Hiring: Program Assistant, Research and Communications


 Program Assistant, Research and Communications

(Remote Position Based in Washington DC Region)

National Civic League

About Us
The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to build equitable, thriving communities. The League strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. Through our All-America Cities program and tools like the Civic Index and All-America Conversations toolkit and National Civic Review, we help local governments, civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and others work together to improve health, education, economic prosperity, and other qualities. More information is on our website, at www.ncl.org.

Description of Job
This position will support League operations by conducting research, producing written materials, aiding at meetings and conferences, supporting communication and marketing efforts, collaborating with stakeholders, and related activities. The program assistant will support multiple League programs, with particular emphasis on research to promote our democracy work and communications. Research will be primarily focused on governmental systems, civic engagement, democratic principles, equity, youth involvement in civic affairs and public problem-solving. Communications work will include posting on social media platforms, curating content for our monthly newsletter and quarterly journal, and organizing meetings and webinars. Some of the activities to be supported include our annual All-America City Award program, National Conference on Citizenship, National Civic Review quarterly journal, monthly e-newsletter, website, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts, with this support to include scheduling appointments, tracking responses, managing logistics of trainings and events, and drafting correspondence. Much of the research and logistical work will be for the newly launched Center on Democracy Innovation.

This is an exempt, at-will, position with full benefits and a performance-based pay plan. Benefits include 20 paid-time-off days during the first two years, 12 paid holidays, fully covered health insurance for the employee only, life insurance, a 403(b) savings plan with a percent match in employer contributions, partial reimbursements for parking and cellphone and disability insurance.

This position will report to the Director of our Washington, D.C. office, though some assignments will be provided by other League managers. While the position is designed to be remote, there will be periodic meetings in Washington, including potential visits to a Washington office, which does not yet exist as a physical space, but may open at some point in the future. For this reason, there is a strong preference for someone who lives within a short drive from Washington, D.C.

Pay Range: $55,000-$70,000

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Pre-Law, Communications, Sociology, or other field of study related to the work assignment; AND
At least one year of responsible professional experience in a nonprofit or government agency performing similar work. This experience may include internships.

Preferred Qualifications
The following supplemental experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Graduate degree in a related field;
  • Proven expertise in policy research and/or communications;
  • Understanding and experience with social media and communication platforms such as Hootsuite, Constant Contact, WordPress, Salesforce, and Adobe Creative Cloud;
  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications; ability to adapt a style to fit audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in large groups and individual settings;
  • Ability to work well with colleagues and outside interests regardless of position and authority;
  • Excellent skills in project management, including establishing goals and timetables, tactical plans, monitoring progress and reporting out;
  • Ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges;
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills; makes decisions in accordance with upper management’s philosophy, values and goals; perceives items and issues that are of great importance and initiates action proactively and within appropriate boundaries;
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information, and to identify the impact information may have on seemingly unrelated areas; and
  • Ability to adapt work behavior and methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Conditions of Employment
This is an at-will position, with a three-month probationary period and annual performance evaluations. The successful candidate in this position will be willing to travel up to 10% of the work time throughout the U.S. and be willing and able to perform work in excess of 40 hours per week as work dictates. A copy of our Employee Handbook is available upon request.

To Apply:
Please send a résumé with cover letter to Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League, at [email protected] or by mail to National Civic League, Attn: Doug Linkhart, 190 East 9th Ave., Suite 440, Denver, CO 80203. Deadline for applications March 15, though it’s possible we’ll hire someone earlier. Please call or email with any questions, 303-571-4343.

The National Civic League is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.

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