Director of Government Relations
Policy, Programs, and Professional Issues
Director of Policy and Programs
$75,000 / year
Director of Government Relations leads efforts to engage membership in advocacy at all levels of government. The Director works with the Government Relations and Advocacy Committee and senior staff to develop and enact a comprehensive strategy for addressing legislative and policy issues to support member needs related to educator preparation. The Director serves as the primary contact for Congress, federal agencies, members and other interested parties in relation to policy issues and activities associated with advocacy efforts. The Director of Government Relations works closely with the Manager of State and Federal Policy and reports to the Director of Policy and Programs.
Functions and Responsibilities
- Develop, plan, and execute advocacy strategies for the association that advance the perspective and interests of AACTE members in relation to both P-12 and higher education
- Monitor legislative developments relevant to educator preparation, deliver summary reports to senior staff, and advise on policy and political developments relevant to meet policy priorities and member interests and needs.
- Represent the interest of the association and its members in legislative and regulatory processes and discussions.
- Establish a regular presence and ongoing good relationships with congressional offices that are key to education policy and funding.
- Represent AACTE in numerous national coalitions and task forces to promote the association’s perspective and policy priorities.
- Consult regularly with colleagues in other relevant national associations and coalitions.
- Oversee the development and execution of AACTE’s Annual Day on the Hill activities.
- Communicate regularly with AACTE members to inform them of policy developments and engage them in advocacy initiatives.
- Collaborate with relevant staff to develop advocacy materials (i.e., letters, talking points, and background memos).
- Draft written material to communicate with AACTE members such as newsletters, articles, and briefing papers.
- File quarterly lobbying disclosure reports for the association.
- Contributes to the overall work and mission of the Policy, Programs and Professional Issues department.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
- Work collaboratively across all departments to carry out the organization’s mission and strategic goals.
- Serve as the staff liaison to the AACTE Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy.
- Develop background and briefing materials for the Board and Executive Committee as appropriate.
- Provide support and strategic analyses to the AACTE senior staff.
- Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability in areas of public speaking and volunteer leadership.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially in explaining complex information and resonating with a wide variety of audiences with varying degrees of subject knowledge.
- Demonstrated ability in developing and implementing effective federal advocacy initiatives.
- Demonstrated ability to establish relationships and collaborate with a range of stakeholders.
- Strong initiative and ability to respond quickly to policy developments.
- Effectively manages multiple priorities and tasks
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
- Ability and comfort level managing through ambiguity.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree strongly preferred.
- Experience with membership associations (education association preferred).
- Solid understanding of education policy issues.
- Preference to those candidates with demonstrated understanding of educator preparation issues.
- Preference to those candidates with demonstrated and recognized legislative and congressional experience related to lobbying for education related issues.
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