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Director, State and Federal Policy

National Association of Charter School Authorizers | Chicago IL 60603 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 12/07/2012

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The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is committed to advancing excellence and accountability in the charter school sector and to increasing the number of high-quality charter schools across the nation. To accomplish this mission, NACSA works to improve the policies and practices of authorizers—the organizations designated to approve, monitor, renew, and, if necessary, close charter schools.  NACSA provides training, consulting, and policy guidance to authorizers and advocates for laws and policies that raise the bar for excellence among authorizers and the schools they charter.

This fall NACSA launched its One Million Lives campaign dedicated to providing one million more children the chance to attend a great school that will prepare them for success throughout their lives. NACSA is working to support these efforts by advocating for stronger laws that will support smarter growth and stronger accountability.

NACSA seeks a Director for State and Federal Policy to provide support for this campaign and the full range of NACSA’s policy work. The Director will aid in the development and implementation of the organization’s advocacy strategies; build and manage relationships with broad and diverse coalitions; facilitate input and deliberation by stakeholders to develop policies; draft statutory and regulatory language; and represent the organization and its values in all dealings with internal and external audiences.  The Director will work with NACSA’s policy team and report to the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy.

Role and Major Responsibilities
The Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Promote NACSA’s policy agenda in states and to the Federal government;
  • Build relationships and manage collaborations and interactions with partner organizations;
  • Assist the President, Vice-President for Policy and Advocacy, and the organization’s leadership team in the implementation of the organization’s policy and advocacy strategies;
  • Actively monitor relevant charter school legislation at the state and federal level;
  • Actively monitor legislative agendas and positions of other education reform organizations;
  • Draft statutory and regulatory language and provide amendments to existing statutes and regulations for use in model authorizer bills and proposals;
  • Remain current on emerging issues in the charter school and education reform sectors;
  • Assist in developing policy publications and help research policy positions as required; and
  • Assist in the planning and support for the organization’s policy-related events.

Expected Results

  • Over five years, sixty percent of states with charter school laws will have policies in place that reflect at least 60 percent of our state-level policy agenda;
  • NACSA will have systems in place to monitor and track state and federal policy change; and
  • NACSA will have systems and strategies that allow the organization to promote changes in policy that advance our goals in states and at the federal level.

Desired Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to influence policymakers and achieve objectives in state and federal policy;
  • Facility managing relationships and partnerships with diverse organizations and stakeholders;
  • Sensitivity to state and local political contexts that influence the politics of advocacy efforts;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to create reports, draft statutory language, build support for and understanding of complex policy objectives and contribute to the overall development and delivery of NACSA materials;
  • Attention to detail demonstrated by timely and accurate project completion;
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills including the ability to plan and execute a course of action to accomplish objectives and the use of knowledge and experience to address problems and opportunities;
  • Good interpersonal skills and team orientation including the development of cooperative relationships with coworkers and working toward solutions that generally benefit all parties;
  • Demonstrated individual initiative and flexibility including exceeding expectation, planning ahead for upcoming challenges or opportunities and managing change effectively;
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities including the utilization of a range of inputs in a logical manner to address problems in a timely and effective fashion; and
  • Proven results orientation with a focus on achieving or surpassing targets and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Desired Knowledge/Experience

  • Baccalaureate degree required;
  • Three years experience in the public affairs, policy or communications field;
  • Experience in the drafting of legislative proposals preferred;
  • Knowledge of education policy issues and trends, with experience in the charter school sector preferred; and
  • Facility in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point required.


NACSA’s headquarters is located in Chicago.  Location in Chicago is preferred.  Periods of significant travel on a seasonal basis are expected.


$75,000 - $95,000 annual salary commensurate with experience and salary history; full benefits.

NACSA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and a brief (no more than 3 page) writing sample to All documents including cover letter should be provided as Microsoft Word or pdf attachments.  Please insert “Director, State and Federal Policy” in the email subject line.  No phone inquiries, please.

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Location Chicago, IL, United States
Categories Law/Policy
Organization Type Non-profit Organization
Experience Years 3 yrs

Location Maptop

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