Policy & Communications Associate
National Center on Education and the Economy

NCEE is seeking a Policy & Communications Associate to support NCEE’s policy analysis, media relations and outreach efforts, online presence and social media strategy.  The Associate will work closely with the Vice President, Communications Director and policy team to develop and implement communications and public relations strategies as well as conduct policy research and analysis to support those activities.  The Associate will assist in the development of written, graphical and electronic communications to support NCEE’s mission.   

Responsibilities:   The primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Support the Communications Director’s management of press strategy as well as day-to-day media relations for NCEE, CIEB and NISL.
  • Support the organization’s online presence including updating NCEE’s website through a CMS system, assisting in the development of the orgainziation’s social media strategy and content.
  • Aide publicity efforts and assist in event planning for all publication releases.
  • Support NCEE senior leadership with education policy research and memos in preparation for major public events and ongoing state, national and international consulting.
  • Work with the Center on International Education Benchmarking policy team and with NCEE’s school leadership program to produce monthly e-newsletters 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, infographics, Q&As and web copy. 
  • Support President, Vice President and Director when needed in preparation of presentations to international, national and state audiences; assist with PPT presentations.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Excellent communications skills: written, verbal and online.
  • Team player with ability to balance multiple projects independently.
  • Passion for and experience in conducting education policy research.
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-tasking, prioritizing, and meeting expectations and goals.
  • Expirience with online publishing and website CMS including WordPress.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and graphic design software such as Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Excellent administrative, organizational and time management skills, planning abilities, and attention to detail.
  • Two years minimum relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Journalism, Communications, Education Policy or a related-field.

Location: Position is located in Washington, DC.

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 a consulting business which provides states and school districts with technical assistance focused on systems reform. 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.

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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