Director of Communications
National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE)

About NCEE:

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) is a leader in education reform policy and practice based in Washington, DC.  As a think-tank and “do-tank”, NCEE researches the world’s top-performing education systems to learn how their students perform at high levels, more efficiently, and with more equity than in the United States.  NCEE uses those lessons to adapt what it learns for use in the United States at the national, state and local levels.  NCEE’s work focuses on standards, assessment and instructional systems, teacher and school leadership policy and practices, education governance, management and finance, early childhood education and care, and vocational and technical education.  NCEE has three major programs: The Center on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB) which analyzes the policies and practices of the top performers, identifies the common principles that underlie those strategies and describes the implementation strategies those countries have used to produce their superior performance.  The National Institute for School Leadership (NISL), the nation’s leading Executive Development program for school leaders.  And Excellence for All, a groundbreaking program being piloted in American high schools to insure that all students are ready for college and careers.  NCEE created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and New Standards, a predecessor to the Common Core, and released major reports that have impacted education policy including: America’s Choice: high skills or low wages!, Tough Choices or Tough Times, Surpassing Shanghai, and Fixing Our National Accountability System.

Job Description:

The Director of Communications is responsible for creating and overseeing media relations and outreach efforts and managing the organization’s online presence and social media strategy.  The Director will work closely with the President, Vice President and policy team to develop and implement communications and public relations strategies.  The Director will manage a relationship with a DC-based public relations firm and identify and contract with graphic designers and video consultants as-needed for ongoing projects.  


  • Drive overall press strategy as well as day-to-day media relations for NCEE and CIEB. This position is the first point of contact for all press inquiries.  The ideal candidate will proactively identify media opportunities and maintain relationships with key reporters.
  • Oversee the organization’s online presence including making web site updates through a CMS system, managing social media accounts and reviewing analytics to determine how to improve digital strategy. 
  • Handle publicity and assist in event planning for all publication releases. Coordinate efforts with PR firm for larger projects.
  • Work closely with President and Vice President to edit, post and promote a weekly blog hosted by  
  • Work with policy team to produce monthly e-newsletter ¾ brainstorm ideas, oversee process with attention to timeline, post content online and send out using email marketing software.
  • Generate press materials including but not limited to press releases, one-pagers, Q&As and web copy.  
  • Support President and Vice President when needed in preparation of presentations to international, national and state audiences; assist with Prezi and PPT presentations.


  • Excellent communications skills: written, verbal and online.
  • Team player with ability to balance multiple projects independently.
  • Passion for education policy.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-tasking, prioritizing, and meeting expectations and goals.
  • Excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills, planning abilities, and attention to detail.
  • Five years minimum relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications or a related-field.

Please send resume and cover letter indicating availability date and two references to

NCEE is committed to diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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