TNTP seeks a full-time Policy Analyst for TNTP’s Community Engagement and Public Policy team. This position can be based from a home office anywhere in the U.S. and is available immediately. Travel up to 30% annually may be required.
Who We Are
TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.
TNTP’s work in Policy focuses on answering one critical question: are local, state and national policies supporting great schools for all? Our team is virtual, with some of us based in TNTP’s Manhattan space, and the rest working remotely from home offices across the country.
What You'll Do
The Policy Analyst will inform the development of TNTP’s next generation policy agenda and our support of client work by researching and preparing for key internal audiences the policy, regulatory process, and systems used by states across the country in selected topical areas. The Policy Analyst will conduct research and analysis in topics such as the role of the state in governing academics, school structures, the role of the teacher, educator licensure, state funding mechanisms, the shifting responsibilities and role of states under recent changes to federal law, and other projects on the team as needed.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Working with the policy team to research and analyze local and state policies across the country, including legislative
- Working with the policy team to research and analyze local and state policies across the country, including legislative requirements or frameworks, rules adopted by state boards of education, and the processes and systems in use by state education agencies and school system leaders to implement those policies.
- Conducting research through a variety of approaches including, but not limited to, review of state legislation, statutes, and adopted rules; review of external literature and research; review of local collective bargaining agreements and other local policy; and interviews with local and state leaders and stakeholders.
- Synthesizing research on how states and local leaders leverage policy to govern academics, school accountability, and advance great teaching.
- Drafting and presenting key internal communications on your research and analysis for the policy team, TNTP’s leadership team and other internal stakeholders.
- Contributing to the policy team’s strategy development including how research findings may inform that strategy and can be used to advance the policy team’s work and TNTP’s broader work and mission.
- Identifying key thought leaders and contacts in states including leaders at state agencies, elected or appointed officials, and leaders of advocacy, business, and community organizations.
- Supporting additional projects across the TNTP Policy team as needed.
What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.
We expect our Policy Analyst to:
- Analyze existing policies and systems. You understand and know how to navigate different sources, from state laws and regulations to state and federal department of education rules and systems governing specific policies and local practices, to understand both the laws you are researching and how states and school leaders implement or act based on those laws and rules.
- Clearly synthesize research. Whether in writing, in person, or on a conference call, you can synthesize and summarize both the technical details of a set of laws, rules and practices and provide a high level summary of the approach to governing and implementing various policies. You instinctively adjust the level of detail and technical information included in your communications to your audience.
- Connect the dots. You’ll use your analytical and problem solving skills to propose solutions to complex issues and identify how best practices and your research should inform our work.
- Have an unwavering belief that ALL children can learn. A passion for education is essential to being successful in this role.
- Experience with state policy within a state or federal agency, a state legislature, or policy research organization strongly preferred
- Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to distill, prepare, and communicate complex information for a variety of audiences
- The ability to work independently and manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously
- The ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
- The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a range of stakeholders and across organizations
What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance based bonus. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.
Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, December 21, 2018.
It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check.
TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.
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