Job Opportunity with D.C. Based Non-Profit

Mission: Readiness – Military Leaders for Kids

Program Assistant


Mission: Readiness is the non-profit, non-partisan organization led by senior retired military leaders ensuring continued American security and prosperity into the 21st century by calling for smart investments in the upcoming generation of American children. Mission: Readiness has become a leading voice calling for improving the quality of food served in schools, and increasing physical activity among children.  We also promote investments in early care and education that are proven to improve graduation rates and reduce future crime rates. Mission: Readiness has been widely featured on national news outlets ranging from FOX and CNN to NPR, USA Today and the New York Times. Mission: Readiness is a project of the Council for a Strong America.

Position Summary:

Mission: Readiness is seeking an energetic, entry-level candidate to assist us in mobilizing retired generals and admirals to address the fact that 71% of young Americans today are unable to join the military due to problems with education, crime, or fitness. The goals of the position are to (1) Provide administrative support for the mission; (2) Work with the Mission: Readiness team to create an active presence of retired senior military leaders in key regions across the country; and (3) coordinate executive-level travel..

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support Mission: Readiness team and members and their activities related to policy goals in assigned states, including coordination of travel, communications, public events, and legislative meetings/testimony.
  • Assist with the identification and engagement of retired military leaders; help educate prospective members about the link between a strong military, national security and investments in children.
  • Maintenance of all administrative systems (filing, workflow and reporting documents, team calendaring, server maintenance, Mission: Readiness database maintenance (managing bounce-backs, updating records), management of Mission: Readiness team supplies (subscriptions, reference materials, etc.);
  • Act as Executive Assistant to the National Director.
  • Assist with the identification and engagement of retired military leaders; Scheduling for National Director (and Mission: Readiness team as appropriate) including the management of National Director travel;
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for meetings with state policymakers and their staff, MOC meetings, meetings with allies, state and national conferences, development team requests, development meetings;
  • Manage the shipping of materials for Mission: Readiness team travel;
  • Assist Mission: Readiness team with the development of member and policy-maker targeting documents for state swing-through events, conferences, state policy and federal policy objectives;
  • As appropriate, policy research;
  • Drafting of post-conference correspondence (to include follow-up emails, thank you letters, etc.);
  • Executing post-conference informational mailings as needed;
  • Managing new member data entry and sending new member electronic welcome packets; and
  • Managing the inventory and ordering process for marketing materials;

Skills, Competencies and Knowledge Required for the Position:


  • Extremely detail oriented and well organized;
  • Self-starter and ability to juggle multiple projects while meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • Proficient with Google Docs/ Word/Excel/PowerPoint ;
  • Ability to perform basic research on legislative and regulatory issues;


  • Some administrative experience
  • Knowledge of legislative process
  • Organizing experience
  • Military experience
  • Passion for issues affecting at-risk kids.

Ideal candidates will have some administrative experience. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills required, along with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and an extremely high level of attention to detail.  Knowledge of the military community, an understanding of the legislative process, organizing experience and experience with early childhood development/ and education policies and programs are not required, but plusses. Salary: entry-level with excellent benefits.

To apply, please send completed questionnaire, resume, and thoughtful cover letter to:

Mission: Readiness

1212 New York Ave, NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20005

Fax: 202-776-0110


NOTE: Please CC Ben Goodman ( on the application.

Mission: Readiness is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that understands the value of diversity and its impact on a high performance culture.

No phone enquiries, please.


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