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Director of Policy and Public Affairs

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Independent Colleges of Washington


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November 20, 2020
Competitive salary and benefits package.

Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW), a statewide non-profit association, seeks a Director of Policy and Public Affairs to collaborate with the President & CEO, team colleagues, campus leaders, members of the Board of Directors, and state and federal officials on legislation, regulatory matters, communications, and other activities affecting member campuses. Downtown Seattle office.* Full-time, exempt.


We seek to welcome to our team a warm collaborator, careful listener, and clear, persuasive communicator who thrives managing multiple projects at one time in a high-energy environment and is highly adaptive in dynamic environments. The successful candidate will possess knowledge of Washington’s higher education ecosystem generally, and understand and appreciate independent (private, not-for-profit) higher education specifically. Knowledge of Washington’s student aid programs, the state budget and legislative processes, and broader issues facing member colleges and universities as employers and not-for-profit entities is desirable, as is experience working in a campus environment. A commitment to helping students pursue their college aspirations, and Washington achieve its postsecondary attainment goals is central to this work. Must be a self-starter and disciplined time manager with excellent follow-through.


Position Overview: Advance the mission of Independent Colleges of Washington, working both collaboratively andindependent portfolio of program assignments, including:

  • Evaluate proposed federal and state legislation and regulations affecting independent higher education
  • Prepare presentations, correspondence, briefs and testimony to highlight member campuses and advance policy priorities and positions.
  • Serve as staff liaison for the ICW Board’s Public Policy Committee, and for a number of campus “communities of practice,” including financial aid directors, student affairs colleagues, and the association’s Government Affairs Council.
  • Represent association on array of statewide workgroups and task forces, as well as with state agencies, community-based organizations, and coalitions around shared interests.
  • Coordinate advocacy efforts, including member campus engagement with elected officials at the federal and state levels.
  • Coordinate digital and print communication projects, including managing website and social media content.


Qualifications and Desired Skills and Knowledge: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least seven (7) years of progressively responsible professional experience required; advanced degree preferred
  • Policy analysis skills, as well as advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of the state legislative process in the state of Washington
  • Experience working on a college campus a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate persuasively in writing, via virtual platforms, and face-to-face
  • Strong orientation to detail; excellent organizational and project management skills        
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (including Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive) and Zoom
  • Proficiency with digital communication platforms, with knowledge of digital advocacy and measurement tools and approaches
  • Available to travel statewide 
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable automobile, with insurance


Organization Description: Independent Colleges of Washington is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving 10 not-for-profit, private, liberal arts-based colleges and universities in the state of Washington. The association was founded in 1953 by college presidents and business leaders who believed that independent colleges add valuable capacity and diversity to the state’s higher education ecosystem and that their contributions to the state could be strengthened by working together.


For more than 60 years, Independent Colleges of Washington has promoted educational opportunity through policy engagement, student aid programs, and strategic partnerships. We are dedicated to helping students pursue their college aspirations, and Washington achieve its post-secondary attainment goals. Our work to promote equity ensures that all students—including new-majority, first generation, returning adults, low-income, and underrepresented youth—can choose their ideal education environment and graduate prepared to contribute their talents to the state, the nation, and the world.


Independent Colleges of Washington member campuses play a critical role in the state’s higher education ecosystem, cultivating talent, championing diversity, and making it possible for more Washington residents to find their best fit here at home. With a commitment to educating the whole person, we are delivering value for our alumni and for our communities. Together, we are serving Washington, and with state and private support, we have the capacity to assist thousands of additional Washington residents in completing degrees.

 

As employers, we are powering economies in many corners of the state, creating jobs and connecting students to jobs in their regions. Our member campuses employ more than 8,000, making the collective one of the state’s top 20 private sector employers.


Equal Opportunity Employer: Independent Colleges of Washington is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to develop a staff that is reflective of the diversity of our society and colleges. Diversity is fundamentally important to the mission of ICW. Employee selection decisions are based on qualifications and work experience. It is the policy of ICW to recruit, hire, train, pay, retain, and promote employees without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, ancestry, religion, creed, disability, age, marital status, parental status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.


*During the COVID-19 pandemic, ICW is operating under public health guidelines for masks, physical distancing and other protocols, including reduced density in the office.

Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW), a statewide non-profit association, seeks a Director of Policy and Public Affairs to collaborate with the President & CEO, team colleagues, campus leaders, members of the Board of Directors, and…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

Paid employee medical, dental, and vision insurance, an ORCA card, and a retirement savings plan.

Paid employee medical, dental, and vision insurance, an ORCA card, and a retirement savings plan.

Location

600 Stewart Street, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to jobs(at)ICWashington.org. Review of applications will begin November 20, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Please reference “Director of Policy and Public Affairs” in the subject line.

Please email resume and cover letter to jobs(at)ICWashington.org. Review of applications will begin November 20, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. Please reference…

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