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Policy and Research Associate, Government & Community Affairs (Program Associate I)

Date Posted: Feb 9, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title:Policy and Research Associate, Government & Community Affairs (Program Associate I) 

Location:DPSCD Central Office 3011 West Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202 

Salary Range:$60,342 – $77,935 

Reports to:Assistant Director, Government & Community Affairs 

Bargaining Unit: OSAS 

Benefits Eligible:Yes 

In accordance with the agreement between the Organization of School Administrators (OSAS)¿and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, Table of Contents, Section 7.0 Promotions, the following vacancy is announced.

Position Summary:

The Policy and Research Associate (PRA) will help create and monitor the District’s policies and objectives with respect to local, state, and federal government affairs. The PRA will work to develop a plan to proactively engage with elected officials at the state and local levels to implement the district’s legislative agenda.

Minimal Qualifications 

  • A Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in fields such as communications, public policy, or political science required; law or other relevant graduate degree required. 

  • Possess a sophisticated understanding of how state and local governments make policy and laws. This will have been gained by experience in stakeholder engagement or government relations outreach work (possibly in corporate, government, agency or relevant NGO/association environments). 

  • Experience using broad communication strategies to influence policy makers. Has developed skill – in either a corporate, trade, consulting or campaign setting – blending communication, political and policy strategies into effective, integrated plans to influence desired outcomes with elected officials. 

  • Experience developing communications plans and strategies to keep internal stakeholders engaged in external work. 

  • A background of working on a campaign or in an elected office. 

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ability to convey complex policy issues in a clear and concise manner. 

  • Strong human relations and interpersonal skills.¿ 

  • Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, District infrastructure, policies, and procedures. 

  • Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, and prioritize requests. 

  • Understanding of public policy issues and interests impacting public education.¿ 

  • Strong understanding of the Detroit and Michigan grassroots community and political landscape. 

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 

  • Working knowledge of digital grassroots advocacy platforms, digital communication and marketing tools such as MailChimp, Constant Contact or GovDelivery 

  • Ability to periodically work evenings and weekends 

Essential Functions 

  1. Assist in updating the district’s legislative agenda based on research and current political environment in accordance with the established priorities identified in the strategic plan. 

  1. Assist in developing implementation strategy for the legislative agenda. 

  1. Provide professional writing, research support and preparation of draft technical documents on relevant legislative issues as required. 

  1. Track and provide updates on legislation and regulatory developments. 

  1. Draft legislative updates, fact sheets, newsletter articles, and testimony related to the District’s government relations priorities. 

  1. Serve as a resource and strategic planning partner on political issues in Detroit and statewide. 

  1. Identify key stakeholders on legislation affecting the district, including proponents and opponents. 

  1. Coordinate educational meetings, workshops and seminars for key stakeholders; gathers intelligence to inform internal policy formation and strategic decision-making to promote the District’s legislative objectives. 

  1. Engage internal stakeholders as needed to inform the District’s public policy positions. 

  1. Collaborate in the development of messages to government officials, the press and public. 

  1. Work with the Office of Chief of Staff’s Outreach team to provide opportunities for outreach in the vein of community relations and public affairs campaigns, designed to improve and shelter the District’s reputation in line with the strategic plan. 

  1. Maintain and nurture relationships with government agencies and associated authorities. 

  1. Attend government relations and community functions to gain access and strengthen relationships with elected/appointed officials and community members. 

  1. Must be willing to attend community meetings, legislative coffee hours, House and Senate committee meetings in Lansing and the Metro Detroit area 

  2. Perform other duties as assigned by Senior Dierctor or designee.

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.  

External Applicants In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.   

 Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.   

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.    

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.  

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance. 

 

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