Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy–Data Quality Campaign

We are looking to hire a dynamic policy advocate to join our passionate team of professionals at the Data Quality Campaign.  Details below, and you can find the posting on our website: http://dataqualitycampaign.org/careers/

About the Data Quality Campaign (DQC)

DQC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that is leading the national effort to ensure that parents, educators, and policymakers have access to high-quality education data and the tools to use them to help students succeed in school and beyond. We collaborate with organizations at all levels and across the country to create the policies and conditions that

  • increase public understanding of the value of education data to schools and communities;
  • ensure everyone with a stake in education has timely access to the right information to make smart decisions;
  • improve the capacity of teachers and school leaders to use data to help students succeed in school and beyond.

We do this work by building close partnerships, telling important stories, and developing the knowledge that policymakers need to empower the field.

 

Position Summary

This position will provide primary support to DQC’s policy and advocacy team in implementing its multi-year strategy to align local, state, and federal policy to improve data use across the education sector. The senior associate will work across the organization to craft and execute projects and events, represent DQC with its partners in DC as well as nationally, and advise the organization on new ideas and practices from the field.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 

  • Support the development and implementation of DQC’s strategic plan and liaise with the policy leadership team to implement this strategy by managing work throughout organization.
  • Analyze, distill, frame, and communicate key issues related to data use and systems alignment policy and practice at district, state, federal, and nationallevels.
  • Keep DQC staff informed about emerging practices and policies that facilitate effective data use across the education sector at all levels.
  • Work with DQC staff to develop a strong network of educators and leaders interested in better using data to improve student achievement.
  • Represent DQC in meetings, briefings, coalitions, and partnerships and conduct presentations to expand DQC’s policy advocacy.
  • Plan and facilitate effective and results-oriented meetings with high-level stakeholders.
  • Reinforce DQC’s strong relationships with national policy, research, and advocacy organizations. Seek strategic opportunities for collaboration and partnership to leverage partners’ expertise to improve local and state conditions for effective state-local data use alignment.
  • Oversee development and execution of deliverables, including policy briefs, convenings, infographics, and presentations.

Requirements & Qualifications

The successful applicant will be ambitious, passionate about education, and intrigued by the opportunity to propose new solutions to complex policy problems. In addition, candidates for this position must have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

 

  • 3+ years of related experience.
  • Enthusiasm for convening sector partners to build consensus around shared advocacy goals and strategies.
  • Experience representing an organization and its agenda externally to a variety of audiences.
  • Superb ability to convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences—externally to technical and nontechnical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners,states, federal government) and internally in management situations—both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to manage the work of junior staff and contractors.
  • Availability to work typical weekday hours at DQC’s Washington, DC, office near Metro Center.
  • Willingness to travel as much as 1–3 times a month.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Candidates for the position must possess the following personal characteristics:

  • A demonstrated commitment to working with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and skills.
  • The presence to inspire confidence and passion both internally and externally.
  • Capacity to work well under pressure in a rapidly changing environment.
  • A reputation for being entrepreneurial, partnership-oriented, energetic, positive, and focused.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required—masters or higher degree preferred—in public policy, education, or related field.

Compensation

  • Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.

 

Reports To

  • Associate Director, Local Policy & Advocacy

 

How to apply

  • Please send resume, cover letter, and list of three references (with email addresses) to employment@dataqualitycampaign.org.
  • Please indicate “Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy” in the subject line.