EdTA seeks an Advocacy Assistant to assist the Director of Educational Policy. The Advocacy Assistant works 20 hours per week in support EdTA’s advocacy mission to cultivate state and national public policies and legislation that advance K-12 theatre education. Key responsibilities include researching and summarizing advocacy news sources and feeds, as well as writing and posting content on EdTA’s bi-weekly Theatre Education Advocacy Digest.
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a professional organization for theatre education with more than 100,000 members nationwide. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching
Monitor and catalogue the EdTA advocacy Twitter feed, Google alerts, and listserves/blogs content for arts education news/issues of interest.
Research, write, and post the bi-weekly Advocacy Digest, based on the daily news gathering described above.
Monitor the EdTA Community pages for advocacy posts and queries.
Review national and state news of record regarding pending and/or introduced arts and education legislation impacting theatre and other arts education.
Create a bi-weekly summary of social media and Advocacy Digest data detailing
Write and post on the EdTA advocacy Twitter feed, working in tandem with the Marketing and Communication Manager.
Review and index reliable theatre education research for posting on the advocacy pages of schooltheatre.org.
Organize EdTA’s participation in the annual Arts Advocacy Day, including:
Setting Congressional appointments, as needed, for the Policy Director.
Aiding in the organization of the Democracyworks student essay competition and serving as chief contact for applicants.
Contacting state EdTA leaders and members about attendance and logistics.
Serving as a liaison between the Director of Educational Policy and the Advocacy Leadership Network.
Helping to plan and execute in-person and online meetings with volunteers engaged in professional development and advocacy events and projects led by the Director of Educational Policy.
Associate degree or equivalent, Bachelor's degree preferred.
Interest in education, theatre and/or performing arts, research, and/or public policy at multiple levels is highly desired.
Social media savvy is a must, including social media management platforms such as HootSuite.
High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook as well as Google Docs.
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills.
Positive, team-oriented attitude.
Ability to think and act independently, within one’s authority.