NCAN’s new policy associate will primarily provide support to NCAN’s emerging state policy portfolio and provide additional support to NCAN’s federal policy work. The Policy Associate’s primary goal is to facilitate the capacity building and training of NCAN’s membership to participate in state-level advocacy work. The Associate will develop resources – such as report summaries or blog posts, share timely or helpful policy and advocacy developments to NCAN members, and assist in advocacy training for members. This new position is an excellent opportunity for an individual seeking professional advancement, skill-building, and responsibility in advocacy field while maintaining the flexibility of part-time work.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Provide technical support to approximately 8 NCAN grantees on state policy and advocacy 2. Manage the content for both in-person and online advocacy trainings and policy issues education. 3. Write blog posts, articles and briefs on state and federal policy topics related to NCAN’s advocacy agenda. 4. Assist in Request for Proposal and grant management process for NCAN state policy grantees. 5. Manage outside vendors as needed. 6. Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, JOB KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; familiarity with college access/success, underserved students, or higher education reform issues; and 1-2 years of related professional experience. Must be a team player who works independently, is a confident writer with strong research skills, and can manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Grassroots advocacy experience or higher education policy experience is a plus. Requires experience doing state-level advocacy, working in state government, or similar. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) is required. Periodic travel required; must have a valid in-state driver’s license for local travel.
CONTACT WITH OTHERS The policy associate must be able to work with and around others from a myriad of backgrounds on a daily basis. Those people include, but are not limited to, employees of all levels within the organization, NCAN board members, NCAN members, the media, school and community leaders, consultants, policymakers, and vendors.
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (max. 1000 words) to:
Carrie Warick Director of Policy and Advocacy National College Access Network 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Salary Information: This position is 20 hours per week and paid $30 an hour.
Founded in 1995, NCAN’s mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams. With its members and partners, NCAN develops and supports programs and policy solutions that help more students aspire to, apply to, enter, and succeed in co...llege or other postsecondary training. NCAN’s hundreds of members span a broad range of the education, nonprofit, government, and civic sectors, including national and community-based nonprofit organizations, federally funded TRIO and GEAR UP programs, school districts, colleges and universities, foundations, and corporations.