State Policy Network


Regional Advocacy Associate

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Government Affairs
  • Contact:
  • Location: Virtual
  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2020


Position Available: Regional Advocacy Associate

Reports to: National Director of Advocacy

Category: Full-time, salaried, at-will employee

Location: Phoenix, AZ; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT

Job Summary:

The Regional Advocacy Associate serves as a member of the Advocacy Team and supports the work of Regional Advocacy Directors as they promote the Foundation’s education reform policy agenda with state policymakers and in-state reform partners across the country.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Advocacy Associate facilitates the work of Regional Advocacy Directors as they support state leaders and local advocates on introducing, adopting or protecting policies that transform education for the 21st century.

  • Tracks priority and other legislation; updates the status of priority bills within the organizations’ bill tracking system.
  • Tracks and timely reports on legislative committee meetings, session debates, State Board of Education meetings, executive actions, etc. relevant to the organization’s policy agenda and advocacy strategy.
  • Communicates regularly with Regional Advocacy Directors regarding the status of education policy within assigned states to inform advocacy decisions and strategies.
  • Communicates with state partners, including lawmakers, policymakers and local advocates, to assist in developing, advocating, adopting and implementing education policy as directed by the Regional Advocacy Directors.
  • Coordinates across the organization’s advocacy, policy and communications teams to provide resources and assistance to state policymakers and partners.
  • Drafts talking points and summaries for state leaders, board of directors and executive management.
  • Prepares briefing documents for staff and/or Board members as needed.
  • Responds to inquiries related to policy and legislation from legislators, aides and the public.
  • Tracks and updates team members on regional news relative to legislative happenings in assigned states.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Strong organizational and teamwork skills
  • Strong commitment to advocate for education reform policies
  • General knowledge of education policy and state politics
  • General understanding of political and legislative processes
  • Ability to differentiate between 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) activities
  • Ability to travel occasionally


The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  A background in Social Science, Political Science, Public Administration, and/or an associated subject is desirable as well as experience working in the legislative or executive branch of government.

This job can be virtual.

How to apply

To Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Carrie Jenkins at You will be contacted if selected for further consideration.

Remote position