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About State Policy Network

State Policy Network is a coalition of 64 state think tanks representing all 50 states, over 66 state allied organizations in key capacities (like litigation, journalism, and advocacy), and more than 90 national partners, all dedicated to the principles of liberty and federalism. SPN exists to make these organizations better, faster, and stronger than if each worked alone. The power of the Network is in scaling critical state and local solutions so they spread from state to state, leading to national impact.

Positions Available

Manager of Policy Working Groups

Washington, DC or Virtual Office

About the Manager of Policy Working Groups Role:

In support of the organization’s mission to catalyze thriving, durable freedom movements in every state, SPN partners with its members through policy working groups. SPN’s policy working groups connect independent state and national think tank leaders to accomplish shared policy objectives. The Manager of Policy Working Groups is responsible for ensuring that SPN’s economic and healthcare working groups thrive. The role requires someone with excellent project management skills and the ability to create and drive internal strategies, systems, and processes in a fast-paced environment.

This person will work directly with SPN Members and coalition partners that focus on healthcare and economic policy. The manager will work with SPN policy advisors and SPN Events team to plan and execute programming and content for the healthcare and economic policy working groups. This role will report to the Vice President of Programs.

The right person for this role thrives with executing projects; monitoring project progress; setting and meeting deadlines; maintaining budgets; and ensuring stakeholder satisfaction. You will help bring together the brightest minds and driven individuals to solve challenging policy problems. A self-starter with exceptional customer service skills is a must.

The Manager of Policy Working Groups will have the following main roles:

  • Work with economic and healthcare policy leaders and SPN team members to develop a working group meeting schedule (in-person and virtual), working group agendas and content that is relevant and useful to working group members, broader SPN Members, and aligned with SPN strategies.
  • Setting up best processes for working group members to collaborate and execute on working group decisions
  • Partner with SPN Events team to coordinate schedule and ensure working group events are executed at a high standard of excellence.
  • Use SPN’s project management systems (Basecamp) to ensure economic and healthcare working group deliverables are on track; resources needed for success are secured; timely reports on working group goals are delivered; and budgets are maintained. Improving the project management process as needed.
  • Partner with data team to ensure working group contacts, metrics and milestones are tracked in SPN databases.
  • Act as liaison to SPN’s development team, providing timely updates and key information on SPN working groups’ impact
  • With the SPN event lead for SPN Annual Meeting, develop and manage details for relevant SPN policy sessions at the event, hitting key deadlines to invite speakers and coordinate content preparation.
  • Cultivate productive relationships with a mix of economic and healthcare policy and issue advocacy leaders to stay abreast of the changing healthcare and economic policy landscape.

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience with track record of executing on projects.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • Experience maintaining project budgets and deliverables.
  • Experience facilitating meetings is plus but not required.
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Proficient knowledge of Excel, Power Point, Word, Salesforce, and cloud-sharing programs.
  • 30% of time traveling. Travel is heavier in the summer months and predominately to Washington DC.

Director of Network Relations

Washington, DC or Virtual Office

About the Director of Network Relations Role:

State Policy Network (SPN) seeks an accomplished network builder and proven coalition strategist to serve as Director of Network Relations. The Director of Network Relations develops, coordinates, and implements strategies to achieve the goals of SPN and our growing Network by collaborating with SPN staff and Network leaders to connect, support, and build the Network’s membership, partner, and allies audiences.

The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of the local, state, and federal policy landscape and relevant experience in the policymaking process. They will also be a skilled and credible networker who can build and navigate relationships with diverse audiences. Ideally, this person will be someone who seeks to lean in and learn about our Network organizations and leaders to meet them with humility and curiosity so that SPN can help them go further faster through our services and support.

The Director of Network Relations will report to the Senior Vice President. The role is virtual or based in Arlington, VA (if desired) and requires 25% travel (more if virtual).

The Director of Network Relations will have the following main responsibilities:

  • Persuasively and diplomatically communicate the vision, mission, and objectives of SPN to diverse groups including Network affiliates, policymakers, partners, and supporters.
  • Cultivate relationships between members of SPN to build durable coalitions. 
  • Work closely with our policy team to design and implement our federal affairs strategy and supervise the necessary contract support.
  • Work closely with the program, policy, and communications teams to design and implement strategies to build and support the growth of our partners and allies audiences.
  • Supervise SPN’s Network Stewardship Manager and SPN’s program to ensure that our members receive best-in-class support and service when interacting with SPN.
  • Work with Network coalition and peer groups to coach them on how to build their own network capabilities.

