Manager, Advocacy and Policy

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Position: Manager, Advocacy and Policy
Location: Statewide

Description of Job: The Manager, Advocacy and Policy will support the statewide Regional Advocacy team of the California Charter Schools Association, specifically with regard to policy making and advocacy and growth and support of local advocacy councils.

About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) (501c3)
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving over 1,260 charter public schools and more than 630,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The Mission of CCSA is to have a million students attending charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non charter public schools on every measure.

About the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) (501c4)
The California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the public policy arena, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter school movement. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSAA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The Mission of Advocates is to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by creating a political environment that is supportive of charter schools. For more information, please visit http://www.ccsaadvocates.org/.

Overview of Responsibilities
The Regional Advocacy team supports member charter schools across the state in a myriad of functions. This role will involve working directly with the Regional Advocacy team to support charter members across the state specific to our policy campaigns, addressing policy issues, and the building of our Local Advocacy Councils. This team member will support the Senior Vice President and Vice President in building infrastructure necessary to support members in our priority areas of growing new schools, strengthening existing schools, building collective action and engaging members in both local and statewide advocacy efforts.

Essential Duties

  • Advocacy and Policy Making

    • Support the Regional Advocacy team to build and manage relations with charter leaders to develop and direct team's advocacy agenda within the context of the local advocacy councils. Simultaneously, support the cultivation of relationships with key elected and appointed officials at the local district and county level
    • Manage the key policy matters on issues that have statewide implications specifically to ensure that members in local advocacy councils are engaged in both the development of the policy agenda and stay informed through the legislative process
    • Ensure that the there is a consistent mechanism across the state that articulates the issues that are most important to leaders locally and supports the Regional Director in articulating a strategy for collective action
    • Manage the system for ensuring that leaders are engaged and informed on local issues as well as statewide issues
    • Drive efforts towards increasing collective action by developing structures to ensure active charter leader engagement in policy agenda
  • Local Advocacy Council Support

    • Systems Management. Develop and manage systems to ensure the local advocacy councils are tracking key information around their policy campaigns, monitoring the successes and challenges its members are facing, and is developing and distributing relevant charter related policy/advocacy information to the Regional Advocacy team for elected officials and other charter champions
    • Develop a structure by which each advocacy council will utilize a consistent framework for operation (i.e. creation of bylaws, articulation of strategic priorities, reporting on progress and engagement of members)
  • Other duties as assigned by Senior Vice President or Vice President, Regional Advocacy

Preferred Capabilities

  • At least 5 years of professional work experience
  • Demonstrated passion for education reform and understanding of local and statewide education reform climate
  • Experience working to motivate a variety of constituents
  • Exceptional leadership and relationship-building skills
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with Excel, Salesforce and workflow management systems
  • Exceptional organizational skills and a self-starter
  • Master's degree preferred

What Success Looks Like
To achieve success in this role, qualified candidates will be able to consistently meet and exceed these goals:

  • Support Regional Advocacy Team to establish healthy policy and advocacy framework within the Local Advocacy Councils to create an environment for high quality charter schools to grow; whereby members have equitable access to resources (e.g. facilities, funding, and technology) and authorizers and schools work in partnership to provide high quality options for all public school students.
  • Facilitate strong charter leader networks across the county and lead members to engage in collective actions that move the policy needle forward.
  • Actively demonstrate these core work values: passion, impact, judgment and communication.

How to Apply
Please submit materials as one PDF or Word document including:

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
    • What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
    • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity?
  • Resume
  • List of Three References (will only contact after notifying you)

Save the document as "your first name and last name - Manager, Advocacy and Policy" and email attachment to: RACareers@ccsa.org

Position will be open until filled.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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