DIRECTOR OF POLICY RESEARCH AND OUTREACH
About the Position
Reporting to the Executive Director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER), the Director of Policy Research and Outreach assists in oversight of CCER’s programmatic efforts, including policy research, outreach to and engagement with schools/districts, and general communications and branding. In addition, the Director of Policy Research and Outreach collaborates with CCER’s administrative leads on operations-related projects, as needed. The Director of Policy Research and Outreach must be passionate about Pre-K-12 education and have an understanding of education policy and key issues in the field of public education. Specifically, the Director of Policy Research and Outreach:
Oversees policy research efforts by:
- Managing the compilation and analysis of research/data and summarizing research/data trends in order to communicate to a wide range of audiences.
- Assisting in the development of policy and practice briefs.
- Leading efforts to update CCER’s policy-driven publications and other relevant reports.
- Implementing the Executive Director’s annual strategy to advance CCER’s policy agenda.
- Drafting the Executive Director’s responses to current events and the changing education policy landscape.
Oversees public awareness and communications efforts by:
- Developing and implementing an annual strategy for public awareness of CCER’s mission and policy priorities.
- Managing the maintenance and content production for CCER’s website and social media presence.
- Drafting articles, op-eds, white papers, etc. in support of CCER’s mission.
- Creating collateral materials, as needed, to represent CCER’s organizational purpose and mission.
- Organizing opportunities for the Executive Director to meet with and present to the media, legislators, educators, state officials, funders, and other strategic partners.
- Ensuring consistency in messaging about CCER’s mission, fundraising priorities, and programmatic efforts.
Advances operations and programmatic efforts by:
- Strategizing with CCER staff about upcoming projects that advance priority needs of Connecticut-based school districts.
- Helping to coordinate and plan CCER-led conferences, events, and convenings.
- Helping to prepare the board packet for all meetings of the CCER Board of Directors, as well as overseeing meeting logistics.
- Assisting the Executive Director in development of a strategy for ongoing engagement with the CCER Board of Directors.
- Maintaining a database of CCER’s past, present, and prospective funders.
- Ensuring regular communication with funders.
- Identifying and prioritizing grant opportunities.
- Writing grant documents, managing the application process, and drafting reports on successful grant applications, as appropriate.
- Leading special projects and initiatives, as necessary, to ensure organizational success.
All CCER staff members are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in the scope of duties.
The ideal candidate has:
- A passion for CCER’s mission.
- A bachelor’s degree (required); master’s degree or higher (preferred).
- Professional teaching and/or leading experience within Pre-K-12 public education.
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to build new relationships with stakeholders, the media, and funders.
- Experience with policy research and analysis.
- The ability to both work independently and collaborate with a team.
- Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
- Comfort with and aptitude for learning new technology systems.
- Demonstrated ability to “multi-task” and deliver high-quality work.
- The persistence to do whatever it takes to get a job done.
- Good sense of humor and adaptability.
CCER’s headquarters are located in the Connecticut Business & Industry offices, in Hartford, CT.
The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to narrow Connecticut’s achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between children from low-income families, children of color, and their peers. We advance our mission by: (1) advocating for state-level policies designed to narrow gaps in achievement; (2) building statewide capacity to implement meaningful and sustainable improvement; and (3) increasing public awareness about the need for improvement.
CCER is an affiliate of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)—the voice of business in Connecticut, with thousands of member companies championing change and fighting for a better future. In addition, CCER’s own Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who believe in a moral and economic imperative to improve the state’s public schools. These committed leaders are the guiding force for the organization’s fulfillment of its mission.
Policy Advocacy: CCER advocates for state-level policy solutions to narrow gaps in achievement and improve public education. Our advocacy efforts generally have fit into six broad categories of common sense, business-oriented solutions:
- Demand accountability: Strengthen school, district, and state leadership; and drive accountability for educational change.
- High expectations: Raise expectations, and help all students meet them.
- Foster leadership: Attract, develop, and empower the most effective leaders for our schools.
- Excellent teaching: Prepare, support, and retain excellent teachers, especially of low-income students.
- Invest intelligently: Establish an effective, transparent, and equitable way of funding public education.
- Turn around schools: Improve the lowest-achieving schools through strong leadership, accountability, and high-quality learning experiences.
Capacity Building: Closing gaps in achievement requires strong, knowledgeable leaders and highly-effective teachers. We provide forums, resources, and professional development to help build capacity statewide.
- Two annual conferences highlighting research-based practices for school improvement;
- Research and tools to support school improvement (e.g. Literarcyscan.org and schooldatasystems.org); and
- Leadership development opportunities (e.g. 2018-19 Literacy Leadership Institute).
Public Awareness: CCER has become a trusted source of information for reporters and legislators, and has a widely read blog and e-blast with approximately 7,500 subscribers. We use our public platforms, including numerous op-ed pieces and media appearances to raise awareness about the need to improve public education, and to advance our capacity-building and advocacy initiatives.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume/C.V., and salary expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Director of Policy Research and Outreach Position.”
CCER is an Equal Opportunity Employer.