Policy Associate

Job Type

Part Time


Details: 20 hours per week, paid ($20/hr) with benefits.



Application Deadline



5470 Shilshole Avenue Northwest
United States


Temporary Policy Associate

20 hours per week, paid ($20/hr) with benefits.

Time: Mid-August to Early-December, with possibility for extension 

To APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to standforchildrenwa@gmail.com by August 3.

Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through: 

• Education and empowerment of parents, teachers and communities 

• Advocacy at state, local and federal levels 

• Ensuring that policies and funding reach classrooms and help students 

• Election of courageous leaders who will stand for our priorities 

We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely. Your role stands at the intersection of research, policy development, and program implementation as we work to ensure all Washington students graduate high school with a meaningful diploma that prepares them for the next step in life. 

The Policy Associate will work closely with the Director of Government Affairs and the Executive Director to help Stand prepare for the 2019 legislative session. This work will include analysis of publicly available data, interviews with school district leaders and educators, and research on topics such as dropout prevention, dual credit, and college and career readiness. You will also help Stand build upon our implementation work which supports high schools across the state as they develop ninth grade on track programs. This is an ideal role for someone with strong research, writing, and analytical skills and who possesses a passion for educational equity. 

Required qualifications: 

  • Current master’s (MPA/MPP, MEP, M.Ed., MSW, or related field) or doctoral student, or recent graduate.
  • Commitment to Stand’s mission
  • Strong research and writing skills; able to quickly turn around requests from Government Affairs Director and Executive Director
  • Strong analytical skills; experience managing and presenting data in Excel and/or Google Sheets
  • Knowledge of education policy, both at the state level and the national landscape
  • Ability to access, analyze, and draw conclusions from publicly available data from sources such as OSPI, PDC, US Census, and Kids Count
  • Understanding of Washington state electoral politics

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience having supported the development and advocacy of legislation 


  • Lead and conduct a landscape analysis of Washington state school districts’ use of Early Warning Data and Intervention Systems (also known as Ninth Grade On-Track programs), and produce a final product that outlines different stages of adoption across Washington 
  • Conduct outreach to school districts using Early Warning Data and Intervention Systems for qualitative research and to begin identifying prospects for Stand’s Washington Freshmen Success Network (FSN)
  • Assist with policy development for the 2019 state legislative session through research, data analysis, and memo writing as needed, with topics including college and career readiness, dropout prevention, multi-tiered systems of support, and dual credit programs
  • Pull and analyze publicly available data from OSPI and other sources as needed
  • Analyze and make recommendations related to previous legislation likely to be revisited in the 2019 legislative session
  • Monitor pre-filed bills for 2019 state legislative session as needed
  • Support Stand’s electoral work through research on candidates, donors, and legislative districts as needed
  • Support building momentum behind our policy priorities by providing communications and organizing staff case-making data and policy details for collateral and parent/community trainings.
  • Develop and support giving presentations related to our 2019 legislative priorities to varied audiences
  • Represent Stand for Children at convenings of the State Board of Education and other government bodies and committees. 
  • Optional depending on skills: develop mid-year and end-of-year surveys for Freshmen Success Network


Benefits provided

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To APPLY: Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to standforchildrenwa@gmail.com by August 3.