Join Our New Communication Team!
Learning Policy Institute

Do you believe deeply that all children should have access to a high-quality 21st century education and be fully prepared for the challenges of our fast-changing, knowledge-based society?

Do you want to help change the national public discussion about education and bridge the gap between research and policymaking in pre-K–12 education?

Do you think you would thrive in a nonprofit startup environment in which communication is seen as core to the mission?

The Learning Policy Institute is a national education think tank that conducts and communicates high-quality research to shape policies that improve learning for each and every child. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children. The Institute has long-term philanthropic support and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, with an office in Washington, DC. For more information, see

We are offering a rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of building a first class, national communication program for the Institute. We’re looking for exceptionally bright, passionate and effective professional communicators who play well with others. We have a Chief Communication Officer, Director of Editorial and Senior Writer in place. We are currently hiring three additional positions. All require outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Press and Media Strategist – This position will have daily responsibility for relationships with, and outreach to, reporters, editors, producers, bloggers, opinion leaders and influencers. Provide strategic guidance, planning and support to communication campaigns surrounding our research and policy efforts. At least five years’ experience required using both traditional and emerging media to attract the attention of reporters, editors, bloggers and other opinion leaders leading to significant earned media attention. This position will reside in the DC office.

Digital Strategist – This position will serve as project manager and main point of daily contact with the vendor selected to develop our web site. Once the site is launched, will become the site’s front-end developer and super-user, maintaining and extending the site as necessary. Provides strategic guidance, planning and support to content strategy initiatives surrounding our research and policy efforts.  Requires demonstrated experience with HTML5/CSS3 and JavaScript/jQuery. Knows Adobe Creative Suite inside and out. Experience with Drupal a big plus. Deep understanding of using analytics and other tools to guide the evolution of our online presence. Minimum five years experience required. This position can reside in either the DC or Palo Alto offices.

Communication Specialist – Despite the title, this is a generalist position. Requires well-rounded communication skills and an expertise in more than one of the following areas. At least three years’ experience required. This position can reside in either the DC or Palo Alto offices.

  • Preferred

– Running campaigns that use digital media to drive and inform traditional media and online conversations
– Writing/editing/storytelling/repurposing content
– Software: MS Office: Expert-level skills, especially PowerPoint and Excel (charts and graphs); Twitter, Facebook, other social media platforms
– Press and media relations

  • Bonus

– Multimedia storytelling (photography, audio, video)
– Graphic and visual design, infographics
– Web design and development, web and podcasting, emerging technologies


While we are still developing formal job descriptions, we are currently accepting applications to join our team. Salary will depend on years of experience and level of expertise.

To apply:

  1. Submit a resume, three work samples (at least one of which must be a piece of writing), and a cover letter indicating where you think your experience and skills can best contribute to our team. Include when you can be available and an office location preference if you have one.
  2. Send pdf versions and links to
  3. NOTE: Incomplete applications or those not following the above instructions will NOT be considered!
  4. DEADLINE: Sunday, September 27, 2015.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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