Director of Communications
Institute of Education Sciences

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The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) invites applications for a Public Affairs Specialist who will serve as Director of Communications.

IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.  Its mission is to provide reliable evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information broadly. By identifying what works, what doesn’t, and why, IES aims to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of failure.

About the Position:

The Director of Communications will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for communicating the overall mission and ongoing work of IES to key audiences, including education policymakers and practitioners at the national, state, and local levels. The plan will encompass the IES website, print and social media, briefings, conference presentations, and other opportunities to make IES-funded research more accessible and useful to the public.

The Director of Communications will serve as IES’s primary media contact for major developments in IES research, statistics, assessment, and evaluation activities. He or she will work with IES staff at all levels to improve the quality of their writing and presentations.  He or she will keep abreast of developments in technology and lead IES’s efforts to make continuous improvements in its communications strategy.

Strong applicants will possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and relevant interests, skills, and experience, including the following:

  • A commitment to improving education in the U.S. through data and research;
  • Experience translating scientific or technical information for general audiences;
  • Experience with website design and social media;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • A flexible and collaborative working style.

About IES:

With an annual program budget of $575 million and a staff of approximately 180 people, IES supports a wide range of research, statistics, assessment, and evaluation activities. Its work is carried out by four centers:

  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education, and to review and report on education activities internationally. 
  • The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) conducts large-scale evaluations of education programs supported by federal funds, provides research-based technical assistance to educators and policymakers, and supports the synthesis and widespread dissemination of the results of research and evaluation throughout the United States. 
  • The National Center for Education Research (NCER) sponsors field-initiated research that addresses the nation’s most pressing education needs, from early childhood to postsecondary and adult education.
  • The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) sponsors field-initiated research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, and students with or at risk for disabilities from birth through high school.

If interested, please apply online at and enter keyword IES-2015-0044.  The position title is Public Affairs Specialist.


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