**The application process for this position is now closed.

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions (Aspen Forum) is seeking a Communications Consultant to perform a wide range of basic communications activities on behalf of our program within the Aspen Institute (AI). The consultant is the sole communications person on the team and responsible for all communications activities. The consultant will report to the Deputy Director but will work with the entire eight member Aspen Forum staff on different projects.

The timeline of this contract is through the end of 2017, with the possibility of further extensions. This contract will entail at least 20 hours per week on average. The Aspen Forum has offices in Washington DC and Seattle, but it is not required that the consultant be located in either city. Occasional travel to DC may be required. The consultant will be expected to attend our twice yearly major events, which are held in May and October. Subject matter familiarity and prior communications experience in the Aspen Forum’s area of work is preferred but not required for this position.
Resume and materials are due July 24, 2017.


The key duties for 2017 will be:

  • Generate written copy for a variety of formats to aid the Aspen Forum in telling the story of its work and impact currently and over the past four years, and draws from the examples and experiences of our grantees and partners in 23 communities in the US. Written products range from social media posts to blogs to short reports to annual summaries of activities; all of the content on our web site needs major revision and updating as well.
  • Co-develop (with Aspen Forum staff) new creative ways of disseminating reports and other written materials to increase reach and impact of 2017 publications
  • Increase awareness among the Aspen Forum’s key stakeholders as to our activities and impact across organizational programs including but not limited to recognition of the Aspen Forum’s role and place in the national Opportunity Youth ecology.

Specific Duties Include:

o Update and build social media presence (currently Twitter and Facebook; may expand)
o Update web site content and related blogging platforms (eg. Medium); write new content as needed
o Write quarterly organizational e-newsletter
o Create annual report summarizing activities for the year
o Write short summaries of activities and create presentations (text and images) for presentation of Aspen Forum work to various audiences
o Develop promotional materials that document and tell the story of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions.
o Write occasional press releases
o Assist with preparing briefing materials, presentations, as needed

Project Management:
o Engage with many Aspen Forum partners and grantees to create and/or verify communications materials
o Support other Aspen Forum staff’s management of contract writers producing reports for the Aspen Forum
o Manage publications process and timeline
o Act as the liaison between the Aspen Forum team and the Aspen Institute central Communication team on communications issues as needed
o List management: merge multiple email lists and segment appropriately

o Support communications needs of at least 2 major annual Aspen Forum events

Layout and Design of internally produced reports (electronic format only; about 5-10 per year) Image selection and editing for blogs, social media posts, etc. Eventprograms/collateralmaterial

Qualifications: Skills & Abilities:

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and verbal skills. Ability to write effectively for a variety of different formats and for different intended audiences.
  • Project management skills: ability to work with a wide range of people on the Aspen Forum staff and at our partner and grantee organizations, to keep them focused on communications needs and tasks and on time
  • Track-record of success working with new and traditional media
  • Competence in the use of standard software products: Excel, Word, PowerPoint; Experience with Wordpress or similar platform; Experience with standard email newsletter production platforms and list management
  • Basic graphic design (eg. image manipulation) and page layout skills (Adobe Creative Suite or similar). Position does not require advanced graphics/layout skills.
  • Creative problem solver
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Self-starter and self-managing

It is not required, but we would prefer a consultant with some familiarity with the issues our team works on: place-based collaborations, the education and workforce needs of young adults (‘opportunity youth’), equity, racial and economic justice.

Location of Work and Travel:

The Aspen Forum has offices in Washington DC and Seattle. It is not required that the consultant be located in either city. Infrequent travel to DC may be required. The communications consultant will be expected to attend our twice yearly major events, which are held in the Spring and Fall.

For more information, download the job description, or visit the Aspen Forum website at http://aspencommunitysolutions.org/job-openings-with-afcs/.