Manager, Education and Health Policy

National Urban League Washington Bureau

Salary: $55,000 – $60,000, depending on experience


The National Urban League is seeking a Manager, Education and Health Policy to support the work of the Washington Bureau in representing the interests of the National Urban League mission and its affiliates before policy and decision makers. The Manager’s primary role will be to conduct policy research and analysis, and providing technical support to Urban League affiliates as it relates to implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Manager will also have an active role in shaping the Urban League’s federal policy priorities in higher education and a supportive role in advancing the Urban League’s health advocacy work before Congress and the administration.


Essential Functions:

  • Contribute to developing advocacy and engagement materials that advance the Urban League’s educational equity and excellence agenda for the implementation of the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA).
  • Conduct P-16 research and policy analysis and help senior staff in the development of reports, presentations, opinion articles, fact sheets and other advocacy materials.
  • Contribute to developing impactful advocacy and engagement tools to support state and local efforts of Urban League Affiliate CEOs.
  • Monitor federal legislative and regulatory activity in Congress and the administration.
  • Draft legislative language, comments on administrative rules and guidance and policy statements.
  • Produce policy overviews, strategic memos and actionable recommendations on federal, state and local education and health policy issues.
  • Represent the Urban League as necessary in meetings with national partner organizations and coalitions.
  • Contribute content to a variety of our communication channels including through the Washington Bureau’s weekly newsletter, op-eds and social media.

Education and Experience :

  • Master’s degree in public policy or a related social science preferred.
  • Three or more years of related work experience. (Education and experience requirements can be met through a combination of degree and relevant work history that demonstrates the ability to meet the essential functions of the role
  • Experience in a legislative role in Congress, a state education agency (SEA), district / local education agency (LEA) or education intermediary / advocacy group is preferred.
  • Familiarity with P-16 education policies, such as those which addresses opportunity gaps in urban education; early learning; college and career readiness; equity and excellence at scale; accountability; student engagement; educator effectiveness; parent & family engagement and access to comprehensive data; College and Career Ready Standards and related Assessments; out of school time learning; parent, student and stakeholder engagement; and college access and completion.

Knowledge &  Skills:

  • Strong communication (written and oral), policy & analytical skills.
  • Inquisitive, self-starter, with ability to work independently, with multiple internal stakeholders and flexibly in a high pressure environment
  • Demonstrated ability to produce under tight deadlines and evolve under changing work conditions as is often the case in federal advocacy work.
  • Digital & technological literacy.
  • A good sense of humor, demonstrated ability to collaborate, and willingness to work with a team, and across the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
  • Ability to work with and across multiple and varied constituency groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to convey ideas and positions to diverse groups – externally to technical and nontechnical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government), and internally with peers – both orally and in writing.
  • Robust research skills and demonstrated ability to synthesize complex information into understandable, accessible language.
  • A clear policy, advocacy or research area of interest applicable to educational and health policy. Expertise and/or experience in higher education policy a plus.

To apply, submit resume, cover letter & 2 page writing sample. Click here to apply:

Deadline to apply: Thursday February 9, 2017

National Urban League is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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