Education Policy Center Director

Job Type

Full Time




125 Broad Street
New York
New York
United States



Education Policy Center Director

Position: Education Policy Center Director

Department: Education Policy Center

Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, N.Y., N.Y.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation's leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website:

Public education is a pillar of our democracy and central to our sense of community. Education holds the key to a child’s future – to economic independence, personal fulfillment and full participation in civil society. And fighting for the right of every child to a quality, free, secular, public education is a top priority of the NYCLU.

The NYCLU’s education agenda consists of several components:

·        Ending the School to Prison Pipeline (STPP): Reforming school discipline, to create positive school climate and reduce suspensions and police tactics that push children out of school.

·        Ensuring that the State provide all children with meaningful access to a free, secular, high-quality education.

·        Promoting equality and diversity in our public schools, and reversing the widespread racial segregation.

The NYCLU seeks a sophisticated and experienced education policy advocate to lead our education agenda as the inaugural Director of the NYCLU’s new Education Policy Center.

The Education Policy Center Director will be a member of the NYCLU’s senior leadership team and will provide vision and direction for its education portfolio. The Director will works under the supervision of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with other staff.


The Education Center Director will be responsible for overseeing the NYCLU’s Education Center and shaping the NYCLU’s work to ensure that all children in NY have meaningful access to a high quality free, secular public education.

The Director will be broadly responsible for:

o  recruiting and supervising a staff of policy counsels and others;

o  shaping and implementing the NYCLU’s strategic educational priorities;

o  developing appropriate state and local campaigns;

o  monitoring relevant federal, state and local policies and preparing policy and data analyses, reports and know your rights materials;

o  coordinating with the legal department on the exploration and pursuit of new litigation opportunities to advance the NYCLU’s education agenda;

o  collaborating with the national ACLU and other ACLU affiliates to promote nationwide education policy campaigns; and

o  monitoring relevant state and local policies that relate to quality of public education in the State.

The Director will lead the NYCLU’s work to combat the School to Prison Pipeline, including:

o  Pursuing a statewide reform agenda that limits STPP practices (police, metal detectors, arrests and summons, and suspensions);

o  Developing and overseeing a data collection project and preparing policy reports as needed to drive policy campaigns in at least three of the ten major school districts;

o  Working with chapter network to develop and produce STPP town halls around New York State to tell the stories of impacted students to galvanize public support and influence public policy; and

o  Developing support for the implementation of The Contract for Safety, a model Memorandum of Understanding between the NYPD and DOE.

The Director will collaborate with other departments to promote school desegregation, equity and equal access, including:

o  Addressing the renovation of I-81 in Syracuse in a manner that will promote school desegregation in the region;

o  Monitoring school desegregation patterns in NYC and pressing for policies that will promote school diversity and equity;

o  Developing a legislative agenda to resist efforts to privatize public schools through tax credits and other means; to end the exclusion of public schools from the state human rights law;

o  Protecting the rights of immigrants to go to school; and

o  Pressing for effective mechanisms to protect children from bullying and discrimination.


  • BA required, M.Ed. or Ed.D. and JD strongly preferred and at least seven years of local, state, and/or national-level legislative, political or policy advocacy work, preferably in New York.
  • Familiarity with educational policy issues including high stakes testing, privatization, school-to-prison-pipeline, education adequacy and desegregation.
  • Substantial knowledge of civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Commitment to NYCLU’s strategic priorities and ACLU’s values, mission and goals.
  • Initiative, vision and ability to develop and implement short and long-term policy strategies utilizing integrated advocacy, political, lobbying and litigation tactics.
  • Ability to manage multiple issues at once, adjust strategy to frequently changing landscape, and keep organized in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent communication advocacy skills, both written and oral, research and analytical skills and the ability to articulate legal concepts and complex issues tactfully and effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Familiarity with social science research.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across departments and functions.
  • Understanding of the legislative process, political strategic planning and the ability to build respectful relationships across the political spectrum.
  • Ability to develop allies, work in coalitions, and navigate internal political dynamics.
  • Ability to sustain relationships with diverse groups, work cooperatively across the political spectrum and a personal approach that respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic status.


The NYCLU is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume by email to with “Education Policy Center Director” in the subject line.