Senior Associate, Education

General Description: 

Responsible for providing primary program and research support for the Institute's work in areas related to postsecondary access and completion, including support for foundation-led efforts to increase graduation rates at colleges and universities and engage city leaders in effective partnerships with these and other postsecondary institutions.  Body of work may also include a new initiative to promote more and better time for learning for K-12 students.  Reports to the Institute's Program Director for Education and Afterschool and provides primary support to the Principal Associate for Education. 

Examples of Work

Leads efforts to compile information on best practices and promising city initiatives in areas related K-12 school reform and postsecondary success for use as resources for technical assistance, NLC publications and newsletters, and to inform YEF Institute and other NLC staff about city initiatives. 

Provides technical assistance to selected cities engaged in NLC's education initiatives and peer networks, and responds to requests from other NLC member cities, state municipal leagues, and other education organizations and partners. 

Supports the implementation of city-sponsored "community conversations" under a new formal partnership between the YEF Institute and the U.S. Department of Education, statewide mayoral summits on afterschool and postsecondary access and success, and other related activities. 

Conceptualizes and serves as primary author of new reports, strategy guides, and toolkits for NLC member cities; prepares articles for NLC's weekly newspaper, publications, monthly newsletters, and other publications; and helps design and develop content for the education pages of NLC's Web site. 

Assists the principal associate and other YEF Institute staff in planning and organizing audioconferences, conference calls, webinars, and annual convenings for three peer learning networks: NLC's Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN); Postsecondary Success City Action Network (P-SCAN); and Cities Advancing Postsecondary Success (CAPS).  Planning and execution of peer learning network and other Institute convenings on key education issues that are of interest to municipal officials includes developing meeting content, securing speakers, facilitating session, and collaborating with the Institute's meeting planning staff to ensure their successful implementation. 

Plans and implements workshops and meetings at NLC's two annual conferences - the Congress of Cities and the Congressional City Conference - as well as the YEF Institute's biennial Summit on Your City's Families. 

Represents NLC at national, regional, and state conferences and meetings in order to build new partnerships, raise the visibility of the technical assistance and peer learning initiative, and stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of education. 

Contributes to the development of long-term work plans, foundation proposals, and reports to funders related to the Institute's work on postsecondary success.

Serves as a resource on related issues to other NLC staff. 

Some travel required. 

Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in public policy, social work, education, or a related field preferred; minimum of six years progressively responsible relevant experience in policy analysis, program development, or research; experience with association or membership organization preferred, or a combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

Detailed knowledge of issues related to education, including a familiarity with strategies for changing public systems and expanding postsecondary access and completion; experience in working with city officials, and/or knowledge of city initiatives in these areas preferred. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as ability to interact effectively with NLC members, representatives of other organizations, consultants, and all levels of NLC staff. Experience with and ability to manage foundation relationships. Demonstrated management skills, including planning, organizing, scheduling and implementing projects of substantial complexity and variety. 

Salary Range
:  $47,600 - $53,000