Director of Educational Opportunity
Position Available: Director, Educational Opportunity
Category: Full-time, salaried, at-will employee
Reports to: National Director of Policy
The Director for Educational Opportunity serves as a member of the Educational Opportunity team within the ExcelinEd Policy Division, which works to expand educational opportunity for students across the country. In this capacity, the Director is responsible for developing and advancing private school choice policies consistent with the Foundation’s policy agenda and for managing a team working to advance these opportunity policies nationally and within states across the country.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Managing the Foundation’s private school choice policy agenda and team, including: developing annual state action plans, setting goals and measuring progress; assigning, prioritizing and balancing workload and performing administrative functions.
- Cultivating and maintaining relationships with key state and federal officials involved in private school choice.
- Providing policy guidance and technical assistance to state leaders as they advance, adopt and implement policies aligned with the Foundation’s reform agenda.
- Developing, drafting and reviewing white papers, position papers, model legislation and original research to support ExcelinEd’sprivate school choice policy agenda.
- Providing expert testimony and representing the Foundation as a thought leader at statehouses,state and national convenings and conferences and speaking engagements.
- Assisting with building the content for the annual National Summit on Education Reform.
- Monitoring and informing the Foundation team about policy trends in school choice.
- Developing and maintaining relationships with – and providing policy support to – the U.S. Department of Education, Congressional offices and other national partners working to promote educational opportunity policies at the federal level.
- Assisting with the Foundation’s communications on private school choice by supplying facts, writing and editing communications pieces such as blog posts, and other communications materials for policy information and accuracy.
- Supporting the Foundation’s development objectives by assisting with grant proposals, concept papers and reports.
- Facilitating coordination between the organization’s advocacy, policy and communications teams to provide appropriate materials and assistance to state-level partners.
- Drafting internal and external briefing materials, such as talking points, policy summaries and correspondence, as needed.
- All other duties as assigned.
Preferred Skills /Qualifications
- Exhibit structured thinking in the face of complex concepts, make data-based decisions, and manage deliverables.
- Strong writing and communication skills.
- Ability to speak publicly, often before senior government and education leaders.
- Strong organizational skills.
- General knowledge of school choice and education policy and politics more broadly.
- General understanding of political and legislative processes.
- A strong background in writing reports and policy analysis is a plus.
- Operating with little or no supervision on specific projects related to the reform agenda.
- Experience managing a team.
- Experience working in public policy.
The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science or similar; Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Administration or similar preferred. At least five years of senior-level experience in K-12 education policy at a state executive or legislative level or with a foundation or institute preferred.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Carrie@Excelined.org. You will be contacted if selected for further consideration.