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Internal Communications and Programs Manager

NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association), Portland, OR

Job - Technology

Close Date: 06/30/2019

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Internal Communications and Programs Manager

About This Role…

As our Internal Communications and Programs manager, you will be responsible for leading and creating compelling communication strategies that inform, support, and connect audiences to our organizational vision, mission, and values. You will offer strategic guidance to internal stakeholders as well as developing and implementing impactful programs. You must be confident advising executive team members one day and working on logistics the next.

Your role will focus primarily on internal communications but will also develop and support communication programs that reach teachers. You will report to the Director of Engagement and Internal Communications as part of the Marketing team.

Your Next Challenge…

•Develop strategies, programs and communications, alongside leadership, that inform and engage staff and build compelling connections to the work of NWEA.
•Develop key content, communications and presentations in collaboration with content experts, in support of initiatives and programs.
•Manage content and coordination of quarterly All Staff Meetings as well as a variety of internal programs.
•Create, manage and oversee an organization wide staff calendar of events.
•Develop a variety of mediums for communications in support of strategies (video, written, visual, events and others)
•Act as editor for internal staff publications/intranet (Common Knowledge). Strategize, plan, edit and write content for a variety of internal communications angles.
•Work with the Director to support strategic initiatives that drive awareness, preference and loyalty to NWEA from partners and market, as well as staff, through a variety of programs and targeted communications.
•Working as part of the Engagement team, produce and drive effective and impactful strategies for partner communications, to create best in class partner experience and affinity for NWEA, with a special focus on the teacher audience.

Your Traits for Success…

•Plans and Aligns – Develops nimble plans that take into account a wide range of detail. Secures appropriate organizational resources and support to meet current needs.
•Customer Focus – Builds strong customer relationships (internal and external) and delivers customer-centric solutions, while managing expectations and ensuring alignment of the mission, vision and goals.
•Action Oriented – Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
•Manages Complexity – Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
•Drives Results – Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances. Proven strong record of good judgement and discernment around navigating a complex organization and teams. Highly adept at being able to both drive strategy and implement day-to-day initiatives.
•Manages Ambiguity – Operates effectively, even when things are not certain, or the way forward is not clear. Uses critical thinking to develop solutions.
•Communicates Effectively – Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences and is a stickler for details and accuracy.

Your Education and Experience…

•Bachelor’s degree required; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
•Minimum 5 years’ experience producing, implementing, and managing communications projects
•Minimum of 5 years’ experience in program creation and execution
•Minimum of 6 years of writing and/or project management experience
•Proficiencies in using MS Office including Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook as well as proficiency with Internet Explorer
•Previous Internal Communications experience preferred
•Experience with video capture and editing programs a strong plus.


About Us…

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K–12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 145 countries

What We Can Offer You…

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15%contribution of eligible employees’ base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry-leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees’ holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

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