Career Opportunity: Associate Communications Director

Schedule: Full-Time (40+ hours/week)
Reports to: Chief Communications Officer
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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Founded by entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.

The Broad Foundation believes that K-12 education policies and practices generally have not kept pace with modern teacher and student needs. For example, too often resources do not make it to the classroom, teachers do not receive the support they need, poor and minority students receive unequal learning opportunities, and many talented professionals are discouraged from entering the education sector.

The Broad Foundation also believes that students of all backgrounds deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential in school and in life, that teachers deserve the support and working conditions they need to meet individual student needs, grow professionally and feel gratified by and honored for their good work, and that parents of all income levels deserve access to great public schools and the assurance that their child’s teacher has the tools and support she needs to deliver a personalized, world-class education.

The Broad Foundation supports bold, innovative changes that will:

  1. Empower teachers with the time, flexibility, creativity and support to meet individual student needs while reasonably holding leaders, teachers and parents accountable for student growth,
  2. Ensure adequate funding, resources and materials reach the classroom,
  3. Meet world-class standards for teaching, learning and operations,
  4. Attract and retain the best and the brightest Americans—who often turn to other professions—into our public school classrooms and school systems,
  5. Create quality public school options so that urban parents can send their children to high-quality, public schools, and
  6. Develop and share new research, data and perspectives with policymakers, practitioners and parents to help create environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.

To create school system conditions like these, The Broad Foundation focuses its investments in the following areas:
Groundbreaking innovation in teaching and learning. Technology is a tremendous untapped resource to dramatically increase student learning. The Broad Foundation supports schools, policies and nonprofit entrepreneurs who are advancing technologies that enable public school teachers to adapt instruction to meet the personal needs of every student. Modern “blended learning” or “personalized learning” environments are designed to empower teachers with technology that individualizes the pace and style of instruction so all students can make dramatic gains. Smart new learning models like these amplify the effects of great teachers and engage students and parents as active partners in the learning experience.

Transformative federal and state policy. The Broad Foundation supports federal and state policies that remove the barriers to dramatic improvement in student learning and create the human capital, school choice, resource and governance conditions under which districts, schools, teachers and students can succeed. The Broad Foundation helps state education agencies become dynamic, performance-oriented organizations that can adopt and implement bold reforms tied to teacher and student needs. The Broad Foundation also invests in portfolio district models, such as the Recovery School District in Louisiana and the Education Achievement Authority in Detroit, to dramatically improve the opportunities and choices for our nation’s most disadvantaged students.

Redesigned, high-performing institutions. Redesigned school districts, high-quality public charter schools, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, The Broad Prize finalist districts and alternative teaching pathways like Teach For America have one thing in common: they have all adopted or created new learning models that produce gains for students of all backgrounds, at scale. The Broad Foundation continues to support these best-in-class institutions and share their tools and practices that make it faster and easier for new leaders to grow high-performing organizations.

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is looking for an associate director, communications to serve as the key communications support for the education grant team.

Key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Serve as press spokesperson for the foundation on education issues.
  • Improve the foundation’s ability to communicate key messages to core audiences.
  • Provide strategic communications counsel to education program team and grantees.
  • Draft press releases for the foundation and grantee organizations.
  • Develop and write op-eds that are insightful and topical.
  • Develop a media and communications strategy to increase profile of The Broad Prize for Urban Education and The Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
  • Write speeches for foundation’s managing directors and senior program team.
  • Work closely with The Broad Center’s senior director of communications and coordinate communications efforts between The Broad Foundation and The Broad Center.
  • Work closely with social media and communications coordinator to create content and implement social and digital media strategy.
  • Write and edit collateral, such as white papers and brochures.
  • Represent The Broad Foundation at press conferences and other external events.
  • Develop strong relationships with local and national education media.
  • Develop and manage small media grant portfolio.
  • Evaluate sponsorship opportunities.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Smart.
  • Dynamo writer.
  • Analytical.
  • Superb judgment.
  • Willing to do any task, big or small.
  • Results-oriented, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced office environment, working effectively under pressure, meeting deadlines and taking direction, as well as self-directing.
  • News-savvy. Ability to identify and communicate news value of grant work.
  • Track record of success pitching and placing news articles and drafting and placing opinion pieces in local and national newspapers, television, radio and online media.
  • Passionate about improving K-12 public education.
  • At least eight years of professional communications/media experience, ideally at a company or organization.
  • Experience managing communications functions such as messaging, brand management, collateral materials, social media, website development and market research.
  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, public relations or related field from an accredited college or university; graduate degree preferred.
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet research, and familiar with Factiva, Burrelle’s Cision, LexusNexus and Constant Contact.
  • Ability to commit to travel up to 25 percent.

DESIRED PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Hard-working.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced office environment.
  • A good sense of humor, positive attitude and high degree of flexibility, dedication, resourcefulness, energy and creativity.
  • A high degree of professionalism and the ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.
  • Strategic thinker, able to anticipate outcomes and plan ahead.
  • Self-confident and comfortable interacting with the media and senior executives.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle a heavy, diverse workload.
  • A personal reputation for integrity and ethics.
  • A self-starter. Highly motivated.

COMPENSATION

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include a variety of health plans and a comprehensive 401(k) retirement savings plan.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should apply with a letter of interest and resume to jobs@broadfoundation.org. Please include the job title, “Associate Director, Communications,” in the subject line. Employment is contingent on writing and work samples and satisfactory background and reference check, which will include a full credit and criminal report as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally entitled to work in the United States for any employer.

We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristic covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the job.

LOCATION

Los Angeles, Calif.

DATE POSTED

April 2013