Jobs

Communications Specialist
DC Public Charter School Board

Start Date: Immediate
Department: Communications
Location: Washington, DC

ABOUT PCSB

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is a leading national voice in the charter school movement.  PCSB is setting a national model for creating quality public school options through its rigorous review of new charter applications and effective oversight of charter school performance that is leading the transformation of public education in Washington, DC. PCSB oversees 61 public charter schools on 112 campuses serving more than 38,000 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more at dcpcsb.org.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The PCSB Communications Department is a fast-paced, dynamic team.  The Communications Specialist would manage campaigns and projects that communicate PCSB’s work to local and national audiences.  The role includes: creating and managing an editorial calendar, writing for print and digital publishing, media outreach, working with PCSB staff on communications for external audiences. The ideal candidate will be passionate about education reform, an ambitious self-starter, and a strong writer with proven ability to plan and manage projects and campaigns, and balance multiple deliverables. The Communications Specialist reports to the Director of Communications.

Responsibilities of the Communications Specialist include but are not limited to:

  • Plan and execute proactive, innovative and measurable communications strategies about the DC charter school movement to stakeholders (e.g. authorizers, charter schools, media, think tanks, non-profits, media, etc.). 
  • Develop editorial calendar and key marketing materials such as visual presentations, brochures and reports. 
  • Write, edit, and fact-check presentations, press releases, letters to the editor, op-eds, speeches, briefing memos, fact sheets, and other materials about PCSB’s mission and vision.
  • Manage PCSB’s presence at local and national events, and in key local and national publications.
  • Prepare and position PCSB staff and board members for media, forums, and conferences.
  • Assist Communications team in building relationships with local and national media and facilitating media responses.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

ABOUT YOU

Strong candidates will have the following qualifications, skills and experiences:

  • Extensive and exceptional writing experience required, including previous experience writing articles, talking points, policy briefs, or speeches.
  • Experienced in leading and managing communications campaigns and projects with measurable impact.
  • Experienced in building media relationships and media relations, including pitching.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, fluid environment; able to adapt to last minute assignments.
  • 5-7 years of relevant communications experience and/or experience working in a public relations or public affairs agency, membership association, non-profit or Capitol Hill.
  • Self-starter with excellent follow through and high level of attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications required.
  • Draws satisfaction from supporting another individual toward success and playing an integral behind-the-scenes role.   
  • Ability to build strong relationships and work with individuals at all levels of the organization; Strong ability to synthesize feedback from multiple parties.
  • Clear understanding and commitment to PCSB’s mission and vision.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.
  • Graphic design and video experience a plus
  • Fluent foreign language speaker is a plus but not required.

Compensation

Salary is competitive and commensurate with prior experience in a similar role with potential for an annual performance-based bonus. PCSB offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes 100% of employee-only medical coverage and a subsidy for the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and dependent children.  Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting and work-life balance benefits, a flexible spending account, personal and vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching.

TO APPLY

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Submit a cover letter, résumé and no more than 3 writing samples (including at least 2 of the following: press release, letter to the editor, opinion piece, speech, talking points, fact sheets, or briefing memo) in one document (no multiple attachments) to: pcsbjobs@dcpcsb.org. Please include “Communications Specialist ” in the subject line. If applicable, please include link to your online portfolio.

All applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to pcsbjobs@dcpcsb.org.  No third-party or telephone inquiries please.

The DC Public Charter School Board is an equal opportunity employer.


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