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Alliance for Decision Education Bala Cynwyd, PA
Mar 18, 2022
Full time
Who We Are: The Alliance for Decision Education (“the Alliance”) is a non-profit education organization leading the growing call to have decision-making skills taught in schools across the country by 2030. Increasingly, teachers, parents, and business leaders all are advocating for students to learn the skills to make sound choices; improving their lives and those of others around them. We are dedicated to the belief that better decisions lead to better lives and a better society. Our mission is to improve lives by empowering students with essential decision skills. For more information, please visit www.AllianceForDecisionEducation.org . The Alliance for Decision Education is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates diversity, promotes equity, and encourages inclusivity. We are committed to building and fostering a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more diverse we are, the better our work will be, and the more impact we will have. The Role: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Public Policy advocates for and works to implement Decision Education policies across multiple states. They will oversee and partner with a network of state-based lobbyists and advocates to create state policy-making strategies and establish affirmative policy changes to make Decision Education a part of all students’ learning experiences.    We expect the Director of Public Policy to work primarily from the Alliance office in Bala Cynwyd, PA once the organization returns to a hybrid schedule, likely this spring. In special circumstances, we will consider long-term remote work for candidates who are not local to our office. This individual will be expected to travel 30-50% of time. Core Responsibilities: Develop and drive a comprehensive and strategic policy plan for the Alliance Launch and lead key state policy campaigns to incorporate Decision Education in K-12 learning In collaboration with state-based lobbyists and activities: Build relationships and meet with state-based lobbyists and advocates, local officials/interest groups (e.g. education officials, teachers’ unions, district staff, etc.), local policy makers (e.g., legislators and state agencies), and potential allies and advocates (including students, parents, teachers, influencers, think tanks, advocacy groups) Craft legislative language, ensure timely introduction of bills, and strategize for legislative meetings Influence regulatory action from the relevant state agencies (e.g. the state board of education) Monitor and analyze relevant activity in the state education systems and the national education landscape Partner with the Alliance’s Community and Partnerships Department in executing outreach and mobilizing campaign goals and objectives Collaborate with the Alliance’s Communications Department on crafting language and various collateral materials Leverage and work with the existing Alliance network (including staff, Board, Advisory Council, Ambassadors, and other advocates) to further policy goals Ideal Qualifications: Experience 7+ years of experience in policy work and a track record of establishing affirmative change, preferably in the education space and preferably across multiple states Significant experience leading policy campaigns and crafting and introducing legislation Significant experience building relationships with a variety of stakeholders J.D. or Masters or Doctorate in Public Policy or related field is preferred.  Knowledge of or experience in a field related to Decision Sciences is a plus. General Attributes Strategic leader with strong execution skills Strong judgment; awareness, and understanding of a variety of audiences High energy, emotional maturity, and integrity; gracious professionalism and strong interpersonal skills Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills Committed to building credible and lasting relationships and working collaboratively with staff, state-based lobbyists and advocates, and external stakeholders; team player with a passion for the mission and the success of the organization Self-starter with an entrepreneurial attitude and the imagination and ability to initiate and innovate Thrives on managing a variety of initiatives concurrently; able to create schedules and keep deadlines Responsible, conscientious, and organized with a strong attention to detail Data-driven Actively open-minded and intellectually curious  Committed to educational equity and culturally competent Technologically proficient Flexible and willing to adapt to changing conditions and focus Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Alliance employees receive a comprehensive benefits package (including health and dental insurance completely covered for you and your family, a 401k with up to 5% match, and long term disability insurance), generous paid time off and sick-time policies, a laptop, and other tools and resources to help employees do their best work.
The Catholic University of America Washington, DC
Mar 17, 2022
Full time
Executive Director for Government and Community Relations   Job ID: 2022-11146   Category: Advancement   Overview   Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Executive Director of Government and Community Relations will oversee all aspects of the University’s government relations and community engagement objectives for Catholic University, building upon existing work and infrastructure to fashion a comprehensive government relations program. The position will interface with multiple offices and stakeholders across campus, including the President’s Office, General Counsel, Finance, Provost’s Office and Sponsored Research, Communications, and other offices within University Advancement, in order to fulfill the institution’s policy and advocacy-related priorities. The position will oversee the work of external firms conducting lobbying and advocacy activities on behalf of the University with the goal of advancing policy goals and funding of University priorities from federal and local government sources. The position will serve as the lead official for government relations, representing the University and its leadership with key lawmakers, leaders, and staffers in federal, state, and local government. The Executive Director will also oversee the work of staff, including the Associate Director position.   Responsibilities   The position leads all advocacy and public policy work for the University, coordinating with campus stakeholders including the President's Office, General Counsel's Office, Finance, Academia, and offices within University Advancement, to meaningfully advance a set of legislative priorities for the institution. These priorities will include meaningful work undertaken both within and outside of the federal appropriations process, to position the University as recipient of significantly increased research and project-based funding. The Executive Director will create and follow a work plan developed annually, which will include performance metrics based on activity and outcomes. S/he will closely align with the grantseeking work of Advancement's Institutional Partnerships team. Oversees the work of outside firms or contractors commissioned by the University to engage in official lobbying / advocacy on the University's behalf. This includes establishing priorities and work flows for achieving advocacy objectives and overseeing the contracting and procurement process for engaging these entities. Works with University leadership, (President, COO, VP for University Advancement, Provost, others), to establish and periodically refresh the institution's legislative agenda. Prepares members of University leadership for participation in meetings / calls with lawmakers and government leaders, working with staff to produce background materials and briefings for these interactions. Building alumni advocacy network, working with the Office of Constituent Engagement and other departments, (Politics / Arts and Sciences / Law School), to engage alumni in building and growing the University's government relations program through networking / engagement opportunities with alumni working on Capitol Hill, within federal and state funding agencies or in public service. Responds to needs for government relations engagement around the institution, particularly with regard to the academic units and needs of individual schools and departments. These needs will extend to other aspects of campus, including Facilities and permitting / process needs for capital projects underway. The government relations function exists as a service bureau for the entire university. Manages and supports the Associate Director position and hires / trains additional team members as needed in order to accomplish the University's advocacy goals. Serves as a supportive role model to staff, discussing potential career pathways with them and modeling the division's core internal values.   Qualifications   Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible government relations and advocacy experience within a large, highly complex non-profit business environment. Previous experience working on Capitol Hill preferred. Higher Education experience is strongly preferred. Excellent communications skills, including writing and presenting. Should have a minimum of five (5) years demonstrated experience in supervising and developing staff. Must have some budget and financial analysis experience.   Strong knowledge of federal and local, (DC, MD, and VA) policy and a firm background in higher education policy. Demonstrated abilities working and collaborating with leaders and faculty members at all levels within an institution. Ability to learn new disciplines quickly and understand / synthesize complex sets of information.   Possession of current and valid U.S. driver’s license appropriate to the type of university vehicle and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Driving Record (MVR) as stipulated in the Vehicle Guidelines and Procedures Manual administered through the office of Environmental Health and Safety. Annual clearance of MVR check through the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.   Must have highly effective interpersonal skills, the ability to lead and obtain results from peers and subordinates, and excellent oral and written communication skills, including editing experience. Must have effective planning skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Familiarity with generally accepted office procedures, and ability to utilize internet for research-related duties.   To apply, visit https://apptrkr.com/2930490   Copyright ©2022 Jobelephant.com Inc. All rights reserved.   https://www.jobelephant.com/ jeid-20952e04d61bc34d90d7e5537f0e3424
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