Accreditation Assistant

The National Association of Schools of Music, a not-for-profit specialized accrediting association founded in 1924, headquartered in Reston, VA, is seeking a full-time (9-5, M-F) staff member. This employee will hold consistent responsibilities and duties with and among all organizations and operating entities managed by the National Office for Arts Accreditation, including the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS).

The Association employs fourteen staff members in a non-smoking, studious, quiet, and busy office environment. Attire while working directly with institutional representatives is business professional; office attire is business casual. Some remote work may be considered. The National Office is within walking distance of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station. 

Daily responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attend to meeting activities, projects, and events as assigned, including but not limited to:
    • Coordinate and prepare for Annual and other meeting program planning including conducting research, preparing materials, and scheduling planning meeting activities.
    • Create Annual Meeting program text and other meeting text/documentation as informed by meetings, notes, feedback, discussion, and assignment, as appropriate. Maintain as current Annual Meeting programs and content related to other meetings.
    • Invite, confirm, and communicate with Annual and other meeting personnel. Organize, manage, monitor, and maintain as current Annual and other meeting personnel.
    • Attend to and complete tasks associated with meeting preparation, conduct, and close out.
  • Attend to accreditation activities, projects, and events as assigned, including but not limited to:
    • Read, review, study, consider, and manage accreditation materials.
    • Assist in the preparation of Commission materials and the work of Commissions.
    • Attend to and complete tasks associated with the meeting preparation, conduct, and close out.
  • Attend to general office activities, projects, and events as assigned.
  • Write, create, edit, and proofread text, documents, publications, and correspondence as assigned and in support of Association operations.
  • Provide assistance to individuals seeking information about the work of the Associations.
  • Assist the Executive Director as assigned with daily responsibilities associated with the work of the National Office for Arts Accreditation and its constituent organizations.

Attributes desired:

Unwavering integrity; disciplined dedication; deep intelligence and a keen intellect; desire to serve and contribute; cordial, welcoming, and respectful demeanor; curiosity and a passion for learning; superior judgment and problem-solving ability; ability to maintain confidentiality; and awareness and avoidance of situations which could result in the creation of conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof.

 Specific skills required:

  • Advanced and demonstrated writing, editing, and proofreading capabilities
  • Capacity to research topics; review and consider information; present clear, concise, and cogent written distillations of thoughts, ideas, facts, and results
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

General skills required

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and work with and in complex systems
  • Exceptional organizational abilities
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work successfully both independently and in teams
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office, FileMaker, Adobe Acrobat, and Mac operating systems 

Necessary Qualifications:

An undergraduate degree is required; a graduate degree is preferred. Demonstrated writing expertise are required. Study in an arts discipline and post-collegiate professional experience is desirable. 


Salary is commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes selected paid holidays; paid vacation; health, dental, vision, and disability insurance (as eligible); employer-sponsored 403(b) and HSA savings plans. Opportunities for advancement are available.

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, please email the documents outlined below in one PDF-formatted file using your full name as the file name to Please include “AA2023” in the email’s subject line.

  • A formal cover letter which 1) describes in detail your capacity to address duties and responsibilities as noted above; and 2) documents your attributes and skills.
  • A resume outlining your educational experience including degree(s) earned, and your professional experience including names of employers and dates of employment. Please include 3-5 professional references.
  • Two recent writing samples of two pages or more, which demonstrate your writing abilities.

An incomplete application will be returned.


The position is open at this time and is anticipated to be filled at the completion of the interview process.