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Communications Editorial Lead
Education Resource Strategies (ERS)

ERS is a national non-profit that partners with district, school, and state leaders to transform how they use resources (people, time, and money) so that every school prepares every child for tomorrow, no matter their race or income. We are a highly regarded and well-established organization with over fifteen years of field leadership and we maintain a strong entrepreneurial spirit that embraces teamwork and innovation.

If you want to join a team of talented and committed professionals within a fast-paced and collaborative culture, this is the place for you.

Position Overview

ERS seeks a highly collaborative professional committed to utilizing their writing, editing, and content development skills to create resources and publications that lay the foundation for K-12 school transformation. This position will build upon existing ERS knowledge to publish innovative best practices that unlock excellence for every student via strategic resource allocation throughout K-12 schools. Resultantly, this position will serve as a catalyst for change by authoring actionable, research-driven, and data-informed pieces that empower school district leaders to make changes that stimulate greater equity in K-12 education.

The Communications Editorial Lead will author compelling stories, bringing qualitative and quantitative data to life, so that education leaders understand that the time for action is now. From short form pieces (blog posts, newsletters, and op-eds) to longform publications (guidebooks and articles), the Communications Editorial Lead will leverage ERS’ expertise to craft digestible, inspiring, and actionable pieces that promote enhanced educational equity.

In tandem with subject matter experts, the Communications Team recently released the following publications: ESSER Guides for Scheduling and Spending, Spotlight on Dallas ISD, and op-ed on how high schools need to look different. This cutting-edge content continues to shape the K-12 education landscape in impactful, equity-focused ways.

Undoubtedly, the Communications Editorial Lead will embrace our core values of learning and teamwork to make a significant, direct impact on elementary and secondary education.

Key Responsibilities

Content Creation

  • Author just-in-time content to educate school district leaders about high-impact school design practices.
  • Partner with consultants, leadership development professionals, and ERS leadership to translate new learning from webinars and project work into content that speaks to broad audiences in K-12 education.
  • Utilize qualitative and quantitative data to create captivating, actionable content that inspires and guides action among educational leaders and policymakers.
  • Partner with other Communications team members to develop and maintain a content calendar that meets the cyclical and emerging needs of target audiences.
  • Conduct informational interviews with ERS colleagues, rooted in strategic questioning and appreciative inquiry, to inform editorial pieces and the content calendar. 
  • Translate technical writing into prose pieces that communicate the urgency and resource reallocation needed for increased educational equity.

Project Management

  • Manage and balance multiple projects at the same time, ranging from large publications to shorter pieces
  • Utilize resources from across the organization to inform content.
  • Develop systems, structures, and workflows to effectively manage high-quality, timely content deliverables requiring significant collaboration from internal and external partners.

Firm Contribution

  • Contribute to the firm’s knowledge management strategy by developing sustainable, high-caliber articles, guides, blog posts, web content, newsletters, etc. that expands the reach of our content. 
  • Serve in various ad-hoc leadership capacities (e.g., ERS retreat, ERS lunch facilitation, practice area participation, recruiting). 
  • Continuously build an understanding of the diversity, inclusion, and equity dynamics affecting ERS’ work internally and externally; support and lead the process to bring in multiple perspectives to develop and enhance equity in our work. 

Qualifications

  • 4+ years of experience working in communications, journalism, or editorial
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize complex material and effectively communicate ERS’ mission and impact to our target audience in accessible ways
  • Experience writing and designing content for various platforms, including websites, press releases, and newsletters; understanding of various communication channels and the required content and styles to ensure results
  • Experience with ghost writing and/or partnering with experts and leaders to create content for skilled/knowledgeable audiences
  • Familiarity with K-12 education, educational policy, social policy, and resource use (With a proven ability and eagerness to new learn content areas and immediately put this knowledge to use)
  • Experience managing and overseeing complex editorial projects, including working with external partners; ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a growing, mission-driven team
  • Commitment to ERS Core Values: impact, teamwork, candor, learning, work-life balance, and service.
  • Demonstrated passion for and commitment to ERS’ mission and values exemplified through work experience, leadership opportunities, or community involvement; a passion for improving equity and excellence in education systems; and interest in deepening one’s understanding of the community context impacting education systems and the experience of students.

About Education Resource Strategies
Every school. Every child. Ready for tomorrow.

Since 2004, ERS has worked hand-in-hand with the leaders of over 100 K-12 school systems and several states. We utilize data to inform the implementation of school design transformations and monitor the impact of these changes. Our work continues to grow and evolve, especially as it relates to the implications of COVID-19 on students with the highest needs.

Our non-profit status enables a different kind of partnership with districts and states: one where we participate in the transformation struggle, create insights together, and share lessons with others.

Benefits of Working at ERS

  • Opportunity for impact: ERS works with some of the largest, most influential and innovative districts in the country to truly transform their practices. Your work will change the lives of thousands of students.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: As a small organization, we are continuously improving, and we encourage innovative ideas, honest feedback, and constant learning.
  • Collaborative work environment: We do most of our work in teams. We bring our collective wisdom and expertise to everything we do, often tapping the expertise and leadership of colleagues across the organization.
  • Healthy work/life balance: We support every member of the ERS team in integrating meaningful work and professional growth with a healthy personal life throughout their career.

Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

As an organization, we still have so much to learn about the continuing impact of systemic racism and oppression. We also acknowledge that we must look inward to best actualize ERS’ mission. Therefore, we strive to develop an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist organization rooted in belonging for all team members.

We remain committed to transforming the systems, structures, policies, resource decisions, and cultural messages that are driving inequitable outcomes by:

  • Helping our school district and school leader partners understand the patterns of structural racism and oppression that impact the students and families in their community.
  • Devoting organizational resources to support the ongoing learning of all ERS team members related to the causes and patterns of structural racism and oppression, how they impact the experiences we bring to our shared environment, and the ways we work with each other.

ERS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, ancestry, pregnancy, or military service.

We value diverse teams and the unique talents each member brings. In that light, we encourage candidates that have life experiences similar to those of the children, teachers, and leaders in the districts we serve to apply. The value we place on diverse teams is mirrored by our commitments to foster and sustain an inclusive culture. We regularly evaluate our organization’s processes and policies through the lens of equity and inclusion, and we provide opportunities for individual and organizational learning about equity, inclusion, and diversity.

We view these commitments as essential to our work with each other and our district partners, as we seek to drive equity and excellence for all students through school system transformation.


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