The Advocacy & State Coalition team seeks a detail-oriented, policy-minded go-getter to play a crucial role in advancing systemic change. Commit’s Advocacy team has been influential in the passing of several pieces of meaningful legislation at the state level to improve student outcomes including: efforts to improve the quality of pre-K programs, improve the pipeline of quality early childhood teachers, and create a new teaching certificate for early grades teachers. In the 2019 Texas legislative session, the Advocacy team was instrumental in securing an $11.6B school finance and property tax reform package that included full-day pre-K, pay raises for teachers, and more. In 2021, we are committed to advocating for the maintenance of the legislature’s existing investments, despite a potentially constrained state budget.
The Advocacy & State Coalition Intern will report to the Director of Advocacy and will work closely with the Advocacy and State Coalition team to research, monitor, advocate for and pass PreK-12 and higher education policy priorities at the state level. The preferred time commitment is at least 20 hours/week.
The Advocacy & State Coalition Intern will:
- Execute our legislative monitoring process, including tracking priority issues and taking notes on relevant committee and board hearings
- Support development of advocacy collateral, including one-pagers, testimony, and content for advocacy webpages
- Support team in building and cultivating relationships with regional legislators and staff and contacts on key committees
- Assist in planning and executing events to inform decisionmakers (legislators and agency officials) and key stakeholders of policy agenda items
- Monitor external advocacy events that shape strategy
- Support the Advocacy & State Coalition team with administrative tasks, including email follow-ups, printing collateral, and event RSVP tracking.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Demonstrated interest in educational policy and basic knowledge of the state legislative process
- Relevant experience preferred in public education and/or public policy, via school or work experience
- Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral
- Highly detail-oriented and a self-starter; accuracy is a requirement
- Effective time management skills, overseeing and executing projects from start to finish, balancing competing priorities while meeting deadlines
- Strong research skills with the ability to summarize and relay key pieces of information
- Desire to continuously incorporate feedback from the team and work with urgency, humility, and competing priorities; true team player
- Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Experience with database management tools (Salesforce) and online advocacy mobilization tools (Phone2Action, etc.) a plus
This is a short-term intern position set to expire in summer 2021.
The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
The Commit Partnership does not sponsor visas of any kind.