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50CAN, Inc.

Policy Manager

– Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Full-Time

50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now, a nonprofit organization that works at the local level to advocate for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address. We develop local education leaders by providing them with the research, tools and ideas needed to create learning environments that best meet every child’s needs. 50CAN operates campaigns in Connecticut, Delaware, Denver, Georgia, Hawaii, Miami, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Richmond and Tennessee and is led by CEO & Founder Marc Porter Magee.


50CAN is committed to supporting and defending decades’ worth of progress in education reform that has empowered families, students, and educators. The organization  is also dedicated to creating a more dynamic, customized, and pluralistic vision of the future of education in America. As a key member of the national team, the Policy Manager is responsible for helping the executive team analyze national trends in education policy-making while creating a new policy framework for a network of advocates across the country. This position reports directly to the Executive Vice President.

Key Responsibilities

  • Monitor and document national trends in education policy-making

  • Compile and analyze quantitative and qualitative information in support of state and local education advocacy campaigns

  • Work with the Executive Team to identify emerging policy ideas and translate them into actionable legislative frameworks

  • Understand the policy objectives and efforts of a variety of philanthropic and advocacy groups

  • Assist in drafting campaign documents, including research reports, memos, one-pagers, fact sheets, testimony, talking points and other materials to support state and local policy goals

  • Support ad hoc research requests from state and national teams by collecting and analyzing data and fact-checking research products

  • Attend policy and research events and webinars held by partner organizations in the education sector

Key Skills, Abilities and Experiences

  • Minimum two years of experience with quantitative and qualitative research analysis

  • Commitment to 50CAN’s mission and core values (“PORCH”): plussing it, optimism, relentlessness, candor 
and humility

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

  • Imagination and ability to devise creative policy solutions to a wide range of education related issues
  • Skill and experience in writing and editing advocacy papers and reports

  • Comfortable working in an iterative environment with high degrees of ambiguity

  • Willingness to challenge prior policy assumptions or efforts.

  • Open to experimentation, trial, error, and change.

  • Willingness to work across and through political and partisan divisions.

  • Strength in gathering and analyzing information from various sources to make sound, logical conclusions.  

  • Excellent relationship building and managing skills

  • Consistent self-starter, who is able to influence others to adopt ideas

  • Excellent organizational skills with an unwavering attention to detail

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment with multiple and varied assignments

  • Ready and willing to provide thought-leadership on new projects and tasks

  • Able to work with a geographically diverse team

Position is based in Washington, D.C. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 50CAN offers a comprehensive benefits package. 

50CAN is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply.


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