Director, Policy Analysis & Program Management

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About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring and supporting a network of civic leaders to eradicate the injustice of educational inequity.

Through one-on-one coaching, fellowships, workshops, and resources, LEE works to develop and inspire its members individually and collectively, across all disciplines – as policy makers, advocates, elected leaders and community organizers. LEE membership is free and currently open to alumni of several partner organizations including Teach For America, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), New Leaders, Latinos for Education, Urban Teachers, and Public Allies. LEE believes that when a diverse group of leaders, grounded in a commitment to equity, are in leadership roles, they will serve as a transformative force for and with students and communities.

LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. LEE is honored to have been selected as a LATINA Style 50 Award recipient and a When Work Works award recipient. We are also an Employer of National Service. If you would like to become part of our team and join the fight for educational equity, or if you would simply like to learn more, please visit

Position Summary:

The Director, Policy Analysis & Program Management will actively support senior policy leaders through strategic leadership development experiences to help make them more effective in their current roles. As part of the Policy and Community Impact (PCI) team, this position will be responsible for helping senior leaders clarify and evaluate the equity-focused impact that they are having in their professional work. The Director will also design digital/online, in-person, and blended experiences for members to strengthen their policy impact. The Director will play a critical role in integrating policy knowledge, skills and mindsets into the equity-focused leadership development of our senior-level policy leaders. 

The role requires both independent design and collaboration across the National Impact team and LEE. In particular, the Director will collaborate with LEE’s Technology team in all aspects of work, LEE’s Communications team on branding and communications to members, LEE’s Leadership, Development and Design and Regional Impact (RI) teams on in-person and blended experiences for members, and across the subteams on the National Impact team to utilize “make more effective” strategies, especially from peers on the Policy and Advocacy team. The Director will also need to collaborate with other LEE staff to rigorously track and analyze data, design program/project evaluation metrics and make strategic shifts accordingly.

The ideal candidate will have a passion and demonstrated success in developing and leading trainings for adult learners; strong policy analysis, research, and writing skills; expertise in education policy issues; comfort engaging with high-impact policy and systems leaders; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; thrive in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment; and be a proven self-starter. 

The Director, Policy Analysis & Program Management will report directly to the Senior Director, Policy and Community Impact. 

Position Location: Flexible (Bay Area, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Denver preferred)

Travel Requirements: Up to 30%. All travel is currently suspended due to COVID-19. 


Program Design and Project Management (40%)

  • Support LEE senior members, particularly those in policy/system-level roles, by researching, analyzing, and summarizing issues and questions through the Policy & Strategy Support request process to support their leadership and impact
  • Develop, execute, and evaluate projects and programs, based on data and member feedback, that are aligned with identified needs of senior-level policy leaders 
  • Track progress of members engaged in Policy and Community Impact (PCI) programming by ensuring that the necessary follow-up activities, touch points, and benchmarks are in place and by creating metrics to effectively measure progress towards PCI team goals
  • Design digital/online, in-person, and blended experiences for senior leaders, providing leadership support, DEI development, and policy and advocacy skill development to increase members’ effectiveness and equity-focused impact in their respective communities
  • Facilitate member-to-member engagement and networking of policy leaders and other senior leaders through virtual and in-person experiences, including with external partners when possible
  • Collaborate with other LEE staff to rigorously track and analyze data, design program/project evaluation metrics, create resources, and make strategic shifts accordingly to influence and improve PCI’s impact. 
  • Collaborate with and train other LEE teams, including the Regional Impact team, to ensure staff are equipped to deliver timely and relevant policy research and analysis to members in their respective regions

Program Development, Facilitation & Support (35%)

  • Develop and facilitate Make More Effective (MME) fellowships or programs and support senior leaders in the LEE network across all civic pathways, including LEE Public Leaders Fellowship alumni, in these virtual and in-person experiences
  • Collaborate with external partners to design fellowship programs and experiences to cultivate and assist LEE’s senior-level policy leaders in their current and future roles
  • In collaboration with the Leadership Development and Design (LDD) team, support the design and execution of LEE’s conference for senior leaders to engage in deep, meaningful discussion about high impact policy solutions, effective advocacy/organizing strategies, and equity-minded governance, while building their personal network of other senior-level leaders influencing education policy across the country

Strategic Member Advisement (15%)

  • In collaboration with other PCI Directors, co-develop/co-manage a scalable coaching program that matches senior members to other members with key areas of expertise
  • Provide 1:1 coaching on policy strategy for LEE’s senior policy leaders and provide leadership development to senior leaders via Impact Group Coaching

Special Projects (10%) 

  • As assigned by the Senior Director, Policy & Community Impact, including writing and editing policy briefs and research requests

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate years of work experience
  • 6 years relevant professional work experience, including 3-4 years experience managing programs and conducting policy analysis working in government and/or local/state-level system
  • Experience and confidence in engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy, organizing and elected leaders 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct political landscape analysis and strategy 
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement high-quality programming for adult learners, including a thorough understanding of adult learning principles and effective training methodologies
  • Commitment to coaching leaders and playing a role in their long-term leadership development
  • Proven ability to work across lines of difference with diverse audiences and partners
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to plan strategically, prioritize time, and manage implementation of plans in fast-moving, changing environments
  • Flexible and committed to continuous learning 
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • 3-4 years of previous experience in a senior role in a local or state-level system or a political office
  • Prior experience with fellowship management 
  • Experience designing and supporting career coaching opportunities
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team
  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change

About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring and supporting a network of civic leaders to eradicate the injustice of educational…

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Benefits and Pay

Pay for this position is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Please use the following link to learn more about compensation for this position: In addition, LEE offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental and vision coverage for spouses, families and domestic partners; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance and short and long-term disability insurance; a retirement package with employer match; family and parental leave benefits; generous paid time off and an organization-wide winter break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity 

Leadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

An affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

Benefits and Pay

Pay for this position is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Please use the following link to learn more about…


Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1805 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, United States

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