Senior Associate – ReadyNation

Washington D.C.
to be discussed in the first interview
Apr 27, 2021
May 27, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Description: The ReadyNation Senior Associate will work closely with ReadyNation Co-Global Directors to implement the organization’s strategic efforts to strengthen businesses and the economy through increased public investments in children and youth. This will include serving as lead on a variety of projects and activities as well as the targeted recruitment, engagement, and mobilization of business leaders.   


Status:    Full-time, regular, exempt            Hours per week:    40+


Roles and Responsibilities:    


  • Manage assigned portfolio and, as appropriate, team resources to ensure that all related deliverables are completed in a timely manner and within budget


    Assist in the planning and implementation of annual plan and budget


    Coordinate with ReadyNation state directors to support national business member engagement efforts and goals 


    Manage specific bodies of work, projects, issues and/or state work plans to advance advocacy efforts along the education continuum at both state and federal levels


    Develop and execute business member recruitment and engagement strategies in assigned DC-staffed states


    Secure opportunities to enhance ReadyNation visibility (e.g., presentations at national and state conferences, philanthropic gatherings, business meetings and community events)


    Partner with Council for a Strong America (CSA) constituent member networks and shared teams to jointly enhance CSA’s mission and member opportunities


    Develop and maintain strong relationships with important funders, key allies and business groups


    Assist with the execution of the capstone ReadyNation Global Business Summit and other international work, as directed 


    Other duties, as assigned


Skills, Competencies and Knowledge Required for the Position:


Essential Qualifications:                    


  1. Strong management, organizational, and leadership skills


    Ability to work with business groups and other allies as well as recruit business leaders


    Ability to develop and implement action plans on time and on budget


    Strong diplomacy skills and understanding of nuanced political and professional relationships


    Ability to juggle multiple projects at once, and respond rapidly and flexibly to changing priorities, while meeting deadlines


    Ability to work in a collegial manner with a diverse group of colleagues, in the national office and state offices


    Strong analytical skills with the ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations on complicated situations


    Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to persuade people to take action


    Willingness to travel (when safe to do so) 


    Proficiency with Google Drive/Microsoft Office Suite/Salesforce 


    Commitment to ensuring all kids get a good start in life.




Required:  Experience with managing complex projects to successful completion and juggling competing priorities efficiently. 


Preferred:  Working knowledge of a membership-oriented organization, including member recruitment, and interacting with business leaders. Familiarity with policies affecting children and youth as well as the state and/or federal legislative process.  


Minimum experience required: Five -seven years of relevant experience




High School Diploma            Required          


College Degree            Required                     


Graduate Degree            Preferred         


Travel                Yes    


Average Frequency:  Variable, likely at least one per month (when safe to do so) to recruit and steward members and attend events. 


Average Duration:  1-2 days per trip


Council for a Strong America is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is seeking a diverse slate of candidates for formal consideration

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