Seeking: Communications Associate

With Afterschool and Summer Learning Knowledge

Collaborative Communications Group is looking for a communications associate focused on afterschool to help coordinate the work related to afterschool including the 50 State Afterschool Network (funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation).  We’re seeking someone who has natural curiosity, developed writing skills, is clever with technology solutions, and has a commitment to supporting children and youth. Flexibility and attention to detail are required!

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 the statewide afterschool networks, help to manage a portfolio of afterschool websites, databases, and collaboration platforms, develop communications products, and support communications and logistics for events. Web-based tools to match client needs include but are not limited to Twitter, Zoom, EventBrite, WordPress, and Mobilize.

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

  1. Support all aspects of the firm’s 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. Support development of communications products and materials.
  6. Manage networks of people, understanding the relationships, details, and ideas that support and extend their work.
  7. Support network development essentials including Web site content, technical assistance teams, and documentation of meetings.
  8. Develop marketing, invitation lists, and social media content for events and initiatives. 
  9. Document meetings, tasks, and deliverables. Prepare agendas for client meetings and document follow-up.
  10. Manage and host webinars on Zoom.

Qualifications: The associate will have or demonstrate:

  1. Minimum of three years of professional experience; Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required.
  2. Experience with afterschool and summer programs, networks, 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. 
  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: Starting minimum salary is $70,000 and commensurate with experience. Full and competitive benefits package, including flexible work and leave policies. This is a full-time, remote position. The ability to meet in Washington, DC., for team meetings occasionally preferred.

To Apply: Please visit to find more information about Collaborative Communications Group’s corporate capabilities, values, philosophy, practice areas and client base. Please combine a one-page cover letter and resume into a single PDF file and send via email to No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 17, 2023.

About Collaborative: Collaborative works to improve public education and learning 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 20 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.

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.

Eliza Panike

Senior Associate

About Eliza

“The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.” ― Fred Rogers

Eliza has long understood that strong, vibrant communities are built by providing young people the tools and resources they need to succeed. For the last decade, she has built her career supporting government and non-profit organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Most recently, she developed key messaging and content for delivering Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to parents and caregivers. Prior to that, she provided support to California’s First 5 system through program management, event planning, and public policy campaigns.

Eliza excels at project management and will be using her skills to create effective communications campaigns for her clients.

Born and raised in Northern California, Eliza currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in child development from San Francisco State University.

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