Director, Policy

25 Aug, 2022


Director, Policy

New Leaders
Washington, D.C.

Position Details 

The Director, Policy will be based out of a home office located in the National Capital Region. 

Position Overview 

The Director, Policy contributes to New Leaders’ policy efforts and plays a key role in the organization’s mission of promoting high academic achievement for every child by executing New Leaders’ strategy to advance the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed. The Director, Policy works to strengthen federal school leadership policy and helps establish New Leaders as the premier thought leader on school leadership policy with key partners. The Director, Policy will report directly to the Chief Policy & Strategic Initiatives Officer. 

Specific Responsibilities 

Serve as one of New Leaders’ policy experts to advance educational equity by strengthening school leader preparation and support and increasing the number of leaders of color serving our nation’s schools. This includes:  

  • In collaboration with other Policy team members and organization content experts, leading the development of New Leaders’ federal policy positions, tailoring recommendations for relevant context, including implementation challenges. 
  • Serving as an expert on policy content and context related to school leadership in relevant federal education laws, including the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act. 
  • Staying current on federal action on school leadership and other policies that have a substantial impact on students in under resourced schools, as well as major state action related to equity and schools in support of program implementation. 

Represent New Leaders in discussions and presentations with external stakeholders, including by developing and maintaining positive relationships with federal policy leaders and key partners. This includes:  

  • With our lobbying firm, building broad support for school leadership, including a particular focus on cultivating congressional champions and securing relevant language in authorizing, appropriations, and budget reconciliation bills. 
  • With the Chief Policy & Strategic Initiatives Officer, working with Administration officials to highlight the importance of school leadership, advance New Leaders’ goals in policy implementation, and provide opportunities to learn from our program alumni.   
  • Representing New Leaders’ in targeted coalition efforts to advance shared values and policy priorities in service of New Leaders’ mission; this includes working in coalition with both education and civil rights organizations. 

In partnership with the Chief Policy & Strategic Initiatives Officer, execute strategy to raise the profile of school leadership policy in advancing educational equity. This includes: 

  • Leading the development of policy briefs and other publications. 
  • Building relationships that create and enable opportunities for New Leaders to share research and program lessons; build broad-based understanding of and support for policy priorities; and foster deeper partnerships and expanded opportunities to scale best practices in leadership development and support. 
  • Provide engaging learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences to access relevant, timely information on school leadership policy – including policies related to teacher leaders, principals, principal supervisors, and other school leaders. 
  • Developing strong relationships with other New Leaders staff, building others’ capacity, approaching interactions with other teams from value-add perspective, and contributing to overall organizational success. 

Perform other duties as assigned. 

Skills, Experiences, and Competencies 

Belief that every student, in every circumstance, can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence, and passionate commitment to New Leaders’ mission and vision. 

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Experience working with the federal government is required; experience working on Capitol Hill or in the U.S. Department of Education is strongly preferred. 
  • 7 years of overall work experience required, ideally in K-12 education or higher education and related to policy, policy analysis, or similar projects; prior experience with public speaking preferred. 
  • Equity-driven with demonstrated ability to work well with people from a wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent written and oral communications and relationship management abilities. The Director will work with a team and colleagues based in offices across the country and must be able to build relationships and communicate effectively in a virtual environment, including using technology to collaborate in an inclusive manner. 
  • Expertise in reading, analyzing, and drafting policy language, including statute, bills, regulations, or other federal notices required. 
  • Innovative thinker who sees policy as a lever for truly making a difference in the lives of   children, has a sense of possibility and can adapt to take advantage of unexpected opportunities in a changing policy landscape; exhibits motivation, flexibility, and a positive, solutions- orientation in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Passionate about building relationships in service of advocating for the communities we serve; enjoys public speaking (in person and on virtual platforms), facilitating sessions that inspire key stakeholders, and serving as a strategic thought partner to federal and state policymakers. 
  • Loves policy details and has experience with both communicating “in the weeds” with other policy experts and making policy accessible to non-policy audiences. 
  • Able to operate independently, without significant oversight, and with a high degree of personal responsibility for getting to goals with quality and in a timely manner, paying attention to small details, anticipating problems, offering creative solutions, and course-correcting as needed. Adept at balancing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. 
  • Must be able to travel domestically as needed, likely once every two months, aligned to New Leaders’ Travel and In-Person Activities policy. 

New Leaders requires each employee to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., at least two weeks have passed since the employee received the dose of a single-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine with at least the minimum recommended interval between doses) or to obtain an approved exemption or reasonable accommodation through the People Development & Human Resources team within six weeks of their start date as a term and condition of employment.     

If you are an applicant who resides in Colorado, please email regarding total compensation. Please include the following information in your outreach: your name, the city where you live, your email address, and the title of the position about which you are inquiring.    

Employees regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week are eligible to participate in the New Leaders Health Benefits and Wellness Program, through which New Leaders offers two robust medical plan options, dental care, vision, and other benefits. New Leaders also offers a 401K plan for eligible employees and generous paid-time-off benefits. Employees may also be eligible for merit awards, bonuses, and/or commissions depending on the role, organizational guidelines, and individual performance. 

New Leaders is an equal opportunity employer. New Leaders evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical disability, handicap, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law in administration and operation of its Programs and activities, including admission or access thereto, or treatment or employment therein. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such status. 

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Job posted: 2022-08-25