Who we are: 

IEL’s mission is to partner with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement. 

Position overview: 

Reporting to the Communications Manager, the Communications Associate will assist in implementing the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) communications and marketing strategy, including but not limited to supporting functions of IEL’s websites and public relations collateral to consistently articulate IEL’s mission. The Communications Associate will help ensure that IEL is viewed as the primary provider of leadership development for equity and as the leader in policy and program innovation focused on expanding opportunity and improving outcomes for children, youth, adults, and families in communities where opportunity is absent or lacking. The Communications Associate will work closely with various teams within IEL as a communications partner on strategic initiatives. 

Major responsibilities:  

  • Assist in implementing IEL’s strategic communications plan, including existing and new communications vehicles for creating momentum and awareness for IEL 
  • Develop written materials and design digital content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action 
  • Post to and curate IEL’s main social media platforms 
  • Develop and execute event-oriented communications plans 
  • Support project management including data recording and analysis 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Competencies developed: 

  • Experience in communications functions including writing, planning, graphic design, social media publishing, event and project management 
  • Experience working in an established, national nonprofit in a collaborative office environment 
  • Content knowledge in the areas of education, workforce development, and leadership development 

Qualifications and experience: 

IEL is seeking a Communications Associate who has at least 2-4 years of communications experience covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and marketing/donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical. 

Specific requirements include: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree  
  • Background in communications, marketing, business administration, fundraising, or education 
  • Professional experience in nonprofit sector 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and can-do attitude 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and problem-solve 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and major social media platforms 

Preferred (but not required) skills: 

  • Working knowledge of 508c, ADA, and WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines 
  • Knowledge and skills for graphic design, Adobe Creative Suite, video production, and HTML/CSS 

 Traits valued highly in a teammate include: 

  • Collaborative work style and ability to function well in a diverse environment 
  • Creativity and organization  
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage a variety of key initiatives concurrently  
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and high-quality work 
  • Passionate about issues of racial and social justice and IEL’s vision, mission, and values of equity, inclusion, collaboration, and impact 
  • Understanding of the importance of work/life balance 

Compensation: Salary range is $50,000 to $60,000 and will depend on experience. 

Benefits: IEL provides comprehensive health, dental, life insurance, wellness stipends, professional development, and retirement benefits. 

Work requirements: 

This is a full-time, remote position. Candidates based in the D.C. area are welcome to work from IEL’s Washington, D.C. office. Some travel required.   

To apply: 

Please send an email with “Communications Associate” as the subject line to Include a cover letter, resume, and writing sample and/or work portfolio. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on November 28th.  

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color, of diverse backgrounds, and with disabilities to apply.