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Policy Director / Senior Policy Director

Washington DC

The Policy Director / Senior Policy Director is the lead staff person working with state legislators to develop policy on state-federal matters regarding education policy at all levels of the education system (early education, K-12, and postsecondary). The Policy Director / Senior Policy Director also serves as the director / senior director of the NCSL Education Committee which is responsible for developing and carrying out lobbying strategies to advocate on behalf of state legislatures on the issues within the committee's purview before Congress and the administration. The position requires substantial knowledge and state-federal policy expertise in the issues listed above; an understanding of intergovernmental policy processes; and an understanding of the key organizations and stakeholders in this policy arena in Washington D.C. The work is performed independently, however, political and policy strategies are developed in close consultation with the Director of State-Federal Relations.


  • Bachelor's degree plus five years of relevant and progressive work experience. The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: at least one year of professional experience with a legislative body or a government agency, two years of professional public policy experience. Up to three years of post- baccalaureate education (i.e. master's degree, advanced professional degree or doctoral degree) may be substituted for up to three years of the required work
  • Subject-specific knowledge or experience
  • Member association and advocacy experience
  • Skill and competence in a wide range of research skills and
  • Skill and competence in a variety of written and oral
  • Competence in the interpersonal skills needed to work effectively with legislators and legislative
  • Skill and competence in working independently and under pressure on multiple projects.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and handle politically sensitive
  • The ability to supervise and lead

Posted March 20, 2017

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