Director, Education Policy Project

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


OPEN: Immediately

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.                                                

CLOSE: Until filled       

CONTACT: Darcy Eischens                                                   

SALARY: Commensurate with experience 



UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our community stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



The Director will work with the component Vice President and senior leadership team to set strategic direction and manage activities for UnidosUS’s education policy team. The Education Policy Project is focused on closing achievement gaps and advancing equity for Latino kids (particularly English learners) through the effective implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act across states. In addition, UnidosUS’s education public policy portfolio includes work on early childhood education and a growing body of work in postsecondary education. The work includes both federal and state-level advocacy in selected states. 


This position will be responsible for managing the Education Policy Project and supervising a team of professional advocates working on the following: identifying promising new education reform ideas; conducting and publishing policy analysis materials; carrying out legislative advocacy on Capitol Hill, providing substantive expertise and support to policymakers; designing and implementing research projects; convening policy experts and practitioners; speaking and representing the institution in various relevant settings; fundraising and managing relationships with funders; and other duties as assigned. 


At UnidosUS the education policy team works collaboratively across many teams and most closely with the Education Programs team. The Programs team leads the institution’s education-focused leadership development and program innovation activity, developing and expanding culturally relevant interventions in the education system through work with Affiliates and partners at the local level.  


·        Work with the Vice President to set a strategic direction and set policy goals.

·        Oversee and supervise staff, and carry out policy and advocacy activities from publishing policy analyses to direct advocacy with policymakers.

·        Fundraise and manage relationships with funders.

·        Serve as a spokesperson and representative of the organization in various settings, both internally and externally, including in media and via social media. This includes work to coordinate, develop, and participate in policy forums and other avenues that raise the visibility of UnidosUS in the education arena, including conferences, membership on relevant advisory committees or boards, and published materials.

·        Represent UnidosUS’s policy priorities before congressional staff, policymakers/experts, and issue stakeholders, including providing congressional/regulatory or state-level testimony as appropriate.

·        Develop and lead policy coalitions/networks.

·        Coordinate work with other colleagues and departments, including legislative and research staff, and community-based organizations.

·        Provide support/assistance to UnidosUS leadership.

·        Assist Vice President in reporting.


·        Master’s degree required and 10+ years of relevant experience.

·        Strong understanding of issues facing Latino and immigrant families (English learners) in education.

·        Experience developing policy ideas or solutions aimed at improving the status of Latinos. Experience creating project plans that promote, disseminate, or implement those ideas.

·        Experience communicating policy ideas in public settings such as congressional hearings, major conferences, or written materials such as reports or issue briefs.

·        Strong written and oral communication skills. Must have experience publishing articles, or other relevant and publicly available documents. A skilled public speaker required.

·        Some familiarity with data analysis and research methods.

·        Experience working with the Hispanic community or community-based organizations is required.

·        Ability to work as part of a team as well as execute projects independently. Also, ability to take initiative, work effectively under tight deadlines, and coordinate multiple projects. 

·        Experience working with relevant stakeholders and congressional committees, champions, and players, and demonstrated ability to work with coalitions a plus.

·        Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), Outlook, statistical software, data sources, and Internet queries required.

·        Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus.



Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply



1126 16th St., NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036


Subject Line: Director, Education Policy Project

Attn: Darcy Eischens

No phone calls please!


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.