Policy and Advocacy Manager

26 Jul, 2019


Policy and Advocacy Manager

National College Access Network (NCAN)
Washington, DC

NCAN’s new Policy and Advocacy Manager will be an integral part of the growing policy and advocacy work at the National College Access Network (NCAN). The manager will play a key role in policy analysis and issue tracking to advance NCAN’s federal and state policy agenda while also building the advocacy capacity of our member programs. This new position is an excellent opportunity for an individual committed to advocating for equitable outcomes in education for students of color, low-income students, immigrants, and first-generation college-goers. NCAN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.


  • Analyze and track federal and state legislation
  • Build advocacy capacity of NCAN member programs through professional development, convenings and issue education
  • Support relationships with coalitions and policymakers
  • Manage relationships and administrative work with recipients of direct advocacy assistance from NCAN
  • Contribute to policy and advocacy communications through quarterly webpage management and weekly blog writing
  • Report related key performance indicators and success metrics monthly
  • Represent NCAN at convenings and events as needed
  • Partner with outside vendors and consultants as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.



The manager must be able to work with and around others from a myriad of backgrounds on a daily basis. Those people include, but are not limited to, employees of all levels within the organization, NCAN board members, NCAN members, the media, school and community leaders, consultants, policymakers, and vendors.


This position is full-time and includes NCAN’s generous benefits package. Preferred start date of September 3, 2019. Salary range of $70,000 – $80,000 depending on experience. Manager must work from the NCAN headquarters in Washington, DC.

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (max. 1000 words) to:

Carrie Warick
Director of Policy and Advocacy
National College Access Network
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC  20036
Email:  hr@collegeaccess.org


Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, familiarity with advocating for an issues-based agenda, and three to five years of related professional experience. Top candidates will have experience with grassroots or member-led advocacy, state-level policy and also have knowledge of or experience with college access/success issues, working with underserved students, or higher education reform issues.

The manager must be a team player who can work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong writing skills with an understanding of writing for an organizational voice is highly preferred. Grassroots advocacy experience or higher education policy experience is a plus.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) is required. Experience with social media or web content management systems is a plus. Periodic travel required; must have a valid in-state driver’s license for local travel.


Job posted: 2019-07-26