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Senior Policy Analyst (K-12 Education)

Department: Center for Best Practices
Location: Washington, DC

TITLE: Senior Policy Analyst (K-12 Education)
ORGANIZATION: National Governors Association
LOCATION: Washington, DC (onsite)
COMPENSATION: A competitive compensation package will be made to the qualified candidate
REPORTS TO: Program Director (K-12 Education)

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association is the bipartisan organization of Governors from the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA’s mission is to share best practices, address issues of national and state interest, and drive innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.

NGA’s Center for Best Practices is the policy and research arm that helps Governors develop and implement solutions to public policy challenges. NGA’s Government Relations group assists in ensuring the voice of Governors are heard in Congress, and the Executive Branch and NGA’s Communications team collaborates with Governors’ offices to amplify bipartisan messaging and strategy.

Throughout the year, NGA convenes Governors and senior advisors for meaningful discourse, problem- solving and thought leadership.

NGA is looking to add a bright, resourceful, and organized Senior Policy Analyst to our Center for Best Practices team. The Senior Policy Analyst’s primary responsibilities will be to support Governors and other state executive branch leaders on a range of issues related to K-12 education, including teacher and principal recruitment and retention; student mental health and well-being; academic supports; governance and school finance; and standards, assessments, and accountability. This member of the team will be expected to be full-time in Washington, DC.

Other important responsibilities of the Senior Policy Analyst include:

  • Lead the development of events (including in-person, hybrid, and virtual events) to include: workshops, seminars, meetings, and presentations. Develop session content, plan and facilitate panel discussions, state strategy sessions, and other events for Governors, senior state policy staff, and key stakeholders on program and policy issue areas;
  • Provide ‘best practice’ guidance and state technical assistance to Governors’ policy advisors, other state policymakers, NGA committees, task forces, and other work groups;
  • Manage multiple ongoing projects and facilitate new project development, including engaging with partners and funders, working with sub-contracts and consultants, ensuring the timely completion of deliverables, scoping and designing new projects, and drafting grant proposals.
  • Write reports, articles, issue briefs, case studies, guides, tools, and memoranda on program and policy issues and best practices of relevance to Governors and their policy staffs and other state policymakers; Establish and maintain relationships with key individuals and groups within and outside NGA
  • Maintain topical experience in state and federal program and policy issues;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to NGA’s mission and goals to constructively serve the needs of all
  • Governors; and
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor, Deputy Director, and Director, Center for Best Practices.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in public policy, education policy, or a related field. Five plus years working in areas of policies and programs that are within the K-12 education portfolio, including expert knowledge and experience working on issues related to teacher and principal recruitment and retention; student mental health and well-being; academic supports, including literacy, math, and chronic absenteeism; standards, assessments, and accountability; and governance and school finance.

Knowledge and expertise could include helping Governors, their staff and their executive branch appointees design and implement evidence-based policies focused on achieving specific outcomes. Experience working with Governors, working in federal or state agencies or in non-profit organizations is preferred. Candidates with commensurate lived experience will also be considered.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to:

  • Have foundational content knowledge and experience related to federal and state policy in policy issue area(s);
  • Understand state policy and policy making and the role of Governors in advancing specific policies;
  • Identify and track key issues of concern to Governors and develop initiatives to address those concerns;
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in verbal forms and facilitate meetings, with particular emphasis on the ability to communicate with policy-making audiences;
  • Have strong research, analytical skills, including ability to synthesize complex issues into audience-appropriate policy considerations and recommendations;
  • Manage multiple projects, work with high-level state policymakers in a variety of settings, and respond effectively to their needs for information and technical assistance;
  • Customer-service orientation with strong interpersonal skills, including the skills necessary to effectively work with colleagues, partner organizations and a variety of high-ranking state policymakers as well as enthusiasm for collaboration with colleagues;
  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner;
  • Ability and willingness to work independently and take a proactive approach to problem-solving;
  • Conduct qualitative evaluations of projects and produce subsequent reports;
  • Prepare grant applications and reports on grant progress;
  • Be flexible and adaptable to working in multiple programs and policy issues;
  • Have knowledge and understanding of MS Office suite and web tools; and
  • Travel, as necessary.

Interested candidates should apply online through NGA’s career site. NGA uses Clear Company and all information is kept strictly confidential. An application is considered when all required fields are completed. Please include:

  • Your resume highlighting your education, experience, and direct transferable skills
  • A portfolio of your best work (attach to your candidate profile via Clear Company)

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. NGA is committed to providing a productive and safe environment. To achieve that goal, we conduct background and reference check investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.

NGA staff proudly serve our nation’s Governors daily and it’s our mission to ensure we offer a
comprehensive, competitive benefits package designed to support the needs of NGA employees.

NGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/D/F/V). NGA is committed to fostering an energetic, collaborative, diverse and inclusive workforce. We promote diversity and provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, or any other legally protected factor. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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