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Director, State Government Relations - Chicago, IL

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The College Board, a national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Director, State Government Relations, in our Global Policy and External Relations department (GPER). This position is based in our Midwestern Regional Office in Chicago, IL.  

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.

The College Board has a strong, compelling story to tell: We are clearing a path for students to own their own future. By connecting students to free, personalized SAT practice; college application fee waivers; AP credit; and scholarships we are deliver opportunity to millions. 

The ideal candidate will work to broaden understanding of the College Board’s work, build and protecting its reputation as a vibrant mission-driven not-for-profit, and deepen public support for the organization’s initiatives. This position reports to the Executive Director, Government Relations.

What you’ll do

  • Direct the state government relations program in three Midwestern, and one Southern, states.
  • Raise the level of awareness and understanding of College Board as a leading education policy organization through collaborative communications with state-level policymakers
  • Develop and sustain interactions with educational associations and organizations
  • Direct external advocacy efforts in each state, where appropriate
  • Prepare and/or deliver presentations and testimony to legislative committees
  • Build and manage a government relations network of College Board members and advocates
  • Pursue the creation of sustainable partnerships with governors, key members of the legislature, and state boards and commissions of K-12 and HE to ensure that they understand how College Board programs and services can help them meet their state education goals and improve college readiness among students in their state
  • Encourage state adoption or expansion of AP and Pre-AP, Springboard, SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and other College Board programs, and establish formal partnerships between the states and the College Board
  • Play a major role in organizing meetings, workshops and conferences at the state and regional levels that showcase College Board programs and services and highlight the mission and values of the organization
  • Maintain accurate records, comply with all reporting requirements, and write policy documents and reports which utilize research and data effectively
  • Assume a travel schedule of 40-60 percent of the time



About you

  • You have a bachelor’s degree, and preferably a master’s degree, in public administration, public policy, business administration, government, or education
  • You have 7+ 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 ESSA, state accountability, college and career readiness, and college completion

More about you

  • You are strongly committed to expanding educational opportunity
  • You are a problem solver with excellent judgment
  • You view situations and issues from multiple perspectives
  • You are highly detailed oriented and thorough in your analyses
  • You make evidence-based decisions
  • You can see the big picture through the details, and know when appropriate to deploy each perspective
  • You have strong relationship skills and are comfortable accommodating different points of view
  • You communicate clearly and compellingly about your analyses, insights, and recommendations
  • You know how to target your presentation style, written or oral, to different audiences
  • You are a self-starter that thrives in fast-paced environments
  • You are highly adaptable to new information, situations, or challenges and can work both collaboratively and independently
  • You like facing new challenges, and thrive on opportunities to think creatively
  • You come up with fresh approaches to tough organizational and operational problem
  • You are able to juggle multiple demands, manage shifting priorities and meet deadlines
  • You have a positive, good-natured and flexible attitude


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.


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.