About Communities in Schools:

At Communities In Schools, we are “all-in” for kids. It is our passion—it is our mission. At the National Office, we collaborate with local affiliate organizations, to provide resources and create communities of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to stay in school and achieve in life. We are the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, serving 1.6 million students in 2,400 sites across the country. We achieve this mission by hiring bright, creative, and innovative team members who have a passion for what we do.

About the Role:

The Policy Specialist is responsible for working with the Vice President of Policy to create favorable policy environments for integrated student supports (e.g. wraparound services). The Policy Specialist position will focus on federal-level policy and will be responsible for tracking policies from the administration and Congress. Combining strong quantitative analysis skills necessary for supporting program evaluation, business and regulatory analysis, and cost/benefit estimates; with equally strong research, policy analysis, and writing skills to contribute to policy papers and technical background documents, stakeholder and public comment reports, and regulatory language.

Other duties include but are not limited to:

Research, Monitor, and Synthesize Information – 30%

  • Conduct policy research, monitor federal policies and summarize relevant information.
  • Provide general support for the Policy Office as needed.

Prepare Materials – 30%

  • Draft and edit policy briefs, advocacy handouts, letters, press statements, and talking points. Prepare briefing materials and presentations for the President & CEO. 


Participate in Coalitions, Meetings on Capitol Hill and Events – 20%

  • Inform the work of the department and identify opportunities for collaboration with national partners on key issues. Attend meetings on Capitol Hill as needed. Maintain records of meetings with the administration and congressional staff. 

Planning and Coordination – 10%

  • Plan and execute advocacy days (on Capitol Hill or virtually) for CIS affiliates and alumni, as needed.  

  • Coordinate digital advocacy and stakeholder engagement strategies with cross-functional teams (including by maintaining the Phone2Action platform and policy corner of the CIS website)

Provide Regular Updates- 10%

  • Provide regular updates to the CIS network of federal-and-state-level government relations work and relevant federal policy news via a monthly newsletter 

About You:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree; A Master’s degree can substitute for some work experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience.


Other skills include but are not limited to: 

  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of the Every Student Succeeds Act or general knowledge of policies impacting children in poverty in education, health, or criminal justice.
  • Knowledge of the federal policymaking process and policy levers available to federal decisionmakers.
  • Knowledge of the federal appropriations process and relevant federal funding sources.
  • Knowledge of advocacy and stakeholder engagement strategies.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience working in the federal government, on Capitol Hill, or writing concrete, actionable policy papers.
  • Ability to use R or conduct statistical analysis is not required but considered a plus.



Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to fingers, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or be able to move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

What We Offer:

  • Work that makes a difference—the opportunity to contribute to an important mission.
  • A culture recognized by the Non-Profit Times as the #1 Non-Profit Best Place to Work in the United States.
  • Competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
  • Generous paid time off benefits.
  • Commuter subsidy benefits.

Communities In Schools is committed to a workforce that is representative of the varied communities we are privileged to serve. We provide a work environment that does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable law. Communities In Schools prohibits harassment of applicants or employees based on any of these protected categories.

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