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If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Senior Communications Associate, Digital Media & Events

Department: CEP
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $70,000 - $85,000 per year

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

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The College Excellence Program (CEP) staff is a diverse team of driven and energetic professionals who share a commitment to increasing access to and success in higher education. We are motivated by the power of education to change lives, and we work hard to have measurable impact while also pushing ourselves to learn constantly, collaborate and innovate, and take joy from our work. The Aspen Institute's D.C. headquarters provides a vibrant setting in which to pursue these goals.

Title: Senior Associate, Digital Media and Events

Position Description: We are looking for a user experience-focused individual to implement and maintain a social media and community engagement strategy for CEP that helps elevate exemplary higher education leaders (internal and external) and practices; create and organize digital content for projects across the program; and support event management, content, and design. This is an opportunity to work on a cross-functional team that supports all of our programís efforts, from the Aspen Prize and the Aspen Presidential Fellowships to research projects and new leadership initiatives.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute to development of social media and event strategy to drive engagement and impact with our primary audiences
  • Create, implement, and sustain a digital / social media plan, including writing and posting content on social media
  • Translate long-form content into short-form digital content
  • Create communications plans and content for campaigns and fellowships
  • Contribute to (and in some cases lead) event strategy, design, and planning and (in some cases) own external vendor relationships
  • Own project management processes for communications efforts and large events
  • Maintain a calendar that reflects program events and milestones as well as content outputs to achieve goals
  • produce clear, concise first drafts of written products (reports, curriculum, PPT decks, etc.), proactively get feedback and incorporate feedback effectively

Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Bachelors degree required
  • 3-5 years working experience required with preferred experience engaging leaders, executive audiences, and/or higher education audiences
  • Working experience in communications, marketing, journalism, public affairs, event planning, or a related field preferred
  • Has experience creating digital-first content such blogs, micro-sites, and digital reports
  • Has experience supporting event planning

To apply:

All interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. A one-page cover letter. CEP prefers cover letters that describe what motivates you and how you understand and relate to our mission, rather than a narrative version of your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
  2. Resume/CV.
  3. Sample Work Product. This could be public facing work (such as social content you implemented, event materials, or digital content) or internal work (such as event design tools or communications calendar.)

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

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