Sr. Program/Policy Spec/Analyst #0513, Center for Governance
National Education Association (NEA) - Washington, DC

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The position supports the NEA’s strategic objective to focus the energy and resources of its 3+ million members toward the promotion of public education by providing professional expertise in policy analysis, guidance, coordination and implementation for NEA governance, state affiliate leaders, members and staff.

Position Summary: The essential functions of this position include analyzing, developing, interpreting, maintaining, and implementing NEA governance policies, procedures and practices. The incumbent provides guidance, expert advice, analytical support and other consultative services to national, state and local affiliate leaders, members, and staff on NEA policy and practice; monitors and assists in coordinating implementation of governance decisions and recommendations; serves as a primary contact and resource for the NEA Committee on Constitution, Bylaws and Rules; and is the principal staff contact and resource for candidates for NEA executive offices, the NEA Executive Committee, and at-large candidates for the NEA Board of Directors. He/she has responsibility for ensuring that campaigns for NEA office are conducted in accord with NEA Campaign Regulations and serves as a resource for national, state and local affiliates and leaders on the interpretation and application of NEA’s Campaign Regulations. Working with a team of colleagues, he/she helps provide staff support for meetings of the NEA Executive Committee, NEA Board of Directors, and Representative Assembly. Other essential functions include researching, writing detailed reports and interpretive memos, editing reports and position papers; developing, interpreting, administering, and evaluating organizational policies and procedures; developing and delivering training on matters of policy compliance; establishing and administering systems for the tracking and coordination of governance actions and support; and providing expertise/consultation on a wide range of often complex and sometimes confidential governance issues.

Required Skills

Tier 1 (Essential): Extensive knowledge of NEA governance structure, policies, procedures and practices. Demonstrated capacity to research, analyze and interpret complex policy and organizational issues. Strong problem-solving abilities, including the ability to fashion multiple alternatives and options to complex problems. Effective verbal, written and interpersonal skills, including a proven track record in writing articles, briefing papers, talking points, and reports. Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks concurrently. Demonstrated effectiveness in working under stringent timeframes and changing priorities and/or conditions. Skill in working independently as well as within a team environment with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively toward organizational objectives. Successful references. Tier 2 (Significant) : Knowledge of affiliate organizational structures and governance issues. Political savvy with ability to effectively navigate sensitive and complex internal and external issues with tact, diplomacy and discretion and to manage high level interactions successfully. Experience advising or working with non-profit boards, governance groups or other decision-making entities. Ability to design and facilitate effective meetings. Positive attitude and openness toward continuous learning and self-improvement and development. Tier 3 (Desirable ): Working knowledge of database systems, communications technology including social media, and web-based applications for monitoring, tracking and reporting information.

Required Experience

Minimum Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in law, policy, or related field and/or appropriate certification preferred. Minimum Qualifications: A minimum of five years of NEA and/or state association or equivalent experience required. Five years of professional experience in policy analysis. Extensive professional writing experience . Other Requirements: Some travel required (approximately 15-20 overnights per year). Applicant must provide five copies of up to three reports, chapters, articles and/or research briefs on education topics designed and written by applicant required at least one week prior to interview (one may be co-authored with others).