Communications Manager

New York, United States | EL Education | Full-time


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EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is expanding the definition of student achievement in diverse communities across the country. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible.

Originating over 20 years ago through the collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, EL Education's research-based approach inspires teachers and challenges students, transforming education in thousands of schools and districts across the country through a unique combination of rigor and joy in learning. Our impressive results encompass high academic achievement and college readiness as well as pride in the mastery of complex, authentic work, and the passion and capacity to contribute to a better world.

As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, we work with all kinds of schools: district, charter, elementary and secondary, serving populations that reflect the diversity of our country. We create powerful resources--including an open source literacy curriculum that has already been downloaded by teachers over six million times--and share an award-winning portfolio of educator-developed professional development and instructional resources with our 150+ school partners in 39 states, serving over 50,000 students. For more information, visit



The Communications Manager (CM) elevates EL Education ideas, practices, and impact to broader audiences through masterful storytelling and compelling thought leadership. From data to dialogue and from school successes to stances, the CM has a talent for identifying and sharing stories that resonate with diverse EL Education audiences across web, email, social media, print, and more. They have a pulse on the education landscape and a knack for cultivating relationships in person and online to help EL Education influence public education nationally, inspiring communities to join us in our effort to bring educational opportunity to all students. They report to the Associate Director of Communications and are a member of the Communications and Marketing Team.




Content Creation

  • Crafting original and compelling content for EL Education’s blog, website, email campaigns, social media, and print collateral.
  • Engaging educators and students in the EL Education network to co-create stories illustrating EL Education practices and impact.
  • Writing a diverse range of content including thought leadership content, blog content, and research reports and case studies. Tracking trending issues affecting public education and developing stances, messages, and talking points connecting EL Education concepts to relevant national dialogue.
  • Translating EL Education research and results into engaging stories for publication and promotion in case studies, reports, and communications campaigns.

Community Management

  • Helping to build and moderate loyal user communities on social media or other forums to serve as pipelines for stories, ambassadors, or customers. Communities could include EL Education teachers or alumni.
  • Leveraging relationships with education influencers and thought leaders to share EL Education ideas in broader communities, online and in person.
  • Crafting responses to inquiries and ideas from educators and families reaching out via email, social media, or through school and district partners.
  • Joining or creating dialogues in online communities, including contributing to relevant Twitter chats and commenting on popular education articles on behalf of EL Education. Curating existing EL Education resources and stories for inclusion in community-specific e-newsletters and social media group posts, including a monthly e-newsletter to users of the EL Education curriculum.
  • Identifying and engaging user community ambassadors and moderators to support their fellow community members and speak on behalf of EL Education.
  • Gathering community feedback and monitoring sentiment to drive responsive improvements in audience targeting, messaging, and EL Education products and services.



Skills & Assets

  • Candidates must share a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion: both an appreciation for our organization’s aim to empower all students with access to educational opportunity, and dedication to making our communications accessible and affirming to all
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent written communication skills with the ability to adapt to diverse audiences and communications channels
  • Expert familiarity with issues impacting public education
  • Experience with social media community management required
  • Experience in education is strongly preferred, potentially including existing relationships with educators, influencers, or an existing platform for communicating about education issues.



Competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience.




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The anticipated start date for this position is October 2021. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Please submit your resume and one page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.

No phone calls please. EL will respond only to finalist candidates.



EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or citizenship status, age, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and parental status, HIV status, gender identity and expression, status with regard to public assistance, status as a veteran, or physical or mental disability or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE

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