Just Equations (JEQ) seeks a National Policy Director to work with us to grow an informed and engaged cross-sector network to expand capacity for advancing evidence-based, equity-oriented, math pathways to and through college.
Reporting to JEQ’s Executive Director, the National Policy Director will lead JEQ’s work to build relationships and partnerships with policy-oriented organizations and individuals on the national stage, identify opportunities to expand the base of policy-relevant research and advocacy on math opportunity, and position JEQ as a national resource for efforts to advance educational justice and improve educational outcomes. The National Policy Director will exhibit outstanding communication skills, sharp analytical skills, strategic insight, and a long-standing commitment to equitable college opportunity.
Responsibilities. The National Policy Director will:
- Lead JEQ’s work to build relationships and partnerships with national equity organizations, education associations, major education reform organizations, as well as key state or system leaders outside of California;
- Identify and respond to opportunities to disseminate, share, and/or expand JEQ’s policy and research agenda;
- Maintain knowledge of key aspects of JEQ’s math opportunity policy agenda and monitor relevant developments in research, policy, and practice;
- Represent JEQ’s policy agenda, math opportunity framework, and related concepts and principles to external stakeholders;
- Help foster dialogue and support policy analysis by applying JEQ frameworks and principles to specific organizational and policy contexts;
- Coordinate and lead occasional multi-sector convenings;
- Present at and/or participate in relevant conferences and other key convenings in DC and elsewhere (estimated 10-15% domestic travel);
- Write and/or review policy briefs and other publications in a manner consistent with JEQ principles and voice;
- Effectively communicate progress, respond to inquiries, and coordinate activities with JEQ’s California-based staff; and
- Initiate and/or participate in other JEQ projects and activities as needs arise.
Qualifications. The National Policy Director should have:
- Graduate degree or equivalent experience in education, public policy, or a related field, plus a minimum of seven years’ experience in education policy analysis or advocacy (or a related social policy field);
- Strong interpersonal skills and track record for supporting multiple partnerships and relationships across a range of sectors, such as research, education systems, advocates, and policymakers;
- Collaborative work style and ability to work independently as well as with colleagues in a geographically dispersed organization (including flexibility to participate in phone calls, meetings, or email exchanges until 7pm Eastern);
- Demonstrated ability to communicate about complex policy concepts in a clear, compelling, and culturally competent fashion, both verbally and in a variety of written formats, for a variety of audiences;
- Exceptional analytical skills and strategic insights, particularly with respect to equity and civil rights issues;
- Demonstrated ability to problem solve with attention to accuracy, detail, and deadlines;
- Commitment to education equity and the goals of Just Equations; and
- Willingness to travel domestically roughly 10 – 15 percent of the time.
This position will be based in Washington, DC or the vicinity.
Compensation. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid holidays and vacation, a 403(b) plan, medical, dental, vision, and flex spending plans. This is a grant-funded position.
Application. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF attachment to email@example.com. Please include “National Policy Director” and your name in the subject line.
Just Equations is a project of Community Partners,® an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. The organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.