Under the direction of the Director of Educational Policy and Research, contribute to the coordination and implementation of the Forum’s early childhood to 12th grade education agenda with specific attention to the goals of increasing the pool of highly qualified bilingual educators in Illinois. This position requires a great deal of flexibility and drive and the ability to manage multiple priorities. It provides a valuable opportunity to be immersed in and influence educational improvement as it relates to Latino and English Learner communities across the state of Illinois. Key activities include: assist on legislative, administrative and other advocacy activities; represent the Forum in various early childhood and K-12 teacher workforce meetings held in the City of Chicago and statewide; monitor licensure decisions and supply and demand reports issued by the Illinois State Board of Education; lead the development of advocacy briefs, tools, and presentations to educate stakeholders on the need for high quality bilingual educators; and oversee and support education team convening logistics.
· Coordinate and manage all agency advocacy efforts in the area of pre- and in-service educator preparation and other related education issues.
· Monitor and, when appropriate, respond to policy decisions regarding teacher licensure, early childhood credentialing, and other education issues.
· Serve as an educational expert regarding the status of emerging education policy initiatives and reforms at the federal, state, and local levels. This involves staying abreast of current research, maintaining expertise in the area of education, and serving as an external representative of the Forum.
· Research, draft and write policy proposals and advocacy strategies to advance the organization’s educational agenda. This includes the designing and coordinating the production of internal and external communications, including policy briefs, policy analysis, fact sheets, press releases, and meeting reports.
· Draft and present oral and written testimony to various units of government on behalf of the Forum. Travel to Springfield, as needed, during the legislative session (Jan-May) to advance the Forum’s policy agenda. Manage and maintain relationships with elected officials, government staffers, state agency officials and other relevant decision-makers.
· Recruit and assist the Forum’s partners in submitting oral or written testimony to various units of government on behalf of the Forum.
· Provide technical assistance to various entities regarding educational concerns.
· Contribute to the development of education issues workshops and training to various stakeholders (e.g., decisionmakers, educators, philanthropy, and parents).
· Prepare/manage/deliver reports regarding education issues and concerns.
· Ensure effective relationships are maintained within agency and partners.
· Plan, prepare, and coordinate logistics for all education department events and activities.
· Other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in education or related social science field or equivalent work experience. Nonprofit and/or work in the Latino community and English Learner students is a plus. Substantive expertise regarding Illinois teacher licensure, early childhood workforce credentials, English Learners, and other education issues. Superior written/oral communications and interpersonal skills. Bilingual Spanish/English is preferred. Public speaking experience, along with understanding of working with schools, businesses, institutions, foundations, and community-based organizations in groups and as individuals. Basic ability to navigate technology, Internet, Windows/Microsoft Office applications.
Must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily with reasonable accommodations. Work is generally done sitting, talking, hearing, and typing. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
Work is regularly performed in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment. Due to the pandemic, this position is temporarily remote. The Forum will continue to monitor guidance from government and health officials and the need for remote work arrangements.
Under the direction of the Director of Educational Policy and Research, contribute to the coordination and implementation of the Forum’s early childhood to 12th grade education agenda with specific attention to the…
Bilingual Spanish/English is preferred.
Bilingual Spanish/English is preferred.
To apply, email your resume, one-page writing sample and cover letter to email@example.com, subject line: “Education Policy Analyst.” Applicants missing any required documents will not be considered.
Deadline to apply: July 16, 2021
NO CALLS PLEASE.
The Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and actively seeks diversity in its workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, status as an individual with disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. POC are highly encouraged to apply.
To apply, email your resume, one-page writing sample and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: “Education Policy Analyst.” Applicants missing any required…