What is the Role
The National Alliance is currently recruiting a talented and motivated professional to support the policy and advocacy work of the National Alliance. This individual will be a creative and analytical thought partner, working across teams, to support our shared goals of advancing and protecting the interests of charter schools and their students. The Director reports to the Vice President of Policy and Planning.
What You’ll Do
- Ensure the equitable treatment of charter schools in federal and state policy.
- Protect the autonomy of charter schools against over-regulation.
- Support charter school access to facilities through federal facility policy and programs.
- Be a part of the cross-organizational team updating our model law and rankings report.
- Develop policy proposals to support access to high-quality charter schools through federal programs, including the federal Charter Schools Program.
- Identify how the charter model can advance the interests of special populations of students, including students with disabilities.
- Work with state partners to identify needs and opportunities to support high quality education for students with disabilities in charter schools.
- Elevate the National Alliance’s profile as a thought leader before federal policymakers and committee staff.
- Provide technical assistance to state and local partners that supports application for federal funds and implementation of federal education programs and requirements.
- Help identify how federal law can support high quality charter school policy environments at the state level.
- Identify and conduct policy research that supports the organization’s policy and advocacy priorities as outlined in the strategic plan.
- Support partnership work on shared policy projects and objectives.
- Draft articles on the Charter Blog to review and comment on charter school policy.
- Represent the National Alliance on panels, podcasts and other public forums.
Who You Are
- You have 10 or more years of experience in K-12 education policy, including federal education law and policy.
- You have familiarity with charter schools and policy, and the unique political, policy and governance challenges charter schools face.
- You bring knowledge of federal policymaking and have experience working with Congress and/or federal agencies.
- You bring a broad understanding of federal programs and policies, including policies that impact students with disabilities, students from low-income families and communities of color.
- You have experience working to influence policy outcomes.
- You can analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences.
- You have excellent writing, research and communication skills.
- You have the ability to conduct short-term research in policy, programs, and federal legislation
- You thrive and are excited to work in a team environment.
- You can prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- You are entrepreneurial, innovative, and are a self-starter who is confident and positive.
- You are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. You believe that diversity of perspective results in better outcomes on your team and in the organization, and an inclusive environment with open and honest feedback leads to development and growth of staff.
- We may consider a title of Senior Director for more experienced, senior candidates.
Who We Are
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools believes that all families deserve high-quality public school options. Charter schools are independent public schools providing families with a new set of public school options. Each of these schools is developed to be a partnership between parents, teachers, and students.
When given the option, parents are choosing to enroll their children in charter schools. In fact, the demand for charter schools is far outpacing the supply in most communities. What began as a small movement in a few states has grown to become a major force in education reform across the country. Through advocacy, research, and strategic communications, the National Alliance works to grow the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, especially those who do not have access to high-quality public schools