LPI seeks a full-time Senior Policy Advisor to join its team of policy, research, and communication staff in advancing the organization’s evidence-based policy efforts at the federal and/or state levels across multiple education policy areas. This position is based in our Washington D.C. office.
The Senior Policy Advisor, in collaboration with the Policy, Research, and Communications teams, will (1) play a key role in the development and execution of LPI’s federal and state evidence-based policy outreach, identification of policy opportunities, and policy engagement strategy; (2) support and advance efforts to inform policy communities in the development and implementation of evidence-based education policies and practices; and (3) cultivate and maintain trusted relationships with relevant stakeholders in the federal and state policymaking arenas, as appropriate, including bipartisan policymakers, civil rights and advocacy organizations, and state-facing member organizations. The Senior Policy Advisor will work closely with LPI’s Director of State Policy and Deputy Director of Federal Policy and other members of the LPI’s Policy Team. The successful candidate will bring deep policy advocacy and/or government experience and expertise—including familiarity with research and a commitment to evidence-based policy—in one or more of the following education policy areas:
· Educator Quality
· Whole Child Education
· Equitable Resources and Access
· Performance Assessment
· Early Care and Education
· Perform policy analysis, develop policy recommendations that are well-grounded in educational research, and advance evidence-based policies that are aligned with LPI’s policy priority areas. This includes developing written policy briefs, statements, public comments, letters, and memoranda that summarize, interpret, and apply research for a range of audiences, for informing, monitoring, and reporting policy and research conversation across government, media, think tanks, academia, and advocates.
· Review, analyze, and draft bill, report, regulatory, and guidance language, as well as the supporting translational materials related to content areas of expertise.
· Advise on, develop, and implement strategies for policy outreach, education, collaboration, partnership, and advancement among policymakers and education stakeholder organizations, including responding to and generating requests for information.
· Understand federal and/or state (as appropriate) legislative, executive, and administrative processes and procedures and how to effectively use these processes and procedures for policy advancement.
· Identify opportunities for policy advancement, including identifying policy champions, and the political considerations that must be taken into account.
· Establish, maintain, and cultivate trusted strategic and bipartisan relationships with legislative and administrative staff, and with education stakeholder organizations.
· Conceptualize and develop tools and resources that make complex research and the policy implications accessible and actionable to a broad array of stakeholders in order to inform the development and advancement of policy.
· Convene partners and relevant groups, including organizing in-person and virtual briefings related to content areas of expertise.
· Attend and represent LPI at relevant meetings, symposia, and conferences, including making public presentations on behalf of the organization related to content areas of expertise.
· Identify, design, and advance opportunities for partnerships across education organizations.