EE Seeking Policy Director

We’re looking for a passionate and dedicated person to join our team full-time, in downtown Saint Paul, MN. The posting will remain open until August 12th, 2019 but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To apply please send a cover letter describing relevant experience, a resume, two brief (approximately 300 to 1000 word) writing samples preferably on the topic of education, policy, or both to jobs@educationevolving.org. All applications and inquiries will be treated confidentially.

About Education Evolving

Education Evolving (EE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on advancing student-centered learning, in particular for students who are underserved.

To us, student-centered learning means learning is built on a foundation of strong relationships where students’ foundational needs are met and their identities are honored and reflected in school; learning is driven by students and relevant to their lives beyond school; and learning is oriented around mastering knowledge and skills rather than passing time in seats, with students receiving personalized support as needed.

If student-centered learning is the goal, how do we get there? Our theory of change is three-fold:

  • School decisions need to be made closer to students, in particular by teams of teachers who work in close partnership with students, families, and communities.
  • The role for policy should be to create a climate of encouragement for innovation led by school communities, rather than mandating changes from the top.
  • Bold changes begin with a group who are ready, stretching our imagination and proving what’s possible. Over time, those innovations spread and improve as they are tried, adapted, and replicated.

We draw on three primary strategic levers to advance our theory of change:

  • Thought Leadership: We contribute ideas, research, analysis, and stories to enrich and inspire the conversation on education change.
  • Policy Advocacy: We work—in collaboration with legislators, communities, and educators—to advance policies that clear barriers, create opportunities, and provide encouragement for high quality, equitable, student-centered learning.
  • Educator Networks: We connect and support a core group of schools and districts using innovative designs for student-centered learning.

EE has a long history of making change in public education. For more information see our about us page, and our most recent annual report.

Position Description

Education Evolving is seeking a Policy Director to join our team in September of 2019. The position will lead Education Evolving’s policy work, helping to advance student-centered learning. The Policy Director will collaborate with our team to strengthen EE’s policy work at the Capitol, Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and school districts; manage EE’s Student-Centered Learning Policy Advisory Council; represent EE at coalition and community meetings; and more.

Education Evolving is committed to ensuring that our policy work is informed and guided by the teachers and community who know their students best. Applicants must be comfortable working with diverse groups of educators, parents, community leaders, and students. As such the policy director must be ready to continue our current primary policy initiatives: Competency-Based Education legislation and Standards of Effective Practice rulemaking with PELSB.

This position will have the opportunity to collaborate with other organizations and play a lead role in a new project to support heritage languages and cultural studies. This will involve strong collaboration with teachers and national leaders who currently lead this work, developing an understanding of relevant research and the political landscape, and designing EE’s policy strategy.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Being an active member of Education Evolving’s team, understanding that we are a small collaboratively-led nonprofit and take on responsibilities outside of our specific roles;
  • Serving as a powerful advocate for students and their educators in the most underserved communities of MN;
  • Fostering strong relationships with policymakers, legislators, and staff to support Education Evolving’s work, attending meetings and hearings, and coordinating testimony;
  • Supporting stakeholders as they implement policies related to EE’s policy agenda;
  • Facilitating EE’s Student-Centered Learning Policy Advisory Council and leading council committees to understand key policy barriers and needs;
  • Working with partners to develop EE’s policy agenda and strategy;
  • Staying up to date on key policy issues;
  • Developing materials to support our policy initiatives based on relevant research and understanding of political landscape;
  • Collaborating with relevant team members to continue producing our leading local policy blog;
  • Collaborating with and managing a policy intern.

Qualifications

Candidates should possess a strong commitment to EE’s mission, and to education equity more broadly. The ideal candidate has:

  • Experience in public policy, education, or education policy. Some experience in teaching is ideal;
  • Ability to work with diverse teams and stakeholders to foster a culturally inclusive agenda;
  • Excellent research and writing skills. This means being able to source and cite from both community and academic sources, craft strong arguments, and write concise and compelling prose;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate clearly with a small team, be a self-starter and work independently, prioritize and multi-task efficiently;
  • Be comfortable and effective in speaking in small groups and building relationships with diverse partners outside of the organization;
  • Experience with cloud-based tools such as Google Drive, Basecamp or other project management software, and a CRM such as Salesforce.

COMPENSATION. Salary range is $60,000 to $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

Education Evolving is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. We provide equal access to and opportunity in our organization without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, public assistance status, age, sexual orientation, familial status, or local human rights commission activity.

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