Responsible for providing primary program and research support for the Institute’s work in areas related to K-12 education, postsecondary access and completion, and expanded learning during afterschool and summer. Reports to the Institute’s Director for Education and Expanded Learning.
Examples of Work:
Leads efforts to compile information on best practices and promising city initiatives in areas related K-12 school reform and postsecondary success for use as resources for technical assistance, NLC publications and newsletters, and to inform YEF Institute and other NLC staff about city initiatives.
Provides technical assistance to selected cities engaged in NLC’s education initiatives and peer networks, and responds to requests from other NLC member cities, state municipal leagues, and other education organizations and partners.
Conceptualizes and serves as primary author of new reports, strategy guides, and toolkits for NLC member cities; prepares articles for NLC’s weekly newspaper, publications, monthly newsletters, and other publications; and helps design and develop content for the education pages of NLC’s Web site.
Assists program managers in the NLC education team and other YEF Institute staff in planning and organizing audioconferences, conference calls, webinars, and annual convenings for three peer learning networks: NLC’s Mayors’ Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN); Postsecondary Success City Action Network (P-SCAN); and Afterschool Policy Advisors Network (APAN). Planning and execution of peer learning network and other Institute convenings on key education issues that are of interest to municipal officials includes developing meeting content, securing speakers, facilitating session, and collaborating with the Institute’s meeting planning staff to ensure their successful implementation.
Plans and implements workshops and meetings at NLC’s two annual conferences – the Congress of Cities and the Congressional City Conference.
Represents NLC at national, regional, and state conferences and meetings in order to build new partnerships, raise the visibility of the technical assistance and peer learning initiative, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of education.
Contributes to the development of long-term work plans, foundation proposals, and reports to funders related to the Institute’s work on postsecondary success.
Serves as a resource on related issues to other NLC staff.
Some travel required.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, social work, education, or a related field preferred; minimum of three years progressively responsible relevant experience in policy analysis, program development, or research; experience with association or membership organization preferred, or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Detailed knowledge of issues related to education and expanded learning; experience in working with city officials, and/or knowledge of city initiatives in these areas preferred. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as ability to interact effectively with NLC members, representatives of other organizations, consultants, and all levels of NLC staff. Demonstrated organizational skills, including planning, scheduling and implementing projects of substantial complexity and variety.
The National League of Cities was founded in 1924 and is the country’s oldest, largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments. The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. We currently have 105 employees dedicated to making cities better.