Senior Associate, Policy

Job Type

Full Time


Details: commensurate with experience.




United States


Position Description

The Senior Associate, Policy & Evaluation, will be based out of the New Leaders Washington, DC, office. This full-time position is available immediately.

Organization Description

At New Leaders, we identify talented educators who believe that all kids can excel and equip them to transform schools and students’ lives. Our programs provide intensive training to leaders at all levels — from teachers to superintendents — so they have the skills to improve instruction, accelerate student learning, and build a brighter future for their communities.

We work hand-in-hand with our partners, delivering leadership solutions that build on their strengths and address their most pressing priorities. While each program is unique, all emphasize authentic practice and expert coaching to prepare leaders to elevate teaching and learning. We also help our partners develop the capacity to do this work in-house, using our proven training model and research-tested curriculum. Finally, we continuously evaluate our programs and research the conditions that foster effective school leadership, so that we can get better at what we do and advocate for policies and practices that allow schools and students to thrive.

In 2001, New Leaders launched its flagship Aspiring Principals program with a cohort of 14 participants. Since then, we’ve trained more than 3,200 outstanding education leaders in more than 30 districts and 100 charter schools. The New Leaders community annually reaches 500,000 students across the country, 78 percent of whom are from low-income families and 87 percent of whom are children of color. Moreover, we strive to cultivate leaders who reflect the communities we serve: 57 percent of our staff and two-thirds of Aspiring Principals alumni identify as people of color, compared with just 20 percent of principals nationally. Most importantly, our leaders get results where it matters most: in schools, for kids. Visit www.newleaders.orgOpens a New Window. to learn more.

Position Overview

The Senior Associate, Policy & Evaluation, is a key member of both the Policy sub-team and the broader Policy, Evaluation, and Alumni Engagement team. The Senior Associate, Policy & Evaluation is responsible for leading work in four key areas: (1) Strategic Operations; (2) Policy Research & Advocacy, (3) Administration, and (4) Database Management. In partnership with team members and in collaboration with colleagues across the organization, the Senior Associate, Policy & Evaluation, works to ensure flawless execution of internal and external team operations in support of New Leaders’ efforts to advance smart school leadership policies that support educators, students, and school communities. The role is focused on administrative and operational support, and provides significant opportunities for learning and growth in areas such as policy development, advocacy, research, and communications. This position reports to the Senior Director, Policy.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Strategic Operations:
  • Manage the team calendar and recurring meetings, including the successful execution of team retreats.
  • Serve as the team’s project manager for annual planning.
  • Manage the team’s internal communications, including updating our internal wiki , drafting policy-specific organization-wide updates, and contributing to other internal communications strategies.
  • Serve as the team’s resident expert and primary point of contact regarding various technology platforms (e.g., Adobe Classroom, WebEx, Salesforce, Soapbox Engage, and Constant Contact).
  • Coordinate the onboarding process for new team members and provide other support to hiring managers, as needed.
  • Serve as the team’s internal liaison for cross-team systems and operations, including coordinating with such teams as Human Resources, Legal, Finance, IT, and Business Solutions.
  • Manage and serve as primary point of contact for the New Leaders Washington, DC, office, including ordering office supplies, shipping/receiving office mail, and coordinating with IT regarding office technology.

  • Policy Research and Advocacy:
  • Conduct research on policy topics (e.g., states’ plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act) and develop summaries, talking points, memos, and other resources to inform the development of new policy recommendations and other crucial work.
  • Conduct research on key policymakers and programs, especially at the federal and state levels, to inform New Leaders’ policy advocacy strategy and support program implementation and growth.
  • Conduct research on policy organizations, including through attending select meetings and events, to inform efforts to build a large, diverse coalition of school leadership supporters.
  • Develop briefing memos and other resources to support organizational leaders, including the CEO, Chief Policy and Evaluation Officer, and Senior Director of Policy, to prepare for meetings and events with policymakers; create or update templates to support efficient, consistent execution of preparation and follow up.

  • Administration:
  • Manage the Chief Policy and Evaluation Officer’s schedule and calendar in a proactive manner.
  • Provide limited scheduling support to the Executive Director, Evaluation.
  • Book travel and other logistics based on the scheduling needs of team leaders, including: the Chief Policy and Evaluation Officer; the Executive Director, Evaluation; and the Senior Director, Policy.
  • Complete and submit expense reports and reimbursements on behalf of team leaders.
  • Provide other administrative support to team leaders (e.g., preparing materials for external meetings, entering contracts/procurements into Salesforce, etc.).

  • Database Management
  • Track and maintain team and organizational resources and systems to support policy development and advocacy, including but not limited to congressional champion analyses, a meeting target chart, a lobbying tracker, New Leaders’ state presence sheets, and state school leader certification policy tables.
  • Track and maintain relevant Salesforce records of the team’s engagement with external stakeholders; collaborate with the Business Solutions team to ensure 100 percent accuracy of priority data (e.g., congressional districts of New Leader schools), address discrepancies, and support system improvements.

  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Skills, Experiences, and Competencies

  • Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision.
  • Exceptionally strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with and among diverse internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong solutions orientation, with track record of actively seeking opportunities, proposing solutions, making informed decisions, taking initiative, and seeing solutions through.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals, meet deadlines, and remain flexible in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and internet tools. Previous experience with Salesforce a plus.
  • Experience working in a school (especially the classroom) or with students a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • At least 2 years overall work experience preferred; experience supporting a high-level executive or working on a campaign supporting an individual or group of individuals a plus.
  • Ability to travel at least once per quarter for team retreats and meetings.  


Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package and 401K.

Application Notes

Your cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in New Leaders as well as the position for which you are applying. Only applications with a cover letter attached will be considered. 


New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such status.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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