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VP of Government Affairs & Advocacy

Company: Education, Austin, TX
Location: Austin
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Job Description:

Role Mission : The Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy is responsible for leading Company’s government affairs engagements, policy initiatives, and grassroots advocacy efforts. This work includes: 1) Developing and leading actions to advocate on behalf of policies in support of Company’s mission at the local, state, and national level; 2) Collaboration with the Texas Charter School Association (TCSA), Texans for Quality Public Charter Schools (TQPCS), affiliate organizations, and Company staff to advocate for pro-charter school policies in support of Company’s mission and growth plan; 3) Developing and implementing a family advocacy and engagement program; 4) Managing regional managers to implement programming, mobilize families to advocate on behalf of policies in support of Company’s mission; 5) Advising and consulting with Company Executive Directors on public charter school/ traditional public school legislation including financial, legal and political implications.

Accountabilities

1 Government Affairs
Build relationships in support of Company’s policy goals and mission by engaging local, state, and federal elected and governmental officials, including: Host visits with 90% of the 25 state-level legislators who represent Company Public Schools Lead Company’s communication with state education agencies related to policy and regulatory matters 2 Grassroots Advocacy
Manage regional advocacy managers to execute a grassroots advocacy strategy in partnership with Communications and Operations parent engagement efforts that includes: Developing and executing a parent advocacy program and curriculum that aligns builds parent civic engagement and advocacy capacity and aligns to the TQCPS/TCSA coalition objectives Enrolling 12,000 advocates in the TCSA advocacy database by Jan 2019. Hosting 8 monthly empowerment sessions for parents at 8-10 campuses in with an average monthly attendance of 25 parents at each campus by June 2019 Participation of on average 150 family members per campus across all Company campuses in an advocacy action or event (advocacy event, writing letter, visiting with a lawmaker, attending a mobilizing event); 3 Policy
Develop and shape Company’s policy position and strategy, in pursuit of Company’s vision, mission, and growth, and the local, state, and federal level including: Managing and executing Company’s advocacy and policy strategy within state capitols and in Washington DC, including a minimum of one annual advocacy day during legislative session that engages Company Executive Directors, CEO, and board members in each state capitol in which Company maintains a region and in Washington D.C . Providing public testimony on behalf of Company during legislative hearings as requested in Austin and Washington, D.C. Draft comments in response to SEA draft regulations, responding to all draft regulations to which Company wishes to provide public comment within the public comment period 4 Advocacy Communications Develop content for Company’s external communications related to policy positions and advocacy by drafting X op-ed articles related to state or federal policy, shaping public narrative related to public charter schools and Company’s mission and results Develop content for internal communications related to Company’s policy priorities, including support for undocumented Team & Family and education policy, in collaboration with Company’s Chief Diversity Officer and VP of Marketing & Communications 5 Charter Partnership Consulting Lead all strategy on new Texas legislation covering charter and district partnerships Consult with EDs to make decisions related to partnerships in their regions Provide financial analysis and modeling related to potential partnership opportunities Update senior leaders on opportunities and costs of partnerships in expansion and existing regions 6 Live values of Company Believes in and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes Embodies Company’s core values Supervisory Responsibilities Management of an advocacy team. This team will be built based on the VP of advocacy’s vision for achieving ambitious advocacy goals along with input from the chief advancement officer and marketing and communications department.

Competencies : Bilingual- Spanish (Preferred) Ability to build relationships with members of both political parties Public Speaking ability Management Experience, including team building experience (preferred) Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (preferred) 3-5 years experience in public affairs government advocacy work 1-2 years teaching experience or experience working in a school environment (preferred) Knowledge and Skills: An understanding of key leaders and elected officials in the education reform movement in Texas. Knowledge of Texas and national legislation impacting charter school students, leaders, and families.

Keywords: Education, Austin, TX, Austin, VP of Government Affairs & Advocacy, Executive, Austin, Texas

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