The Council for Advancement and Support for Education (CASE) is recruiting for a Specialist, Advocacy Communications, reporting to the Sr. Director, Advocacy.
CASE is a global not-for-profit and membership association whose vision is to advance education to transform lives and society. Its mission is to inspire, challenge and equip communities of professionals to act effectively and with integrity to champion the success of their institutions. Advancing education in over 3,600 member institutions, CASE has 85,000 members in 82 countries.
Broad and growing communities of professional practice gather under the global CASE umbrella. Currently these include advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, government relations, institutional leadership and marketing. Individual members are at all stages of their career and may be working in universities, schools, colleges, cultural organizations or other not-for-profits. CASE membership also includes many corporate partners. CASE uses the intellectual capital and professional talents of an army of volunteers to advance its work.
Headquartered in Washington, DC, CASE works across all continents from its regional offices in London, Singapore and Mexico City. CASE works to achieve a seamless experience for all its stakeholders: particularly its members, volunteers and staff. Working together across time zones and borders, CASE staff in all offices seek to make the ambitious OneCASE aspiration a reality.
Reporting to the senior director of advocacy, the advocacy communications specialist is responsible for communicating and engaging with lawmakers, association/coalition partners and CASE members on the association’s advocacy efforts. This includes tracking U.S. and global legislative and regulatory developments affecting education and educational advancement; developing resources and tools to help members communicate with lawmakers, writing blog posts and articles for e-newsletters and managing the CASE Advocacy Network.
The core functions of this position include but are not limited to the following:
Represents and advocates on behalf of CASE members on Capitol Hill
Represents CASE at education and charitable association/coalition meetings
Manages the CASE Advocacy Network online community, including posting frequent updates and resources related to CASE’s legislative advocacy efforts.
Researches, tracks and communicates global legislative and regulatory developments affecting higher education and educational advancement to CASE members.
Drafts/develops updates, alerts, one-pagers and talking points on key legislative and regulatory issues to help CASE members engage with lawmakers.
Drafts articles/blog posts around legislative issues for the CASE Blog, Currents magazine, website, whitepapers, and e-newsletters.
Works with research and brand expression staff to develop surveys, infographics and other resources to support CASE advocacy goals
Works with the content strategy and channel deployment teams to determine effective ways to communicate CASE’s advocacy efforts to members.
Supports the senior director for advocacy and the strategic communications manager on media support activities, including monitoring media channels and drafting press releases.
Manages and maintains the public policy pages on the CASE website.
Works with the manager of digital communications to promote CASE advocacy efforts through social media channels.
Prepares and delivers presentations and webinars on advocacy-related topics to members.
Attends hearings, policy briefings, or other events as needed.
Fiscal Management/Budget Responsibilities/Judicious Use of Resources
Demonstrates sound fiscal judgment in the utilization of all CASE resources.
Exhibit appropriate leadership toward and work cooperatively and supportively with all volunteers with whom this employee has contact, including CASE’s volunteer leadership.
Collaborate with CASE colleagues in all parts of the world to ensure the best sharing of effective practices.
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Supervisor.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required.
Advancement and/or higher education experience highly desirable. Advanced degree in public policy or communications preferred.
Three to five (3-5) or more years of relevant experience in advocacy, public policy, and/or communications, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training required.
Experience meeting and interacting with Members of Congress and congressional staff preferred.
Skills and Abilities:
A demonstrated interest in advancing education in the not-for-profit sector.
A strong commitment to contributing to an organizational culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion.
An understanding and interest in engaging with a broad range of cultures and countries.
Outstanding communications skills, verbal and written, that allow engagement with levels of all stakeholders within an organization.
Strong organizational skills, to include close attention to detail.
Strong project management and research skills that provide the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
Strong problem-solving skills for interacting with various levels of constituencies, internally and externally from the organization.
Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work independently and collaboratively. Ability to lead and participate on teams.
Must have technical proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as various software systems and products, including association management systems, speaker management systems and learning management systems.
A pro-active and can-do attitude, even when working under pressure and with all levels of staff.
Qualified applicants should CLICK HEREto upload their résumé and paste their cover letter with salary requirements. Applications without the required skills and experience or salary requirements may not be considered. Preference may be given to applications received before November 11, 2019. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
CASE offers a competitive benefits package that includes comprehensive health insurance, to include a high-deductible medical plan option with a health savings account, a PPO medical plan option, dental insurance, a generous 10% retirement contribution, an employee assistance plan, employer-paid life and disability insurance with voluntary supplemental life insurance, voluntary vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, pre-tax commuting benefits, as well as legal and identity theft protection plans. After one year of service, staff are also eligible for tuition reimbursement.
We offer a collegial and collaborative work environment with many work-life balance programs, such as a 35-hour work week, regular weekly telecommuting for most exempt-level roles, paid parental leave after one year of service and generous accrued leave policies.
About Council for Advancement and Support of Education
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education. Key facts about CASE:
Founded in 1974 as the result of a merger between the American Alumni Council and the American College Public Relations Association
Maintains headquarters in Washington, D.C., with offices in London (CASE Europe, 1994), Singapore (CASE Asia-Pacific, 2007) and Mexico City (CASE Latina America, 2011)
Is one of the world's largest nonprofit educational associations in terms of institutional membership
Includes more than 3,670 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in more than 82 countries around the globe
Serves nearly 81,000 advancement professio...nals on the staffs of member institutions
Led by volunteers with more than 4,850 advancement professionals serving as board members, speakers, authors, conferences planners and more