Qualifications:

  • A record of successfully managing teams, including the ability to set objectives, drive clarity and alignment, manage performance, and coach to success.
  • Strong team player with demonstrated capacity to work with colleagues to achieve shared goals.
  • Results-oriented leader with a demonstrated capacity for strategy development and implementation.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving with an ability to identify the root cause of a problem, gather and evaluate data, identify assumptions, establish significance, make decisions, and communicate findings and solutions.
  • Highly motivated self-starter who enjoys working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability building coalitions that work across party lines to accomplish goals.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Skilled networker and relationship builder with an ability to coach others in these skills.
  • Experience with IRS c3 compliance.
  • Experience working within State Policy Network and with state legislators is a plus.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: a) your interest in this position, b) your interest in/commitment to the mission of State Policy Network c) salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: http://www.talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Talent Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: stephanie@talentmarket.org

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Director of Education Policy Initiatives

Washington, DC or Virtual Office

SPN is seeking a Director of Education Policy Initiatives. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has a passion for sound public policy that promotes education reform and has demonstrated success in building and working with coalitions, as well as experience working with state legislatures. The right person for this role will be a strategic thinker, an exceptional communicator, and have a track record of managing complex projects in multiple states.

The role requires someone dedicated to helping state-based policy organizations advance crucial education policy reforms, partnering with those organizations to support their efforts, and helping them succeed. The ideal candidate will be able to develop advocacy strategies, coach education reformers, and work with diverse coalition partners in a fast-paced environment.

The Director of Education Policy Initiatives will report to the Vice President of Programs.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. Much of SPN’s staff are remote and this position is eligible to work remotely from a virtual office anywhere in the United States.

The Director of Education Policy Initiatives will have the following main roles:

  • Serve as the SPN point person internally and externally on education policy reform initiative(s). This includes building and facilitating critical state-based coalitions, as well as coordinating fellow SPN team members to support the coalition.
  • Seek out the best education policy reforms, share best practices, and coordinate multi-state strategies for implementation. This will include working with education reform coalitions to evaluate policy needs and policy solutions and working alongside those coalitions to develop and implement strategies to secure lasting reforms.
  • Serve as SPN spokesperson on education reforms. This includes public speaking, drafting articles, toolkits, or other materials needed to further the education policy strategy.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a service-oriented, self-starter, who is able to share public acclaim for a job well done. We seek the following skills and experience:

  • 8+ years of experience in multi-state policy advocacy, coalition building, outreach or issue-based campaigns.
  • 5+ years of experience in K-12 education state policy. This requires familiarity with the influencers and voices in K-12 education reform. This could include previous experience as a teacher or administrator.
  • Passion for SPN’s mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and motivate partners in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong facilitation, communication, and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with state-based organizations and the state legislative process.
  • The position will require 25-30% (or more) travel and is dependent on the candidate’s location (50-60% of travel will be on the east coast).

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, SPN’s mission, and salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: katelynn@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Senior Writer/Editor

Washington, DC or Virtual Office

State Policy Network (SPN) seeks a Senior Editor and Writer to lead the editorial content strategy and production of SPN’s new online outlet. This is an opportunity for an experienced editor and writer to help SPN create a space for thoughtful analysis and commentary as well as stories of local problem solving to explore how individuals and communities address issues through self-governance and innovation. If you’re frustrated by the quality of discourse around policy problems and want to be a part of something solution-oriented this will be an exciting opportunity to help us develop a new platform.

The Senior Editor and Writer will be responsible for developing and implementing the site’s editorial guidelines as well as editorial and content calendars. Responsibilities include writing content, assigning content, and building a Network of contributors to the outlet.

The successful candidate will have the entrepreneurial drive necessary to build a best-in-class digital outlet that becomes known as the premier voice for practical, understandable federalism. The candidate will also have the sensibilities necessary to cultivate a lively, friendly, non-partisan, “big tent” approach to content that illuminates varied ideas for and applications of federalism in action.

This is a full-time position that works closely with the Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President, and Vice President for Policy. The position will report to the Senior Director of Communications.

