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Aurora Institute

Communications Associate

Type: Full-time

Program Area: Communications


The Aurora Institute is seeking a communications professional who is passionate about our mission to serve as the Communications Associate, supporting the Communications Director in developing and implementing communications strategies to broaden the awareness and impact of Aurora’s programs and evolve the organization’s brand.

Key responsibilities of the Communications Associate include: 

  • Support the organization’s digital communications strategy:
    • Implement the organization’s social media strategy – drafting content,
      analyzing trends and strategies, and engaging with followers
    • Track analytics related to our digital communications, and developing
      strategies around how to build impactful campaigns
    • Develop content for organization’s email marketing strategy and writing
    • Update website, including content creation, maintenance, and management
  • Supporting the organization’s publication and materials development:
    • Developing digital dissemination strategies around research and policy
    • Supporting the production of publications, including design in Adobe Suite.
  • Supporting additional needs of the team, including but not limited to:
    • Maintaining the organization’s editorial calendar
    • Additional graphic design support, including development of PowerPoints,
      presentation decks for external engagements
    • Events management support
    • Copyediting and contact management


The Aurora Institute is looking for a rising star within the communications field. They will be a self-motivated and energetic individual with a passion for storytelling, digital media, and education change. The ideal candidate will possess many of the following attributes and experiences:

  • Ideally, at least 2 years experience working in some sort of communications
    capacity, especially for a nonprofit, education, or public service organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • A commitment to transforming public education, social change, diversity, equity,
    and inclusion, and anti-racism.
  • Proven ability to balance multiple projects while maintaining a perspective on
    long-term goals.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills. Ability to advocate and drive
    attention to the organization’s work.
  • Experience with content management systems (i.e., WordPress, etc.), email
    management platforms.
  • Proficiency with Adobe Software (inDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator); graphic
    design skills are a huge plus! We’re looking for someone who can regularly make
    updates to our graphics and templates in Adobe Suite. Proficiency is Adobe is
    preferred, but we can also offer training for the right candidate!
  • A self-starter and highly motivated, possessing the ability to be proactive.
  • Highly organized, capable of prioritizing and keeping multiple strands of work
    moving forward all while producing timely, high quality deliverables.
  • Commitment to Aurora’s stated values of being Student-Centered, Equity-Driven,
    Future-Focused, Credible, Knowledge-Driven, and Collaborative.
  • This is a 100% remote position and can be based anywhere in the U.S. Candidate
    will work from home.

Don’t think you meet one of these requirements or quite fit the box we’ve described? This is a comms job – convince us why we should hire you anyway.

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits

  • The position offers a salary range of $60,000-$65,000 and robust benefits
    including full health benefits (including medical, vision and dental), 403(b), and
    life and disability insurance. More details can be provided upon request.

Application Process