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The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is a national policy and action think tank in Washington, DC. Its mission is to educate, engage, and inform policymakers and practitioners about the education, youth, and workforce policies to improve the lives and outcomes of traditionally underserved youth.

Throughout its history, AYPF has successfully fulfilled this mission through a series of deep learning experiences that have informed the decision-making that affects the lives of traditionally underserved youth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, AYPF's COVID-19 Information Hub has provided thousands of leaders and front-line practitioners with the resources they need to ensure traditionally underserved youth are supported throughout the crisis. Please find additional information about AYPF at www.aypf.org.

AYPF seeks an intelligent, strategic, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and motivated professional to join our staff to serve as Policy and Programs Associate and lead programs and strategic efforts to improve policies and outcomes for youth.

Core Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Director, Programs and Strategy, the Policy and Programs Associate will work with staff at AYPF to monitor day-to-day policy changes at the national level, with a specific focus on the administration and federal agencies. With support from the Senior Director, Programs and Strategy and other AYPF staff, the Policy and Programs Associate will work in partnership with other national and state organizations to promote policies with proven successes and positive outcomes for a traditionally underserved youth population. While the majority of AYPF’s work is grant-driven, there is ample opportunity for the successful candidate to creatively express his/her passions in culmination of the following responsibilities:

  • Works with the Senior Director, Programs and Strategy to conduct strategic planning with the administration and targeted agencies.
  • Assists AYPF staff members in the development of learning events and products, including forums, study tours, webinars, discussion groups, and publications, and the dissemination of policy and practice guidance to multiple audiences.
  • Provides strategic assistance to advocacy coalitions regarding youth development, education, workforce, juvenile justice, and child welfare issues.
  • Writes national and state-specific issue briefs, fact sheets, and other policy documents.
  • Tracks national and state legislation, regulations, and policy on youth development, education, workforce, juvenile justice, and child welfare issues, among others.
  • Writes and distributes national and state-specific action alerts.
  • Represents AYPF at colleague organization and coalition meetings and conferences. Works in cooperation with other organizations promoting youth development, education, workforce, juvenile justice, and child welfare issues.
  • Assists in other tasks as assigned.

Desired Qualifications and Attributes

·      Bachelor’s degree and at least two to three years of programmatic or specialized experience in education and/or youth policy advocacy.

·      Candidate must have excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, organizational skills and be a team player.

·      Candidate must have demonstrated understanding of the Executive Branch and federal agencies i.e., Department of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor.

·      Must have a commitment to equity and the empowerment of traditionally underserved youth.

·      Must be a self-starter, able to prioritize and meet deadlines as delineated by the Senior Director, Programs and Strategy to the mission and goals of AYPF.

·      Once safe, some travel is required.

AYPF's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

AYPF is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. AYPF makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) is a national policy and action think tank in Washington, DC. Its mission is to educate, engage, and inform policymakers and practitioners about the education, youth, and workforce policies to improve the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 12, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$50,000 - $65,000Based on experience

Benefits

Benefits include employer-funded healthcare, retirement, and professional development. During COVID, this position will be remote; however, we may revisit this when local restrictions are lifted. 

Benefits include employer-funded healthcare, retirement, and professional development. During COVID, this position will be remote; however, we may revisit this when local…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

How to Apply

Please submit a résumé, two (2) writing samples (links to the writing samples are acceptable), and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications and three references by email, indicating the position title Policy and Programs Associate in the subject line, by June 30, 2021, to Christine Veney at cveney@aypf.org. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please

How to Apply

Please submit a résumé, two (2) writing samples (links to the writing samples are acceptable), and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications and three…

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