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POLICY ANALYST

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is comprised of over 550 governing boards, and over 6,000 trustees who govern public and private community, technical and junior colleges across the U.S. and abroad.  The ACCT Office of Public Policy is responsible for representing the nation’s community college trustees before the United States Congress, federal government and its representatives and agencies, and other peer associations based in the nation’s capital.  Applicants are encouraged to review the ACCT website to become familiar with the organization and its interests.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

This position will report directly to the Vice President for Public Policy and External Relations. The Policy Analyst will contribute to ACCT’s advocacy and research agenda through policy analysis and research that will advance higher education and workforce development policy for community colleges at the federal level. Additional responsibility to support day-to-day efforts in liaising with Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and peer associations, as well as collaborating with the entire staff in fulfillment of the Association’s mission and goals, including to: 

  • Conduct research and policy analysis on higher education and related areas;
  • Co-author and author original issue and policy briefs, reports, white papers, web postings, and support documents for policymakers, the media, and other interested parties, on higher education policies;
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of current and emerging trends, issues, and perspectives in higher education within federal, state, institutional, nonprofit, and foundation sectors;
  • Monitor and report on findings from academic and other research organizations that relates Association’s policy agenda;
  • Represent the Association to, collaborate with, and speak to governmental and non-governmental organizations, conferences, meetings, and Association board committees;
  • Manage projects that contribute to the development and implementation of national and federal policy initiatives and agenda items;
  • Summarize and interpret relevant legislative, judicial, and executive actions;
  • Promote community college policy issues and material through social media platforms;
  • Draft articles and other member communication materials, including grassroots initiatives and policy summaries;
  • Develop and oversee distribution of a variety of information materials, including public policy positions, testimony, speeches, and other presentations; and
  • Assist in organizing the annual National Legislative Summit;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree in policy, public administration, education, economics, government, political science, or related field preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in in policy, public administration, education, economics, government, political science, or related field required.
  • At least 4-6 years related experience in education research or legislative affairs as legislative aide, analyst, lobbyist, or staff for a government agency. Capitol Hill experience strongly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and nurturing partnerships with researchers, nonprofit organizations, and policymakers and the ability to work effectively with a variety of colleagues, funders, and state and federal officials.
  • Excellent proficiency in policy analysis and research synthesis skills with the ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis and disseminate the results to targeted audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and track record of successfully completing projects efficiently and on time; strong problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, initiative and maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work as a team member and able to deal effectively and courteously with supervisor, peers, and governmental agencies and their representatives.
  • Familiar with and interested in working with elected and appointed college governing boards that represent their communities.
  • Able to travel.

ACCT offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits in a smaller office environment.

Please forward letter of interest, resume and salary requirements to: hr@acct.org, attention Office Manager. No phone calls please.