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Job Opening at the Alliance: Senior Policy Associate

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November 04, 2010 04:59 pm


Position Summary:

The Alliance is seeking a senior policy associate who will serve as an essential part of the policy team. He/she will serve as a content lead on various policy issues and manage activities related to “digging deep” on issues and relating that knowledge to support the organization’s advocacy efforts. Overall Alliance policy issues touch on standards, assessments, accountability, teacher and leader effectiveness, adolescent literacy, and others. Specifically, this position will lead Alliance efforts in the areas of rural education for high school students and issues related to high school-to-college transitions. Experience with technology and the role it can play in better preparing high school students for college and career is also a plus. Much of the Alliance’s policy work is strongly aligned to federal and state policy; therefore an understanding of how Congress and the administration work is important. This position is highly collaborative and would include activities such as researching specific policy areas, writing publications, convening of expert/advisory groups, and coordinating related events.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Ability to conduct research to answer policy questions and to keep abreast of new research findings and legislative efforts on a variety of education issues, but with a special emphasis on school improvement and accountability.
  • Ability to serve as content lead on select issues; becoming and remaining knowledgeable about the issue from a policy, practitioner, and research perspective; developing awareness of and relationships with key people and organizations working in this area; understanding the connection between policy and advocacy efforts; able to serve as resource for other Alliance staff (policy, advocacy, communications, development) on this issue.
  • Ability to author effective publications (reports, issue and/or policy briefs, fact sheets, etc.) in accordance with established timeline, from first draft through final, working productively for guidance and support with the advocacy and policy senior staff.
  • Ability to plan and execute strong, strategic public events, which includes working collaboratively with policy, advocacy, administration, and communications staff.
  • Ability to appropriately structure and guide to successful completion work by interns in an effective, efficient manner.
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively represent the Alliance in external meetings and as a speaker at public events.

Essential Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.

Experience:  Five to seven years of education policy experience.

Skills:  Ability to conceptualize and execute projects; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work as part of a collaborative team; and strong research skills.

To apply, send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to or mail to Alliance for Excellent Education, Attn:  Vice President, Finance and Administration, 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036.  No phone calls please.

Application deadline:  December 1, 2010


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