CONNECTICUT POLICY AND ADVOCACY MANAGER
BACKGROUND: The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) is the membership and advocacy organization for public charter schools in New York and Connecticut. The organization was established in 2000 originally as the New York Charter Schools Association and in 2013 expanded its work into Connecticut. Our mission is to support and grow the high-quality charter school movement in both states, which we do through advocacy, public awareness and school support services. It is the only statewide charter school advocacy organization in New York and Connecticut and is the only regional charter association in the country.
POSITION: Reporting to the Connecticut State Director, the Connecticut Policy and Advocacy Manager will support the development of local and state advocacy campaigns in support of NECSN’s policy goals, including but not limited to: funding equity for public charter schools, equal access to school facilities, and strengthening charter laws to promote quality, growth, and autonomy. The Manager will work closely with the Connecticut team to support the research, writing, data and policy analysis of our state advocacy and member services work. The Policy Manager will gather research, policy information, data for advocacy campaign and member materials, complete projects, fulfill research requests, prepare responses to inquiries on research and policy, and monitor policy and legislative activity at the capitol in Hartford and throughout the state. The Manager will also support the development and continuation of strong partnerships and relationships with members, leaders and key stakeholders (school leaders, school boards, founding groups, charter parents, charter teachers, elected officials, community leaders, and other grassroots supporters), in service of supporting and growing a robust public charter school movement.
- Conduct timely, accurate and thorough research and policy and data analysis, compile and analyze quantitative and qualitative information in support of the organization’s work.
- Support drafting advocacy and campaign documents, including but not limited to, research reports, memos, one-pagers, fact sheets, testimony, talking points and other materials.
- Receive and assist in completing ad-hoc research requests by collecting and analyzing data and fact checking research products.
- Monitor federal, state and local education issues and developments to inform our campaigns on appropriate courses of action.
- Work with local partners to solicit input on research products and ensure sharing of best research practices.
- Attend events and webinars to further support NECSN’s work.
- Deep commitment to NECSN’s mission that public charter schools are a vital way to provide access to high quality educational options to students.
- Prior experience with charter schools and/or education advocacy preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree and at least two to three years of professional experience, preferably in education, education policy or advocacy and prior experience with quantitative and qualitative research analysis.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to assist with writing and editing advocacy papers and reports.
- Ability to gather and analyze information from various sources and make sound, logical conclusions.
- Demonstrated record as both a team player and a self-starter, including exceptional organization and time management skills, a demonstrated ability to design a work plan, prioritize and meet goals under pressure, a good sense of humor and an innovative spirit.
- Ability to work non-traditional hours, including weekday evenings and weekends.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment with multiple and varied assignments.
- Ready and willing to provide thought-leadership on new projects and tasks.
- Positive can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.
The position is based out of New Haven, but will require travel throughout the state and to the state capitol in Hartford, particularly during the legislative session. This position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and we offer a comprehensive benefits package.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample not to exceed ten pages to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Connecticut Policy and Advocacy Manager - [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.
At NECSN, we deeply value the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff in strengthening our collective work and mission to deliver a great education to all kids. NECSN is an equal opportunity employer and we highly encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.