Vice President, Policy & Advocacy

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Published 17 days ago

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

LEE seeks an entrepreneurial and innovative Vice President, Policy & Advocacy (VP, PA) responsible for guiding LEE’s effort to grow the leadership and effectiveness of members who are growing their policy knowledge and becoming better advocates for the underserved children throughout the nation. As a member of the LEE Leadership Team, reporting to the Senior Vice President for National Impact, the VP, PA will be accountable for the overall strategy, performance, and operations of LEE’s Policy & Advocacy (PA) Team. This person will be responsible for the management of a team dedicated to helping LEE members discern their path towards a policy/advocacy career, develop their skills through high-quality programs, and progress in their leadership journey. Additionally, the PA team supports senior members across all leadership pathways to maximize their impact and effectiveness as equity-minded leaders. As a high visibility leader at LEE, the VP, PA will have a deep personal and professional alignment with LEE’s core values.


Team Management and Financial Stewardship (50%)

  • Manage a diverse team of 19 to meet and exceed goals
  • Manage budget for the Policy & Advocacy team and ensure fiscal responsibility
  • Evaluate staff member performance and develop differentiated professional development plans as well as lead the team’s hiring, culture building, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and team building efforts
  • Work with National Impact senior leaders and across LEE teams to ensure staff in regions are developing the policy skills, knowledge, and mindsets of LEE members, and working towards increased member impact for kids
  • As a member of the organization-wide Leadership Team and member of the National Impact Leadership Team, collaborate with other Vice Presidents across the organization to develop various, meaningful ways to increase member engagement, recruitment results, and provide optimal support to members interested in policy leadership
  • Collaborate with teams across the organization to leverage programs and assets to reinforce support for members
  • Provide financial leadership around the Policy & Advocacy fellowship programs

Policy & Advocacy Vision and Strategy (40%)

  • Set goals and lead the team to execute effectively and efficiently to goals including managing through the talent continuum
  • Create and execute the Policy & Advocacy strategy to ensure members are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be effective policy professionals and impact the lives of children
  • Oversee the creation of online, in-person, and blended learning opportunities
  • Set the vision for the fellowship programs and develop relationships across the country with partnering organizations
  • Build out the credential of policy programs for members

Special Projects (10%)

  • As assigned by the Senior Vice President, National Impact


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate years of experience
  • 10+ years of highly relevant professional experience in policy or advocacy (as a policy leader or in program development)
  • 5 years management experience (managing program, a multi-layered team, and budget)
  • Extensive experience building, managing and growing a large, highly effective team
  • Excellent managerial, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as ability to establish and maintain professional relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct landscape analysis and strategy
  • Proven ability to operate and thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours with occasional weekends and evenings
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (e.g. MPP)
  • 10 years of managing large teams through layers to exceed goals
  • Experience leading and managing a geographically dispersed and/or start-up team
  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change

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.

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…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level


Benefits and Pay

Pay for this position is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Click here 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.

Benefits and Pay

Pay for this position is competitive and based upon relevant experience and cost of labor for your location. Click here to learn more about compensation for this…


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

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