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    This position is located at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in Washington, D.C. IES is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Its mission is to provide reliable evidence on which to ground education practice and policy, and to share this information broadly. By identifying what works, what doesn’t, and why, IES aims to improve educational outcomes for all students, particularly those at risk of educational failure. With an annual budget of over $550 million and a staff of approximately 180 people, IES supports a wide range of research, statistics, assessment, and evaluation activities. Its work is carried out by four centers:

      • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; and to review and report on education activities internationally.
      • The National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance (NCEE) conducts large-scale evaluations of education programs supported by federal funds; provides research-based technical assistance to educators and policymakers; and supports the synthesis and wide spread dissemination of the results of research and evaluation throughout the United States.
      • The National Center for Education Research (NCER) sponsors field-initiated research that addresses the nation’s most pressing education needs, from early childhood to postsecondary and adult education.
      • The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) sponsors field-initiated research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, and students with or at risk for disabilities from birth through high school.


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    The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for communicating the mission and ongoing work of IES to key audiences, such as education policymakers and practitioners at the national, state, and local levels. He or she will lead IES staff and contractors to

    • Establish goals and milestones for IES communications, and work with IES leadership and staff to implement such plans successfully;
    • Ensure that IES’s research, statistics, assessment, and evaluation activities are clearly and accurately represented within the Department and to the public, and are disseminated in a timely way;
    • Plan and execute research presentations and briefings;
    • Develop and maintain templates and review processes to ensure consistent editorial standards for IES publications and products;
    • Coach IES staff in effective strategies for writing and speaking on scientific education research and statistics;
    • Lead ongoing effort to upgrade and improve the content and functionality of the IES website;
    • Lead ongoing effort to use social media as a dissemination tool;
    • Lead effort to reach out to press and respond to press inquiries;
    • Provide team leadership in: identifying, distributing, and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow, skill level and or/occupational specialization; making adjustments to accomplish the workload in accordance with established priorities to ensure timely accomplishment of assigned team tasks; and ensuring each employee has an integral role in developing the final team product;
    • Monitor and report on the status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that priorities, methods, deadlines, and quality have been met.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

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    United States Citizens

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504912300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.