Policy & Advocacy Director – Higher Education

22 May, 2021


Policy & Advocacy Director – Higher Education

Young Invincibles
Washington, DC

About Young Invincibles:

Young Invincibles (“YI”) is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization working to expand economic opportunity for young people ages 18 to 34 and to amplify their voices in the national political conversation and policy arena. Founded by and for young adults in the summer of 2009 during the debate over health care reform, YI has quickly grown into a leading voice for young people on the issues of healthcare, higher education, pathways to jobs/workforce and civic engagement. The organization has achieved major successes in areas ranging from the regulation of college health plans to Pell grants and has successfully engaged hundreds of thousands of young adults online through a network of over 100 partner organizations. Our regional offices (California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Texas) have increased grant aid for low-income college students, expanded funding for community colleges, and ensured undocumented students can access in-state tuition.


Position Description


YI seeks a Director of Public Policy & Advocacy to lead the overall strategy and positioning on higher education and workforce issues. This position will be responsible for developing YI’s higher education and workforce policy agenda, including setting the agenda at the federal level and working with YI’s regional directors to develop state policy priorities that further organizational goals. He/she/they will lead government affairs strategy and help develop advocacy campaigns with an eye towards advancing YI’s higher education and workforce policy agenda at the federal level and supporting YI’s state-level advocacy efforts. He/she/they will also build critical relationships with stakeholders for YI to advance policy values and priorities pertaining to young adults in the area of higher education and the workforce. 


The ideal candidate has a strong background in higher education and workforce policy and legislative advocacy, as well as demonstrated experience building productive relationships with key stakeholders. He/she/they will also have excellent analytical skills with an ability to think critically and write effectively. An understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to the success of this role, and candidates should be prepared to articulate how they will approach policy analysis and development with an equity lens and strong commitment to improving disparities among young adult populations. The position is a fantastic opportunity to serve as the resident postsecondary policy expert for an influential public policy organization.


Primary Responsibilities: 


  • Develop the organization’s higher education and workforce policy agenda and supporting advocacy strategies to move those policies forward.
  • Lead policy development on higher education and workforce issues. Assist with data analysis and research projects and author policy reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets that analyze higher education and workforce policy issues affecting young adults. 
  • Manage day-to-day government affairs on higher education and workforce issues for the policy department, including rapid response analysis of bills and policy proposals. Build and maintain relationships with Congressional staff, administrative staff, and other policymakers, and represent YI in Hill meetings and communications to advance our policy agenda.
  • Support efforts to coordinate higher education and workforce policy and advocacy efforts/campaigns across YI’s regions. Work with YI regional directors to ensure alignment on organizational higher education and workforce positions and policy goals. 
  • Represent the organization at external events, including coalition meetings, to foster our external relationships and collaborate strategically with partners.
  • Serve as an on-record spokesperson for YI on higher education and workforce policy at events, in official statements, and in the media.
  • Support the development of higher education and workforce issue advocacy trainings and consumer education materials.
  • Contribute to the development of higher education and workforce related fundraising proposals and execute on and track federal higher education and workforce policy grant deliverables as necessary.


Required Skills/Qualifications: 


  • Five to seven years of relevant experience in federal higher education policy  and politics and be generally familiar with state higher education policy issues
  • Knowledge of state & federal workforce policy preferred. 
  • Excellent research and writing ability, including an existing portfolio of policy materials
  • Experience successfully leading legislative advocacy campaigns
  • Experience managing projects with multiple teams and competing priorities
  • Experience building and managing relationships with external partners 
  • Capitol Hill experience, particularly committee experience, preferred. Should have existing relationships with higher education and workforce policy stakeholders, including Hill staff



Competitive salary based on relative experience. YI will provide salary information to applicants invited for the first round of interviews. Comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, & vision coverage, company funded HRA plan; 401K retirement, life insurance, generous vacation, etc. 


How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should apply via our Career Center here: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f558863d-75bd-4729-9a00-389804671479&ccId=19000101_000001&type=JS&lang=en_US


We ask that candidates provide the following documents and information at the time of


  • Cover letter to the attention of Jocelyn Ursin, Human Resources Manager, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in Young Invincibles. 
  • Current Resume 
  • Salary requirement
  • Three references, including at least one former supervisor. (YI will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.) 


Young Invincibles is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. YI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.


Job posted: 2021-05-22