• Communications Associate

    Job Location US | US-IL-Chicago | US-IL-Naperville | US-TX-Austin | US-DC | US-CA-San Mateo
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    United States
    Communications/Marketing/Public Relations
  • Overview

    The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the leading behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR is a collaborative organization that works with clients to examine a wide range of projects from early childhood development to adult education. We pride ourselves in conducting high-impact, high-stakes projects for significant federal, state, and private organizations. AIR's vision is that research-based problem solving can improve the lives of all people.

    AIR is currently seeking a Communications Associate to support communication and dissemination efforts on large, multi-faceted projects (e.g., Regional Educational Laboratories, Institute of Education Sciences’ College Completion Network). This position may be based in our Chicago, IL, Washington, DC, Naperville, IL, San Mateo, CA or Austin, TX offices.


    • Coordinate creation of both print- and web-based products – including website content, infographics, blog posts, and presentation materials - focused on education related topics. This includes coordinating with internal experts and editing, production, and design technical staff.
    • Assist with the organization and production of materials and resources for external events (e.g., public television programs, in-person one-day conferences and meetings, webinars).
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop user-oriented research products focused on education related topics. These products may include infographics, short videos, blog posts, and summary reports.
    • Contribute to literature reviews regarding various education issues and draft reports for public dissemination.
    • Coordinate with external contacts, organizations, and subcontractors to support tasks and projects.
    • Assist in developing and drafting proposals with program staff for foundation, corporate, government, and other funding sources.
    • Provide administrative project support to senior management and clientele, where applicable.


    • Bachelor’s degree with 2+ years of relevant work experience in education research, policy, or communications or Master's degree in education research, policy, or communications.
    • Knowledge of education policy is preferred.
    • Experience with managing social media and website strategies and writing for the web is preferred.
    • Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated proficiencies in writing, conceptualizing, analyzing, and producing.
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines.
    • Excellent verbal communication skills and client-service orientation.
    • Ability to travel locally and nationally.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of products.
    • Experience managing detailed projects preferred.


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