Vice President, Policy and Advocacy for New Classrooms in remote

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

New Classrooms - remote - Full time

About the Role

The Vice President, Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for crafting a platform and policy proposals to support New Classrooms’ mission and the broader movement around new learning models that enable personalized instruction. The successful candidate will work closely with the CEO to generate and advance detailed policy proposals and to communicate these policies to key policymakers and thought leaders across the country.

In addition to serving on the New Classrooms Leadership Team, the VP will collaborate across teams in order to align on and execute strategic priorities when engaging with districts and states. The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial self-starter with strong policy and advocacy background. This newly-created role provides a unique opportunity for a highly consultative leader to help design and implement policy to ensure that students have the opportunity to realize their full potential.

About the Team

Under the leadership of the CEO, the External “Wing” of New Classrooms works to represent and engage with parties external to the organization to support our work and the broader movement around new learning models. It is currently comprised of our marketing communications, fundraising and business development teams and leadership. The VP of Policy and Advocacy will join as a fourth leader in the business wing--reporting to the CEO--and as the founding member of this new practice area.

About You

  • You have a deep understanding of city, state, and national educational policy.
  • You are well-connected in the ed-policy world.
  • You are highly influential and can make significant change in high-stakes environments with nuance and enthusiasm.
  • You are able to operate (leading, collaborating and executing) in a highly ambiguous environment with high interdependencies.
  • You are passionate and knowledgeable about personalized learning and related efforts to meet kids where they are and get them where they need to be.

What Would You Do

  • Lead and collaborate with our CEO to develop high quality policy analysis and research and identify opportunities for advocacy that supports New Classrooms’ mission
  • Identify overall strategy for deepening engagement with state, city and district community partners, including approach for:
  • Position New Classrooms as a critical thought partner in executing personalized learning and to advise on matters related to innovation and personalization more broadly
  • Establish and deepen relationships in cities and states with all key stakeholders to expand New Classrooms’ presence in personalized learning decisions
  • Monitor and identify relevant federal, state and local education policies and prepare appropriate policy analysis, as needed
  • Lead, write, and coordinate policy and advocacy initiatives that are relevant to personalized learning and partner with external partners as necessary to lead change efforts
  • Analyze white papers, laws, publications, briefs, case studies and monitor proposed policy efforts at the local, state, and federal level that will impact New Classrooms’ mission
  • Manage key federal, state, and local relationships while partnering with regional NC teams to coordinate and align strategy and efforts; Build relationships with a variety of stakeholders such as government officials, foundations, and school districts
  • Support state educational policy leaders on how to orient their space to be more aligned with personalized learning and help implement personalized learning initiatives
  • Ghost write appropriate policy-related articles and papers for senior leadership
  • Act as ed-policy subject matter expert for all internal and external needs
  • Serve as a member of the New Classrooms Leadership Team in order to: steward organizational wide health, provide strategic input, ensure organizational awareness and launch specific org-wide efforts


  • 8+ years of experience in policy research and advocacy at either the local state or national level required (state level preferred)
  • Deep knowledge of state and national educational policy, practices, and standards
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to convey complex policy ideas in a digestible manner to a variety of audience
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and managing multiple projects while maintaining high attention to detail
  • Experience with writing research reports and white papers, preferred
  • Embody New Classrooms’ Core Operating Principles

How to Apply

Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

Work Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

New Classrooms

New Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that leverages classroom design, teacher talent, and technology to enable personalized learning for thousands of students in 37 pioneering schools in 12 states.

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