Director of Government Affairs

Description

The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunities for low-income students and students of color, seeks a Director of Government Affairs.

Reporting to the Vice President for Partnerships and Engagement, the Director of Government Affairs will have the primary responsibility for leading the development and execution of effective legislative and regulatory strategies to advance Ed Trust priorities.

Major Responsibilities

  • Design and execute effective legislative and regulatory strategies to advance P-12 and higher education priorities
  • Track, analyze, and communicate relevant legislative and regulatory activity
  • Collaborate with Ed Trust’s P-12 and higher education teams to draft original legislative and regulatory proposals, develop appropriate responses to legislative and regulatory proposals, and, working with the Communications team, produce collateral materials for a variety of audiences
  • Represent The Education Trust’s positions on Capitol Hill, with the administration, and in other venues
  • Coordinate and advance legislative and regulatory work with partner organizations
  • Support state and local equity advocates with whom The Education Trust is partnered to demand and secure equity-advancing policy change
  • Lead the organization’s engagement with state policymakers through partnerships with membership organizations, strategically disseminate Ed Trust materials and resources, and build individual relationships as appropriate
  • Support and collaborate with colleagues at The Education Trust-West, The Education Trust-Midwest, and The Education Trust-New York
  • Collaborate with Ed Trust’s Development team to identify and cultivate funding relationships, secure funding to support government affairs work, and manage grants
  • Manage a healthy and productive Government Affairs team
  • Represent Government Affairs in organizational strategic management

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 7 years of experience in policy advocacy and a demonstrated track record of advocating for opportunity and achievement for low-income students and students of color
  • At least 3 years of experience developing and implementing legislative and regulatory strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective relationships with policymakers and their staff, and to leverage those relationships to achieve policy priorities
  • Strong relationships in the education policy and advocacy space and the ability to leverage those relationships for action
  • Significant experience working in partnership with diverse organizations, including business, civil rights, and education organizations, to accomplish shared policy objectives
  • Demonstrated success in communicating to a range of audiences, including policymakers, the media, advocates, and funding partners
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to write about complex policy content clearly, concisely, accurately, and quickly
  • Demonstrated success in generating advocacy-relevant materials and collateral

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Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.