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Washington Policy Manager

The Position

Stand for Children Washington seeks an exceptional Policy Manager to provide critical policy and implementation support to the statewide advocacy work in Washington. 

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Responsibilities

  • Provide policy research, data analysis, and relevant communications support on issue focus areas in support of the Government Affairs Director.
  • Identify and analyze relevant legislation and policy proposals (district, statewide, and national), as well as data on student achievement as impacted by current and proposed policies, to determine best and most promising practices;
  • Create policy platforms, develop new proposed policies, make recommendations of support; including suggested bill or rule language;
  • Research and write factsheets, white papers, and other supporting materials to make legislation and policy proposals relevant and understandable for diverse stakeholders, including policy makers, community members, and Stand for Children staff;
  • Serve as a resource for elected officials and other Stand for Children staff by quickly researching and answering questions about legislative history, research support for an issue, talking points on a bill, and other time-sensitive information, especially during the legislative session;
  • Develop background materials and leave-behinds for members of senior staff in preparation of meetings with elected officials, donors, reporters, and other policy makers;
  • Research, monitor, and manage implementation of passed policies.
  • Monitor the implementation of advocacy wins, including engaging with government and school officials charged with implementation and engaging in the rule-making process;
  • Analyze the impact of implemented policies on the desired outcomes to identify lessons learned and recommend improvements;
  • Monitor rule making process at state agencies, providing input, as well as keeping relevant parties informed;
  • Conduct data analysis of policy implementation to measure progress and effectiveness;
  • Develop, build, and maintain relationships with decision-makers, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Support the Government Affairs Director on multiple task forces and workgroups or representing Stand for Children on such bodies;
  • Build, cultivate, and manage relationships with state education stakeholders and relevant partners in districts outside of Seattle through regular attendance at committee hearings, coalition meetings, task force meetings, and some school board meetings and community leadership trainings.
  • Collaborate with the Washington team to distill and communicate district and statewide policy best practices to parents and stakeholders through meetings, workshops, factsheets, blog posts, presentations, and email communications;
  • Represent Stand for Children’s policy positions in public town hall meetings, on panels, in public testimony, and in private meetings with district leaders, state agencies, coalitions, and other stakeholders;
  • Attend coalition; working with counterparts at partner organizations to develop joint policy positions; and
  • Traveling occasionally to legislative districts and school districts in the state.

Qualifications

  • Passionate and unwavering belief in Stand for Children’s mission and strategy to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for and with access to a college education;
  • A demonstrated understanding of education policy and Washington state politics;
  • 3-5 years of experience, or combination of experience and related education;
  • Strong qualitative, quantitative research, and data analysis skills; ability to synthesize and summarize existing research, develop policy conclusions and recommendations, and conduct original research;
  • Superb writer skilled at making complicated ideas accessible to the public through policy one-pagers, briefs, and reports;
  • Comprehensive analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to plan and implement in a fast-paced environment;
  • Self-starter with ability to manage multiple tasks and projects under deadline;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and follow through on commitments to others; accepts and incorporates direct feedback;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills a must; ability to initiate, foster, and leverage contacts from diverse networks to achieve strong outcomes crucial;
  • Strong drive to win, willingness to take calculated risks, persistent and resilient in the face of challenges;
  • Experience working in school district role supporting implementation of programs and policy preferred.
  • Ability to be stationary for extended periods of time and ability to travel to meetings outside of the office; May require the ability to climb stairs.

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