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Job opening: Assistant to the President, Massachusetts 2020 (Boston)

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    POSITION: Assistant to the President ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts 2020 LOCATION: Boston, MA ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND Massachusetts 2020, in partnership with the
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4 10:23 AM
      POSITION: Assistant to the President
      ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts 2020
      LOCATION: Boston, MA

      Massachusetts 2020, in partnership with the state Department of
      Education, has pioneered the first-in-the-nation, statewide effort to
      expand and redesign the conventional public school day by adding at
      least 25% more time for all students in participating schools as a
      strategy to increase student achievement and the acquisition of 21st-
      century skills. The Expanded Learning Time Initiative (ELT) includes
      eighteen schools in eight districts in 2007-2008, and is expected to
      grow to include 40 schools and 20,000 students over the next few
      years. Massachusetts 2020 and the state Department of Education have
      provided technical assistance to districts and schools throughout the
      planning and implementation process, while also leading the public
      policy, research and evaluation, and communications efforts to build
      broad support and public financing for ELT schools. In the fall of
      2007, Massachusetts 2020 and the Rennie Center for Education Research
      and Policy are launching a joint venture to develop and lead a
      national strategy to support states and districts to expand learning
      time and opportunities for students in traditional public schools
      across the country. The leaders and staff of the joint venture will
      focus on: (1) providing technical assistance nationally to districts
      and states interested in exploring districtwide or statewide expanded
      learning time initiatives; (2) leading a federal policy and
      legislative agenda in partnership with the Center for American
      Progress to secure national demonstration funding and other resources
      for districts and states; and (3) launching a national research
      agenda on time and learning. For more on Massachusetts 2020, go to

      We seek a highly-motivated person to assist our President and staff
      with day-to-day operations, administration, special projects, and
      meeting/event planning.

      Responsibilities include:

      - Help the President coordinate the activities of a growing staff of
      nine employees
      - Aid in coordinating with partner organizations including the Rennie
      Center for Education Research and Policy, the Center for American
      Progress, Boston After School & Beyond, Ed in '08, and the state
      Department of Education
      - Assist the President with various communications including
      interfacing with high-level individuals by phone and in person, and
      writing letters and emails
      - Plan meetings and help in coordinating major events and
      conferences; assist in developing meeting presentations and materials
      - Staff two Advisory Boards and the Massachusetts 2020 Board of
      - Edit internal and external documents and communications including
      letters, fact sheets, funding proposals, marketing materials,
      research reports, website content and presentations
      - Manage the recruitment process for hiring of new staff
      - Manage the administrative functions for the President, including
      answering phones, managing mail and scheduling, coordinating travel
      logistics, creating expense reports, faxing, filing, copying, etc.
      - Assist in managing database
      - Provide support to staff on special projects

      - Bachelor's degree in education, policy, social work, or relevant
      - Minimum of 1-3 years experience in an Executive Assistant, Special
      Assistant or like role in an entrepreneurial environment
      - Strong writing, editing, and oral communication skills
      - Excellent interpersonal skills with experience interacting with
      high level individuals
      - Strong computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word,
      Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, and databases
      - Excellent project management skills and ability to multi-task
      - Meeting/event planning experience
      - A self-starter who takes initiative and works well both
      individually and as a member of a team
      - Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced and evolving
      environment driven by excellence
      - Interest in the field of education and youth development
      - Willingness to go the extra mile to get the job done well

      Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a generous
      benefits package.

      Deadline is October 15th.
      Interested and qualified applicants should send a cover letter and
      resume to Tracy Abercrombie at tracy@....
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