Hiring Announcement: Communications Manager [CLOSED]

The Institute for Learning Innovation seeks an experienced, dynamic self-starter to lead our research communications and public relations efforts as we work together to dramatically change the world of education and learning. We are seeking someone with the ability to transform our experts’ knowledge of research and practice into exciting and compelling messages that can be disseminated in ways that help us change the way the public and policymakers think about where learning happens, why it happens, and who has access to learning tools and resources.

As a well-established and highly-regarded research think tank in the field of free-choice learning, the Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) is working to build our public profile; our online presence and our visibility in the educational policy landscape. With a 30-year history and an active future, we engage in rigorous research and compile important stories of how, when, where, and with whom learning happens. To meet our goal of disrupting how society thinks about learning, we need to find new and more effective ways to communicate our important findings to a broader audience in more appropriate ways. Applicants should have at least two full years of experience working in research communications, public relations, or as a journalist. The communications manager will work remotely, under the supervision of the Deputy Director.

About Us

The Institute for Learning Innovation (ILI) is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization working at the intersection of research, practice, and policy. We believe that a broader definition of learning, one that is lifelong and free-choice, can offer solutions to many of the critical cultural, environmental, economic and social problems facing institutions and communities in today’s rapidly changing world. A hardworking team of a dozen individuals, we each work on several multi-year projects simultaneously, which results in important learning about how, where, when and why people learn across their lifespans.


  • Oversee and work to continuously improve ILI’s communication strategy.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an annual communications plan for the Institute, targeting diverse audiences and in collaboration with the ILI team and constituents.
  • Assist with the organization, development, and coordination of ILI project activities, to potentially include national workshops, dissemination activities, and public engagement events.
  • Work closely with specific project teams to promote project communication goals.
  • Lead the generation of engaging online and social media content that leads to measurable action. Decide with whom, where, and when to disseminate.
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness of Institute activities. Monitor and test the effectiveness of communications activities.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of print and electronic materials including, but not limited to, ILI’s website, and graphic reports.
  • Conduct interviews with Institute staff, the staff of partnering organizations, and community leaders to develop stories that promote the work and people of the Institute.
  • Mentor and supervise a communication intern to support the communications activity.


We are looking for someone committed to helping transform the world of education and learning. This person is willing and able to work in a primarily virtual environment as part of a team of committed professionals. The Institute is seeking a Communications Manager who has at least 2 years of communications experience, ideally in a nonprofit or free-choice learning environment; someone proficient at supporting and communicating to diverse audiences, across multiple 21st century platforms and media.

A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required. A relevant graduate degree is preferred but not required.

Specific requirements are:

  • Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, remotely and entrepreneurially. Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills. Candidate must understand how to frame communications in a clear, concise, and compelling way for multiple audiences.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • A high degree of organizational and project management skills.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence.”
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels of ILI.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with relevant stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated success at creating effective public communication materials,
  • Candidate must possess and acquire knowledge of relevant regional and national media, both print and digital, with a strong focus on social media.
  • Fluent on multiple software platforms, including but not limited to: Word, Outlook (email, contacts and calendar), PowerPoint, Acrobat, WordPress, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at least one design application (e.g. Adobe Photoshop or Canvas).
  • Demonstrated abilities in visual communication.

Physical Demands

This position does not require physical demands beyond usual office work and occasional travel requirements.


The Institute for Learning Innovation is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a diverse staff. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, or marital status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Job Type: Full-time, Part-time Considered

Salary: $35,000.00 to $50,000.00 /year


  • Communications: 1 year (Preferred)

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Healthcare spending or reimbursement accounts such as HSAs or FSAs
  • Workplace perks such as food/coffee and flexible work schedules

To Apply

Please send a one-page cover letter describing why you are qualified for this position and why you would want to work with the Institute for Learning Innovation, your resume/CV, and 3-4 work samples that demonstrate your experience in communications, design and layout (e.g. press releases, brochure, marketing plan, outreach campaign, infographics, metrics, etc.). If you are considered for the position, three current professional references will be required.

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Application DEADLINE: March 1, 2019 by 11:59 PT