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Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Bethesda MD


Professional membership association located in Bethesda, MD is seeking a Manager of Policy and Advocacy. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents 25,000 members, has a staff of 30, and an annual budget of $8 million. NASP is located in downtown Bethesda, MD, three blocks from the Metro (Red Line). NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.

Job Purpose
The Manager of Policy and Advocacy is responsible for providing support to the NASP Professional Relations team to advance the NASP professional and legislative advocacy priorities; standards for credentialing, graduate preparation, and professional practice; and evidence-based policies and practices that support the academic, behavioral, social-emotional, and mental health needs of youth.

Key Responsibilities:

- Support the NASP public policy agenda, including:

  • monitor state and federal legislation
  • communicate with NASP leaders and key policy makers
  • facilitate research and data collection related to NASP Policy and Advocacy Platform and strategic goals
  • contribute to grassroots advocacy activities
  • facilitate development of policy reports and other member resources
  • contribute to policy and advocacy content for various NASP communication outlets
  • support the work of NASP advocacy committees, external committees and coalition activities 
  • organize grassroots advocacy campaigns
  • assist with the organization of various Capitol Hill Events

- Support the planning and execution of the annual Public Policy Institute
- Support advocacy activities and meetings associated with the annual convention
- Maintain and update relevant NASP webpages and content
- Provide general administrative office support as needed

The position works under the general supervision of the Director of Policy and Advocacy.

Requirements
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, psychology, or related field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent editing skills; project management experience; ability to be self- directed and effectively manage multiple priorities; creative problem solving skills, strong interpersonal skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Knowledge of education, school psychology, and/or children’s mental health issues preferred. Work experience and/or a master’s degree in education, psychology, or public policy a plus. Understanding of local, state, and federal education/mental health law and policy preferred. Must have the ability to work well with staff, volunteers, and others in a fast-paced collaborative team environment. Minimal local travel required as well as annual convention attendance.

Application Procedure
Please send a letter of interest with highlighted accomplishments, resume, three writing samples, and salary requirements (required) via e-mail to HR@naspweb.org. Interviews (phone and in person) will commence as soon as possible. The association offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. No calls, please.

Posted July 12, 2018


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