Policy Director

EdAllies

About the organization

Founded in 2016, EdAllies is a Minnesota-based education advocacy nonprofit that partners with schools, families, and communities to ensure that every young Minnesotan has access to a rigorous and engaging education. We advance policies that put underserved students first, remove barriers facing successful schools and programs, and foster an inclusive conversation about what’s possible for students.

To learn more, visit www.edalliesmn.org.

Duties

The Policy Director will build and implement strategic advocacy campaigns on a portfolio of issues, including access to high quality school options, the teacher talent pipeline, college and career readiness, and other education equity issues. The Policy Director will strengthen EdAllies’ presence in policymaking spaces, supporting key advocacy functions while also building relationships and elevating the voices of educators and families.

Responsibilities include:
•Seeking out, building & maintaining positive working relationships with partners;
•Working with partners to understand opportunities and barriers & developing advocacy campaigns grounded in student needs;
•Advancing coalitions of diverse stakeholders;
•Launching strategic campaigns to drive policy change;
•Developing materials to support student-centered policy initiatives, grounded in the needs of local stakeholders, relevant research, and understanding of political landscape;
•Leading legislative work by building relationships with policymakers, attending meetings & hearings, & coordinating testimony/advocacy tactics;
•Keeping partners informed of key policy issues to advance legislation, implement policy, and support their ongoing engagement in advocacy;
•Serving as a public-facing ambassador for the organization through testimony, media interviews, service on task forces and committees, blog writing, and more;
•Collaborating closely with team members to advance EdAllies' mission and vision.

Qualifications

Candidates should possess a strong commitment to EdAllies’ mission, and to education equity more broadly. The ideal candidate has:
• Strong relationship-building skills with demonstrated experience working in diverse communities;
• Strong communication skills, including comfort with public speaking and strong writing skills, with the ability to convey accurate, persuasive messages to multiple audiences;
• Experience facilitating coalitions and/or organizing groups around advocacy goals;
• Familiarity with the Minnesota political and legislative processes and eagerness to engage in work at the legislature;
• Demonstrated understanding of effective policy advocacy strategies and tactics;
• Familiarity with local education landscape and/or current education policy debates;
• Commitment to principles of student-centered education, education equity, and parent choice;
• Ability to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, and to work both independently and collaboratively;
• A commitment to integrity (doing what’s right, even when it is uncomfortable), transparency, candor, and collaboration;
• Personal experience or connection that drives a passion for the work preferred;
• 5+ years of experience in education, advocacy, organizing, government relations, public policy, or related field;
• Commitment to operating with EdAllies’ core values of equity, inventiveness, humility, honesty, and courage.

Salary

$75,000-$80,000

Application instructions

Interested candidates should send the following to Bethany Israelson, Operations Manager, at [email protected], with “Policy Director Application” in the subject line:
• cover letter,
• résumé.

Deadline: Priority given to applications submitted by November 8.

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