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The Network for Youth Success’ Policy Director will lead the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts around expanded learning opportunities, including afterschool, summer, expanded learning time programs, and community schools. The Policy Director, under the direction of the Board and Network leadership, will formulate and execute the organization’s statewide and national advocacy and policy efforts to increase funding for expanded learning opportunities and address regulatory and programmatic concerns through legislation. This position will also develop and oversee the organization’s public policy priorities. Working closely with the board, policy committee, lobbyists, and lead partners, the Policy Director will be responsible for elevating the interests of the organization’s members and the field more broadly on the state and national levels. The position requires strong writing, interpersonal, and communication skills in-person, by phone, and virtually. The Policy Director must be skilled at managing multiple projects concurrently and with strong attention to detail.
Policy and Advocacy:
- Formulate and execute the organization’s statewide advocacy campaign to educate the public on the benefits of expanded learning programs and secure necessary state investments in expanded learning programs in the state budget.
- Represent the Network for Youth Success in meetings with elected officials and state agency representatives.
- Track legislative proposals.
- Write and edit policy and advocacy documents, including briefs, one-pagers, infographics, and written testimony.
- Promote state and national research highlighting expanded learning programming.
- Stay up-to-date on all state and federal policy related to expanded learning programs.
- Lead and coordinate projects on expanded learning policy development and capacitybuilding in collaboration with the Network for Youth Success leadership and partners.
- Lead the Network for Youth Success’ policy development and advocacy goals through data and policy analysis and associated messaging.
- Update and implement policy and advocacy trainings to regional network partners to increase their ability to advocate effectively for increased investments in state funding streams.
- Plan and/or organize, in conjunction with the Policy co-chairs, meetings for the Network for Youth Success’ Policy Committee.
- Manage the Network’s Power of 3:00 Ambassadors program, including working with Ambassadors to hold advocacy events, providing travel support, planning for annual training and advocacy day, and facilitating monthly update calls.
- Plan and oversee the Network’s annual Advocacy Day, including meeting scheduling, speaker identification, and logistical support.
- Draft and edit press releases, media advisories, and listserv announcements on behalf of the organization.
- Execute all dimensions of the Network for Youth Success’ communications plan, including regular communications with regional networks, and regularly updating communications platforms including the Network for Youth Success website, listservs, and social media accounts.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive advocacy communications plan including the creation of a variety of communication tools to inform and educate expanded learning providers, policymakers, and stakeholders about the benefits of these programs.
- Oversee all advocacy and policy webinars and trainings for state and regional partners.
- Develop op-eds and letters-to-the-editors on behalf of key officials and partners and represent the Network in radio and television interviews.
- Present the work of the Network for Youth Success and its partners at state and national conferences.
- Position the Network for Youth Success as the lead face of expanded learning policy and advocacy in New York.
- Actively pursue funding opportunities to help support policy and advocacy work of the Network for Youth Success.
- Oversee all policy writing projects, including synthesizing policy documents, developing website content, listserv announcements, and drafting external correspondence.
- Necessary ongoing activities related to the Network for Youth Success’ day-to-day operations and ad hoc projects, including some administrative functions.
- Monitor project budget and expense items.
- Complete documentation and reporting as required by funding sources.
- Travel to regional networks to deliver advocacy trainings and attend legislative events.
- Complete other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred;
- At least two years of public policy experience in education, social/human services, or nonprofit issue areas;
- Experience in grassroots organizing preferred;
- Excellent writing and analytical skills with ability to gather and synthesize information and perspectives from multiple sources into clear, easy-to-read formats;
- Experience with writing for media, including letters-to-the-editor, press releases, and op-eds preferred;
- Experience with phone, radio, and/or television interviews preferred;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work collaboratively with multiple partners on project assignments in-person and virtually;
- Highly organized with strong administrative skills and ability to undertake multiple projects simultaneously, track detailed project tasks, set priorities, and ensure deadlines are met;
- Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the afterschool and expanded learning field, or education and youth development programs generally, preferably with knowledge of issues in New York State;
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and work independently;
- Comfortable working in a small, fast-paced office environment;
- Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and conducting internet-based research. Some familiarity with website management is desirable but not required;
- Knowledge of online advocacy platforms a plus; and
- Ability to travel across New York State.
This is a full-time exempt position that is eligible for full employment benefits: including medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance, Simple IRA retirement fund with up to 3% matching, paid sick leave, and four weeks of annual paid time off.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to email@example.com using the subject line “Policy Director Search”.
The New York State Network for Youth Success is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.