Communications Associate

Job Title     Communications Associate
Unit     Communications
Reports To     Director of Communications
Post Date     July 19, 2022
Location     Our offices are located in Alexandria, VA. All of our positions are currently remote. We will continue to assess our operations as the pandemic evolves.
FLSA Status     Exempt

THE OPPORTUNITY

The opportunity to succeed in school and in life, regardless of circumstances at birth, is a core American value. For the past six decades, the Head Start community has embraced the challenge of delivering on that value and changing life trajectories for the nation’s most vulnerable children and families. A strong and sustainable future for Head Start will mean the success of generations of children who may otherwise struggle throughout their lives. Their future success rests on the knowledge, commitment, and collaboration of families, programs, researchers, and policymakers.

NHSA is a unique organization looking to grow intentionally and to find the right person for the right opportunity on our team. If you are looking to be part of an organization that is static, where things are predictable, and challenges are hard to come by, you should not work with us. If you are interested in being a responsible contributor while flexing your curiosities and creativity, keep reading.

The National Head Start Association is seeking a Communications Associate to join the communications team. The Communications Associate is supervised by and reports to the Director of Communications. Essential strengths include attention to detail, ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasked environment, sound judgment, strong communication skills, and superb organization. In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, a strong sense of curiosity and an eagerness to learn is essential. NHSA prides itself on being a learning organization, and additional duties will be added based on the individual’s interests and strengths.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Draft persuasive, informative communications materials, such as op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, and news releases, to influence external stakeholders and decision makers, such as the media, early childhood education thought leaders, and lawmakers.
  • Edit communications materials to engage the Head Start community, such as regular newsletters, email updates to practitioners, and remarks for leadership to deliver at NHSA’s conferences and other events.
  • Produce daily news clips highlighting the work of NHSA, successes in the Head Start field, and trends in the early childhood education arena.
  • Draft internal messaging materials, including talking points and issue summaries.
  • Build and maintain press lists. Conduct analysis of media coverage to determine reach and opportunities for growth.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Passion for Head Start’s commitment to ensuring every vulnerable child has the opportunity to succeed
  • Bachelor’s degree required, 1-2 years of strong demonstrated organization and customer service skills
  • Excellent written communication, including proofreading, grammar, spelling, and editing skills
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general procedures;
  • Work independently and be proactive while being highly collaborative and a dependable team-player
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Business proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive and Suite, and others for course planning and scheduling management.
  • Experience with online course management systems such as Articulate and Accord as well as ClickUp project management are a plus.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL HEAD START ASSOCIATION
NHSA is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 275,000 staff, and over 1,600 Head Start grant recipients in the U.S. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all eligible children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, family, and community.

OUR MISSION AND VISION
NHSA's vision is for Head Start to lead—to be the untiring voice that will not be quiet until every vulnerable child is served with the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family, and the community—and to advocate—to work diligently for policy and institutional changes that ensure all vulnerable children and families have what they need to succeed. NHSA's mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.

OUR CORE VALUES

  • We are determined to play a valued and visible national leadership role in this country’s efforts to educate and serve its most vulnerable children and families.
  • We recognize change is constant and are building a flexible, nimble organization that values innovation and can respond effectively to change.
  • We are actively committed to being a high-impact organization that evaluates effort and measures outcomes; our commitment extends to helping the Head Start field value and uses measurements effectively.
  • We value partnerships and collaboration and at our core, we are relationship-based.
  • We celebrate Head Start alumni, both graduates and parents, and the lasting impact that are having in this country.
  • We are accountable to our members and funders, seeking high standards of governance, carefully stewarding resources, operating transparently, and living up to the highest standards of quality.

OUR CULTURE
NHSA is proud of our inclusive, collaborative, and professional culture. We value and reward teamwork, initiative, creativity, and intellectual and professional growth. We seek those qualities when considering people to join our team.

  • Collaboration: NHSA works in teams—we share ideas, brainstorm endlessly, and constantly seek innovative ideas that advance NHSA’s and Head Start’s missions.
  • Vision: NHSA values colleagues who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and bring a relentless passion for our mission.
  • Creativity: NHSA team members use data to form original insights. We find ways to incorporate innovative ideas and approaches that exist in the rich and vital Head Start community.
  • Mindfulness: NHSA has an organization-wide commitment to strive for excellence; we set clear objectives, achieve ambitious goals, ensure accountability for results, and focus on our impact.
  • Continuous Learning and Intellectual Growth: NHSA values those who are curious and hungry for knowledge. Reflecting Head Start’s six decades of commitment to continuous improvement, our staff is committed to personal and professional growth, understanding, and commitment to our mission.

THE PROCESS
Please submit your cover letter, résumé, and sample of persuasive writing to jobs@nhsa.org with Communications Associate in the subject line. Only complete applications will be considered for this candidacy. Salary is commensurate upon experience.

Take Part

Join NHSA to help advance a strong and innovative early childhood profession.

Take Action

We need powerful advocates to secure a bright future for Head Start children and families.

Take Care

Support our early childhood workforce as they shape the lives of the next generation.