California Policy Manager
I. Overview of Teach Plus
The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. The organization empowers expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers. Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.
II. Position Summary
The Policy Fellowship prepares high potential, highly effective teachers to become leaders of their peers and trusted partners for decision makers and media. The California Policy Manager will be a credible broker between teachers and policymakers leveraging partnerships in order to lay the groundwork for teacher voice and create opportunities for teacher leaders to have influence on critical issues.
Reporting to the California Executive Director, the California Policy Manager will have overall management responsibility for running the California Policy Fellowship program and supporting other teacher policy work across the state, support local advocacy campaigns, and building partnerships and relationships in California.
III. Position Responsibilities
Policy & Outreach
The Policy Manager will manage Teach Plus state policy strategy and leverage relationships that enable teachers to have an impact on critical policy issues by:
- In partnership with the California Executive Director, maintaining relationships with policymakers, district leaders, and education organizations across California.
- Identifying opportunities for teachers to advocate for equity on behalf of their students locally and in the state Capitol, and to be recognized for their excellence through awards and other honors.
- Training and supporting teachers as they conduct advocacy efforts to enact policy change, including providing training and input to teachers as they write op-eds, meet with policymakers, testify, and participate in community organizing efforts at the state and local level.
- Training teachers to be organizers and advocates on issues of importance to their students, and providing them with the tools and support to be successful.
- Collaborating with national staff to engage teachers in national/federal advocacy work.
Program Management & Expansion
The Policy Manager will develop the skills of teacher leaders and alums across the state to engage in policy and advocacy discussion and create a broad community of excellent and effective teachers to bring teacher voice to influence national, state and district policies, through:
- In partnership with the California Executive Director, managing the California Policy Fellowship, including coordinating and facilitating monthly training sessions, yearly retreat, and Capitol visit (including assigned readings, lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, and working groups).
- Supporting the Fellows to develop and disseminate their proposals for policy changes at the local, state and national levels.
- Developing strong relationships with Teach Plus Policy Fellows and Senior Fellows, and serving as their talent agent, providing them with opportunities to lead and be recognized.
- In partnership with the California Executive Director and Senior Fellows, manage 4-5 working groups of 4-6 teachers each, with primary ownership of 2-4 working groups. Managing working groups includes developing expertise on the working group topic, participating in relevant coalitions and developing partnerships with other advocacy groups working on the same issue, supervising the senior fellow responsible for that working group and supporting their facilitation of the group, leading any research projects and policy reports for the working group, and supporting the group in planning for and achieving policy impact. Each working group meets at least twice per month.
- Cultivating relationships with local educational and funding partners to lead regional organizing and advocacy campaigns.
- Supporting teacher-led advocacy projects by providing strategic policy advice, project management, editing documents, and research support.
Recruitment and Selection
The Policy Manager will identify the most outstanding and solutions-oriented teachers, and manage the selection process for the Pennsylvania Policy Fellowship.
- Participate in the recruitment and selection process to ensure a high quality and diverse applicant pool for Policy Fellowships and the California Network.
- Develop messaging for recruitment materials and communicate application requirements and program details to applicants through multiple media across the state, including in-person presentations, webinars, etc.
Research, Communications, and Outreach
- In collaboration with other Teach Plus staff, support teachers as they conduct teacher opinion research and author policy memos and briefs.
- Provide updated content for the California pages of the website, Teach Plus CA social media accounts, and the state and national e-newsletters.
- Support the Executive Director in identifying, developing, and maintaining funder relationships.
Data Management and Analytics
- Conducting internal evaluations and surveys that track the progress and impact of our policy programs.
- Maintaining accurate and timely data and enter appropriate information into the Salesforce database for ongoing accountability reports.
- Tracking and reporting expenses within the policy program budget.
IV. Skills and Experience
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience and successful track record in policy, government relations, advocacy, and/or community organizing, preferably with specific experience related to education policy or advocacy.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including experience facilitating adult learning, ideally including editing and social media communications.
- Excellent relationship building skills and the ability to organize and mobilize a group of people toward a shared goal.
- Ability to establish credibility easily with teachers, public officials, and media.
- Strong project management skills and the ability to complete projects independently.
- Dedication to equity for students, and a deep belief in the power of teachers to bring about positive change.
- Expertise in one or more of the following education policy issues is preferred but not required: recruitment and retention of teachers of color, school finance and equitable education funding, teacher preparation, early literacy, early childhood education, social emotional learning, anti-racist schooling.
- Previous teaching experience is a significant plus.
V. Commitment to Diversity
In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities to apply to our positions.
VI. Compensation and Benefits
Salary is competitive and will be based on prior experience and qualifications. Teach Plus offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 3% matching 401k plan, disability and life insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses. Teach Plus offers generous time off benefits including 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, and winter break. Additionally, Teach Plus offers paid parental leave and a 4-week paid sabbatical for every five years of service.
VII. Location, Travel, and Hours
Although this is a remote position that will be conducted virtually (primarily from a home office), candidates must reside in California. Candidates must be willing to travel to Sacramento up to six times a year, as needed and periodic travel to other parts of CA may be required. This role requires some nights and weekends to support policy sessions and meet with teachers and policymakers. Anticipated start date is August 2, 2021.
VIII. How to Apply
To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.
Application Link: https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328087
Job posted: 2021-06-01