What will I be doing in this position?
The Fellow will work closely with NACSA’s Communications team to develop and carry out our communications strategy as we move into our next strategic plan.
Specifically, the Fellow will:
- Draft messaging and content targeted at different audiences
- Adapt content for different channels: social media, e-newsletters, blog posts
- Stay on top of current trends in education reform and the charter sector by participating in meetings that address state and national issues
- Build a portfolio of writing samples on our commentary page
- •Gain experience using common communications platforms, including Meltwater, Mailchimp, Wordpress and YourMembership
- Assist Communications VP with other projects as needed
What skills and qualifications do I need to be successful in this position?
A strong candidate has the following characteristics:
- Creative and “out of the box” thinker
- Outstanding writer and communicator
- Avid user of social media channels
- Quick and nimble, with the ability to respond thoughtfully and innovatively
- Strong multi-tasker, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong sense of personal responsibility and a “no excuses” mentality
- Possesses a high level of self-awareness and actively seeks and responds well to feedback
How will this position help me grow professionally?
The Fellowship position gives students who have a strong interest in communications the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at a national education reform organization.
What is the organization's mission and history?
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) works to increase and improve quality educational opportunities for children by strengthening charter school authorizing. Authorizers are the organizations across the country, mostly school districts, that review and approve charter schools to open, monitor their academic performance, and close the schools that aren't serving kids or taxpayers well enough to remain open.
Since its founding in 2000, NACSA has set the standard for authorizing. Our diverse staff of professionals has broad and deep experience in the charter school movement and education reform, including our CEO who was the first authorizer at Chicago Public Schools under then-district CEO Arne Duncan.
NACSA has worked in dozens of cities and states across the nation to improve their authorizing practices, sometimes as a partner, other times as a consultant, advising authorizers on ways to improve their application, contracting, monitoring, and renewal practices.
Through its policy and advocacy work, NACSA seeks to create conditions that promote excellence and ensure accountability throughout charter school sector. NACSA is a unique not-for-profit organization. While it proudly serves a membership that represents more than half of the “market share” of the nation’s authorizers, NACSA also is a leadership organization devoted to pushing for the best options for all children.
What are the organization's programs?
Our three core "programs" are authorizer development (our consulting work), talent & engagement (our Membership and professional development work), and our policy & advocacy work. As a member of the Communications team, a fellow will work on projects that touch all three programs, as well as our research department.
Why does this organization want a PP55 Fellow? What long-term impact will I have?
The Communications Fellow will join a small, but mighty communications team (2 full-time staff and two part-time consultants), who have the important job of making sure that NACSA’s mission is conveyed in an approachable way that helps people understand what authorizing is and why it is essential to create and sustain quality charter schools across the country.
NACSA believes that quality authorizing is essential for more great schools, as it balances three core principles at the foundation of charter schooling: improving families' access to quality schools, providing educators and schools the flexibility they need for schools to excel, and holding schools accountable for their performance.
The Fellow will work closely with NACSA’s Communications team to develop and carry out our communications strategy as we move into our next strategic plan. There will be lots of writing, researching, Tweeting, pitching journalists, and reaching out to key influencers to share our story.
What is the organization's culture?
NACSA's overall and office culture is best captured in our values:
- Quality Education: We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
- Excellence: We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
- Strategic: We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
- Initiative: We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
- Community: We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
- Balance: We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.