Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Communications Associate

Boston, MA


Website: Nellie Mae Education Foundation


The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), the largest philanthropy in New England dedicated exclusively to education, seeks nominations and applications for a Communications Associate. NMEF has set forth a Big Goal for 80% of New England students to be college and career ready by 2030. The Foundation is especially focused on traditionally underserved learners through systems change that supports Student-Centered Learning (SCL). Its grantmaking strategy attends to developing effective educational systems design, public engagement and understanding, educator capacity, and NMEF, together with its partners across New England, is leading the way in seeking education reform that brings SCL and equitable approaches to learning to the region’s public school systems.

The communications team at NMEF is an integral part of the Foundation’s mission as it supports the advancement of communications across the organization and externally to the wider sector. Among its primary responsibilities, the communications team oversees and manages internal and external communications strategies across the NMEF’s communication ecosystem including, web, email, events, digital media and more. Additionally, the communications team partners with and contributes to executing strategic communication and narrative strategies that are grounded in NMEF’s mission, vision, and values, align with organizational goals.

The Communications Associate will report directly to the External Affairs Manager and will provide support to the Foundation’s efforts in proactively increasing public understanding and demand of student-centered learning, and increasingly, issues related to educational equity, with internal audiences as well as key, strategic external stakeholders. As the Foundation has begun a strategic planning process, the Communications Associate will support the Communications team in messaging around organizational strategy shifts and ensuring that such a shift is communicated clearly and consistently across all NMEF channels.

S/he will write, edit and coordinate internal and external correspondence, provide event support and oversight, and serve as a supportive and provocative team member on projects and initiatives.  The Communications Associate will have a minimum of five years’ experience. A Bachelors degree is required.



The search is being assisted by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Nureen Das of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: To expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

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