SchoolHouse Connection, a fast-paced, results-oriented national nonprofit organization working to overcome homelessness through education, is seeking a Senior Manager for State Policy and Legal Affairs to co-lead our state policy advocacy and implementation work.
Since 2018, SchoolHouse Connection’s state policy program has worked in nearly two dozen states to help pass 18 state laws that support children, unaccompanied youth, and young families experiencing homelessness in accessing. This position is an opportunity to help expand this successful program by engaging directly in legal and policy advocacy with partners across multiple state legislatures and administrative agencies, as well as helping develop and launch a multi-state project to promote full implementation of state policies, and building a state policy curriculum, a Fellows Program, and a Community of Practice.
This is a full-time, salaried position with generous benefits and opportunities for advancement. The Senior Manager for State Policy and Legal Affairs will work remotely, as do all of SHC’s employees. However, regular in-person meetings in Washington, DC will be required (post-pandemic). For that reason, applicants living in, or willing to relocate to, the DC Metro area will be given strong preference. SchoolHouse Connection is committed to developing a diverse and dynamic team and encourages applications from people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBT+ individuals.
About SchoolHouse Connection
SHC is the nation’s leading expert on the early care and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We provide strategic advocacy and practical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We have ushered to passage many critical policies and programs for children and youth experiencing homelessness, and provide extensive implementation assistance to ensure these policies lead to real outcomes.
The Senior Manager for State Policy and Legal Affairs reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for (but not limited to) the following:
● Building and mobilizing statewide coalitions to identify and achieve state policy reforms that support children, unaccompanied youth, and young families experiencing homelessness.
● Drafting bill language, policy action alerts and briefs, talking points, testimony, and other documents.
● Supporting strategic advocacy communications.
● Partnering with state and local administrative agencies to develop tools and trainings that support full implementation of new policies.
● Developing campaigns with homeless service providers, schools, and young people to promote self-advocacy and full implementation of new policies.
● Creating and implementing curricula for state advocacy trainings, a Community of Practice and a Fellows program.
● Performing other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.
We’re seeking candidates who excel in advocacy strategy and relationship-building, are results-oriented, and have superior writing, training, and organizational skills. You should have:
● J.D. degree
● Demonstrated ability to build and nurture partnerships and coalitions.
● The ability to clearly, accurately, and knowledgeably articulate advocacy positions, effectively rebut opposition arguments, and persuade others to support policies.
● Significant knowledge of policy issues affecting children, unaccompanied youth, and young families experiencing homelessness.
● A track record of clear, concise, and persuasive public speaking and writing abilities, in both the policy and practice spheres.
● Demonstrated commitment to SHC's advocacy principles.
● A high level of attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness.
● Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances.
● Demonstrated ability to exhibit professionalism in representing the organization, both internally and externally.
● A demonstrated ability to handle a heavy workload, and achieve results, even in the face of obstacles, while displaying high standards of excellence and integrity;
● The ability to work independently and take initiative, while ensuring alignment and thriving as a collegial member of a small but mighty team.
Some travel (approximately five trips per year) will be required post-pandemic.
SchoolHouse Connection provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or veteran status. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
How to apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, at least two writing samples, and at least two references, to email@example.com.
SchoolHouse Connection, a fast-paced, results-oriented national nonprofit organization working to overcome homelessness through education, is seeking a Senior Manager for State Policy and Legal Affairs to co-lead our state policy…
Work from home; flexible work schedule; generous holiday and vacation leave; fully paid health insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; small, collegial team; many opportunities to use skills, learn, and grow professionally.
Work from home; flexible work schedule; generous holiday and vacation leave; fully paid health insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; small, collegial team; many opportunities to use…