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COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE
National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)

The Communications Associate will transform NACSA’s written word from “wonky” to “compelling” by translating materials into easily digestible content derived from our research, policy positions, and authorizing best practices.

ABOUT NACSA AND OUR WORK

At the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), our goal is to double the number of students in quality charter schools by 2025. To do this we focus on strengthening charter school authorizing—the work of authorizers to approve new charter schools and ensure each school is achieving great outcomes for students. If and how well authorizers fulfill their responsibilities directly shapes the quality of public schools available within a community.

That’s why we work with authorizers across the country to develop, implement, and maintain rigorous authorizing practices. We provide trusted, independent policy resources to build state foundations where charters can thrive. We conduct research to identify emerging issues and trends in the field that inform the national conversation. 

Because every charter school has an authorizer, our work is making a difference for hundreds of thousands of students nationwide. There is no organization better poised to have this kind of impact.

ROLE AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Content Development

  • Draft reports, resources, position briefs, press releases, and commentaries that disseminate NACSA’s research findings and thought leadership in the field
  • Turn source material into compelling content for our key audiences in a variety of forms: blog posts, eblasts, web copy, social media posts and others as needed
  • Slay wonky terms and redundant copy in materials that come across your desk
  • Assist with the production of a series of “how-to” videos on authorizing practices

Social Media and Digital

  • Shape editorial direction and write content for Quality Charters Now, NACSA’s newsletter
  • Create, coordinate, and maintain new and updated content for NACSA’s website, working across divisions to ensure information is engaging, timely, and accurate
  • Write witty copy that inserts authorizing into the current ed reform discussions on social media
  • Create basic, on-brand design assets for the website and social platforms (Do you even Canva?)

Strategy

  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications and Director of Digital Media to develop and implement communications plans that increase awareness of emerging issues in authorizing and education reform
  • Assist with planning and execution of project-specific marketing plans

The Communications Associate reports to the Director of Communications.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

You are a strong writer and communicator.

  • You easily tailor messages for different audiences and platforms
  • You are a fan of the em dash–and can spot when it is missing*
  • Your writing is clear and compelling

You are a fast and eager learner.

  • You are constantly learning and growing
  • You value multiple perspectives and experiences
  • You listen to others, and consider their opinions

You value creative connections.

  • You talk through your work, because it leads to better ideas
  • You frequently swing by a colleague’s office to brainstorm
  • You believe the sum is greater than the parts

You solve problems before they begin.

  • You are comfortable asking questions to gain clarity 
  • You hold yourself responsible for results and are persistent 
  • You crave feedback, and use it to become a stronger contributor

Your drive for students, especially those underserved, runs deep.

  • Broadening quality opportunities for students, especially those who need it most, is more than a job for you
  • You have a foundational life experiences that drives you to see more kids in great schools

*See what we did there?

EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least 3–5 years of relevant communications, writing, or related experience  
  • Demonstrated track record of achieving ambitious and measurable goals

ALL STAFF MEMBERS DEMONSTRATE ALIGNMENT WITH NACSA’S VALUES

  • Impact: All your work is designed to increase and improve educational opportunities for children.
  • Equity & Inclusion: You seek out diverse perspectives and evidence to challenge your beliefs, especially considering those most impacted by our work.
  • Candor: You are honest with yourself and others.
  • Shared Ownership: You take ownership for the work of the entire organization.
  • Work-Life Integration: You respect professional and personal commitments and boundaries between them.

COMPENSATION

The compensation band for this position is $50,000 to $60,000, negotiable based on experience and education. NACSA provides an excellent benefits program with generous medical, dental, and disability coverage as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

LOCATION

NACSA is a virtual organization, with headquarters in Chicago. 

TO APPLY

NACSA encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and we seek to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to jobs@qualitycharters.org

NACSA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.


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