Job Posting: Learning Associate at FrameWorks Institute (Washington, DC)
The FrameWorks Institute — a nonprofit think tank that designs, conducts, interprets and explains communications research to advance the resolution of social problems — seeks a highly organized, conceptually skilled nonprofit communicator to contribute to the design and implementation of curriculum and instruction on strategic communications. The successful candidate will join the FrameWorks’ Interpretation Unit, which translates the organization’s research for advocates, experts, and scientists who use it to communicate on a variety of pressing social justice issues – criminal justice reform, racial equity and inclusion, human rights, economic inequality, climate change, and more.
Familiarity with community organizing and communities of color strongly encouraged. Demonstrated ability to inspire and instruct adult learners required.
The Learning Associate will work as part of a team that translates FrameWorks’ research into powerful learning experiences for leaders in the nonprofit sector, designing curricula, leading workshops and training, developing online tools and toolkits and online courses. The Learning Associate’s key responsibility in these collaborative projects will be to ensure that the organization’s recommendations can be easily applied to the work of nonprofit communicators and that reframing recommendations are clear, concise, accessible and actionable. To accomplish this, the Learning Associate will work with staff from the various units and teams in FrameWorks: Research, Interpretation, Learning, Public Presentation, and Senior Management. FrameWorks Institute staff is comprised primarily of Ph.D.-level researchers and the organization has a vibrant intellectual life. The Strategic Frame Analysis® Approach offers an evidence-based communications practice to inform and inspire movement building. Central to success in this position is the ability to work constructively with researchers to present their findings with fidelity, but while adjusting the learning style to suit various goals and different audiences, from funders to front-line advocates. Pedagogical approaches include direct instruction, participatory workshops and training, project-based learning, and digitally mediated learning (interactive games, online courses, video products, etc.) This position is based in Washington, DC, but must be responsive to a wide array of staff, consultants, and partners nationally and internationally.
RESPONSIBILITIES • Develop deep knowledge of Strategic Frame Analysis® and ensure fidelity in the research-to-practice translation process, integrating research findings into a wide variety of communications tools • Contribute to the instructional design of face-to-face and virtual learning experiences for diverse types of communicators including scientists, public health practitioners, social justice and issue-based advocates • Understand and interpret MessageMemos, creating collateral tools and examples to facilitate adaptation to the field of practice • Create and deliver presentations and trainings that inspire nonprofit communicators to use FrameWorks research to advance their agendas • Help to ensure that interpretive products are well conceptualized, elegantly scripted, and align with both specific research findings and the overall Strategic Frame Analysis® approach • Write and/or edit copy for FrameWorks’ website, social media feeds, announcements, etc. • Support senior management team in organizing the release and roll-out of new reports and applied products • Develop advocacy communications for sponsored projects – for example, creating campaign materials for partners (talking points, scripts for ‘explainer’ videos, etc.) • Work with Learning staff to develop, revise, and/or edit training materials; assist with FrameChecks® and other technical assistance that needs a strong writer • Help to convey FrameWorks’ approach and advice to key partners, such as foundations or other research sponsors, contributing writing and analysis for grant proposals, meeting materials, slide presentations, etc. • Participate on teams, committees, and other collaborative opportunities to advance initiatives of a mission-driven organization with clear goals.
SKILLS NEEDED: • Excellent presentation and analytic skills. • Knowledge of and familiarity with communities working on social justice issues. • Fluency in multiple written and oral styles. • Professional, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, “can do” attitude. • Evidence of innovation, creativity and sensitivity to a field of practice. • Ability to work effectively independently or in collaboration with others, as required by the task. • Exceptional time management skills; ability to thrive in a fast-paced organization. EXPERIENCE AND
EDUCATION: The ideal candidate will possess: • An advanced degree • Experience in motivating communities of practice • Evidence of creating applied products • Experience with advocacy, policy, or social justice efforts • Experience with applied research
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with experience. At every level within the organization’s personnel structure, FrameWorks’ salaries are competitive with similar nonprofits of our size. FrameWorks values its staff and offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous medical insurance, vacation, and family leave benefits; retirement and life insurance; optional pre-tax salary deductions for child care, medical, and transportation expenses; and more. TO APPLY: So that we can assess what you might contribute to FrameWorks, please submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org: • Resume or CV with complete employment history and education background • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and its relevance to your career goals and your past experience • Up to four writing samples – a mix of styles, genres, and audiences a plus Review of applications will begin on September 24, 2015 and continue until the search process concludes. Please check FrameWorks’ website (www.frameworksinstitute.org) to ensure position is still available before submitting. FrameWorks Institute is committed to diversity and inclusion; applications from people of color, women, and persons with disabilities are warmly encouraged.