Education Policy Advocate (Two-Year Fellowship)

This role will develop & execute advocacy strategy to promote educational equity for Asian Americans & the inclusion of Asian American history curriculum.

*** COVID vaccination required.  Exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon request ***

Organizational Profile: Founded in 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  To achieve our mission, we engage in policy advocacy, research, public education, community capacity-building and mobilization, and litigation strategies to advance public policies that enable Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities to reach their full potential and address unfair and discriminatory structures and institutions that systematically deny Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities their civil and human rights.

Based in Washington, D.C., Advancing Justice | AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation.  With our affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we work together as equal and independent partners, operate under one name, and strive to speak with one unified and powerful voice to promote justice, empower our communities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multi-racial democracy.  

Title:              Education Policy Advocate (Two-Year Fellowship)

Reports to:     Vice President, Policy and Programs

Term:             Immediately

Status:            Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.

Salary:           $60,000-$75,000

Position Summary:  The Education Policy Advocate will be primarily responsible for the development and execution of advocacy strategy to promote educational equity for the nation’s diverse Asian American communities and expand access to and inclusion of the history of Asian Americans in K-12 education nationwide.  The Education Policy Advocate will provide public policy research, analysis, strategies, and community education on education policy issues impacting Asian American students and communities and play a key coordination role with state and local advocates nationwide.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning

  • Act as thought partner to the Vice President, Policy and Programs on issues related to education policy.
  • Work closely with policy leads and all other staff to provide leadership and direction in setting budgets, program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan.
  • Work closely with the executive team, to share responsibility to spearhead cross-organizational initiatives amongst our internal divisions. 

Plan and Strategize Activities Related to Education Policy

  • In consultation with the Vice President, Policy and Programs, identify, organize and implement strategies related to education policy;
  • Work with key legislators and executive branch officials to advance laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies that benefit educational equity and the Asian American community.
  • Provide public policy research and analysis on education issues;
  • Monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and policy developments; prepare testimony, agency comments, legal briefs and memoranda, and other relevant material;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic communications plans related to education, including providing content support, drafting blog posts and press releases, and responding to press inquiries and making public speaking appearances as necessary and appropriate; and
  • Engage in the development and implementation of Community Partners’ Network strategies and activities on education policy as well as in other areas of policy work as necessary and appropriate. 

Develop, Implement and Maintain External Relationships and Partnerships

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and the relevant legal and advocacy groups within the civil rights and Asian American communities nationally and locally;
  • Develop community education materials; provide technical assistance to community-based organizations nationwide; conduct community training, outreach, and education;
  • Coordinate program planning and implementation with Advancing Justice affiliates and state and local partners to identify areas for potential joint efforts; and
  • Build strong and effective relationships with key stakeholders in the education policy arena, allied organizations, coalitions, and policymakers.

Fundraising

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a development supported growth strategy for education advocacy, including the identification of donor prospects through work with peer organizations and other professional contacts;
  • Assist with fundraising, grants management, and relationship management with funders and supporters;
  • Work with the finance and development teams to craft project budgets and contribute to the development of grant proposals relating to education advocacy;
  • Provide content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports from the executive director, social media postings, etc.); and
  • Attend meetings with prospects/donors as necessary and appropriate.

General AAJC Roles

  • Live and exhibit the Core Values of Advancing Justice | AAJC, by contributing to an environment that promotes trust, teamwork, and transparency among staff, board, National Advisory Council, affiliates, and community partners.
  • Contribute to, establish, and follow policies and procedures, including maintenance of confidentiality, to ensure that the principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC are implemented.
  • Participate fully in and lead decision-making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made in or affecting their area.
  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
  • Participate in other activities and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Attend and contribute to Advancing Justice | AAJC and board of directors meetings.
  • Willing to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree in Education Policy or related advanced degree preferred.
  • Four to eight years of relevant experience working in education, government, or advocacy organization preferred. 
  • Experience in and knowledge of education policy, particularly in its impact on Asian American and Pacific Islander communities preferred. 
  • Experience in policy advocacy, campaigns, and/or field organizing preferred.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.
  • Successful track record of forging alliances, working in coalitions, and moving people to take collective action and engage in advocacy.
  • Facilitative and collaborative leadership style with strong people skills.
  • Experience working with diverse groups from various sectors.
  • Fundraising experience including building and developing relationships.
  • Excellent communicator and writer with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences, including the media.
  • Strong supervisory skills and experience with proven ability to manage, coach and mentor staff and work collegially with management team members.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Experience navigating administrative and legislative processes.
  • Must have the ability to plan, organize, and help to oversee a comprehensive program. 

Application Process: 

Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org.  Only applications with the requested items will be reviewed for consideration.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.