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Policy and Communications Specialist

Date 2016-01-18 19:01:21 Location : North America

TESOL International Association is seeking a highly motivated and organized individual to provide programmatic support to the Public Policy and Communications Department. The position requires excellent writing skills and the ability to manage multiple demands while working collaboratively with staff. The ideal candidate demonstrates strong skills in workload organization, the ability to be flexible and work creatively as part of a team or individually, and attention to detail.

Responsibilities include:

Analyzing legislation and conducting research on policy issues impacting English language teaching at both in the US and internationally
Developing written materials, including policy briefs, issue briefs, policy memos, articles, and advocacy tools and resources?
Coordinating policy-related activities, including outreach efforts, programming, and TESOL’s annual Advocacy & Policy Summit
Preparing and disseminating press releases and news-related content on TESOL’s website, news wire service, and social media outlets
Managing and implementing various aspects of TESOL’s communications strategy, including coordination with other departments, and outreach to news media and other audiences
Education, skills, and experience

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in political science, international communications, or related field
Three-five years of work experience and demonstrated success in government relations, public policy, communications, or related area that involved policy research
Work experience in an association or other non-profit organization preferred.
Exceptional communications skills, including professional writing, editing and verbal skills for a variety of external audiences.
Excellent research, analytical, and problem-solving skills
Working knowledge of public policy and the issues impacting education
Knowledge of international education and policy desired
Strong technical experience, including working with a website content management system, email distribution system, and social media
Media relations experience, including writing press releases and statements, building media lists, and collecting media mentions desired
TESOL International Association offers a prime Alexandria, VA location conveniently located near the King St metro station, competitive salaries and benefits including medical, dental, and life insurance, 403(b) retirement, and the opportunity to work with a high-performing, dynamic group of colleagues in a friendly environment.

TESOL International Association is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and other characteristics that make our employees unique. TESOL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history by January 31, 2016 via email to: rgainer@tesol.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Additional Salary Information: Salary range in the upper $50,000s, commensurate with experience.