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Senior Advocacy Associate


Reports to: Regional Advocacy Director, West Region 

Category: Full-time, salaried, at-will employee 

Location: Austin, Texas or Denver, Colorado preferred

Job Summary: 

The Senior Advocacy Associate serves as a member of the Advocacy Team and supports the Regional Advocacy Director promoting the organization’s education policy agenda in states within their region.  Under the supervision of the Regional Advocacy Director, the Senior Advocacy Associate is responsible for executive and legislative branch outreach and engagement, tracking executive and legislative action and communicating regularly with lawmakers, policymakers and state advocates to educatepromote and advance the organization’s policy agenda.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Covers state legislative sessions, meetings of state boards of education and other governmental meetings that impact the organization’s policy agenda.  
  • Conducts outreach to the legislative and executive branches within assigned states.  
  • Tracks legislation and executive action, reviews policy proposals and supports policy implementation.  
  • Builds partnerships with policymakers and in-state advocacy organizations to promote and advance the organization’s policy agenda.  
  • Contributes to the Foundation’s overall state advocacy strategy by developing annual action plans in the West Region, including the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. 
  • Undertakes other interim assignments, as necessary, which may include participating in state and national convenings, developing advocacy resources and identifying participants for the National Summit on Education Reform. 
  • Manages and maintains legislative activity and contacts in the organization’s tracking systems.
  • Develops briefing materials for policymaker meetings, as needed.  

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:  

  • Strong organizational, written and communication skills 
  • Strong commitment to advocate for transformative education policies 
  • General knowledge of education policy and state politics 
  • Understanding of political and legislative processes 
  • Ability to differentiate between and appropriately manage 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) activities
  • Ability to travel, as needed 

Requirements: 

The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least three years of experience working in the legislative or executive branch of government in public policy, advocacy, legislative bill drafting, tracking and analysis.  A background in Social Science, Political Science, Public Administration, and/or an associated subject is desirable.  

To Apply

Please submit your resume to Carrie Jenkins at Carrie@ExcelinEd.org. You will be contacted if selected for further consideration.