Director, State Government Relations - Western and Southwestern Region
The College Board, a national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Director, State Government Relations for our Policy & Government Relations, Global Policy and External Relations department (GPER). In this role, the Director will help lead all government relations in multiple states.
Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization, and powerful force in the lives of American students. To fulfill our purpose of clearing a path for students to own their future, we offer access, opportunity, and excellence to millions of students each year. Over the past five years, the College Board has been undergoing a transformation. We’ve redesigned the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and many AP courses and exams, and we’ve introduced the PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, all with great success. Now we have a position open for a state government-relations leader to manage and mentor a high-performing team and deliver more opportunities to students through engagement of the public sector.
The Director, State Government Relations, is responsible for developing and implementing government relations strategies in multiple Western and Southwestern states to advance the mission and goals of the College Board, including student-centered assessment and advance learning policies and state budget requests. To ensure there is a coordinated and seamless College Board presence with state policymakers, the Director will work collaboratively across teams with district and higher education-focused colleagues. The incumbent will regularly interact and advise the Executive Director, Regional Vice-Presidents, and Vice-President of Policy & Government Relations on issues and trends relevant to attaining organizational goals. The Director will also manage contract lobbyists and consultants within assigned states, where applicable.
What you’ll do
- Direct government relations efforts in multiple Western and Southwestern states
- Work closely with internal USS teams to develop shared goals, strategies, and metrics
- Develop partnerships with governors, legislative leaders, and members of state boards of education
- Ensure key partners understand how College Board programs and services can help them meet their state education goals and improve college readiness among students in their state
- Develop strong coalitions (business, K-12 and higher education advocacy organizations, etc.)
- Encourage state adoption or expansion of AP and Pre-AP, Springboard, SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and other College Board programs, and establish formal partnerships between the states and the College Board
- Maintain collaborative relationships with Regional Vice-President and state and district partnership leaders, higher education colleagues, and other key College Board leadership
- Prepare and/or deliver presentations and testimony to legislative and State Board audiences
- Where appropriate, work closely with AP Teacher Advocates
- Independently analyze current and emerging state legislation and complex policy issues to determine the potential impact on College Board programs and services and recommend solutions to any challenges presented by pending legislation
- Work closely with Policy Team colleagues to help write policy statements and proposals
- Maintain accurate records and comply with all reporting requirements
- Assume a travel schedule of 40-60 percent of the time
- You have a bachelor’s degree, and preferably a master’s degree, in public administration, public policy, business administration, government, or education
- You have 5+ years of directly-related, progressively responsible government relations experience and have worked with state legislatures, educational policy agencies, schools, districts, colleges and universities in higher education systems
- You have experience with education-related policy issues, especially the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state accountability, college and career readiness, and college completion
More about you
- You are goal-oriented and strongly committed to expanding educational opportunity
- You are a problem solver with excellent judgment and make evidenced-based decisions
- You view situations and issues from multiple perspectives
- You are detailed oriented and thorough in your analyses
- You have strong relationship skills and are comfortable working with senior-level officials
- You communicate clearly and effectively.
- You are a self-starter that thrives in fast-paced environments
- You are capable of effectively working remotely
- You like facing new challenges, and thrive on opportunities to think creatively to solve issues or situations
- You live – or are willing to live – in the California, Oregan,Texas, Colorado or Tennessee area (there is some flexibility to work remote)
We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, health and pet insurance, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.
If you are interested in joining the College Board and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to view or current opportunities at https://www.collegeboard.org/about/careers/job-listings.
The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.