Jobs at the National Alliance

 

Senior Vice President of Advocacy

at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Washington, D.C. Office

The Position

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the charter school movement, is seeking a talented and motivated professional to join its team.

The Senior Vice President will lead the federal advocacy efforts of the National Alliance – a 501(c)(3) – and the Charter School Action Fund (CSAF) – a nascent 501(c)(4). S/he will be responsible for the design and implementation of strategies to: (1) increase the advocacy capacity of the nationwide charter school community and (2) drive the success of federal legislative initiatives defined by the National Alliance and CSAF.

 

Responsibilities

The Senior Vice President for Advocacy will be expected to:

Serve as a senior leader at the National Alliance. Specifically:

  • Work closely with the President & CEO of the National Alliance, and the government relations, advocacy, and communication teams to provide national leadership and guidance on achieving federal and state policy, and fundraising goals;
  • Contribute to the overall management of the National Alliance and the design and growth of the c4 by participating in high-level strategic visioning, planning, and implementation activities; and
  • Build relationships with the broader education reform community to help align advocacy activities. 

Lead legislative strategy. Specifically:

  • Build a robust federal advocacy shop that leverages the National Alliance data and research to continuously inform and elevate the importance of charter schools at the federal level; Lead the National Alliance’s federal relations team to secure enactment of the National Alliance and CSAF’s key legislative initiatives aimed at dramatically boosting funding for the federal Charter Schools Program to $1B by 2020; and
  • Manage staff and lobbying consultants. 

Lead national advocacy and communications initiatives.  Specifically:

  • Revise the c4 strategic plan in support of near, mid, and long term legislative initiatives;
  • Design and implement grassroots strategies in support of federal legislative initiatives and organize corresponding events to mobilize charter school supporters to take meaningful action on local and state issues necessary for building greater support for federal initiatives; and
  • Represent the National Alliance and CSAF in a variety of settings and participate broadly in the education reform community, including serving on panels and presentations.

Generate resources. Specifically:

  • Support the President in correspondence with current and prospective c4 donors; and
  • Help raise operating funds to support CSAF and related advocacy campaign activities.

Requirements

The following credentials and experience are required:

  • A portfolio of accomplishments, seasoning, and contacts resulting from at least ten years working on Capitol Hill and/or electoral and advocacy campaigns
  • Demonstrable success in directly mobilizing grassroots efforts and advocacy campaigns
  • Substantive, impactful work with lobbyists and federal and state legislative staff/agencies
  • The ability to execute in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities
  • A track record of success in fundraising
  • A Bachelor’s degree

Success in the role will require the following skills and knowledge:

  • Seasoned management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to work independently and with minimal supervision
  • MS Office proficiency; experience leveraging CRM systems

 The successful candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Comfort, confidence, and finesse relating to senior executives, Hill staffers, and elected officials
  • Polished and professional demeanor, including excellent interpersonal skills and salesmanship
  • A collaborative nature, including the ability to manage stakeholders without formal authority 
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and results-driven
  • The ability to relate to individuals on both sides of the aisle

Reporting Structure

The Senior Vice President will report directly to the the National Alliance President & Chief Executive Officer.

 


To Apply:

The executive search team at Bellwether Education Partners is leading the search. Inquiries and applications, comprising a resume and letter of interest, should be sent to: Leslie Nair, Principal, leslie@bellwethereducation.org.

Bellwether is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations become more effective and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students. Our Talent Services practice identifies, places, and supports education leaders through comprehensive executive searches, customized search advisory services, and individual coaching. We also partner with clients to build talent-ready organizations where diverse teams can work, develop, and thrive.


 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and multicultural work environment. The National Alliance welcomes applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or any other category protected by law.