Associate, Policy

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The Aspen Institute is looking for an Associate, Policy.

About The Role

The Associate, Policy works closely with the Assistant Director, Policy and the broader Aspen Education Team to support the design, planning, and execution of exemplary learning experiences for education leaders, identifies and reviews emerging research and education policy trends, and provides much-needed project management for the policy work, including Congressional networks and aligned activities and publications. They will correspond frequently and directly with Congressional staff, as well as other policymakers, researchers, and practitioner leaders. The Associate, Policy will report to the Assistant Director, Policy, and join a high-performing, mission-driven team.

Essential Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To

Supporting the health of congressional networks and policy convenings

  • Content Development for Convenings

Track and synthesize research, economic mobility and education trends, and takeaways from Aspen convenings and other outreach to create quality, aligned materials for convenings, including agendas, overviews, facilitation protocols and writing prompts that support exemplary adult learning and reflect our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Development of high-quality briefing books to support excellent engagement from participants

  • Project ManagementManage project planning process for multiple convenings, projects and publications throughout the year

    Manage and execute on project deadlines, including external relationships and partnerships

    Lead knowledge capture processes for policy and Congressional meetings, including but not limited to:

    Synthesizing trends and themes to create after-action reports and memos

    Analyze trends from evaluations and interviews to support continuous improvement

    Ensure strong follow up for convening participants

Supporting internal expertise

  • Identify relevant content to keep program staff abreast of key issues in the field of economic mobility and education policy and to advance our shared knowledge and growth related to race, equity and inclusion
  • Maintain and manage materials in an excellent manner to ensure ease of access for broader Program team
  • Support reliable communication between Practice, Policy and Operations teams
  • Create strong first-drafts of content, including but not limited toblog posts, policy reports, conference presentations, and issue briefs

Supporting External Functions

  • Support fundraising activities on an as-needed basis
  • Correspond frequently and professionally with current and potential partners and participants
  • Excellent maintenance and management of materials to ensure ease of access for the broader Program team
  • Support reliable communication between Practice, Policy, and other teams

About You

  • 3-5 years working in policy or related role (e.g., Hill staffer, think tank)
  • Bachelor’s degree required, higher education preferred
  • Commitment to increasing mobility from poverty and improving outcomes in public education, especially for students from low-income families and students of color
    Subject matter expertise around critical issues surrounding poverty, economic access required. Subject matter experise in education policy preferred
  • Excellent project management skills, including but not limited to organization and facilitation of meetings, managing multiple timelines, and leading teams to the successful completion of multi-layered projects
  • Excellent research and analysis skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including but not limited to distilling salient points into summaries and drafting professional correspondence
  • Committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across all functions, engagements, and relationships
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 20% of the time. Occasional night and weekend work required, usually as part of planning or execution of site visits.

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The Aspen Institute


Associate, Policy


Monday 20th April 2020


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