Position: Special Assistant to the President & CEO

Who we are

The News Literacy Project (NLP), a national, nonpartisan education nonprofit, is seeking a special assistant to the president. Founded in 2008, NLP is the leading provider of news literacy education for middle and high school students, primarily through its signature e-learning platform, Checkology®.

Where you fit in

NLP is poised to take on a greater national presence to meet the intense interest in its programs from school districts across the country while it works to build a national movement to advance the practice of news literacy in all sectors of American society. To reach our objectives, NLP is rapidly expanding its capacity. This is a great opportunity for you to work closely with and support the new CEO, executive team (“cabinet”) and board of directors in dramatically growing our organizational impact all across the country.

We’re looking for someone who can have an immediate and meaningful impact on our work through providing stellar administrative support to our new president & CEO. The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following:

  • At least 5 years of experience directly supporting the senior leadership of a complex organization.
  • Experience coordinating communications and meeting logistics of leadership teams and boards of directors.
  • Experience in assisting with donor/investor relations and communications strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with processes and strategies to successfully conduct prospect (lead) research.
  • Expert organizational skills and a keen eye for detail.
  • Strong professional ethics and a sense of discretion.
  • Solid, clear writing ability.
  • A desire that their work matter to society.

This position reports to the president & CEO.

About the position

The SACEO position is an extension of the CEO role. You will add to the office’s capacity in almost every aspect of the CEO portfolio. When managing communications or relations, you will be speaking on behalf of NLP and the CEO.

Specifically, in this job, you will:

  • Serve as principal liaison between the CEO and board of directors.
  • Manage all logistics for board and committee meetings, including taking notes for all meetings.
  • Coordinate executive team and leadership team meetings and other gatherings.
  • Assist CEO in managing meeting requests and invites.
  • Oversee moves management in the CEO portfolio.
  • Provide prospect research support for the CEO and larger development team.
  • Prepare materials, including slides and collateral, for speaking engagements and meetings.
  • Provide administrative support for one-off development activities in support of CEO (e.g., thank-you notes, individual fall/spring funding appeals, cultivation of VIPs/prospects, mailings).
  • Assist with planning and execution events for CEO’s portfolio (e.g., tracking guest lists and replies to invitations, event staffing, follow-up).
  • Assist the CEO with other work-related projects as assigned.

About you

In addition to the qualifications noted above, the successful candidate will have all or most of the following:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience providing administrative support to senior-level executives. Experience working with and supporting boards of directors is a plus.
  • A strong sense of handling changing priorities that align with the president and CEO’s goals.
  • Strong proficiency with Zoom and the Microsoft Office suite of programs including desktop and online tools, including the Office 365 portal, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SharePoint, Teams, etc. Experience with Adobe Pro, Slack and CRM platforms such as EveryAction is a plus.
  • Experience researching potential contact leads is preferred.
  • Experience and comfort with working in a virtual work environment (in terms of both technology tools and personal skills).
  • Experience managing confidential information with discretion.
  • Able to travel twice a year in the summer and winter for short staff retreats. Other travel and work outside of standard business hours would be minimal.

Compensation and benefits

This is a full-time role with a starting salary of $75,000. NLP also offers outstanding benefits, including bonus, health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan match and more. For an overview of our generous benefits package, check out our HR benefits summary.

This position is largely virtual; ideally, the successful candidate will live in or near Washington, D.C., where NLP’s office and CEO are located. Other locations may be acceptable for a highly qualified candidate.

To apply, upload a cover letter and a résumé at https://bit.ly/NLPJobs.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 22, 2022. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date no later than Wednesday, June 1, 2022.

The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.

We deeply value diversity in the workplace and strongly believe that a diverse team enriches our organization and strengthens our ability to realize our mission (read/print NLP’s Organizational Values [PDF] and Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [PDF]).