Communications and Events Associate

International Student Conferences
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    May 22

Position description

International Student Conferences, Inc. (ISC) is a DC-based nonprofit organization that oversees four flagship programs: the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC), Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), China-America Student Conference (ChASC), and U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Forum. Since 1934, ISC’s programs have sought to empower and inspire the next generation and U.S.-Asia leaders by facilitating student-led exchange programs for university students. Through academically intensive and culturally immersive programming, ISC’s conferences seek to foster international friendships and instill in participants a lifelong dedication to openness, diplomacy, and dialogue.

ISC is seeking a Communications and Events Associate (CEA) to work in tandem with the Executive Director and ISC’s student leaders to develop effective communications materials, manage email marketing campaigns, and oversee the logistical coordination of ISC’s student-led programs.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a dynamic work environment, tasked with handling multiple competing priorities. Interested applicants should have strong organizational skills and be comfortable working in a small non-profit setting where staff members “wear multiple hats” and enjoy taking on whatever needs doing. The ideal candidate will be passionate about developing students into confident leaders. Adaptability and the ability to think creatively to find lasting solutions is key to the CEA role.  

Some of the best benefits of this job are intangible. It allows regular work-from-home days. It involves exposure and familiarity with influential diplomatic and business organizations. The work supporting tomorrow’s global leaders is highly gratifying. It’s an excellent introduction for those interested in a career in diplomacy, non-profit governance, education, or entrepreneurial pursuits. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

The Communications & Events Associate (CEA) will report directly to the Executive Director and play a functional role in the organization that actively supports ISC’s uniquely student-run and student-led programs. Responsibilities include:

  • Updating and developing communications strategies for student leaders and staff;
  • Utilizing email marketing tools to engage with alumni, partners, supporters, and prospective conference applicants by designing email blasts and staying up-to-date on trends;
  • Updating, designing and preparing recruitment/marketing materials for ISC and its programs;
  • Overseeing logistical preparations for JASC, KASC, and ChASC by mentoring and advising student leaders;
  • Managing and writing content for ISC newsletters, and Conference Journals;
  • Overseeing and providing content for ISC’s social media channels, website, and blog; 
  • Coordinating with Executive Director to plan and execute ISC’s annual U.S.-Japan-Korea Trilateral Forum;
  • Assisting Executive Director with grant writing and reporting;
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned.

On-the-Ground Conference Support

The CEA will travel with one to two of ISC’s Summer 2020 Conferences to observe programming outcomes for reporting purposes and to ensure ISC’s programs continue to fulfill the mission and values of the organization. As such, candidates should be able to:

  • Travel with college / graduate students for 3 - 4 consecutive weeks;
  • Monitor on the ground implementation of conference programming and resolve logistical issues as they arise while maintaining a positive and professional demeanor;
  • Manage budget with designated student treasurer;
  • Connect with key partners and supporters at conference sites;
  • Ensure program integrity and that conference programming continues to fulfill ISC’s mission and values; 
  • Collect participant testimonials, reflections, and exit surveys; 
  • Ensure the physical safety and mental well-being of all student leaders.


  • Enthusiastic, adaptable team player with a positive attitude;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience in social media and email marketing;
  • Familiarity working as a member of a remote team, especially with team members in different time zones;
  • Experience with digital-based work, especially Google Drive; digital project management and collaboration tools; and video conferencing
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills;
  • Ability to multitask, take initiative, and meet deadlines while communicating progress with team members; 
  • Passionate about ISC’s mission and an interest in U.S.-Asia relations;
  • Graphic design skills are a plus;
  • Experience with Wordpress or Django (preferred);
  • Bachelor’s Degree (required);
  • At least 1 year of professional experience;
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

ISC team members value the flexible, fun and hard-working culture of the organization. Current benefits include:

  • Generous vacation, sick & holiday leave
  • Health & Dental Insurance
  • WMATA SmartBenefits
  • Flexible schedule including telework days
  • Opportunity to work in an exciting coworking space (MakeOffices at K Street)

Application instructions

Please click here to complete the application and to upload: a cover letter, resume and optional work sample. Applications are reviewed and considered on a rolling basis until June 22, 2020. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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