Seeking: Associate, Afterschool

The afterschool field is growing exponentially with more young people served in quality programs after school and during the summer. The growth of the field includes the need for professionals to serve in a variety of roles to build capacity and coordinate national efforts to help expand opportunities for young people.

Are you creative, organized and a problem-solver?  Are you knowledgeable about afterschool, having worked with an afterschool network, youth advocacy group, or organizing an afterschool or summer program?  Are you looking for the next step in your career at a small, dynamic communications firm?

Collaborative Communications Group, Inc. is looking for an associate focused on afterschool to help coordinate the work of the 50 statewide afterschool networks (funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation).  We’re seeking someone with natural curiousity, developed writing skills, clever with technology solutions, and a commitment to supporting children and youth. Flexibility and attention to detail a must!

The associate works as part of a team that develops strategies, initiatives, events, and products that further client goals in a project-based work environment. S/he will support 50 statewide afterschool networks, a portfolio of afterschool websites, databases, and collaboration platforms, and support communications and logistics for events. Web-based tools to match client needs include but are not limited to Twitter, GoToMeeting, EventBrite, WordPress, and Groupsites.

About Collaborative: Collaborative works to improve public education within the United States and across the world through learning, collaboration, communications, and engagement.

We are a learning-focused consulting firm that works to:

  • Connect networks of people in learning communities within and across organizations to significantly enhance their knowledge and capacity;
  • Create, share and use knowledge to generate new ideas and improve performance; and
  • Engage diverse stakeholders to go beyond traditional approaches, create solutions aligned to the values of the people affected by them, and build sustained attention to complex problems.

For more than 18 years, Collaborative has partnered with leading education organizations, foundations, government agencies, school districts, and community-based organizations that share our values and commitment. We provide access to and connections within a growing network of organizations, researchers, consultants, practitioners, and community members whose collective content knowledge, expertise, and experience supports the learning and growth of everyone in the network. We build tools, processes, and products intended to accelerate learning and productivity and that regularly produce breakthrough results.

Responsibilities:  The Associate will provide leadership and support in the following areas:

  1. Support all aspects of the afterschool portfolio.
  2. Help manage multiple websites and platforms showcasing the power of afterschool.
  3. Support events and meetings by overseeing production of printed materials, development of overall meeting agendas, communications with participants and speakers, travel support, and overall customer service.
  4. Manage online communities, listservs, and other ways for networks of people to stay in touch via online resources.
  5. Manage networks of people, understanding the relationships, details, and ideas that support and extend their work.
  6. Support network development essentials including audio and web conferences, Web site content, technical assistance teams, and documentation of meetings.
  7. Develop marketing, invitation lists, and social media content for events and initiatives.
  8. Document meetings, tasks, and deliverables. Prepare agendas for client meetings and document follow-up.
  9. Manage and host webinars on GoToMeeting.

Qualifications: The associate will have or demonstrate:

  1. Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of professional experience.
  2. Experience with afterschool programs or systems strongly preferred.
  3. Commitment to and understanding of afterschool policy issues, particularly for children and youth in underserved communities.
  4. Demonstrated competence in using technology-based tools.
  5. Demonstrated experience and success in organizing people and products.
  6. Ability to travel 4-5 times per year.
  7. Flexibility during peak workload periods is a must.
  8. Strong oral and written communications skills and sound judgment.
  9. Problem solving and organizational skill, analytical thinking, attention to detail, and ability to work on multiple tasks independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
  10. Being a team player, teamwork, and working well with others is essential to the success of this position and the department.
  11. Interest in supporting events and webinars. We seek continual improvement and want to explore new ideas for materials, participant experience, and formats to improve the participant experience.
  12. Interest in managing multiple websites, platforms, and communication streams and passion for learning new skills/platforms.
  13. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office with strong Excel skills required.
  14. Additional experience in communications, community/civic engagement, or community-based organizations focused on youth issues ideal, but not required.

Salary is competitive. This is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC, office.

To Apply: Please visit http://www.collaborativecommunications.com to find more information about Collaborative Communications Group’s corporate capabilities, values, philosophy, practice areas and client base. Please combine a cover letter and resume into a single file and send via email to info@collaborativecommunications.com by July 31, 2017. No phone calls please.

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 for this job. Collaborative is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is a strongly held value of Collaborative that power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, disability, or age. All candidates will be evaluated on a merit basis.