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

The Communications Intern will be responsible for supporting Every Hour Counts’ national communications and field-building strategy. The Intern will conduct key operational tasks, including event planning, conference planning, listserv and website support, and updating social media.

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 Every Hour Counts Director, the Communications Intern will be responsible for supporting Every Hour Counts’ national communications and field-building strategy.  The Intern will conduct key operational tasks, including event planning, conference planning, listserv and website support, and updating social media.

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 Intern must be: a quick and eager learner, willing to receive feedback as well as take initiative, and a strong writer.  Occasional travel may be required.

The internship is for three to four days a week from June-August, with the possibility to continue on a part-time basis. An exact schedule can be negotiated.

This is a paid internship.


Responsibilities

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

Communications:

  • Support Every Hour Counts’ communications plan, including quarterly e-newsletters, and regular updates to communications platforms such as the Every Hour Counts blog, Expanded Learning Perspectives; website; listservs; and social media.
  • Support knowledge sharing activities at conferences and webinars, including proposals and presentation content.
  • Provide research assistance on a range of issues related to afterschool programming, expanded learning, youth development, and education.


General:

  • Support the Director in staffing Every Hour Counts workgroups, including preparing meeting materials, recording meeting notes, and assisting other on-site activities as needed.
  • Coordinate aspects of special events and meetings, including scheduling, preparing materials, and follow-up.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, 2 – 3 years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills with ability to gather and synthesize information and perspectives from multiple sources in clear, easy-to-read formats.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of youth development, education, and/or public policy; passion for expanded learning as a social justice issue.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication 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: Every Hour Counts Communications Intern – [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