State Policy Director - Postsecondary Education

The Commit Partnership

About the organization

Based in Dallas, Texas....Our true north goal is that by 2040 at least half of all 25-34 year old residents, irrespective of race, will earn a living wage.

To achieve our True North Goal, we understand that our strategies and tactics must be paired with equitable resourcing and effective, student-centered policies at the local and state levels.
Through strategic partnership and coalition-building across the state, we support district-specific efforts and statewide legislation to increase access to quality schools and facilities, effectives educators who are rewarded for their excellence, postsecondary access and workforce opportunity, and critical resources for student growth, achievement, and success.

With the right policies and resources in place, our staff and district, college, and university partners work together to ensure that implementation is equitable, data-driven, and accomplished with fidelity.


Policy agenda formation -Work w/ the internal policy team & programmatic partners as well as key external stakeholders and coalitions to develop, refine & execute a state-level postsecondary policy agenda (both regulatory & legislative) that improves student outcomes, closes student achievement gaps, & increases workforce readiness.
Determine relevant rulemaking opportunities, & monitor opportunities for other regulatory or legislative engagement.
Develop a strategy to mobilize broad & diverse coalitions to support these policy priorities, including strategies for interim charge approval and hearings, rulemaking opportunities and other opportunities as made available.
Work w/ the Communications team to develop & activate relevant communications strategies.

Relationship Management - Develop and maintain trusted relationships w/ legislative leaders, staff, & relevant agency staff and leadership. Build strategic relationships and alliances with senior leaders from programmatic initiatives & other partners statewide who are involved in similar policy priorities or are stakeholders. Establish, facilitate & mobilize coalitions as needed. Provide regular communication & updates so partners are aware of progress & can provide input. Build consensus on policy recommendations to share w/ agencies/legislators.
Equip advocacy partners to influence and advise on postsecondary policies at the state level.
Provide communication and enhance knowledge among


7+ years of work experience preferred, with at least 4 years in a postsecondary education policy and/or public policy role advocating to the state Legislature and/or relevant agencies
Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral, including group facilitation and public speaking
BA/BS degree in a related field; Master’s degree a plus
Demonstrated experience in postsecondary education and/or workforce policy and knowledge of the Texas legislative process; knowledge of Commit-specific public postsecondary education and workforce policies a plus
Ability to build strong, trusting relationships with key internal and external stakeholders
Ability to communicate complex ideas and strategies in a simple, motivating way
A team player who works nimbly across the organization and team with humility and urgency
Strong project management skills, attention to detail and follow-through



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Contact email: [email protected]

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