The Policy Director will lead our organization’s strategy to advance smart charter authorizing laws and policies in states across the country by developing and promoting a policy platform in partnership with local and state advocacy organizations.
At the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), we believe that all children should have access to public schools that prepare them for success in life. We achieve this vision by strengthening charter school authorizing – the work of approving, monitoring, and holding charter schools accountable. Quality authorizing is essential to ensuring charter schools can play a vital role in providing better educational opportunities to children across the country. We work to improve authorizing by building an evidence base to inform best practices among hundreds of authorizers nationwide, shape state charter policies, and develop the growing authorizing profession.
Why People Like Being A Part of the NACSA Team
“The people at NACSA are talented; we are driven by our mission and core values and recognize that the stakes are too high for anything less than excellence.” – Katie Piehl, Director of Authorizer Development
“I work with a very smart group of people who are all committed to doing great work.” – Delfino Unzueta, General Accounting Manager
“The opportunity to impact millions of kids’ lives by improving authorizing is an incredible opportunity and humbling responsibility.” – Karega Rausch, Vice President of Research & Evaluation
“I enjoy working in a place that allows for my professional growth with a side of work-life balance.” – Shannon Bauer, Manager of Talent Development Programs
Role and Major Responsibilities
The Policy Director will:
Create and continually update NACSA policy platform and objectives;
Develop a partnership strategy to work with local influencers to advance NACSA’s policy objectives;
Lead and oversee the strategy for developing and strengthening partnerships with state and local advocacy organizations;
Manage the development of policy briefs and reports to meet partner needs and advance strong authorizing policies;
Build relationships with national advocacy partners;
Continually monitor charter school and authorizing laws and policies, developing new positions as needed; and
Work closely and collaboratively with NACSA colleagues to advance the mission of the organization.
S/he will report to the Vice President of External Relations and work closely with the CEO.
Flexible. NACSA’s headquarters are located in Chicago.
The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to email@example.com.
The Policy Director will be a goal-driven, strategic thinker with significant experience in education policy and/or advocacy at the state or local level.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Demonstrated ability to simplify complex policies and issues
Knowledge and experience with education policy, ideally charter school policy
The perfect candidate has the following characteristics
A strategic thinker who can develop and implement a long-term vision and goals
Deep interest and passion for advancing education policy that supports quality public schools
Analytical thinker with the ability to translate data and research into easy-to-use resources for advocacy partners
Strong writer and communicator
A multi-tasker, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Able to work at a fast pace without compromising quality or long-term goals
Strong sense of personal responsibility
Possesses a high level of self-awareness and actively seeks and responds well to feedback
All staff members demonstrate alignment with NACSA’s Values
Quality Education: We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
Excellence: We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
Strategy: We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
Initiative: We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
Community: We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
Balance: We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience