Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations

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Organization Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Location Los Angeles
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full time / part time
Date of posting 4/18/2017



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 28 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. In the next phase of our evolution, we must strive to ensure that our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our scholars.


Join our team at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an inclusive and innovative organization deeply committed to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are motivated to unleash our scholars’ potential. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions to achieve our goals in service of our 12,500 students and families.


As Alliance works to ensure all students are prepared for success in college, we also need to expand our reputation and ensure local and national policies allow our schools to thrive. Our Vice President of Advocacy & Government Relations will help lead the efforts to expand our brand and engage elected officials locally and nationally, and build a strategy for raising awareness around the effectiveness of charter schools in Los Angeles and beyond.


Create and lead key strategic advocacy plans and campaigns in partnership with Alliance leadership;
Build a sustainable, scalable operation that leverages school communities to meet overall advocacy needs;
Develop and execute plans for outreach to and engagement of key external stakeholders, including elected officials and civic leaders;
Represent Alliance on key local, state, and national advocacy issues;
Be knowledgeable of the current political landscape and challenges, and help plan Alliance’s strategic response

Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited, competitive college/university is required.
An M.B.A., M.P.A., or M.P.P. is preferred.
At least 6-8 years of full-time work experience, including at least 3-5 years in positions that involve field campaign organizing and/or charter school advocacy.
Experience leading advocacy efforts that have produced meaningful change.
Are an exceptionally hard worker and person of high moral character that can successfully manage a cross-functional team at the home office and schools.
Proven track record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive strong performance results.
Are a nimble problem solver and skilled project manager, able to deliver first-rate results.
Strong relationship building skills and ability to lead and work with diverse audiences
Superior written and oral communication skills with an ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and work with others to implement it
Skills, Beliefs, and Mindset:

Understanding of the nuances of urban education and related political issues.
Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders and other home office departments
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education

Alliance is committed to a being a Best Place to Work, where employees find meaning and joy in their work every day, within a culture of collaboration, support, and excellence. Alliance is proud to offer the following benefits to Home Office employees:

Competitive salaries commensurate with experience.
A personalized health benefits package, built from a choice of medical, dental and vision coverage plans with a fully covered monthly premium for an individual employee (up to $750/month).
An employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of your regular earnings, beginning immediately upon your start date.
Paid time off benefits that include an annual accrual of 15 vacation days and 10 sick days, in addition to 11 paid holidays and paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Employer-paid monthly parking benefit or the option of receiving a reimbursement for using public transportation or a stipend for walking or cycling to work.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.