Associate Director of Public Policy Job Opening

Organizational Profile

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is a membership-based consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations committed to the advancement of access, equity, and diversity in classrooms and workplaces. The NAPE Education Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation or NAPEEF), established in 2002, partners with NAPE to provide equity and diversity solutions for educators to help every student fulfill his or her potential through access to the entire career spectrum. NAPE and the Foundation accomplishes this mission by collaborating with stakeholders in career and technical education and workforce development to build the capacity of teachers, administrators, parents, and employers through its four lines of business: professional development, technical assistance, research, and public policy. For the remainder of this announcement, the acronym NAPE will be used to describe the membership organization and the Foundation together as the work of the Associate Director of Public Policy is supported by both organizations. The NAPE Education Foundation is the employer of record

Position Description

The Associate Director of Public Policy leads the public policy and advocacy component of NAPE’s mission at the federal level in advancing access, equity, and diversity in classrooms and workplaces. The Associate Director of Public Policy is responsible for implementing NAPE’s Public Policy Agenda by working with NAPE members to both gather and disseminate their interests and concerns to federal policymakers and to share federal policy updates and pending legislative initiatives and changes that may directly or indirectly affect NAPE state, affiliate and individual members. The Associate Director of Public Policy will bring strategic policy knowledge in equity, education, and workforce development. They will use their deep knowledge of the policy-making process, partnership building, and budget management skills to grow NAPEs public policy efforts. NAPE is committed to building a Public Policy Department and is looking for an individual who would be willing to take on the challenge of working with the NAPE leadership to grow this line of business. Initially, the Associate Director of Public Policy will recruit and supervise public policy interns providing administrative support to the Public Policy Department. This is a full-time, remote office position within the continental US, and requires travel up to 3-4 days at a time or 30% (when travel resumes) and at times on weekends. The position requires the Associate Director of Public Policy to reside in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Position Goals

  • Guide the organization’s direction and focus in the area of public policy with input and guidance from the public policy committee, membership, NAPE executive committee, NAPEEF Board of Directors, staff, and the CEO. 
  • To improve the timely communication of important federal public policy issues and actions and increase advocacy that supports NAPE members and NAPE’s mission on federal public policy discussions and decisions.


The Associate Director of Public Policy reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for the management, goal-setting, professional development, and evaluation of the employee.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary advisor on NAPE’s public policy development, implementation, and engagement strategy with the CEO, Public Policy Chair, NAPE Executive Committee, NAPE Education Foundation Board, and a wide variety of public stakeholders.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with congressional and federal agency officials and their staff to facilitate a mutual exchange of knowledge sharing and information related to legislative and/or regulatory activity.
  • Identify and secure opportunities for advocacy of significant policy changes that enhance members’ ability to increase equity for students, educational stakeholders, the workforce, and employers.
  • Monitor and analyze relevant activities in the Congress and the Administration, providing technical assistance as necessary to: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; The White House Gender Policy Council; the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education and Office for Civil Rights; the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Women’s Bureau; and any other governmental agencies, task forces, councils or committees established that impact educational equity.
  • Lead the organization’s advocacy to advance policy goals through regulation and other administrative actions, including comments on proposed regulations, leveraging congressional support, and direct advocacy.
  • Lead the strategic direction of NAPE’s Public Policy Committee and collaborate with NAPE staff to connect NAPE’s public policy efforts with all aspects of NAPEs program implementation.
  • Direct the nomination process for NAPE’s Public Policy Committee with regard to the annual selection of the Public Policy Leadership Awards recipients.
  • Serve as an expert spokesperson for the organization in the media, appear on panels and other speaking engagements as needed, and represent NAPE at briefings, hearings, conferences, and coalition meetings.
  • Coordinate and oversee activities associated with the Public Policy Day session in conjunction with NAPE’s National Summit for Educational Equity.
  • Coordinate and plan public policy training and technical assistance for NAPE members. 
  • Write and review public policy-related informational material and publications in collaboration with NAPE research staff. 
  • Monitor, anticipate, and analyze proposed or pending guidance, regulations, or legislation related to equity and prepare briefings, alerts, and communications to inform members.
  • Respond to member inquiries related to public policy for information and technical assistance on a variety of issues, including the intersection of federal policy with state policy.
  • Monitor and disseminate information regarding national public policy issues in education and workforce development affecting students based on gender, race, ethnicity, and special population status (as defined in the Perkins Act), particularly in career and technical education (CTE) and STEM education.
  • Assist in positioning NAPE as a leader in equity in education and workforce development policy by building collaborations with like-minded organizations and providing leadership with coalition partners.



  • A minimum three to five years of experience in government affairs, public policy and/or advocacy on domestic policy issues at the federal level, with an emphasis on the intersection of equity and education, economic security, and workforce development.
  • A passion for the mission, vision, and core values of NAPE.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting gender equity, race equity and special populations in education and workforce policy.
  • Direct and significant experience in public policy and the role of nonprofits in the policy process.
  • Ability to work with and assist individuals from diverse backgrounds and points of view.
  • Ability to work with and through groups and to build coalitions/partnerships to accomplish shared goals.
  • Experience working collaboratively with coalitions, organizational boards and staff and the private sector. Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment as well as independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, management and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Knowledge about the federal and/or state legislative processes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, political science, government, economics or related field or education/experience equivalency.
  • Comfortable with significant use of technology and software (Microsoft Suite, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat) and file storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, and SharePoint) that facilitates working virtually and managing team communication across multiple platforms (Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Meetings, and Slack)
  • The position requires the Associate Director of Public Policy to reside in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.


  • Solid understanding of the Congress, with a focus on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
  • Established relationships with coalition partners in education, equity, workforce development, labor and civil rights.
  • Strong working knowledge and experience with career and technical education and workforce development systems, programs, and policy issues.
  • Exceptional skills in public speaking.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position. Compensation includes a competitive benefits package, and salary is commensurate with experience—within the provided range. Salary Range: $$65,000 – $75,000

To Apply

Submit the following combined into a single PDF file to Mimi Lufkin, CEO Emerita at . Deadline for applications April 15, 2022 or until the position is filled. Indicate in the subject line, “Associate Director of Public Policy” 

  1. Letter of interest that includes a summary of qualifications related to the responsibilities, desirable background, and skills.
  2. Resume.
  3. Portfolio of professional work.
  4. Three professional references knowledgeable about your qualifications in the listed responsibilities, including ONE supervisor. 
  5. Contact information: Mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Start date: Immediately upon hiring

Equal Opportunity Employer

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in its employment or other practices against persons on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a disabled military action veteran. 

Persons from those groups protected by federal and/or state or local nondiscrimination statutes are strongly encouraged to apply.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Applicant must live in the continental United States. The position requires the Associate Director of Public Policy to reside in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.