Senior Policy Manager

09 Jan, 2022


Senior Policy Manager

Generation Hope
Washington, DC

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 nearly $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.

Job Description:

The Senior Policy Manager works with the Director of Learning & Advocacy in the advancement of student parent success through policy and movement building that removes barriers to degree completion, economic and social mobility, and social capital for undergraduate parenting college students. The Senior Policy Manager will promote policies on a broad range of issues that improve the lives of parenting college students and their families.


  • Develop and advance policies to promote student parent success in the areas of higher education, childcare, and economic mobility with a focus on racial equity and examine the efficacy of existing policies that impact student parents.
  • Manage projects related to student parent policy, conducting original quantitative and qualitative research as well as policy analysis; translate findings for a broader audience.
  • Analyze pending regional and federal legislative proposals as well as administrative policies and regulatory changes, including research on relevant legal precedent and implications.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Learning and Advocacy and the Student Advocacy Coordinator, implement a comprehensive regional and national policy agenda to meet the needs of student parents.
  • Provide research and insights on regional policies for institutions participating in Generation Hope’s technical assistance program, FamilyU.
  • Provide timely and regularly policy updates to the CEO to support external advocacy efforts.
  • Contribute to other Generation Hope initiatives as appropriate and identify cross-cutting issues and projects.
  • Participate in coalition and advocacy efforts.
  • Prepare articles, columns, testimonies, proposals, white papers, policy/issue briefs, fact sheets, opinion pieces, blog posts, talking points, and reports.
  • Assist in coordination of responses to internal or external agencies.
  • Assist with the development of virtual (and eventually hybrid) events to include: workshops, seminars, meetings, and presentations. Facilitate panel discussions, strategy sessions, and other events for key stakeholders, policy professionals, and student parents on program and policy issues areas.
  • In partnership with the CEO, Director of Learning and Advocacy, and the Student Advocacy Coordinator, participate in legislative meetings and policy convenings representing the needs and experiences of student parents as needed.
  • Collaborate with the communications team and the Student Advocacy Coordinator to develop appropriate and inclusive framing and messaging for various presentations and written communications, including print and online communications.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.



  • Energetic, positive, and passionate about Generation Hope’s mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, preferably in public policy or a related field.
  • At least three to five years of experience working on social/education policy, with strong knowledge of higher education, childcare, and social sectors, and related programs and policies.
  • Understand federal and state policy and policy making and the role of students and communities in advancing specific policies.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively in verbal forms and facilitate meetings, with particular emphasis on the ability to communicate with policy-making audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience interpreting and re-purposing research and best practices for policymakers in a timely and effective manner.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the mission and vision of Generation Hope.
  • Proficiency with office technology (MS Office and Google Suite) and equipment, including fax machines, printers, copiers, scanners, and computers.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Exceptional team player with a strong ability to contribute positively to a team
  • Travel, as necessary.

Salary and Benefits

Generation Hope provides a competitive salary and full benefits, including 403(b), health, dental, flexible work schedule, and paid time off.


*Please note that all Generation Hope staff are currently working remotely in accordance with the CDC guidelines. Travel will resume when it is safe to do so.

To apply, please complete the online application here (or type in this URL: 

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: 2022-01-09