Senior Associate or Director of Government Relations
Reports to: Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations
FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt
Prepared Date: April 2021
All4Ed is a national policy, practice, and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, and working in states and school districts nationwide. All4Ed advances equitable policies and practices so all students, especially those from underserved communities—particularly students of color and those from low-income families—graduate high school prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.
For twenty years, All4Ed has provided a voice for the nation’s most vulnerable youth to ensure that all of them—regardless of background, race, ethnicity, learning or physical ability, zip code, or family income—receive a high-quality education. In its early days, All4Ed focused on federal policies and reforms that enabled more students, particularly those of color and those from low-income families, to graduate from high school. As All4Ed matured, it extended its reach to support state policy focused on college and career readiness and district efforts to support the effective use of technology in education through its Future Ready Schools® (FRS) network of more than 3,500 school districts. We conduct policy analyses, advocate for equity-focused policies at all levels, and provide technical assistance to states and districts to address the mismatch between student outcomes and workforce expectations. Today, All4Ed advances equity in education from the classroom to Congress.
All4Ed seeks a Senior Associate or Director of Government Relations with a demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence for all young people.1 In this position, responsibilities include, but are not limited to, executing All4Ed’s policy agenda, working closely with Congressional offices, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the White House, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), civil rights organizations, and education organizations. The successful candidate will bring expertise in the policymaking process, as well as content expertise in one or more of the following areas:
- The transition between high school and postsecondary education and workforce
- Resource equity (e.g., state and local education finance)
- Education technology
- Assessments, accountability, and school improvement
The Director or Senior Associate for Policy Development and Government Relations will:
- Work collaboratively with All4Ed’s VP for PDGR and Director of Policy Development to develop and implement the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts by maintaining strong knowledge of relevant federal and state policy, legislation, regulations, and emerging issues in an area(s) of content expertise and sharing this knowledge with colleagues.
- Lead All4Ed’s advocacy efforts, working closely with legislative and executive branch staff (e.g., Congressional offices, White House, U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, state boards of education, governors’ offices, state legislators) and with civil rights and education advocacy organizations at the national and state levels to advance All4Ed’s policy agenda and to support the development of equity-focused education policies.
- Monitor the federal appropriations process related to All4Ed’s priorities (especially in areas of content expertise) and work with policymakers and coalitions to maintain or increase funding for those priorities.
- Support All4Ed’s policy development efforts including, but not limited to, serving as content lead on at least one policy issue, producing policy analyses, analyzing research, and authoring effective publications (i.e., policy briefs, fact sheets, reports, blogs, etc.) to advance All4Ed’s policy agenda, identify policy recommendations, and support the adoption of equity-focused policies related to specific content issue(s).
- Assist in the execution of All4Ed’s state and local policy agenda, including work with state legislators, governors’ offices, and municipalities.
- Independently draft legislation and legislative specs; recommendations for regulations and guidance, including specific regulatory language; policy memos; summaries, fact sheets, and other briefing materials; letters of support; testimony; talking points; questions for hearings; and other documents to support All4Ed’s policy agenda.
- Work closely with civil rights organizations and education organizations as partners, including representing All4Ed in coalitions and working to develop coalitions around All4Ed’s policy agenda.
- Communicate and explain complex policy, research, and recommendations to policymakers and other key audiences (e.g., civil rights and advocacy organizations, education membership organizations, the media, etc.), including the development of written and multi-media materials.
- Collaborate with All4Ed colleagues on an effective communication strategy including social media, webinars, events, convenings, press releases, op-eds, video, and other activities.
- Work cross-departmentally to leverage the full strength of All4Ed, including a partnership with FRS to inform our policy agenda and connecting FRS leaders with advocacy opportunities.
- Assist in All4Ed’s resource development efforts, including drafting proposals, building and maintaining relationships with program officers, and reporting outcomes to donors.
- Support All4Ed’s strategic plan including its priorities and goals.
- Minimum of five years of Capitol Hill, U.S. Department of Education, White House, national association and/or other policy and advocacy experience, especially in areas related to high school graduation, the transition between high school and higher education, resource equity, and/or educational technology
- Strong relationships with Congressional offices, U.S. Department of Education, White House, civil rights organizations, and education organizations
- Experience in developing education policy and legislation including drafting and providing recommendations for legislation, regulation, and/or guidance
- Strong knowledge of federal legislative, budget, and regulatory processes and the political context of those processes
- Ability to analyze federal and state education policy (including legislation, regulation, and guidance), generate policy recommendations, and effectively advocate for policy change based on data and evidence of promising practices
- Strong written, oral, and presentation skills
- Strong collaborative skills and ability to work in teams
- Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
1 We will determine whether the position will be a director or senior associate depending upon the qualifications of the applicant.
Please submit your cover letter and resume below. No phone calls please.
All4Ed embraces the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and experiences.