Manager of Communications

Job Title: Manager of Communications
CAL Classification: Manager, Communications
Division: Office of the President
Appointment: Regular/Full-time
Position Available: Immediately


The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) seeks an experienced, collaborative, forward-thinking professional to serve as Manager of Communications for the organization. Reporting to the CAL President, the Manager of Communications will be responsible for developing and implementing an annual communications plan addressing internal organizational priorities and CAL’s mission. This position will address CAL’s mission by preparing and distributing marketing materials for CAL stakeholders on policy, research, pedagogy, assessment, technical assistance and evaluation topics through relevant multi-media and traditional strategies situated within a language, education and culture critical social justice context.

The Manager of Communications will support CAL staff with logistics for participating in external meetings and conferences and for creating and maintaining partnerships. This position will represent CAL in select external meetings and conferences and will identify public relations opportunities to enhance CAL’s profile by creating and implementing outreach activities for local and national media, professional organizations, school districts, universities and policy entities. Travels approximately 2-3 times a year.

• Support program staff in web content development, email and special announcement deployment.
• Prepare a weekly internal CAL newsletter.
• Lead in creating and implementing a communication and/or outreach plan and in contributing to CAL’s strategic plan.
• Lead in maintaining a relationship with publishers and professional organizations such as TESOL, ACTFL, WIDA, NABE, CABE, ALAS.
• Collaborate with CAL staff in maintaining an intranet for HR, business development documents and internal communications.
• Lead in maintaining author, editorial and vendor relations for CAL publications.
• Coordinate and support all CAL publication activities.
• Coordinate with CAL business development staff, I/T personnel, and facility management staff in maintaining CAL’s website, an online learning platform and CAL’s online Store.
• Support marketing efforts and business development activities, i.e., prepare brochures, flyers, presentation slides, and social media messages.
• Take a lead role in planning the annual Charles Ferguson Award activities.
• Assume the leadership role in collaborating with CAL’s executive office, finance office and senior staff in supporting CAL Board activities, Board reports and producing CAL’s annual report and any other reports.
• Meet with senior staff on a scheduled basis to review, discuss and address internal communication priorities.
• Represent CAL at external meetings and conferences.
• Lead staff with preparing for and participating in internal events and external meetings and conferences
• Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities

None, but will proactively collaborate with CAL senior leaders.


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a related field, with at least six (6) years of relevant experience; or
• Master’s degree from an accredited college or university, in a relevant field with at least four (4) years of relevant experience (related fields include Communications, Media and Public Affairs, Education Policy, Applied Linguistics, Bilingual Education, TESOL, World Language Education, Curriculum and Instruction etc.).

• Demonstrated experience in the fields of communications, public relations and marketing.
• Experience supporting diverse and inclusive environments for staff and other stakeholders.
• Experience with creating and implementing a communication and/or outreach plan.
• Experience producing publications and briefs, including collaborating with authors, editors and printers.
• Experience organizing conference exhibits and related activities.
• Experience using e-commerce storefront applications, such as eZ Publish, WordPress.
• Experience using contact databases, email deployment and web-authoring software.
• Experience in data management and email deployment policies and procedures, including federal regulations.

Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable.


• Ability to write copy for marketing materials.
• Ability to communicate in English and in one or more additional languages.
• Demonstrated multicultural and multilingual understanding and sensitivity.
• Demonstrated skills as a public speaker, editor and writer.
• Experience with graphics, video editing, social media and communications software applications.
• Experience supporting strategic partnerships (such as TESOL, ACTFL, NABE, CABE, ALAS, WIDA, publishers, education non-profit organizations).
• Knowledge of language learner education policies, research and practices preferred.

Remote Work and Relocation
This position requires on-site work at the CAL office in Washington, DC. Some travel is required 2-3
times a year with very limited remote work. There is no relocation assistance for this position.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate. The employee may be required to sit or stand in a stationary position for 50% of the time. This position constantly operates a computer and other office productivity equipment. CAL adheres to ADA compliance and guidelines as a common practice.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment Statement

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CAL complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
CAL expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CAL employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.


Please provide a resume and a cover letter to, referencing position number “20-02 Manager of Communications” in subject line.
Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-1859
ATTN: Human Resources, Recruitment 20-02 Manager of Communications
Attn: Recruitment 20-02 Manager of Communications
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