START DATE: July 1, 2018
The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to promote open, affordable, high-quality broadband to anchor institutions and their communities. The SHLB Coalition seeks to address the “digital divide” by advocating for government policies that allow schools, libraries, health providers, commercial companies and others to invest in broadband networks that serve the public, especially in rural markets. The SHLB Coalition is a mission-driven, membership organization with over 130 members across the United States and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The Communications Specialist is key to SHLB’s growth and success. The work of the Communications Specialist falls into three categories: communications, website, and webinars. This position publicizes SHLB’s work to external audiences both to influence policy-makers and also to attract new members. The Specialist position will report to the Chief Operating Officer.
Duties and Responsibilities
Annual Conference (October)
Knowledge and Skills
The policy positions and content can be acquired on the job, but the following knowledge and skills are needed to apply.
Familiarity with the broadband industry and technology is preferable. One to three years’ work experience is also preferred but can be substituted for specific college classes such as graphic design, writing, computer science, etc.
SHLB is looking for a go-getter who is enthusiastic about his or her job, is comfortable working in a small office while interacting with members all across the U.S. A positive attitude is extremely important. The ideal candidate will bring an entrepreneurial attitude to a non-profit, public interest organization. The skills will require both a willingness to take on challenges and develop new approaches while also working for others. Other important abilities include:
The SHLB Coalition is a small but powerful organization that brings policy recommendations to the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the Executive branch to promote broadband for anchor institutions. Throughout the year, especially during SHLB’s Annual Conference, extended work day hours will occur. SHLB rents a room in a shared office space in Dupont Circle. A personal laptop computer is needed for this position.
Salary and Benefits
The salary for this position is between $40,000 to $45,000 based on experience. SHLB offers 10 days of paid vacation for first year employees. All full-time employees are eligible for SHLB’s health insurance, dental and vision insurance, and matching retirement plan. Year-end bonuses are possible but not guaranteed and depend on performance.