Sr. Prog/Policy/Specialist/Analyst, #H003-Priority Schools
National Education Association (NEA) - Washington, DC

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Position Summary: This position involves providing high-level specialized professional, technical, and training support to the Priority Schools Campaign (PSC) and the Center for Great Public Schools (CGPS) . This position is focused on the issues directly related to the work of school transformation and restructuring. The incumbent will analyze state and local legislative language and regulations for use by state and local affiliates. In addition, the incumbent works well in collaborative teams, as well as individually on policies and practices related to building organizational capacity to engage in school transformation. To carry out responsibilities, the incumbent uses a personal computer, associated software, other office technology, and travels frequently.

Required Skills

Selection Criteria: Tier 1 (Essential): Demonstrated knowledge of school transformation and restructuring practices, reports, and research from national and state groups, coalitions, think tanks, and researchers. Experience in education policy and program development, including experience in synthesizing and translating research and information into policies, user-friendly tools, and techniques for use by staff, members, and affiliates in supporting union collaboration in school transformation and restructuring. Effective verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated effectiveness in working under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions. Skill in working independently and within a collaborative team environment. Successful references. TIER 2 (Significant): Understanding of state processes in changing, moving , and passing legislation and regulations. High level of creativity to develop strategic guidance, user-friendly materials, and training programs. Knowledge of the needs of NEA leaders and members at the grassroots level. Proven ability to work collaboratively and creatively toward organizational goals. Knowledge of collaborative efforts between local NEA affiliates and their school districts. Public school teaching experience, as well as knowledge of classroom and student issues. TIER 3 (Desirable): Knowledge of the Priority School Campaign’s mission and strategic focus.

Required Experience

Minimum Education Requirement: A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Education, Political Science, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills is required. Minimum Qualifications: Five years of progressively responsible professional experience related to working as an advocate in advancing policies and practices that support school transformation and restructuring . Experience in public speaking, developing presentations and trainings, preparation of policy analysis, education research and data analysis, including knowledge of research design and use of research in policymaking. Experience in collaborating with union/association leadership strongly preferred. Experience in communications, training and organization development. Other Requirements : Must be able to work extended hours on evenings and weekends. Samples of work products (i.e., writing, presentation handouts, training materials, etc.) may be required at time of interview. Frequent travel required (21-45 overnights per year).

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