Director, Policy Fellowships and Programs

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Benefits and Salary Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.




District of Columbia
United States


About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership development organization dedicated to developing its members’ potential to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive an outstanding education. Our kids and communities need more leaders who believe that educational inequity is a solvable problem. We believe that when our members are organized and reach positions of leadership, they’ll serve as a transformative force for students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity. 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. 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 about what we do, please visit

Position Summary:

The Director, Policy Fellowships and Programs will serve on LEE’s Policy and Advocacy team. The incumbent will work to design and deliver high-impact policy and advocacy online and in-person programs and fellowships to refine members’ policy content, advocacy knowledge and leadership skills. These programs will allow our members to secure and succeed in leadership positions to increase opportunities and achievement for students from low-income communities. The Director also plays a critical role in integrating policy knowledge, skills and mindsets into the leadership development of members across a variety of career paths. In addition to program development, the Director will be responsible for developing strong relationships with external organizations involved in LEE’s mid-career policy and advocacy fellowship program, as well as developing entry, mid- and senior-level policy and advocacy leaders by coaching them in their individual leadership.  

The ideal candidate will demonstrate passion for developing trainings for adult learners; expertise in education policy; advocacy skills and knowledge; have comfort engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy and elected leaders; thrive in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment; and be a proven self-starter. This position reports to the Senior Director, Policy Advancement and Development.

Position Location: Flexible; Washington, DC and Miami preferred

Travel Requirements: Up to 35%


Public Policy Fellowship Program Design, Development and Management (60%):

  • Oversee the Public Policy Fellowship, including outreach, selection, program development and design; coaching and member supports; and building data-driven insights from the program to identify opportunities to increase effectiveness of LEE fellows and the fellowship program
  • Oversee and execute in-person orientation and trainings for fellows, providing leadership support and policy and advocacy skill development
  • Track progress of fellows to measure overall program effectiveness based on the data and feedback gathered from both members and staff
  • Oversee and manage an alumni network of past fellows, building a network of LEE members who can support each other to build upon each other’s leadership and professional skills
  • Manage the programmatic engagement of organizations serving as placement sites for fellows, leveraging these organizations’ national, regional and/or on-site programmatic offerings for LEE members
  • Manage and track the budget and investments from external organizations into the Public Policy Fellowship
  • Hire and manage consultants needed to complete projects and programming
  • Lead the evolution of the fellowship programmatic supports toward increasingly scalable models for engagement, development and learning

Policy Advisor Fellowship Program Management (20%):

  • Oversee the Manager, Fellowships who runs a part-time fellowship for LEE members early in their careers
  • Lead the evolution of the Policy Advisor Fellowship programmatic supports toward increasingly scalable models for engagement, development and learning​​

Mid-Career Online Program Management & Oversight (10%):

  • Identify, design and execute new high-quality online programming and supports to cultivate and assist LEE’s mid-level policy and advocacy leaders in their current and future roles
  • Manage contractors, as needed, responsible for the execution of new high-quality programming and supports to cultivate and assist LEE’s mid-level policy and advocacy leaders

​​Member-Facing Activities (5%):

  • Work across the Policy and Advocacy team to develop and oversee supports and resources that will advance members from entry- to mid- to senior-level career levels
  • Provide 1:1 coaching on policy strategy, skills, and leadership for LEE’s entry, mid- and senior-level policy, advocacy and elected leaders as needed

Special Projects (5%):

  • Special projects may be assigned on an as needed basis​​

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5-7 years professional experience; at least 3-4 years of previous experience in education policy and/or advocacy
  • Experience and confidence in engaging with high-impact policy, advocacy and/or elected leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement high-quality programming for adult learners
  • 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
  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s theory of change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with geographically dispersed teams
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion

Benefits and Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. 

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.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree