy, and the military. In a deliberate effort to hear from multiple perspectives, the full Commission team includes Councils of Scientists and Educators, a Youth Commission, a Parent Advisory Panel, and a Partners Collaborative. Ultimately, the Commission will release a Report From the Nation, outlining specific action steps in research, practice, and policy to help build and sustain a new vision of education that supports the comprehensive development of all students. To learn more, visit

Position Description

The Commission is uniquely positioned to make a compelling case for SEAD and marshal demand for this approach to education. To meet these goals, the Commission has developed a strategic communications plan, which includes: 1) clearly illustrating what SEAD looks like in practice, 2) developing and executing a communications campaign that creates widespread demand for a range of SEAD practices, and 3) galvanizing partners and allies in a coordinated outreach effort.

The Communications Coordinator will support each of these strategies, helping to expand and enhance the Commission’s web and social media presence, media outreach efforts, content development, and coalition building. The Coordinator will also help to facilitate ongoing communications about the Commission’s work to both internal and external audiences and will support the Commissioners’ communications’ efforts on behalf of SEAD.

This position is ideal for a new communications professional, and will provide experiences in a wide array of communications roles and functions. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who can take initiative and problem-solve independently but also thrives in a team-oriented environment. Some knowledge of K-12 education issues is preferred. We are seeking a strategic thinker and effective writer with strong organizational and time-management skills.

This position reports to the Communications Strategist for the National Commission for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and will interface regularly with multiple communications consultants and members of the Commission. S/he will join a high-performing team of five.

Essential Duties

  • Manage, the Commission’s website, and @AspenSEAD, the Commission’s Twitter handle. Ensure both are updated regularly and serve as dynamic platforms for engagement with the Commission’s multiple audiences. Help to monitor social media and website analytics.
  • Produce the Commission’s monthly e-newsletter, planning and writing much of the content and coordinating contributions from Commission members.
  • Create blog posts, email updates, PowerPoint presentations, and additional content as needed; coordinate the development of blog posts from Commission members and other authors.
  • Support media outreach efforts, including tracking key reporters, keeping them updated on the Commission’s work, facilitating their involvement and coverage of Commission milestones and events, and mapping coverage of SEAD-related topics.
  • Contribute to and help highlight the Commission’s varied content—including case studies, research briefs, and videos—thinking creatively about how to use multiple communications channels to reach our various audiences.
  • Track partner publications and events, identifying and supporting opportunities for collaboration.
  • Actively collaborate with Commission team members in the planning and execution of major events and projects.

Knowledge, Education, and Experience

  • College Degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field. OR a College Degree in another area with at least two years of experience in a communications-related position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of K-12 education issues preferred.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and high-performing environment.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly Microsoft Office Suite, Internet research, and experience with social media analytics and email marketing platforms.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • A commitment to the National Commission’s mission of fully integrating social, emotional, and academic development in K-12 education.

To Apply

To apply, please visit and follow the instructions to apply for the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Communications Coordinator position. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume.

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible on the Aspen Institute’s career page.  Please submit a cover letter that includes how you heard about this opening, any links to online communications you have produced as well as a current CV/resume through the Aspen Institute website. 

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Aspen Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

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