North Carolina Association of School Administrators
July 10, 2018
Commensurate with experience
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
We are seeking a Legislative / Legal Affairs & Policy Manager to support the work of our organization. The right candidate will serve as a lobbyist for the association under the direction of Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist Katherine Joyce, representing NCASA when the General Assembly is in session. In conjunction with the Executive Director, the Legislative / Legal Affairs & Policy Manager will also work to develop and implement strategies for assessing member stances on emerging political issues/legislation and respond to member inquiries about specific legislation. The ability to balance legislative responsibilities with member communications and outreach is crucial. The best candidate will be able to analyze legislation and research public education issues to develop and implement policy positions and effective legislative strategies while simultaneously creating related and relevant communications that are both thorough and efficient.
In addition to the duties outlined in the description below, the Legislative / Legal Affairs & Policy Manager is expected to contribute to NCASA’s communications strategy with press releases, maintenance of our legislative blog and news bank, weekly e-newsletter, and grassroots outreach efforts. Because of the nature of our business, an appreciation for the potential of both NCASA and North Carolina’s public schools is required. We are seeking someone who is willing to embrace variety in their day-to-day work; who is detail oriented and can see projects successfully through to completion with minimal supervision. This position requires both flexibility, analytical thinking and people skills. NCASA would prefer to hire an attorney, but other candidates with previous lobbying and/or public policy experience will be considered. This full-time position would be ideal for a law school graduate with a background in education policy seeking an opportunity to make an immediate impact. There is potential for this position to grow into a Legislative General Counsel role.
Completion of JD degree from an accredited school of law with licensure in the State of North Carolina is preferred but not required. Completion of a four-year program in a college of university with a major emphasis on public policy, government, business or communications and three to five years of experience in education, policy research, lobbying, state or local government, public relations, or related industry is required.
This position involves working directly with members of the General Assembly in drafting and supporting legislation as determined by the NCASA Board of Directors. Drafting emails, alerts, and legislative reports of status of education related bills, and keeping the Executive Director, Board, association staff, and association members up to speed are integral parts of this position. The Legislative / Legal Affairs & Policy Manager has daily contact with the legislature in session. As such, exceptional people skills and high level of proficiency in written and oral communication skills including listening and speaking 1:1 or with small and large audiences is required. Must enjoy working in a fast paced and small office/dynamic team environment.
About North Carolina Association of School Administrators
For more than 40 years, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators has upheld our mission of ensuring quality learning experiences for all students through visionary and effective leadership. We are an umbrella organization under which North Carolina school administrator groups are unified providing broad based membership services, professional development, financial services, communication-based resources, legal counsel and advocacy, primarily through our unified lobbying activities.