Director of Policy & Research

09 Jul, 2022


Director of Policy & Research

Generation Hope
Washington, D.C.

Job Title: Director of Policy & Research
Salary Range: $100,000 – $130,000
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Starting: September 2022
Status: Full Time (40 hours/week)
Deadline to Apply: August 9, 2022
About Generation Hope:
Generation Hope is a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure all student parents have the
opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility by engaging education and policy partners
to drive systemic change and providing direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children
through holistic, two-generation programming. To date we have provided more than $1 million in tuition
assistance, supported 275 teen parents in college, celebrated more than 100 degrees earned through
our program, and built relationships with 20+ two and four-year institutions around the DC Metro region
as well as other institutions across the country. For more information, please visit:
We are one of the “best non-profits in the region.” Read below to learn why.
By joining our team, you will be working for an organization named “one of the best nonprofits in the
Washington, DC region” by the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Not only do we live out and operationalize
our values, we have done the work to create a culture that truly supports every member of our staff.
The best part of our organization is the people, from the families we serve to the team we have
deliberately cultivated. We strive for excellence while understanding the most valuable asset that we
have is our people. We celebrate diversity in all of its forms, including thought, professional and lived
experiences, race, gender – even taste in music. If this sounds like a mission and work environment you
would like to contribute to and grow with, please consider joining our team.
Generation Hope seeks an experienced, knowledgeable and driven Director of Policy & Research who
will lead our advocacy at the local, state and federal level as well as our research projects. The focus of
the Director’s work will be helping to advance federal and state policies and innovative research that will
remove barriers to economic mobility for parenting college students. This position will drive and lead
some of the most impactful legislative and advocacy efforts of our era, craft policy solutions that focus
on equity for historically under-supported students, and lead research projects that will illuminate the
experiences of young parents, student parents, and their children. The Director of Policy & Research will
ensure our team is coordinated to win strategic and transformational legislative and policy fights that
lead to transformations for families across the country. Leading a three-person team of policy experts
and working with colleagues across the organization, the Director will be surrounded by people who care
deeply about racial justice and who are bold, strategic, and committed to achieving progress toward our
mission every year. Additionally, this person will leverage existing relationships, build new ones, and
work with our allies to continue to lead meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations that advance
shared goals and big wins for families, particularly making an impact for student parents of color. They
will lead the design and execution of quantitative and qualitative analyses and contribute to policy
analyses and recommendations in support of Generation Hope’s three cross-cutting priorities:
● Higher education affordability and accessibility
● Childcare affordability and accessibility
● True pathways to economic mobility
● Apply skills, knowledge, and expertise of the systems that impact families, legislative, policy, and
advocacy landscapes to help our team to advance our mission
● Provide the necessary subject matter expertise around the systems that impact families to the
Policy & Research team and across the organization.
● Oversee the Policy & Research team, directly supervising the Sr. Policy Manager, the Student
Advocacy Coordinator, and other team members as we continue to grow the team. Provide
ongoing coaching and development and promote a culture of high performance, accountability,
continuous improvement and collaboration.
● Work with the team to set policy priorities and legislative goals that advance Generation Hope’s
agenda and direct the team in hitting those goals – always centering and honoring student voice
● Coordinate with colleagues across Generation Hope on cross-cutting issues such as racial equity,
accountability, building an inclusive economy, and education
● Cultivate and maintain relationships among senior policy makers within relevant committees in
Congress as well as local government leaders and represent Generation Hope to major
stakeholders and allied partners. Inspire and effectively model deep collaboration in meeting
overarching goals and priorities.
● With members of the Policy & Research team, research, write, and edit policy reports, analyses,
fact sheets, columns, interactive graphics, and other materials on a wide range of topics relating
to higher education, childcare, and economic mobility policy
● Support the CEO in serving as the spokesperson on various policy issues by preparing talking
points, providing regular policy updates, etc.
● Represent Generation Hope in various settings, including meetings with academics, researchers,
advocates, media, conferences, and panel discussions, and where appropriate, serve as an
on-the-record spokesperson on policy issues for Generation Hope, including in print, radio, TV,
and digital media
● Create systems for tracking Generation Hope’s policy wins and work with the Communications
team to effectively communicate those gains as well as opportunities for people to get involved
● Conceptualize and execute on Generation Hope’s research agenda, including anticipating
research needs; defining a methodology for meeting these needs; laying out a timeline for
completing the work; and driving the work forward – ensuring that research projects are
executed to the highest standard
● Analyze data, design research questions and methods, develop research partnerships, drive a
culture of inquiry, and present high-level findings tailored to multiple stakeholders
● Lead the release of Generation Hope’s research and reports
● Track research and policy developments and coordinate with the CEO and COO in directing
Generation Hope’s strategic responses as appropriate, including rapid-response
communications, technical assistance, and authoring or commissioning original research,
analyses, and policy proposals
● Work closely with our Development team to ensure strong partnership with funders and
supporters. Act as an effective steward of program-restricted resources by managing and
monitoring the Policy & Research budget.
● Contribute to other Generation Hope initiatives as appropriate, including identifying
cross-cutting issues and projects
● Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to Generation Hope’s mission
● Bachelor’s degree in a related field required
● At least 5 years of relevant experience required (i.e. legislative, regulatory, political, public affairs,
research, or industry experience; or any combination of education and experience, which would
provide an equivalent)
● At least 2 years of management experience required
● Demonstrated experience with policy drafting and developing legislative priorities
● Strong knowledge of and deep experience with at least one of the following policy areas: higher
education, childcare, or social policy
● A proven track-record of leadership that resulted in wins, and experience developing, writing,
and executing successful legislative plans
● Excellent organizational skills, experience designing and conducting research and evaluation
● Understanding of national advocacy work and familiarity with larger progressive movements,
players, partners, and allies
● Strong strategic and policy planning skills and commitment to processes that ensure
transparency and communication in carrying out the work to achieve policy and advocacy goals
● When travel resumes, travel at least on a quarterly basis is likely
● Demonstrated ability to build strong, collaborative relationships with leaders and team members
● Exceptional facilitation and presentation skills
● Ability to drive results and set priorities independently
● Ability to work in a fast-paced environment is required
● Personal and professional commitment to understanding and dismantling systemic and
institutional racism
Generation Hope is working fully remote now due to COVID-19 and even when we resume normal
operations, we will have a hybrid remote and in-office work model.
Generation Hope provides full benefits, including 403(b), health, dental, and paid time off. More
information about the benefits of working at Generation Hope can be found at
To apply, please complete the online application. If this link does not work, you can access the
application at this URL: Please do not call.
Generation Hope is an equal opportunity employer. Generation Hope will not discriminate on any basis
prohibited by law, including marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, race, color, religion, sex (including
pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, breastfeeding, or reproductive health decisions), age,
national origin, genetic information, veteran status, and disability.

Job posted: 2022-07-09