State Legislative Affairs Assistant
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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Reporting to the Director of Legislative Affairs, the State Legislative Assistant will support the organization’s efforts to implement a state legislative strategy around both its K-12 and higher education policy agenda.

Major Responsibilities
  • Track state legislative and regulatory proposals relevant to the Education Trust’s agenda;
  • Attend briefings, meetings, hearings, and other events, and report on the importance of discussed content to the Education Trust’s agenda;
  • Conduct research on state legislative proposals and policy recommendations relevant to K-12 and higher education, with a focus on equity;
  • Assist in developing and maintaining a database of state legislative and executive branch representatives that can be used to track proposals, meetings, affiliations, contacts, and other interactions;
  • Organize and update the division’s online document repository and collaborative workspace;
  • Organize the logistics for state legislative briefings, meetings, and conference calls, as well as compiling and distributing materials before and after briefings, meetings, and other events;
  • Assist with record keeping, scheduling, budget tracking and reporting, and other administrative duties;
  • Provide support to the legislative affairs and field teams as needed;
  • Serve as a resource to state-level advocates working on equity-oriented legislative proposals.
Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
  • A bachelor’s degree required;
  • Strong interest and familiarity with education reform issues at both the K-12 and higher education levels, data analysis, and administrative recordkeeping;
  • The ability to multitask and to prioritize competing demands, but the flexibility to handle the unexpected;
  • A self-starter with strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures;
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong team-building and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop professional relationships with staff and partner organizations in order to maintain ongoing informal communications;
  • Superb organizational and time-management skills;
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and Salsa;
  • Ability to work independently, anticipate issues and opportunities, and make appropriate judgment calls;
  • Commitment to the Education Trust’s mission of closing the achievement gap while raising achievement for all students.
Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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