December 12th, 2019

Communications & Advocacy Specialist

Website ncldorg National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Headquarters: 1 Thomas Circle NW, #700, Washington, DC 20005

Reports to: Director of Policy & Advocacy
Team: Policy & Advocacy
Status: Full Time
Travel Required: None

The Mission and Vision

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of the 1 in 5 of us who struggle with brain-based learning and attention issues related to reading, math, writing, focus, organization, and more.  Our mission is to empower parents and young adults, transform schools, and advocate for equal rights and opportunities for the 1 in 5. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.

The Position

The Communications & Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for managing the organization’s communication needs and developing communications strategies to guide our national and grassroots advocacy. The Specialist will be primarily responsible for ensuring consistency in messaging across the organization, maximizing NCLD’s reach and effectively executing our advocacy strategy. This includes overseeing communications to stakeholders, including through email, social media, news outlets, and more. In addition, the Specialist will be responsible for managing vendors and consultants who serve essential roles in writing, editing, designing, and promoting NCLD’s work.

Specifically, we are seeking a person with the following attributes:

  • Creativity and the ability to think outside the box about how communications can lead to impact;
  • Effective communication (written and verbal) with colleagues, NCLD’s stakeholder audiences; partners, and the media;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to be nimble and rapidly pivot when needed;
  • Attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution;
  • Ability to manage projects and time efficiently in order to balance multiple work streams, prioritizing and triaging where necessary;
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills, including asking the right questions and accurately analyzing situations; and
  • Action oriented, ready to take on new opportunities and contribute to the team in whichever ways are needed.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the entire NCLD team to develop and execute a communications and advocacy agenda that advances the organization’s goals, including strategic broad-based advocacy campaigns aligned with NCLD’s federal, state and local work.
  • Assist NCLD program leaders in the development of key messaging and talking points for projects and programs.
  • Lead and manage the planning and implementation of organization-wide communications and marketing efforts including but not limited to the creation of press releases, op-eds, emails, blogs, Facebook and Twitter posts, and action alerts.
  • Collaborate with team members to develop ideas, produce annual and monthly plans for organizational and department communications, and carry out the development of web content and other assets.
  • Manage vendors and consultants, including graphic designers, copyeditors, web developers, and public relations consultants.
  • Contribute to the development of NCLD resources, such as fact sheets, research and practice briefs, policy summaries, and other written products for NCLD and advocates.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key staff at leading media outlets to increase NCLD’s exposure and opportunities to communicate our messages and priorities;
  • Manage a communications budget and work with program leads to ensure programs stay within targeted budget goals and complete any needed reporting on budget related to communications.

Required Qualifications & Skill Sets

  • 3+ years of professional experience in communications or a related field
  • Interest in education, disability issues, public service, or non-profit work
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Keen awareness of and ability to understand complex issues, including the political process and climate
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible when the circumstances and agenda demand it
  • Exceptional writing and speaking abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, meet deadlines, work within budget, and achieve strategic goals

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Job Application: First Name Last Name, Communications & Advocacy Specialist”

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equity and inclusion. NCLD considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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