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Position Description - Director of Policy

Position Description - Director of Policy

Overview

Reporting to the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy, the Director of Policy will implement the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) policy strategy. The Director of Policy will provide leadership for IEL’s public policy and advocacy work, working collaboratively with the Vice President of Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy, the President, members of the Executive Leadership Team, the board of directors, and contractors. This position is focused on the implementation of IEL’s policy strategy in support of Rise Up for Equity, IEL’s 2018-2023 strategic plan.

Responsibilities

Public Policy Development

  • Create with constituents a five-year policy platform for IEL and develop annual policy agendas derived from that platform including work plans with annual policy outcomes and milestones.
  • Implement IEL’s public policy strategy and advocacy efforts.
  • Research, monitor, analyze and respond to federal, state and local policy issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families and other IEL’s constituents.
  • Draft position papers on public policy issues.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a grassroots, bottom-up policy development process engaging IEL’s community-level constituents.
  • Create innovative breakthrough policy proposals for expanding access and improving learning outcomes for children, youth, adults, and families in communities where opportunity is lacking the most, particularly in communities of color where large shares of the black and brown student populations live in poverty.

Network Development and Management

  • Build and maintain relationships with members, partner organizations, coalitions, foundations and associations throughout the nation to advance policy goals.
  • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials, their representatives and staff.
  • Respond to requests for information from members of Congress, nonprofits, policymakers and IEL partners and constituents.

Public Policy Education and Communications

  • Coordinate policy-related communications efforts with the Director of Communications and under the direction of the Vice President for Communications, Marketing, and Advocacy.
  • Leverage Quorum to optimize policy-related communications and engagement.
  • Manage and produce web content, electronic policy updates, legislative alerts, position statements and research reports.
  • Educate legislators and other policymakers regarding policy issues affecting IEL and its constituents.
  • Create and coordinate special policy events such as policy challenges and prizes and Congressional information sessions.
  • Design and implement a policy leadership recognition program.
  • Represent IEL at policy events, which may include some travel throughout Washington. State.

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Preferably 5-7 years relevant and progressively responsible work experience in public policy advocacy, or equivalent experience in a related field
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of federal education and workforce development policy
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Public speaking and presentation skills, as well as strong written communication skills
  • Proven planning and analytical skills to evaluate complex policy situations and recommend next steps/solutions
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office. Experience with Quorum or similar platforms preferred.
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently.
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position policy discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and be entrepreneurial and enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives.
  • Collaborative work style and ability to function well in a diverse environment.
  • Passionate about issues of racial and social justice and IEL’s vision, mission, and values of equity, inclusion, collaboration, and impact.
  • Understanding of the importance of work/life balance.
  • Sense of humor.

Compensation

Salary will be competitive and will depend on experience with comprehensive health, dental, retirement, education and professional development, and life insurance benefits.

Duty Station

IEL is a Washington-based organization. This position is based at IEL’s D.C. office.

To Apply

Please email with "Director of Policy" as the subject line to appiahm@iel.org. Include a cover letter, resume, and a work sample. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status or disabled veterans' status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and of diverse backgrounds to apply.