- Senior Policy Analyst, USA

Senior Policy Analyst

 Position Title:            Senior Policy Analyst

Department:              Policy & Advocacy

Supervisor:                Associate Executive Director, Policy & Advocacy

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


    Represents AASA members and policy positions to influence congressional legislative decisions and the regulatory decisions of federal agencies on select federal issues.
    Leads AASA advocacy on relevant policy issues pertaining to higher education, child nutrition and early childhood among others.
    Works with the Legislative Committee of the AASA Executive Committee and Governing Board to develop AASA legislative positions.
    Assists with the identification, planning and development of emerging federal education issues to ensure a well-informed membership.
    Writes articles and papers for AASA publications to provide information that helps AASA members take positions and influence federal policy decisions.
    Supports coordination and communication of federal education policy information (including updates and mobilizations) with AASA state affiliates and members.
    Contributes to large projects and goals of AASA’s policy and advocacy team and works collaboratively with AASA staff on association goals and activities and performs other duties as assigned.
    Generates analysis and content for major AASA survey projects.

Specific Duties:

    Monitors and analyzes legislation, best practices and federal funding streams in selected policy areas and for potential impact on education and matches it with AASA positions.
    Prepares recommendations for consideration of supervisor and AASA leadership to make decisions regarding opposition or support for legislation or specific provisions within legislation.
    Establishes/maintains reliable contacts in appropriate congressional offices and in United States Department of Education (and other federal agencies) based on issues assigned.
    Informs AASA members using electronic networks, advisory memos or alerts of legislative events and trends in the law.
    Develops policy positions related to policy portfolio and serves as point of contact to related policy coalitions and appropriate Hill staff.
    Writes articles and content for AASA publications as requested, including Legislative Corps Weekly Report.
    Prepares reports and other presentations that assist AASA in its policy and research initiatives.
    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.
    Travels to AASA affiliates and other related organizations to present on relevant federal policy issues.
    Produces written education policy analysis and research to support both the organization’s federal policy priorities as well as its research needs.


    Education:   Master’s degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree required.


    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.


    Write at a professional level.
    Work effectively both alone and in coalitions.
    Strong time and task management skills.
    Professional demeanor.
    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.


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

    Travel Requirement: Willingness to travel (up to 10% of time) to present to AASA members on federal policy issues.

Job Classification:    Regular, exempt full-time, specialist

  AASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants should send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note: only resumes with a cover letter will be considered.

Job posted on 24th December 2018
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