Vice President of Advocacy


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Organization Georgia Charter Schools Association
Location Atlanta
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 10/5/16

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JOB DESCRIPTION
Vice President of Advocacy
Georgia Charter Schools Association


The Vice President of Advocacy will directly contribute to the attainment of GCSA’s quality, growth, organizational strength, and sustainability goals by leading all GCSA’s advocacy efforts.

The major constituencies for advocacy include:

• GCSA Member Schools and their Stakeholders
• Selected Local Government and School Boards, in areas where developing and operating member schools operate
• Georgia State Government, especially the Department of Education and Legislature

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Advocacy will establish an ongoing proposed annual policy and legislative agenda in conjunction with staff and the GCSA Policy and Advocacy Committee. This platform will be informed by the Strategic Plan of GCSA as well as by input from Member Schools and approved by the President and CEO as well as the GCSA Board of Directors.

The VP of Advocacy will help promote the establishment and growth of local chapters of PTO in all Member Schools and train and lead those chapters to be a strong network of advocacy by students, parents, and staff.

The VP of Advocacy will represent the policy and legislative interests of Member Schools in their local communities and with their authorizing body (local school district or state authorizers).

The VP of Advocacy will be the lead staff presence in advocating for Member Schools at the Georgia DOE and Legislature as well as related organizations such as Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).

Responsibilities and Duties
The primary responsibilities and duties of the Vice President of Advocacy include the following:

• Direct, manage, and grow the size and effectiveness of the Georgia PTO. This includes managing the umbrella organization and recruiting volunteer membership by member school PTO’s and by individuals who may or may not have access to local PTO membership;
• Interface with the staff of GCSA, GCSA Policy and Advocacy Committee, GCSA Member Schools including school leadership and PTO’s, Brighter Georgia Education Coalition and individual “sister” advocacy organizations, and contract lobbyists;
• Establish and maintain close professional relationships with key stakeholders among local and state authorizers, members of the legislature, and other elected officials who are related to the life and success of Member Schools;
• Serve as the staff registered lobbyist for GCSA in the GA State Legislature.
• Conduct visits to charter schools, establish relationships, furnish assistance and support to enhance and grow local PTO organizations;
• Create and disseminate informational and promotional advocacy pieces, write articles and reports for internal and external use, write and distribute legislative reports;
• Collaborate with the GCSA Board, President and CEO, Vice President of School Services, Vice President of New School Development, and Director of Communications to grow the number and competency of volunteer advocates and to lead GCSA and GA PTO to become the single largest collective voice for the growth and support of high-quality charter schools statewide;
• Interface with staff of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers in assisting with national efforts to promote the charter school movement and to advocate for national funding and policies which help fuel the growth of Member Schools in Georgia;
• Assume other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned by the President and CEO to fulfill the mission and ongoing strategic plan of GCSA.

Qualifications

GCSA is a strong fit for professionals who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and high degree of integrity, and are self-directed, tenacious, culturally competent, and committed to creating opportunities for children, families, and educators through educational reform and strong public charter schools.
In addition, the successful candidate will have:
• A bachelor’s degree, at minimum, with a related advanced degree preferred;
• A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to build relationships with an array of education professionals, diverse community members, politicians, and funders, and to work effectively in a team environment;
• Excellent judgment skills in the face of quickly changing environments and multiple constituencies;
• The ability to understand and stay apprised of local, state and federal rules and regulations governing charter school authorization and charter school funding;
• Superb organizational planning skills, including the ability to self-start, define goals, design plans and projects tailored to achieving goals, and manage project implementation;
• Superior analytical and synthesizing skills of often complex information and data;
• Exemplary communication, presentation, and facilitation skills;
• Resilience, flexibility, and the ability to deal well with charter school detractors;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and online training software or the ability to quickly gain such proficiency;
• The ability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends in order to accommodate the schedules of multiple stakeholders and to travel without hesitation as needed.