Grants and Communications Writer
National Council of Teachers of English

(Reports to the Director of Policy Research and Development, Darren Cambridge)

The National Council of Teachers of English promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language. We do this through a vast array of programs, publications, and projects designed to support more than 30,000 members nationwide and increasingly whole schools and districts.

The Council is more than 100 years old and has survived through more than a century because of its ability to continually evolve to meet the current needs of its constituents and to reach out beyond our community to support the needs of the educational landscape as a whole.

Today, being literate means so much more than simply being able to read and write. Twenty-first century literacy requires the ability to compose in multiple genres for multiple purposes within multiple disciplines. Across the country, access to the kind of teaching and learning this broadened definition of literacy demands is not guaranteed. There is an urgent need to communicate decades of NCTE experience and expertise in new arenas, and to secure grants that will allow us to address gaping equity issues where access to quality literacy learning is sorely needed.

In coordination with the Director of Policy Research and Development and the NCTE communications team, the Grants and Communications Writer will play an integral role in creating many of the written pieces that will help to propel the work of NCTE forward.

Summary of Responsibilities

The Grants and Communications Writer will contribute to the Council’s strategic vision by composing various communication pieces and grant proposals for NCTE.  These pieces will contribute to the overall messaging of the organization as well as the development and support for many key NCTE goals and projects. The staff member will:

  • Write and edit multiple genres, including blogs, op-eds, press releases, NCTE journal and web pieces, and other short and lengthy communications
  • Prepare written grant proposals 
  • Research and prepare written reports on a variety of topics as requested
  • Attend meetings to prepare written pieces for various types of delivery
  • Keep current with NCTE goals, activities, services, and resources

 Core Position Requirements

  • Writing ability in multiple genres
  • Understanding and awareness of multiple NCTE audiences for appropriate tone and delivery
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues in long-term planning and short-term production of writing
  • Ability to understand grant proposal requirements and write accordingly
  • Flexibility in drafting, writing, and editing through direction of colleagues
  • Ability to revise and edit the writing of others in a collaborative process
  • Ability to write, revise, and edit under short deadlines
  • Travel as required

Preferred Prior Knowledge and Skills for this Position

  • Experience in writing in the field of education
  • Experience with grant proposal writing
  • Knowledge of professional learning trends and practices in literacy education
  • Experience working in a social network environment for professional purposes 
  • Experience in a collaborative, goal-focused work environment 

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