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|Job Title:||Associate Director of Government Relations, #H007|
|Organization:||National Education Association (NEA)|
|Region:||DC Metro Region|
|Description:||The National Education Association (NEA) is America's oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NEA proudly claims more than 3 million members devoted to the following mission: to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education, by preparing every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Our vision is a great public school for every student. We strive to improve the quality of teaching, to increase student achievement, and to make schools safer and better places to learn.
NEA seeks an Associate Director of Government Relations. NEA's Government Relations Department supports the Association's efforts to strengthen public schools, colleges, and universities through federal legislation and policies. The Associate Director reports to the Director of Government Relations.
-Develops, maintains and strengthens key relationships with both Congressional and Executive branch leadership to gain influence in seeing legislation and regulations that advance the interests of NEA members, as well as those of NEA and its affiliates.
-Maintains current knowledge of policy issues and their implications and advocates around those issues to policy makers, outside organizations, and coalitions. Communicates with staff, governance, and members, as well as serves as an Association spokesperson, when appropriate, about current issues.
-Coordinates with NEA policy departments within the Center for Great Public Schools and the Center for Advocacy to develop model legislation and resources to help maintain strong state affiliates and to ensure collaboration with other NEA departments in furtherance of the Association's strategic goals and core services.
-Forecasts events or trends at both the state and federal levels that impact policy making, predict legislative behavior, and explain the impact of these trends to staff and governance to assist decision making.
-Serves as a member of NEA's Center for Advocacy management team; participates in the development and administration of the Association's strategic plan/initiatives/core services and budget; provides leadership to a coordinated and integrated federal and state legislative agenda for the NEA.
-Coordinates closely with the organization's political and PAC staff regarding federal candidate recommendations, and advises and guides association leaders and staff in policy and strategic decision making.
-Bachelor's degree required.
-Relevant graduate degree and/or certification preferred.
-A minimum of seven years of NEA state association or equivalent experience required, with at least one year of management-level experience preferred.
-Significant and extensive experience as an advocate within an organization for public, parental and business support for public education.
-Significant and extensive experience as a public advocate for an organization in legislative, political and media forums.
-Significant and extensive experience reading, writing, and interpreting legislative language.
-Significant knowledge of K-12 education policy issues, with additional knowledge of higher education issues preferred.
-Proven ability to direct, coordinate, coach, mentor, motivate, delegate, and supervise staff effectively through a collaborative approach.
-Extensive leadership and collaboration skills that produce effective results with a vision for dynamic and progressive programs that meet the needs of a changing association.
-Proven expertise in developing and implementing cooperative partnerships with state affiliates and other key organizations.
-Effective skills in supervision, decision-making, oral/written communications, policy analysis, interpersonal relations, team building, and collaboration.