The Senior Writer/Editor will have the following main roles:

  • Oversee final development of web-based platform and associated channels in coordination with the Senior Director of Communications and SPN’s web vendor.
  • Collaborate and coordinate the launch plan and marketing with the SPN Communications and Marketing Team.
  • Serve as the managing editor of the platform—set the editorial guidelines and the editorial and content calendars; generate story ideas; identify, recruit, and manage contributors; and ensure quality of content.
  • Contribute original writing and other content for the platform.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with and appreciation for federalism as a practice, not just a theory.
  • 5+ years of experience as a writer or reporter.
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills.
  • High attention to detail, abilities to manage multiple tasks and organize information.
  • Self-starter, you will be building this project from the ground up.
  • Editorial management—ability to coordinate the editorial and content calendars to ensure a steady stream of content while paying attention to tone and brand.
  • Experience with SEO is highly preferred.
  • Comfort and experience with working within website content management systems especially WordPress preferred.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, SPN’s mission, compensation requirements, and travel availability.

Applications and questions should be submitted to careers@spn.org.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Senior Accountant

SPN seeks a detail-oriented senior accountant to help us continue to strengthen the in-house operations efforts for our growing organization. The senior accountant will perform and coordinate all accounting duties within our organization. Responsibilities will include preparing financial reports, performing account reconciliations, maintaining the general ledger, preparing accounts payables, assisting with audit preparations, and performing other accounting duties as assigned.

To be successful as a senior accountant, you should have a solid working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and strong financial analysis skills. An outstanding senior accountant should also possess strong Excel skills, be detail-oriented, highly organized, able to work with little to no supervision, and perform well under pressure.

Though SPN is primarily a virtual organization, this position will be based in the SPN Rosslyn, Virginia office, located near the Metro and major traffic routes. A flexible office-home office hybrid arrangement is available, as long as the candidate is able to regularly be in the office at least 2-3 times a week.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating accounting functions and programs.
  • Preparing general ledger entries.
  • Preparing accounts payable for payment.
  • Preparing monthly time accruals for allocations.
  • Monthly financial analysis and reports.
  • Assisting with preparing and monitoring budgets.
  • Maintaining and reconciling balance sheet and general ledger accounts.
  • Assisting with annual audit preparations.
  • Investigating and resolving account discrepancies, and issues of non-compliance.
  • Contributing to the development of new or amended accounting systems, programs, and procedures.
  • Performing other accounting duties as required or assigned.

Senior Accountant Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance required.
  • 3+ years of accounting experience.
  • Working knowledge GAAP.
  • Strong financial analysis skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational and stress management skills.
  • Comfortable working as part of a virtual team.
  • Ability to work with little to no supervision, managing multiple tasks.
  • Discretion and sound judgement.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly with Excel.

If interested, please contact:

Rajan D. Khanna, CPA, Senior Vice President, Rajan.Khanna@roberthalf.com

Development Administrator

Virtual Office

About the Role

State Policy Network seeks a highly organized individual with a service-mindset to join the team as our Development Administrator. This individual will play a critical role on the SPN development team supporting the efforts of our front-line fundraisers and contributing to special projects. This opportunity is ideal for someone interested in a rewarding job with great flexibility and minimal travel requirements.

The ideal candidate will have between six months to two years’ experience working in an administrative, support role. This individual should enjoy both the variety that comes with short-term projects and the predictability of ongoing, process-oriented tasks.  Experience working in Salesforce or other CRM is a plus.

The Development Administrator will report to the Director of Advancement. This role is virtual.

Core Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and execute special, personalized stewardship mailings to supporters
  • Manage key calendar components for the development team, such as calls and travel
  • Assist with the execution of personalized donor experiences at events, such as welcome gifts, itineraries, etc.

Other Responsibilities

  • Provide general support to the Vice President of Development with general administrative tasks (Salesforce entry, expense reports)
  • Capture and track key information in Salesforce
  • Provide assistance in special projects as needed

Qualifications

  • 6 months to 2 years of relevant experience; a background in fundraising is preferred
  • 5-10% travel.
  • Strong interest in advancing State Policy Network’s mission and impact
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • An ability to think creatively and manage a project from beginning to end with minimal supervision
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, and capacity to prioritize and balance multiple projects, while successfully meeting deadlines and goals
  • Strong analytical skills, organizational skills, and superb attention to detail
  • A customer service mindset with internal and external partners
  • A team player that can work in a fast-paced, high-volume environment in a professional manner
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Word, Excel and Outlook (advanced Excel knowledge or experience with Salesforce a plus)

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials as a single PDF:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position and the mission of SPN and your salary requirements

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

Questions can be directed to Katy Gambella, Network Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: katy@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

Passionate about seeing lasting change at the state and local level and wondering how you can play a part? SPN is always looking for talented people and we recognize that experience comes in different forms. 

Don’t see a job posting fitting your qualifications? Send us your resume and cover letter and tell us how you would contribute to the SPN team.

Send your resume and support materials to careers@spn.org