Manager of Public Policy

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The appointee's compensation package is competitive and will be based on his/her experience and salary history. The Charter Center offers generous medical and dental benefits and a matching 401(k) plan.



Start Date


Application Deadline



111 Broadway
Suite 604
New York
United States



The New York City Charter School Center (Charter Center) is a non-profit organization established in 2004 by several leading foundations to foster a high-quality charter school sector in NYC. 


The Charter Center envisions a future in which all of New York’s students have access to a first-rate public education, so that, no matter their background, they can participate in society on fair terms.


The Charter Center works for that future by supporting charter schools at every stage. We help new charter schools get started, support existing schools and build community and legislative support so that highly effective schools can flourish. These schools, in turn, show us what is possible in public education.


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The New York City Charter School Center (Charter Center) works to foster a public policy environment that ensures that charter schools can continue to open and succeed for New York City’s school children. We are seeking a full-time Manager of Public Policy who will help the Charter Center influence changes in state and local education policy and contribute to the public’s greater understanding and awareness about the benefits of charter schooling. The Manager will serve as a key member of the Policy & Advocacy team and collaborate with senior leadership and the Communications and PR teams to proactively ensure a vibrant charter sector. 



The Manager of Public Policy will:

  • Research and understand the leading challenges, issues, and personalities that are associated with the charter movement nationally and in NYS and NYC. 
  • Monitor relevant government agencies and elected officials and inform the Charter Center team about pertinent changes to public policy or other official actions.
  • Provide insightful analysis to leadership on a wide range of public policy initiatives that affect charter schooling and education reform generally, including charter school authorizing and autonomy, equitable funding and fair facilities access.
  • Develop and write white papers, government testimony, op-eds, blogs, collateral materials, etc. that clearly address the public charter debate and/or proactively articulate key public policy initiatives that the Charter Center is pursuing on behalf of charter schools in NYC.
  • Work closely with the Charter Center’s Public Relations firm and Communications team to 1) develop strategies to generate media attention and shape policymakers’ thinking, 2) simply convey complex laws, policies and processes to the media and general public, and 3) assist with and/or manage rapid response activities on emergent issues.
  • Proactively inform and empower school and network leaders with consistent summaries of government actions relevant to chartering and K-12 education.
  • Represent the Charter Center at public events and conferences, and serve on committees, taskforces, and speakers’ bureaus pertaining to policies and issues of concern to the sector.
  • Understand deeply the work of the Charter Center’s other departments in order to inform policy and advocacy decisions as well as effectively contribute to the overall mission of the Charter Center.
  • Build and maintain relationships with individuals in the education reform arena including thought leaders, non-profit executives, business, trade association, think tank and non-governmental agency representatives.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.



The ideal candidate will have a personal commitment to the cause of improving public education systems in NYC, as well as a determination to find creative ways to improve the policy environment for charter school providers and parents. The candidate should have demonstrated judgment and experience working with governments at the national, state and/or local levels. This would include substantial expertise in government programs and policy issues at the national and/or state level and with political campaigns, policy advocacy organizations, think tanks and/or government or public affairs. The ideal candidate will also have experience in effective strategies for communicating policies and legislation.


In addition, the candidate should have:

  • Graduate degree in public policy, management, or education.
  • Superb writing skills.
  • Personal presence and communication skills to represent the Charter Center in diverse forums.
  • Management and operating style suited to work in a small-office setting with limited support staff, where teamwork among peers is highly valued.
  • Experience working in a start-up, campaign, and/or fast-paced environment.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree