The Research and Public Policy Manager facilitates the development and implementation of Acero Schools’ research and public policy priorities under the supervision of the Chief External Affairs Officer and in collaboration with network senior leadership, school principals and staff.
Manage all day-to-day research and policy initiatives on behalf of Acero Schools. This includes broad P-20 policy research, identifying, monitoring and documenting areas of priority and authoring or co-authoring relevant materials including, but not limited to, briefs, case studies, trainings and policy engagement strategies.
Develop and demonstrate progressively deeper K-12, charter school and post-secondary education policy expertise.
Report on progress and policy developments at the local, multi-state and federal level for the purpose of identifying trends, best practice, engagement and development opportunities.
In support of network development priorities, research and assist in drafting content to support grant writing and fundraising initiatives.
Draft communications including website and e-newsletter content, issue-specific briefs, speeches and other messaging as needed.
Cultivate and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with decision-makers, allied individuals, practitioners, coalitions and organizations to advance project goals.
Represent Acero Schools at meetings and events.
Analytical and Strategic - Synthesize complex information, draw from experience to identify where and how information can and should be best used to support public policy priorities. Evaluate information, landscape and circumstances to determine the best course of action, develops short-and long-term strategies to achieve goals, shift approach as needed.
Solutions Oriented - Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner, gather and analyze information skillfully, develop alternative solutions, work well in group, use reason even when dealing with emotional of otherwise difficult topics.
Written Communication – Clear and concise writer who varies writing style to meet needs and audience, and presents numerical data effectively.
Planning/Organizing - Prioritize and plan work activities, efficient, set goals and objectives, organize or schedule other people and their tasks and develop realistic action plans, adapt to change, manage competing demands, alter approach or method to best fit the situation, able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment. Requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files. Physically demands require the ability to stand, bend, reach high and low, stoop, and walk around the classroom 60% of the day. In addition, walking up and down stairs several times a day. Must be able to lift 15 to 20 pounds for short periods of time and push and pull 15 to 20 lbs.
Majority of work performed in a general office environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization-sponsored events and meetings.
NOTE: The foregoing list of essential duties and responsibilities is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.
Acero Schools is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals. Acero Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Government, Political Science, Public Administration or related field
No less than six years of progressive experience in government affairs, public policy, research and/or community relations.
Ability to actively listen, synthesize and discern information from a variety of stakeholders and sources.
Ability to build and maintain relationships in support of Acero Schools’ priorities.
Ability to identify problems, research and distill information and provide cogent and approachable analysis.
Ability to interpret information from a variety of sources.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
Knowledge of state, federal and open source legislative resource tools.
Must hold permanent residency in the United States.
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