Director – Government Relations

16 Jul, 2022

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Director – Government Relations

Learning Ally
Washington, D.C.

Learning Ally is a leading nonprofit education solutions organization that transforms the lives of struggling learners by delivering proven literacy solutions that help students reach their potential. Its mission is to radically change education, transforming the lives of children by providing reading interventions and solutions to help them succeed academically, build self-confidence, and thrive in school and beyond.

65% of fourth graders read below proficiency and are 400% more likely to drop-out of high school. And, for “most at risk” students (students of color, low income, English Language Learners and students with learning disabilities) the problem is even more acute.

Learning Ally seeks to break this cycle. With early student assessment, intervention and accommodation and professional development for educators, Learning Ally can identify and prevent learning issues by working with schools and educators to support new and struggling readers. Our solutions build a strong foundation for independent, engaged learners who are empowered to achieve socially, emotionally, and academically, regardless of background or learning difference.

Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, to help soldiers who lost their sight in combat continue their education with audiobook products, Learning Ally has evolved to help individuals understand the unique ways they learn and match them to the solutions that enable personal achievement.

Today, Learning Ally reaches over 1,600,000 students, 260,000 educators and 21,600 schools across the country and continues to expand its reach. With a continued commitment to supporting students who learn differently, Learning Ally has joined researchers and neuroscientists from renowned institutions including UCSF and MIT, to better understand and address learning issues. You will find that our culture is one that is very committed to our mission, innovation, professional growth, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


About the Job

As a member of Learning Ally’s Government Relations and Public Policy team, you’ll work on driving key partnerships with the federal and state governments that serve to improve literacy outcomes. This role requires a combination of creativity, intellectual rigor, and organizational skills to manage various campaigns, projects, and initiatives. Through engaging with external stakeholders, the Senior Manager of Government Relations will inform and direct the team.

An ideal candidate is passionate about education and achieving equity for students through literacy. The Government Relations and Public Policy department leads Learning Ally’s engagement with educational stakeholders- including government officials, professors, businesses, and lawyers- in the formation and execution of public policy that benefits innovation in educational technology and teaching strategies.

As a member of our organization, you will help educate policymakers and key opinion leaders, advise internal teams on the political landscape, and work across Learning Ally to develop coherent, strategic plans to support Learning Ally’s public policy priorities that align with our whole child literacy solution. While we focus on challenges affecting students who struggle with reading, our scope is increasingly broad and encompasses the intersection of public policy, technology solutions, teacher training, educational strategies, and curriculum development.

Our team’s mission is to grow Learning Ally’s networking by creating new partnerships with the federal and state governments. Through relationship-building, we can increase Learning Ally’s reach in addition to helping legislative leaders responsibly navigate the social, political, and economic issues associated with literacy and how best to teach reading. Learning Ally takes its responsibilities seriously, including engaging with government and other stakeholders on important educational policy challenges.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant experience required
  • 10+ years experience in a relevant field, such as public policy or government relations, specifically in the area of regulatory affairs, public affairs, education policy, and advocacy.
  • In the policy and advocacy arena, the candidate should possess Hill, Executive Branch, Government Relations experience preferred.
  • Experience collaborating cross-functionally and coalition building.
  • A leader with a strong ability to research, analyze, and develop public policy advocacy strategies
  • Candidate should possess strong communication skills (written and verbal), organizational, and time management skills to effectively work on a portfolio of projects with a variety of collaborators.
  • Driven and has the ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and sound professional judgment.
  • Experience with driving and implementing grassroots marketing or political campaigns
  • Experience building coalitions and engaging with third parties to drive policy outcomes.

Preferred qualifications:

  • In the policy and advocacy arena, the candidate should possess Hill, Executive Branch, Government Relations experience preferred.
  • Experience handling public policy challenges relating to educational technology, school curriculum, teaching strategies, or other services.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and driving consensus across multiple stakeholders with diverse perspectives.
  • Subject matter expertise in one of the following areas: early childhood literacy, curriculum development, social and emotional interventions, teaching strategies, or geopolitical trends affecting the education sector.
  • Knowledgeable of the legislative life cycle through bill development, passage, adoption, and rulemaking

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners, both internally and externally, to create public policy strategies for our whole-child literacy solution that drive legislative and regulatory outcomes.
  • Manage and drive relationships with third-party advocacy organizations, (example the Democratic Governors Association and Republican Governors Association).
  • Work with the marketing team to create and drive social media and web-based awareness campaigns.
  • Balance a combination of forward-looking strategic projects and short-term responses to international political flare-ups
  • Create written and visual materials advocating for our whole child literacy solution
  • Coach Learning Ally’s national volunteer base to tell our story to policymakers, regulators, and other important policy influencers
  • Work with volunteers to drive engagement with legislatures
  • Advise organization leaders about the policy and political environment affecting our products

 

Learning Ally is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Job posted: 2022-07-16