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Policy Associate - posted Aug 4, 2017

Policy Associate (part-time)

NCAN’s new policy associate will primarily provide support to NCAN’s emerging state policy portfolio and provide additional support to NCAN’s federal policy work. The Policy Associate’s primary goal is to facilitate the capacity building and training of NCAN’s membership to participate in state-level advocacy work. The Associate will develop resources – such as report summaries or blog posts, share timely or helpful policy and advocacy developments to NCAN members, and assist in advocacy training for members. This new position is an excellent opportunity for an individual seeking professional advancement, skill-building, and responsibility in advocacy field while maintaining the flexibility of part-time work.

1. Provide technical support to approximately 8 NCAN grantees on state policy and advocacy 
2. Manage the content for both in-person and online advocacy trainings and policy issues education.
3. Write blog posts, articles and briefs on state and federal policy topics related to NCAN’s advocacy agenda. 
4. Assist in Request for Proposal and grant management process for NCAN state policy grantees.
5. Manage outside vendors as needed. 
6. Other duties as assigned.


Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; familiarity with college access/success, underserved students, or higher education reform issues; and 1-2 years of related professional experience. Must be a team player who works independently, is a confident writer with strong research skills, and can manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Grassroots advocacy experience or higher education policy experience is a plus. Requires experience doing state-level advocacy, working in state government, or similar. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) is required. Periodic travel required; must have a valid in-state driver’s license for local travel.  

The policy associate must be able to work with and around others from a myriad of backgrounds on a daily basis. Those people include, but are not limited to, employees of all levels within the organization, NCAN board members, NCAN members, the media, school and community leaders, consultants, policymakers, and vendors.


This position is part-time and paid at $30.00 an hour. It is a two-year commitment from fall 2017 through summer 2019. 

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (max. 1000 words) to:

Carrie Warick
Director of Policy and Advocacy
National College Access Network
1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC  20036