Every Hour Counts is a national coalition of citywide organizations that increase access to quality learning opportunities, particularly for underserved students. The organization is a leading voice in promoting expanded-learning systems, which provide learning and enrichment through after-school, summer, and other initiatives. Expanded-learning systems help students be more connected to school, build self-confidence, and connect with caring adults, so every student can thrive.
For more information on Every Hour Counts, please visit: www.afterschoolsystems.org
Kristopher Green, after-school apprentice at Asphalt Green in New York City. —Photo courtesy of The After-School Corporation
Every Hour Counts has three core strategies:
1. INFLUENCE POLICY: We engage policymakers, practitioners and leading stakeholders in developing policy recommendations and solutions that embrace a holistic view of learning and support expanded learning systems-building.
2. BUILD QUALITY PRACTICE: Test the feasibility of policy and practice recommendations and disseminate the findings and tools for replication through demonstration projects.
3. SUPPORT A SYSTEMS-BUILDING COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE: Disseminate promising practice and develop strategies to support jurisdictions in building after-school systems.
Every Hour Counts engages in a variety of knowledge sharing activities to educate local, state and federal practitioners and policy makers about the value of systems-building and intermediaries and how to build them. We do this through conference presentations, webinars, and convenings. We also provide technical assistance to communities looking to build systems.
Every Hour Counts is housed at The After-School Corporation (TASC) in New York City. In addition to TASC, the partner organizations include: The Family League of Baltimore City, Boston After School and Beyond, After School Matters (Chicago), Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Nashville After Zone Alliance, Partnership for Children and Youth (Bay Area), Partnership for Youth Development (New Orleans), Prime Time Palm Beach County, the Providence After School Alliance, and Youthprise (Twin Cities).
Reporting to the Policy and Communications Coordinator, the Communications Intern will be responsible for
supporting Every Hour Counts’ national communications and field-building strategy. The Intern will be responsible for conducting key operational tasks, including event planning, conference planning, listserv and website support, and updating social media.
He/she must be able to work well with a wide variety of people and be skilled at managing multiple projects concurrently and with strong attention to detail. The Intern must be: a quick and eager learner, willing to receive feedback as well as take initiative, and a strong writer. Occasional travel may be required.
The internship is for two to three days a week from February through mid-May 2014. An exact schedule can be negotiated. This position includes an hourly wage and/or may be eligible for university credit.
Specific role responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following.
Coordinate regular updates to social media vehicles, including our blog: Expanded Learning Perspectives.
Support the development of a web-based Resource Library and other website updates.
Support content sharing activities at conferences and webinars, including proposals and presentation content.
Support the Policy and Communications Coordinator in staffing Every Hour Counts workgroups, including preparing meeting materials, recording meeting notes, and assisting other onsite activities as needed.
Support the Coordinator in planning a national spring institute.
Coordinate aspects of special events and meetings, including scheduling, preparing materials, and follow-up.
Bachelor’s Degree with 2 – 3 years of relevant work experience.
Excellent writing and analytical skills with ability to gather and synthesize information and perspectives from multiple sources in clear, easy-to-read formats.
Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of youth development, education, and/or public policy; passion for expanded learning as a social justice issue.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners on project assignments in-person and virtually.
Highly organized and ability to undertake multiple projects simultaneously, track detailed project tasks, set priorities, and ensure deadlines are met.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and work independently.
Comfortable working in a fast-paced office environment.
Strong computer and social media skills, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and conducting internet-based research.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: Every Hour Counts Communications Intern.
No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
TASC is an Equal Opportunity Employer