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National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

POSITION SUMMARY:

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is seeking a detail-oriented news reporter to cover student aid-related regulations, research, trends, and best practices for the NASFAA website and daily electronic newsletter. While experience covering higher education is not required, the reporter should have the demonstrated ability to quickly pick up new topics and report for a daily publication. The reporter will post and update website content, distribute news articles and other association content through NASFAA’s social media channels, and assist in production of NASFAA’s weekly policy podcast. While the reporter should expect to work roughly 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, they should also allow for occasional evening work as needed. The reporter will also coordinate with the rest of NASFAA’s three-person editorial team to distribute the daily e-newsletter at 8:00 a.m. ET every weekday.

NASFAA offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and opportunities for growth. While the reporter does not need to be based in Washington, D.C., occasional travel to Washington, D.C., or to reporting locations may be required.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

  • Conceptualizes, researches, and develops articles about legislative initiatives and federal regulations relating to Title IV student aid programs.
  • Synthesizes information and writes news articles based on Federal Register documents, Department of Education Dear Colleague/Partner Letters and Announcements, training documents and manuals, research reports, and other similar items.
  • Attends and reports on hearings, conferences, and meetings held by the Department of Education, Congress, NASFAA, and other related organizations.
  • Together with NASFAA’s senior reporter, manages production of NASFAA’s policy podcast, “Off The Cuff.”
  • Posts and formats news and other material on the NASFAA website and, if needed on occasion, electronically delivers Today’s News, NASFAA’s daily e-newsletter, to subscribers at 8:00 a.m. ET on weekday mornings.
  • Assists in managing the NASFAA social media accounts to increase organization awareness among consumers and reporters.
  • Tracks and reports on social media and media statistics for weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports.
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

Required Skills/Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience
  • Strong reporting, writing, and editing skills
  • Experience using a content management system
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism or related focus preferred
  • Experience managing organizational social media presence

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Familiarity with student aid and higher education issues
  • Knowledge of the legislative and federal budget process
  • Ability to create and edit multimedia content, such as video creation and audio editing

The successful candidate will:

  • Understand and be comfortable working in a mission-driven organization where individual and departmental goals must align with strategic priorities;
  • Have demonstrated their ability to work successfully in a team-based environment where “the whole” is more important than any one individual;
  • Be comfortable with team-based accountability, departmental reporting and paying attention to results. NASFAA is focused on team results, not individual milestones.
  • Express and demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment to NASFAA’s staff-developed Core Operating Values.

NASFAA CULTURE AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

NASFAA is a mission-driven national organization that is focused on supporting the financial aid profession and advocating for public policies and programs that increase student access to and success in postsecondary education. In independent, third-party surveys, NASFAA’s 45-person staff consistently rate high levels of engagement and satisfaction. NASFAA is focused on the greater good: for NASFAA members, students, and society as a whole. It is a fast-paced organization with specific strategic plans, with latitude for creative thinking and problem solving.

At NASFAA, we strive to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce that will contribute to the association’s goals, mission, and vision. It is NASFAA’s policy not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because he or she is an individual with a disability or has veteran status. NASFAA will provide reasonable accommodations to employees whose ability to perform their job is affected by pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions. NASFAA is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range $58,000 - $65,000 depending on experience and qualifications. NASFAA offers excellent benefits including employee paid health insurance and a contributory retirement savings plan. Interested applicants should apply at https://www.nasfaa.org/reporter by May 20, 2022 for full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Principals, only. No phone calls please.


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