Deputy Director of Policy & Advocacy
Fully Remote Policy & Advocacy
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The Deputy Director of Policy & Advocacy will be a critical member of the policy and advocacy team and contribute to the development and execution of  strategies to drive policy change to redefine what is possible in K12 education. Our policy work centers on supporting and advocating ways to truly enable schools to meet the unique strengths and needs of each and every student and is actively engaged in building capacity for innovative learning models, supporting demand for them, and creating space in policy to allow for new approaches for teaching and learning. In this role, the Deputy Director of Policy & Advocacy will work with the federal government and states to transform their policy systems to support the policy work of New Classrooms. Learn more about what we do by taking a look at our 2022 policy agenda

This position works closely with and reports to the VP of Policy and Advocacy and will work in collaboration with our external wing.

What You Would Do

  • POLICY STRATEGY: Serve as one of New Classrooms’ primary policy experts to
    • Represent New Classrooms in discussions and presentations with external stakeholders
    • Develop legislative and regulatory metrics and track state and federal legislation and regulations.
    • Analyze white papers, laws, publications, briefs, case studies and monitor proposed policy efforts at the local, state, and federal level that will impact New Classrooms’ mission
    • Monitor and identify relevant federal, state and local education policies and prepare appropriate policy analysis, as needed
  • GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: build relationships that create and enable opportunities for New Classrooms to share policy ideas and build broad based support for policy priorities to 
    • Maintain relationship documentation with local, state and federal elected officials, education influencers, members of policy and advocacy foundations, coalitions, and key partners to advance policy goals for New Classrooms 
    • Execute strategy to advance federal and state policy, by working with partners to cultivate congressional/governmental champions.  
  • THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: Position New Classrooms as a critical thought partner in executing personalized learning and to advise on matters related to innovation and personalization more broadly to coordinate policy and advocacy initiatives that are relevant to personalized learning and partner with external partners as necessary to lead change efforts
  • INTERNAL SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT: Partner with the VP of Policy & Advocacy to advance New Classrooms’ mission to
  • Provide direct policy support, guidance, and relationship management to elected officials and their staff
  • Draft laws and regulations that promote our vision and mission
  • Create thought leadership pieces
  • Build coalitions of education stakeholders and policy makers in key states around innovative learning models
  • Develop annual state and federal priorities. 
  • Design project management mechanisms

Key Competencies of the Role

  • Influence: You’ll often be described as persuasive, compelling, and convincing and will know how to effect change 
  • Verbal + Written Communication: You’ll possess exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to convey complex policy ideas in a digestible manner to a variety of audience
  • Operating Effectively: Your work will be varied and you’ll have an ability to operate (leading, collaborating and executing) in a highly ambiguous environment with high interdependencies. 
  • Persistency/Tenacity: You’ll need a whatever-it-takes approach to work and the ability to quickly pivot and draw inspiration from setbacks 
  • Commitment: You’ll have an authentic belief in the power of personalized learning and unfailing optimism about what is possible for kids, the reimagining of the classroom, and ultimately the transformation of the U.S. education system

What We Are Looking For

  • A profound belief in our vision and mission
  • Experience working in education or knows the education landscape well
    • Ideally someone who has worked on Capitol Hill, or was a policy advisor for a Governor’s office or within a State Education Agency (SEA) 
    • In depth knowledge of state and national educational policy, practices, and standards
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to work across multiple departments and with both internal and external resources to successfully produce high quality deliverables
  • A deep understanding of the underlying political landscape and complexity of K12 education at both the state and federal levels 
  • Expertise around the levers of change in state and federal systems as well as the pitfalls that can hinder or halt progress

Role Classification and Benefits

This role is full-time, with a salary range of $65,000-80,000, remote, and includes benefits such as rich medical, dental, and vision insurance, 37 paid days off per year (prorated for the period in which you work), paid parental leave, a professional development budget of $375 annually and a quarterly cell phone and internet subsidy.

Commitment to Diversity

At New Classrooms we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create and inspire better ways to give every student an educational foundation for lifelong success. In order to fully realize this mission we are dedicated to building a diverse pool of candidates including those from underrepresented backgrounds, and resolute in building an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the diverse voices and perspectives of our employees. 

Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

How to apply

Apply via the button associated with this listing. Please include a short cover letter highlighting why you are the perfect candidate for this role. 

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