Student Advocacy Coordinator

Posted by
Generation Hope
Washington, DC
Published 18 days ago

Job Title: Student Advocacy Coordinator 

Reports to: Director of Learning and Advocacy 

Starting: November 15, 2021 

Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 24, 2021 

Status: Full Time (40 hours/week) 

About Generation Hope: 

Generation Hope's mission is to ensure all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility by engaging education and policy partners to drive systemic change and providing direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming. To date we have provided more than $800,000 in tuition assistance, supported almost 200 teen parents in college, celebrated more than 100 degrees earned through our program, and built relationships with 20+ two and four-year institutions around the National Capital Area as well as other institutions across the country. For more information, please visit: 

We are one of the “best non-profits in the region.” Read below to learn why: 

By joining our team, you will be working for an organization considered "one of the best nonprofits in the Washington, DC region for 2020-2021" by Catalogue of Philanthropy. Not only do we live out and operationalize our values, we have done the work to create a culture where you would want to work. The best part of our organization is the people, from the families we support to the team we have deliberately cultivated. We strive for excellence while understanding the most valuable asset we have is our people. At Generation Hope, we celebrate diversity in all of its forms, including thought, professional and lived experiences, race, gender - even taste in music. If this sounds like a mission and work environment you would like to contribute to and grow with, we welcome you to continue reading this position description and consider joining our team. 

Job Description: 

The Student Advocacy Coordinator sits within the National Impact Department and works with the Director of Learning and Advocacy in the advancement of student parent success through policy and movement building that removes barriers to degree completion, economic and social mobility, and social capital for undergraduate student parents and their families. This position is responsible for serving as an advocate for the needs of student parents by supporting policy work, facilitating government relations and engagement with legislative and administrative offices as needed, supporting, leading, and coordinating a network of student parents for grassroots movement building, activating and engaging Generation Hope’s Network, and performing advocacy-related administrative duties. Policy focus areas

include: higher education affordability and accessibility, quality child care accessibility, and economic mobility. 


General Support 

● Work with the Director of Learning and Advocacy and the Policy Analyst to implement a comprehensive regional and national policy agenda to advance the needs of student parents.

● Serve as the main liaison to student parents within Generation Hope and across the country by recruiting participants and by providing ongoing trainings, convenings, and logistical support and communication to ensure student parents are able to take part in advocacy opportunities.

● Assist in developing and implementing inclusive strategies to cultivate and mobilize Generation Hope supporters and student parent advocates to take action in the support of student parents.

● Identify opportunities for advocacy with partner organizations. 

● Participate in Scholar Program events where appropriate to provide training on student advocacy. 

● In partnership with the Director of Learning & Advocacy and Policy Analyst, participate in legislative meetings and policy convenings representing the needs and experiences of student parents as needed. 

● Plans and executes Generation Hope student-parent advocacy events with opinion leaders and influencers. 

● Work with the communications team to update external communications (newsletters, e-news, website, social media, etc.) to reflect Generation Hope's latest policy and advocacy activities. ● Collaborate with the communications team and the Policy Analyst to develop appropriate and inclusive framing and messaging for various presentations and written communications, including print and online communications. 

● Help draft letters, testimonies, regulatory comments, legislative updates,and action alerts, position statements, articles, and op-eds, and background materials for internal and external audiences. 

● Additional responsibilities as assigned. and 

● All staff are expected to regularly attend staff meetings and trainings. 


● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required in political science, public policy, or related field. 

● Minimum of 2 years of experience with advocacy work, political science, public administration, public policy, or nonprofit/higher ed. Experience with community organizing is a plus, but not required. 

● Experience working with teens and/or parents is preferred but not required.

● Knowledge and experience in higher education policy is preferred. 

● Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications, especially with a wide variety of diverse audiences. 

● Demonstrate familiarity with online and traditional advocacy work, including online advocacy tools and ability to use online analytics to measure campaign effectiveness and success.

● Knowledge of and passion for the mission and vision of Generation Hope. 

● Proficiency with office technology (MS Office and Google Suite) and equipment, including fax machines, printers, copiers, scanners, and computers. 

● Desire to work in a small, highly entrepreneurial, and mission-driven organization.

● Comfort representing the organization with leaders across sectors. 

● Ability to gather data, write reports and work in the community to determine how policies affect the public and the organization with attention to detail. 

● Ability to discern and make decisions by analyzing available information with critical and objective thinking. 

● Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing English. 

● Ability to work with a variety of audiences and the ability to always remain professional and polite. 

● Ability to work outside of normal business hours, as needed (e.g., some nights and weekends)

● Ability to manage time efficiently and stay organized while working on multiple projects.

● Creativity and strong problem-solving skills. 

● Ability to travel. 


To apply, please complete the online application here (or type in this URL: Please do not call. 

Generation Hope is an equal opportunity employer. Generation Hope will not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law, including marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, or reproductive health decisions), age, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, and disability.

Job Title: Student Advocacy Coordinator 

Reports to: Director of Learning and Advocacy 

Starting: November 15, 2021 

Deadline to Apply: Friday, September 24, 2021 

Status: Full Time (40 hours/week) 

About Generation Hope: 

Generation Hope's mission is…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 24, 2021
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Entry level


Generation Hope provides a competitive salary with full benefits, including 403(b), health, dental, and paid time off.


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
415 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017, United States
Suite 430

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application here (or type in this URL: Please do not call.

To apply, please complete the online application here (or type in this URL: Please do not call.

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