AASA Job Description

Title:

Policy Analyst

Department:

Advocacy & Governance

Supervisor:

Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance

 

SUMMARY: The incumbent monitors, evaluates and influences the legislative and regulatory actions of the federal government and maintains AASA policy analysis and research efforts.

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Represents AASA Members and Policy Positions

  • Influences congressional legislative decisions and the regulatory decisions of federal agencies on select federal issues.
  • Establishes and maintains reliable contacts in appropriate congressional offices, the United States Department of Education, and other federal agencies based on issues assigned.
  • Develops policy positions related to policy portfolio and serves as point of contact to related policy coalitions and appropriate Hill staff.
  • Supports management of external advocacy contacts.
  • Leads AASA advocacy on relevant policy issues pertaining to higher education, child nutrition and early childhood, among others.
  • Travels to AASA affiliates and other related organizations to present on relevant federal education policy issues.

  Monitors and Evaluates Federal Education Policy

  • Monitors and analyzes legislation, best practices and federal funding streams in selected policy areas for potential impact on education and matches it with AASA positions.
  • Works in collaboration with department in the identification, planning and development of emerging federal education issues to ensure a well-informed membership.
  • Prepares recommendations for consideration of supervisor and AASA leadership to make decisions regarding opposition or support for legislation or specific provisions within legislation.
  • Prepares reports and other presentations that assist AASA in its policy and research initiatives.   

Writes Articles and Papers for AASA Publications

  • Provides information that helps AASA members take positions and influence federal policy decisions.
  • Contributes to the Legislative Corps Weekly Report and other publications as requested.

  Produces Policy and Research Reports

  • Supports coordination and communication of federal education policy information.
  • Updates and mobilizes AASA state affiliates and members.
  • Informs AASA members via in-person presentations, apps, social media, emailed newsletters, advisory memos or alerts of legislative events and trends in the law.
  • Produces written education policy analysis and research to support both the organization’s federal policy priorities as well as its research needs.

  Generates Analysis and Content for Major AASA Survey Projects

  • Directs major AASA member survey work including the annual superintendent salary and decennial study of superintendents.
  • Serves as point of central contact for all AASA surveys.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:     Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus.

  Experience:

  • Previous work with Congress providing familiarity with and understanding of Congressional process, including building and maintaining Hill relationships and working in coalitions.
  • Three plus years of related policy experience, education policy preferred.

  Skills:

  • Write at a professional level.
  • Work effectively both alone and in coalitions.
  • Strong time and task management skills.
  • Professional demeanor.
  • Skilled public speaker.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
  • Effective organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytic ability and be able to effectively communicate policy and research analysis.
  • Quickly analyze and summarize data regarding education research, legislation, and policy.

  Attributes:

  • Passion for public education.
  • Self-starter, independent worker.
  • Tough, aggressive advocate.

 
  Physical Demands: Regular use of desktop and laptop computers is common. Travel is required up to 30% of time to present to AASA members on federal policy issues, and longer than normal hours of work at meetings and conferences may be expected.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

The responsibilities shown above are characteristic of this position and may not include all duties. In addition, AASA staff are expected to work collaboratively and willingly on teams and projects as assigned and to perform other duties as requested.

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TO APPLY send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to  hr@aasa.org by Sunday, August 1, 2021. Please note: only resumes with a cover letter will be considered. 

AASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.