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2 Jun 2014
Topics: » After-School System-Building, » Policy & Advocacy

Every Hour Counts is hiring a Communications and Policy Manager. We're looking for a visionary thinker and communicator responsible for coordinating and conducting activities to support our national communications and field-building strategy.

Overview

Every Hour Counts is a national coalition of citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice in promoting expanded-learning systems, which provide learning and enrichment through after-school, summer, and other initiatives. Expanded-learning systems help students be more connected to school, build self-confidence, and connect with caring adults, so every student can thrive.

Every Hour Counts:

  • Supports a community of practice by sharing promising practices and engaging in knowledge-sharing activities.
  • Is developing a Measurement Framework that describes common measures for outcomes at the youth, program, and system levels. This framework will provide a blueprint for coordinated accountability and improvement, so quality practices lead to measurable, improved outcomes for students.
  • Leads demonstration projects that test the feasibility of policy and practice concepts, and disseminates findings and tools for replication.
  • Serves as a clearinghouse of information about expanded-learning systems.
  • Convenes stakeholders to share knowledge and ideas.
  • Advocates for policy change.
  • Provides local, customized technical assistance.


Every Hour Counts is housed at The After-School Corporation (TASC) in New York City. In addition to TASC, the partner organizations include: The Family League of Baltimore City, Boston After School and Beyond, After School Matters (Chicago), Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Nashville After Zone Alliance, Partnership for Children and Youth (Bay Area), Partnership for Youth Development (New Orleans), Prime Time Palm Beach County, the Providence After-School Alliance, and Youthprise (Twin Cities).


Position Description

Reporting to the Director of Every Hour Counts, the Communications and Policy Manager will be a visionary thinker and communicator responsible for coordinating and conducting activities to support Every Hour Counts’ national communications and field-building strategy. Every Hour Counts staff members work closely with the leaders of the 11 partner intermediary organizations and with policy organizations and foundations around the country.  This is an opportunity to work with leaders and organizations in the afterschool and expanded learning fields at the city, state, and national levels.

The Manager will be responsible for coordinating Every Hour Counts’ national communications and field-building strategy to develop a community of practice.  The Manager will be responsible for leading communications strategy, managing the Every Hour Counts website, managing social media and creating engaging content including e-newsletters, blog posts, and policy briefs. He/she will also conceptualize and plan national events.

He/she must be able to work well with a wide variety of people and be skilled at managing multiple projects concurrently and with strong attention to detail.  The Manager must be: a quick and eager learner, willing to receive feedback as well as take initiative, a strong writer, and a willing public speaker.  Efforts will be made to support the professional growth and learning of the Manager in support of his/her career aspirations.  Occasional travel is required.


Responsibilities

Specific role responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:  

Communications:

  • Manage Every Hour Counts’ communications plan, including regular communications with the Every Hour Counts partner organizations, producing quarterly e-newsletters, and posting regular updates to communications platforms such as the Every Hour Counts blog, Expanded Learning Perspectives; website; listservs; and social media.
  • Build meaningful relationships with entities and individuals among the Every Hour Counts coalition and beyond.
  • Oversee knowledge sharing activities at conferences, including proposals and presentation content.
  • Produce a webinar series.  
  • Track and expand usage of Every Hour Counts communications tools.


Policy and Field-Building:

  • Lead the development of a national learning community of citywide expanded learning organizations.
  • Provide research assistance on a range of issues related to afterschool programming, expanded learning, youth development, and education.
  • Develop policy documents (briefs, case studies, issue papers) related to high priority issues for systems-building.
  • Support implementation of multi-city demonstration projects, and other special initiatives.


General:

  • Support the Director in staffing Every Hour Counts workgroups, including preparing meeting materials, recording meeting notes, and assisting other onsite activities as needed.
  • Coordinate all aspects of special events and meetings, including scheduling, preparing materials, and follow-up.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports for funders.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of work experience in public policy, communications, education or related field, master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills with the ability to gather and synthesize information and perspectives from multiple sources into clear, easy-to-read, engaging formats.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of youth development, education, and public policy; passion for expanded learning as a social justice issue.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners on project assignments in-person and virtually.
  • Highly organized and ability to undertake multiple projects simultaneously, track detailed project tasks, set priorities, and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and work independently.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Strong computer and social media skills, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and conducting internet-based research.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and one professional writing sample (maximum 5 pages) to employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: Communications and Policy Manager – [Candidate’s First & Last Name]

No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

TASC is an Equal Opportunity Employer