Education events coordinator

Third Way Events Coordinator
Location Washington DC
Application deadline 30 April 2020
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary Commensurate with experience
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Third Way is a national think tank that champions modern center-left ideas.

Our work is grounded in the mainstream American values of opportunity, freedom, and security. But we identify as center-left, because we see that space in U.S. politics as offering the only real path for advancing those ideals in the century ahead.

Our agenda is ambitious, aspirational, and actionable. It is built on the bedrock belief that for political movements to succeed in our political system, they must relentlessly re-imagine their policies, strategies, and coalitions.

We are fighting for opportunity, so everyone has the chance to earn a good life; progress on social issues, so all have the freedom to live the lives they choose; and security, so we are protected from 21st century global threats.

The role

Third Way is seeking an Education Events Coordinator to provide support for Third Way’s higher education work as part of our Social Policy & Politics team. The Coordinator will be responsible for organizing and executing high-impact events, planning, and staffing public and private convenings that build relationships with federal higher education influencers, and helping the team maintain strong communication and coordination with key external partners. This work will help persuade policymakers and their staff that students and taxpayers deserve a better return on their investment and encourage them to focus on student outcomes.

Key roles and responsibilities

As the Education Events Coordinator, a typical day might include:

  • Planning and executing a constant stream of public events and briefings to raise the profile of our work and ideas on the Hill, in the press, and with leaders in the higher education community;
  • Developing and coordinating off-the-record events and private convenings with key influencers to facilitate communication and build relationships, including on sensitive political topics;
  • Coordinating day-to-day logistics of our higher education team’s external outreach, including scheduling meetings with outside partners and tracking progress on grant deliverables;
  • Working closely with Third Way’s higher education communications and advocacy staff to manage relationships with key partners and develop new ones, create synergy with allies, and ensure that their work is elevated in our convenings and events; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Experience and skills

This might be the job for you, if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree and/or a minimum of one to two years of relevant experience in an administrative, coordinator, event planning, or similar role;
  • Have an interest in federal higher education policy and a passion for improving student outcomes;
  • Have a demonstrated ability to plan and execute complex events;
  • Have excellent attention to detail and comfort with multi-tasking;
  • Want to contribute towards Third Way’s mission;
  • Take pride in and ownership of your work;
  • Are curious and eager for professional development;
  • Think on your feet and adapt to changes effortlessly;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally;
  • Are motivated and driven by your passion to opportunity, freedom, and security; and
  • Want to make a difference and an imprint as Third Way’s newest Education Events Coordinator