Senior Associate, Advocacy and Policy

About Us

Chiefs for Change is a nonprofit, bipartisan network of diverse state and district education chiefs. With approximately 55 members, our work is focused on advocacy, leadership development, and member support.

We are positioned to rapidly spread bold policies and practices as we have:

  • National reach: Our members lead education systems with more than 7 million students, 435,000 teachers, and 14,000 schools.
  • Diverse contexts: Our network is diverse in terms of race, gender, political affiliation, and geography.
  • A model for disseminating promising ideas: We work with our members to scale innovative approaches designed to improve student learning.

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Job Description

The Senior Associate, Advocacy and Policy will help develop and execute an advocacy strategy aligned to the network’s mission and beliefs. This includes direct and regular contact with members of Congress and the Biden Administration. A strong candidate will have existing knowledge of policy, process, and personnel in Congress and will be able to quickly provide recommendations for new policy initiatives. Moreover, experience on Capitol Hill is preferred.

The individual hired for this role will be a self-starter and an engaging team player, who cares deeply about our nation’s students, educational equity, the mission of Chiefs for Change, and the work of our members. In addition, the person in this position will have an open mind and healthy willingness to work in a bipartisan manner. The role requires a professional with a proven track record of results, someone who is highly organized and motivated by impact and who demonstrates political savvy and strong project management skills.

Reporting directly to the director of federal policy, the person hired for this role will ideally live and work in the Washington, D.C area or will be willing to travel to the Washington, D.C area frequently.


  • Manage work related to education policy, including K-12 education issues and some higher education.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with government officials and other education
  • association staff and executives.
  • Communicate with policymakers, such as representatives of the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Serve as an external representative of the organization and engage with key stakeholders and partners to build coalitions and advance the priorities of the membership.
  • Analyze legislation and regulations; write regulatory analysis and comment letters.
  • Coordinate and attend member webinars.
  • Work with staff to translate strategy into tactical implementation plans; track the progress and impact of these plans.
  • Identify innovative policy solutions and best practices using local, state, and national resources to help inform recommendations.
  • Analyze policy and design alternatives based on the organization’s advocacy and policy goals; monitor progress toward those goals.
  • Create and deliver presentation materials and analysis for senior leadership and members.
  • Work closely with senior leaders at Chiefs for Change to create detailed timelines and project plans for new and existing initiatives.
  • Develop recommendations for how to successfully execute strategic initiatives, considering necessary training and technical support requirements.

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