Partnership for Los Angeles Schools,

Senior Vice President (SVP) of Policy & Advocacy

Posted
28 days ago
Employment type
Full-Time
Location
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Launched in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ mission is to transform schools to revolutionize school systems, empowering all students with a high-quality education. The Partnership is a non-profit, in-district partner to LA Unified, not a charter network. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Partnership serves 13,200 students across 20 LA Unified schools in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. The Partnership works within the LA Unified School District context, which includes honoring all collective bargaining agreements for its teachers and school staff.

About this job

The Senior Vice President (SVP) of Policy & Advocacy will serve as a key player within the organizational leadership team, and will lead strategies to advance an education equity agenda that addresses the legacy of racial inequities and underinvestment in our highest needs schools. The SVP of Policy & Advocacy will work closely with the Chief External Officer (CXO) to develop the organization’s strategic goals, policy positions, key initiatives, and strategies for advocacy. The SVP of Policy & Advocacy will serve as an important representative of the Partnership in a wide range of external settings, and will lead relationships with partners, coalition members, policy makers, and other stakeholders. The SVP of Policy & Advocacy will set the vision for the Policy & Advocacy team, and create strategic campaigns in alignment with current issues priorities and the Partnership’s strategic plan. They will also be accountable for the overall vision, goals, strategy, performance, and operations of the Partnership’s Policy & Advocacy Team. This is a full-time, year-round position.

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The SVP of Policy & Advocacy will be someone who is committed to implementing these values in creative ways when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

Roles & responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITIES

Advocacy Vision, Organizational Strategy & Agenda Execution (40%)

Lead the Policy & Advocacy Team in creating strategic campaigns in alignment with current issue priorities and the Partnership’s strategic plan

Guide ongoing campaign development, including developing campaign strategy and tactical scenarios and plans, coordinating campaign activities, and organizing campaign actions

Provide strategic direction for fostering leadership development and political education opportunities with student and parent leaders across our schools

Develop processes that allow leaders, staff, allies, and stakeholders to inform and guide Partnership campaign strategies

Strategically grow the Partnership’s leadership within local communities while simultaneously deepening the organization’s state advocacy strategy and capacity

Relationship Management & Stakeholder Engagement (35%)

Build and maintain relationships with key players in the Los Angeles education policy world, including Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) leadership, advocacy partners, and school communities

Provide representation and strategic leadership on behalf of the Partnership in meetings with policy makers, allies, and coalitions, as well as media and advocacy events, community partner support, and engagement and grassroots mobilization efforts

Create engaging partnerships with grasstop and grassroot leaders, policy organizations, and education coalitions to advance the Partnership’s education equity agenda

Lead 1-2 campaigns that advance equitable funding and resources for schools.

Team Management & Organizational Leadership (25%)

Provide management, coaching, and leadership development for the members of the Policy & Advocacy Team

Model Partnership competencies for direct reports and team members

Support learning and development across the organization on systems change and advocacy priorities

Build systems to track and scale the impact of Partnership policy and advocacy strategies

Collaborate with the Communications Team to develop communications and narrative change strategies for issue campaigns, and to elevate the visibility and impact of policy work

Work across teams, communities, and advisory boards comprised of students, parents, and educators, with the goal of amplifying the Partnership’s system-wide change work

Engage and collaborate with the Partnership network of schools to identify and develop equity champions in our communities

ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCIES

All Partnership team members are expected to learn, grow, and model the following organizational competencies:

Anti-racism: Acknowledges and actively seeks to disrupt the systemic racism that exists within educational systems and society which oppress the students and communities we serve

Root Cause Analysis: Proactively makes time to examine the underlying causes of challenges, and identifies and addresses their root causes

Long-Term Thinking: Focuses on long-term strategies and goals as the key to realizing the Partnership’s mission of empowering all students with a high-quality education

Teaming & Collaboration: Builds and contributes to a strong team culture that promotes a sense of belonging for all team members

Psychological Safety: Feels freedom to express oneself openly and honestly, and to be one’s authentic self

Learning & Growth: Continually seeks to learn, grow, and improve in order to best serve our students and communities

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS

A deep belief in the power of our communities, the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values

A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment for all team members

Bachelor’s degree or commensurate years of experience

Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience in policy, advocacy, and/or community organizing, with specific experience developing and executing an advocacy strategy and driving policy results for historically marginalized communities

5+ years of management experience, including managing and leading teams, complex projects, and cross-functional teams

Experience interfacing with elected officials and navigating political systems at the local, state, and/or federal levels

Proven track record of building productive relationships and alliances with advocacy partners, community members, diverse stakeholders, and LAUSD leaders

Deep knowledge of communities we serve, the K-12 public education sector, and other social issues campaigns and political work impacting Los Angeles

Experience understanding complex systems, and building and running issue campaigns focused on equity

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on a systemic level

Superb oral and written communications skills for multiple audiences, including an ability to proactively communicate critical messages to stakeholders and a diverse range of audiences

A combination of creative and strategic thinking with a standard for high-quality execution

Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and work under multiple deadlines

Strong team player and active collaborator

The ability to travel between school sites

Spanish language fluency (spoken and written), preferred

To apply

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here: https://www.theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=P6382

For technical assistance, assistance for applying with a disability, or questions, please email Melanie Liu, Senior Manager of Home Office Talent & Org Culture, at melanie.liu@partnershipla.org.

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