The Commit Partnership, Director of Education Policy

The Commit Partnership - Dallas, Texas - Full time

ORGANIZATION

The Commit Partnership (the “Partnership”) is focused on the powerful idea that every child in North Texas should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing robust data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve three practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges.

The Partnership’s goal is double living wage attainment with equitable outcomes by 2040. Our five-year benchmarks include seeing 68,000 more Dallas County students meeting key academic milestones, including 58,000 more students in limited income homes, 17,000 more Black students and 40,000 more Hispanic/Latinx students.

For more information on The Commit Partnership, please visit https://commitpartnership.org/.

OPPORTUNITY

The Commit Partnership is looking for a Director of Education Policy, who will research, develop, advocate for and implement policy priorities at the state and local levels. The Partnership seeks a detail-oriented, solutions-based leader to join the Policy & State Implementation Team to play a crucial role in advancing systemic change. This person will report to the Senior Policy Advisor and work closely with all members of the Commit team, particularly the PreK-12 and Dallas County Promise coalitions, Texas Impact Network, the Communications team, and the Analytics team. This person will also manage one associate.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Key Responsibilities of the Director of Education Policy include:

Policy agenda formation

  • Work with the Partnership’s internal team and key external stakeholders and coalitions to develop, refine, and execute a state-level education policy agenda (both regulatory and legislative) that improves student outcomes and closes student achievement gaps;
  • Determine relevant rulemaking opportunities, and monitor opportunities for other regulatory or legislative engagement;
  • Develop a strategy to mobilize broad and diverse coalitions to support these policy priorities, including strategies for interim charge approval and hearings, rulemaking opportunities, and other opportunities as made available;
  • Work with the Communications team to develop and activate relevant communications strategies.
  • Relationship Management
  • Develop and maintain trusted relationships with legislative leaders, staff, and relevant agency staff and leadership;
  • Build strategic relationships and alliances with senior leaders from partners statewide who are involved in similar policy priorities or are affected by it;
  • Establish, facilitate, and mobilize one or more coalitions of supporters as needed;
  • Provide regular communication and updates so partners are aware of progress and can provide input;
  • Equip partners from both grassroots and grasstops organizations to become advocates for policy change and provide meaningful opportunities to take up action through the legislative session;
  • Provide communication and enhance knowledge among the general public about the policy agenda: presenting to Chambers, grassroots organizations, etc.
  • Manage associate and assist with team strategy
  • Manage junior members of the Policy & State Implementation team;
  • Co-create goals, coach, provide annual reviews and professional development for at least one associate;
  • Support with hiring, onboarding, and training of new Policy staff;
  • Support strategic planning and goal-tracking for Policy & State Implementation team;
  • Oversee team budget with Senior Policy Advisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Director of Education Policy candidate will bring:

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral, including facilitation and public speaking;
  • 10+ years of relevant experience preferred in a public education policy and/or public policy role;
  • BA/BS degree in a related field; Master’s degree a plus;
  • Demonstrated experience in education and/or workforce policy and knowledge of the Texas legislative process; knowledge of Commit-specific PreK-postsecondary education and workforce policies a plus;
  • Ability to build strong, trusting relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and strategies in a simple, motivating way;
  • A team player who works nimbly across the organization and team with humility and urgency;
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The Commit Partnership offers a competitive salary range of $90,000-120,000 and a robust benefits package. More details can be provided upon request.

TO APPLY

Please submit a resume online at https://apply.workable.com/j/7D08B0FEF0. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Kevin Bryant at kbryant@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

The Commit Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.The Commit Partnership does not sponsor visas of any kind at this time. 

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

The Commit Partnership

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), working collaboratively to solve our region’s systemic educational challenges.
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