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Senior Policy Analyst, PreK-12 Education

New America is seeking a senior policy analyst with expertise in PreK-12 federal and state education policy, as well as excellent writing, communication, and project management skills, to support our PreK-12 team.

New America’s PreK–12 team works to strengthen and improve our nation’s public schools so that all students have equitable access to a high-quality education that will prepare them for college, careers, and civic life. We focus on a range of policies aimed at supporting and improving the educator workforce to ensure that all educators get the preparation, professional learning, and instructional supports they need to serve a growing and changing population of public school students. We bring intentional and sustained attention to the students, families and communities that are least well-served by public education, with a special emphasis on English learners and a growing body of work on students with disabilities. Through our Teaching, Learning, and Technology initiative, we focus on training and supporting educators and enabling other human-centered approaches to technology use in schools and libraries, and elevate the importance of expanding access to high-quality and inclusive digital instructional resources. And, as the bridge to higher education and workforce development, our team focuses on improving work-based learning in high schools and advancing pathways from secondary to postsecondary college and careers.

Reporting to the Director of the PreK-12 program, the senior policy analyst will work across the PreK-12 education team to develop and lead a policy agenda that aligns with this vision and goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the team to set a cohesive policy agenda to advance PreK-12 goals;
  • Tracking, reviewing, and analyzing federal education legislation and programs, and drafting bill language, in addition to regulatory and guidance language;
  • Developing, pitching, and executing original project ideas. Some of this work will be individual, and some will involve working with a team;
  • Author policy briefs, memos, and other documents for the general public, policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders. Contribute content to New America’s education blog;
  • Establishing, maintaining, and cultivating strategic and bipartisan relationships with state legislative and administrative staff, and with other education stakeholder organizations.
  • Understanding legislative, executive, and appropriations processes and procedures and identifying opportunities for policy engagement.
  • Working with PreK-12 team to conceptualize and develop tools and resources that translate research to a broad array of stakeholders to inform the development of policy.
  • Represent New America on key coalitions and develop relationships with other organizations and experts working on similar issues.
  • Collaborate across PreK-12 team on strategy and communications, including planning projects and events.
  • Be a public representative for New America at external events, including panels, conferences, and symposia.

 Qualifications and Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of PreK-12 education policy experience required. Strong knowledge of federal elementary and secondary education policy, including legislative and regulatory processes. Knowledge of state and local education policy preferred.
  • Experience working with federal, state and/or city government
  • Excellent organizational skills—candidates should have the ability to manage across teams, prioritize work across project objectives and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills—candidates should be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely for public audiences.
  • An ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to publicly represent New America in external events, including panels, conferences, and symposia.
  • Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Inclined to think independently and challenge conventional wisdom in education policy.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume, a cover letter (explaining how you meet the criteria for this role in line with the job description), and a writing sample (no more than six pages). Salary package commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions (by April 15) are recommended.

No phone calls or emails, please.

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