Internal Posting Period: October 22-26, 2012
External Posting Period: Open until filled
The National Education Association (NEA) is America’s oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NEA proudly claims more than 3 million members devoted to the following mission: to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education by preparing every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Our vision is a great public school for every student. We strive to improve the quality of teaching and learning, increase student achievement, and make schools safer and better places to learn.
NEA seeks applications for an Associate Director of its Education Policy and Practice Department. The Associate Director serves as a member of the senior management team, provides strategic counsel to the Director, and plays an integral role in the development and administration of the programs and initiatives of the Center for Great Public Schools. This position reports directly to the Director of Education Policy and Practice Department.
- Support the Director to create and strengthen the strategies and infrastructure necessary to fulfill the Department’s potential.
- Align the full range of departmental and cross-departmental resources with current program objectives and future capabilities.
- Manage and participate in the creation and use of a variety of high-quality policy and practice resources, such as letters, talking points, toolkits, testimony, and webinars supporting and explaining NEA policy.
- Ensure timely and successful completion of a variety of projects within budget.
- Manage, motivate, and mentor all EPP staff colleagues to promote high levels of staff achievement and growth in alignment with work-plans and strategic plan and budget.
- Maintain a clear understanding of the policy environment in which NEA, its affiliates, and members work.
- Ability to quickly gain an understanding of emerging policy and practice areas as needed, and help build staff capacity in this area.
- Assist in design and implementation of complex, multi-stakeholder coalition- and consensus-building processes.
- Represent the Department and NEA responsibly and communicate effectively in various settings on a broad range of issues.
- Leads integration in a coordinated programmatic agenda that builds collaborative relationships between NEA and other organizations to strengthen the commitment to public education.
- Serve as an effective executive staff member of the Department with respect, professionalism, dedication, good humor, and creativity.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Relevant graduate degree and/or certification preferred.
A minimum of seven years of NEA state association or equivalent experience required; with at least three years of executive-level experience preferred.
Significant and extensive experience as an advocate within an organization for public, parental and business support for public education and educators.
Strategic thinker who has the ability to build consensus across a diverse organization.
Experience in education policy and program development related to both state and federal levels, possessing fluency in several policy areas related to the work of the Department.
Exceptional, proactive, detail-oriented project management skills. Ideal candidate will have managed the implementation of complex, integrated campaigns. This includes excellent time management and organizational skills and ability to juggle conflicting priorities and meet objectives consistently with minimal internal stress.
Proven ability to work effectively with sensitive information and data.
Mission-driven professional who is energized in an ever-changing environment of shifting priorities who is also adept at simultaneously managing staff and working with leaders.
Demonstrated commitment to strengthening public education and to diversity and equity.
Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with executive management and all levels of NEA, state affiliate staff, and members on an ongoing basis.
Proven skill in developing, organizing, and sustaining programmatic initiatives.
Knowledge of change management principles and effective organizational systems.
Highly effective skills in supervision, decision-making, oral and written communications, including effective presentation skills, interpersonal relations, team building, collaboration, financial and budget management.
A relevant graduate degree (desirable.)
Flexibility with respect to schedule, working hours, travel, and work assignments, including ability to work late or on weekends when necessary; reliable job attendance essential.
Ability to travel frequently (over 25-30 overnights per year).