VP, Policy & Advocacy

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Aug 17, 2018
Full time Advocacy Director / VP / Pres. Public Policy

Job Description

NWEA is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiencyóand provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP Growth; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP Skills; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP Reading Fluency. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 145 countries.

NWEA seeks a Vice President of Policy & Advocacy to provide strategic direction developing and driving a policy agenda positioning assessment as a tool for improved outcomes for every student. This position is responsible for developing, implementing and leading the overall strategy for public policy and federal, state and local advocacy. The Vice President will maintain up to date knowledge of policy at the federal level and key trends at the state level positioning NWEA to proactively and reactively respond. This individual will work closely with the executive leadership team and the board to formalize a policy agenda, develop positions, and implement strategies to advance this agenda.


  • Provide strategic guidance to inform our policy agenda.

  • Develop and direct a policy agenda, craft policy positions, and execute strategies to enact the agenda.
  • Set direction for, manage and coordinate the work of lobbyists, external consultants, and firms to ensure the fulfillment of policy goals.
  • Develop partnership plan associated with policy agenda and proactively initiate and manage senior level relationships in support of agenda, and in coordination with other partnership efforts of the organization.
  • Coordinate with VP Partner Accounts (State and Federal) on state lobbying activities.
  • Provide legislative scans and trend reports to guide business strategy. 
  • Act as a spokesperson for NWEAs policy work
  • Direct policy and legislative work at the national level for the organization.
  • Work collaboratively with key leadership to establish and maintain relationships with Administration officials, members of Congress, Congressional staff and state and federal government officials.
  • Working with the Research team, ensure the development and implementation of a research strategy for advancing our policy agenda.
  • Formulate and manage the preparation of policy papers for the use of policymakers, stakeholders, media and the public.
  • Establish a Policy & Advocacy communication plan, in tandem with the Communications team, for diverse internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage schedules, budgets, and overall project organization to ensure requirements and program deliverables are clearly communicated and executed

 Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership, political and organizational skills and the proven ability to successfully execute policy, political and business objectives
  • Ability to interact at the highest level of professionalism with all grassroots advocates, consultants, corporate and board contacts, White House, state, federal and local officials and the general public.
  • Proven ability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, evidenced by experience in communicating advocacy positions, drafting issue papers, and preparing public statements and testimony
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Deep knowledge of the federal and state legislative and regulatory process
  • Track record of being able to work under quick deadlines and under changing circumstances
  • Ability to manage budget and external resources
  • Keen understanding of education and the educational services industry
  • Proven track record building coalitions with associations and other policy organizations, companies, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle multiple complex projects and issues on the legislative, procurement, legal and compliance fronts
  • Ability to travel as required, up to 25%. 
  • Washington D.C. location preferred, Portland, OR will also be considered

Education and Experience

  • Master's Degree in Public Policy, MBA, or law degree preferred
  • Experience in assessment policy/education policy a definite plus
  • Minimum ten (10) years government relations experience and extensive Capitol Hill, legislative, education and public policy knowledge

What We Can Offer You

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here

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NWEA is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.  For our EEO Policy Statement, please click here. If you'd like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please visit the EEOC website.

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