Policy Director

Context                                                                                                               

In New Orleans’ unique school system, charter school leaders and their governing boards share the responsibility for making important decisions, alongside the school district and school board. In this collaborative environment, NSNO has played a central role in working closely with school leaders and policymakers to create policies that prioritize and balance accountability, autonomy, equity, and choice.

Though our schools have accomplished significant progress over time, there are still complex challenges in our city that hold our students back from achieving all the success they deserve. At NSNO, our mission is to deliver on the promise of excellent public schools for every child. To do this, we must continue to identify and act on opportunities to develop, improve, and advocate for policies that will better support our schools and students to thrive.

Role and Responsibilities

The Policy Director will support the Chief of Policy and Portfolio in executing a comprehensive policy and advocacy strategy.  This role is an excellent fit for someone who is prepared to jump in from day one and learn through doing. The Chief of Policy and Portfolio has significant New Orleans education policy experience, and the Policy Director has a unique opportunity to build on NSNO’s current policy work to expand its impact. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Engagement: planning and facilitating regular convenings among partner policy and advocacy organizations; representing NSNO in policy-related advisory committees and working groups; facilitating regular touchpoints with local elected officials; gathering and synthesizing feedback from school leaders and other stakeholders on important policy issues
  • Policy research and development: tracking and analyzing the impacts of proposed state legislation and local policies; developing issue briefs; researching best practices and relevant policies from other districts, states, and countries
  • Advocacy: developing position papers, public statements, and talking points; drafting proposed policies and legislation;

In addition, the Policy Director will provide logistical support for policy-related communications, presentations, and meetings and play an active role in contributing to NSNO policy strategy decisions.

 

Qualifications

  • Work experience in advocacy, research, public policy, or other relevant fields
  • Law degree (J.D.), or Masters in Public Policy or Public Administration, preferred
  • Significant work or volunteer experience demonstrating a commitment to public education, students, and families
  • A demonstrated track record of success and achievement involving complex projects and/or overcoming significant challenges
  • A commitment to NSNO’s values and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Desired Skills/Experience

  • Legal and policy research and drafting/writing skills
  • Ability to develop precise, clear written materials that communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences
  • Strong organizational skills, including: backwards planning; project planning; preparing meeting agendas; taking and sharing notes; managing “up;” leading group projects
  • High level of professionalism in written and verbal communications
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and remotely (note: NSNO is currently a remote office due to the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • Ability to give, receive, and act on respectful and constructive feedback
  • Fluency in and comfort with technology, including Microsoft Office, Google docs, online/video meetings (e., Zoom)

 

How to Apply

Please send a tailored cover letter and a resume to HR@nsno.org. Candidates may be required to complete a performance task as part of the interview process.

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job

 

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