Communications Associate
Great Schools Partnership

The Great Schools Partnership, a leading education nonprofit committed to creating 21st century models of public schooling, is looking for a communications associate.

Our new associate will assist in the development of websites, presentations, informational materials, grant proposals, and other elements of the organization’s communications strategy, while also working alongside the director of communications to lead and coordinate a regional community-engagement initiative focused on building public understanding of innovative, student-centered approaches to teaching and learning in today’s public high schools

About the Partnership

Located in downtown Portland, Maine, the Great Schools Partnership works on a variety of small- and large-scale educational projects throughout Maine, New England, and the country. The Partnership offers professional development and technical assistance to educators, schools, districts, and state agencies, while also developing practical school-improvement resources and coordinating the implementation of grant initiatives. For more detailed information about the Partnership and its work, visit

Our Philosophy

As a mission-driven nonprofit, the Partnership believes in empowering its employees to be creative, take initiative, think outside the box, work collaboratively, and assume leadership roles in the organization.

The Position

The Partnership’s new communications associate will work with the director of communications on a wide variety of education, communications, and community-engagement projects. Responsibilities will include:

  • Writing, editing, and creating informational documents, slideware presentations, reports, briefings, grant proposals, press releases, website content, email newsletters, and other informational and support materials for educators, policy makers, and diverse public audiences.
  • Assisting the editor of the Glossary of Education Reform (, including researching school-reform terms, concepts, and strategies; drafting new entries; and maintaining and promoting the website.
  • Conducting research related to communications projects, grant opportunities, educational issues, and state and federal policies.
  • Assisting with the design, planning, and coordination of events, conferences, presentations, training sessions, grant-funded projects, and community-engagement strategies.
  • Managing communications for the organization and/or its many initiatives, including online communications and social-media strategies.
  • Scheduling, planning, coordinating, and facilitating events, meetings, and programming throughout New England.

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least five or more years of experience in communications, media, journalism, public relations, community organizing, nonprofit management, and/or relevant educational or social-progress fields. A master’s or other advanced degree is desirable but not required.
  • Strong interest, experience, and/or expertise in education, communications, messaging, media, and mission-driven social change.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to write polished and professional prose on a variety of topics. Professional writing and editorial experience a plus.
  • Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a close-knit team. Demonstrated project-management skills a plus.
  • Self-motivation and the ability to manage multiple projects, develop priorities, execute complex projects, and meet demanding deadlines.
  • Experience and training in public speaking, public presenting, or group facilitation a plus.
  • Experience and expertise in website management, content-management systems, basic HTML, social media, blogging, Web 2.0 tools, and/or online advocacy and organizing a major plus.
  • Basic graphic-design skills, proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, and an ability to produce professional-looking documents and/or graphic designs a plus.
  • Photography, videography, and photo/video editing skills and experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, iWork, Google Apps/Docs, and other widely used applications is required. Proficiency in other relevant writing, editing, content management, graphic design, presentation, photography, and videography applications a plus.


The Great Schools Partnership offers its employees a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes health care (with options for dental and vision), paid vacation time, contributions to a tax-deferred retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and a salary commensurate with their professional experience and the personnel structure of the Great Schools Partnership. We have a great team of motivated staff and an equitable, energized work environment. The Great Schools Partnership is an equal-opportunity employer.


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