Director, Workforce Policy & Advocacy (Apply by: July 5, 2022)

Director, Workforce Policy & Advocacy (Apply by: July 5, 2022)

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

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About JFF:  

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all. Learn more about JFF and join us as we build a future that works.  


About JFF’s  Policy and Advocacy  Team: 

JFF’s Policy and Advocacy team generates nonpartisan, practice-informed policy solutions focused on economic advancement for all. Informed by work in the field, our policy experts synthesize research, evidence, and input from practitioners and policymakers to inform critical national and state policy development and debates. We also offer fresh policy ideas, thought leadership, and educational opportunities for key congressional and executive branch staff to create lasting, systemic shifts in education, workforce development, and poverty alleviation programs to provide learners, jobseekers and workers with the tools and supports they need to succeed in today’s and the future economy.  See our impact stories for more information. 


About the  position:  

The Director, Workforce Policy and Advocacy will lead JFF’s workforce development, workforce-focused secondary and postsecondary education, as well as the poverty alleviation policy portfolio. The Director will lead a small team in carrying out this work, which includes analyzing and developing policy proposals and solutions to ensure today’s students, jobseekers and workers have the skills and supports necessary to succeed in today’s economy. Additionally, this role is responsible for working directly with federal policymakers in Congress, including being responsible for carrying out JFF’s Congressional Staff Network on Economic Advancement, among other networking responsibilities. The Director for Workforce Policy & Advocacy will report to the Associate Vice President for Policy and work with all members of the Policy and Advocacy Unit, as well as with JFF’s senior leadership and others within the organization to support the development of high-quality workforce development policy.   


What you’ll do: 

Lead JFF’s policy portfolio for workforce development, relevant postsecondary education, and poverty alleviation issues 

Develop and drive JFF’s policy strategy for these issue areas in alignment with JFF’s Strategic Priorities  
Manage a small team in support of this portfolio, including providing leadership and accountability for management of resources 
Serve as a face of JFF’s change and transformation efforts/agenda through workforce, postsecondary, and poverty alleviation policy work
Attract and steward resources in support of growing this body of policy work
Influence policymakers through direction of JFF’s Congressional Staff Network for Economic Advancement and implementation of other JFF networks and partnerships in support of JFF’s strategic priorities
Act as a thought leader and a go-to resource externally in these key strategic areas for JFF, leading the field through national conversations  
Contribute to JFF’s overall policy agenda and strategy 

Work closely with others across the Policy & Advocacy Unit, leveraging your specific content expertise and cross-sector perspective to connect the dots between different bodies of policy work and JFF’s priorities 
Help shape and contribute to a fundraising strategy for the Policy & Advocacy Unit in close collaboration with teammates  
Model JFF’s commitment to DEI both internally and externally, including identifying opportunities to influence local and national policy priorities that increase equitable advancement for learners and workers 
Bring an entrepreneurial mindset to JFF’s policy work, pushing innovation and impact in support of JFF’s strategic priorities, while identifying new opportunities, technologies, and markets 
Lead through times of change with adaptability, flexibility, curiosity, and asset-based thinking  

Who you are:   

You have approximately 10+ years of overall experience with a proven track record in working with Congress on workforce development, postsecondary education, and/or poverty alleviation policy issues.
You are collaborative and thrive on working directly with others in support of policy development and implementation.
You have a strong working knowledge and experience in federal policy environments and are someone who keeps a pulse on what is moving in workforce development, postsecondary education, and/or poverty alleviation policy circles.
You have exceptional organizational skills and a keen attention to detail, with the judgment to manage competing priorities, and an ability to track and drive policy priorities. 
You are a dynamic facilitator who knows how to design and lead networks and related meetings that will influence senior-level policymakers and decision-makers.
You are a strong writer, with the ability to synthesize and communicate complex issues in clear and actionable ways.
You thrive in a fast-paced environment and can seamlessly pivot between being an individual contributor and working in close collaboration with others.
You model inclusive leadership, working effectively with diverse staff, and building and stewarding an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
You demonstrate a growth mindset and a desire to continuously improve in your work and approach.
You possess high energy and passion for JFF’s mission and the ability to apply JFF’s core values to all areas of your work
You are able and willing to travel up to 10-15%.  (The frequency will vary according to mix of projects. Note: JFF requires Covid vaccination for all work-related travel.)  

Diversity,  Equity  and Inclusion at JFF:   

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply. 


To apply:  

As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, addressed to Mary Clagett, Senior Director, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. We are accepting applications through July 5, 2022. Applications submitted by that date will be reviewed and candidates will receive updates on their candidacy by the week of July 11, 2022.   


Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.   


All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved.   


JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills.   

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