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Senior Program/Policy Specialist/Analyst (International Relations), 2 year term

National Education Association
Crystal, VA
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Posting Period:

April 10, 2024 - Until Filled

Employee Type:

NEASO NEA Staff Organization

Position Type:

Term (Fixed Term)

Salary Range:

$94,380.00 - $148,378.00


NEASO Rank 7

Position Details:

POSITION EMPHASIS: This position supports NEA's mission to advocate for education professionals, fulfill the promise of public education, and prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

Position Summary: The Office of International Relations (OIR) is part of NEA's Education Policy and Implementation center (EPIC). The successful candidate analyzes international education policy and research, geopolitical issues, and trade union affairs and incorporates learning relevant to NEA's mission, vision and strategic priorities. The candidate possess diplomacy and tact particularly in political sensitive situations and settings and will help NEA establish and maintain relationships with and/or monitor US legislation and governmental agencies, the United Nations and relevant UN agencies (e.g. UNESCO and ILO), foundations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on issues that affect children, education, the education profession, human rights, and trade union rights. The candidate will interact with diverse constituents and cultures; articulate NEA values, policies and positions in domestic and international forums; and help NEA cultivate productive relationships with Education International and its affiliated unions around the world. The candidate will produce and revise Association policies; design and deliver trainings and presentations; author and amend publications, testimony, letters, leadership speeches and talking points and other written materials; support international exchanges and international delegations attending meetings and events; represent the Association before a wide range of audiences, agencies and organizations; and conduct other work as assigned. The successful candidate will report to the Senior Director for NEA's Education and Policy Implementation Center (EPIC). To carry out responsibilities, the successful candidate will travel frequently; utilize a combination of languages-primarily English - as well as Spanish and/or French (ideally all three); use a computer and/or laptop, associated software, and other office technology.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Advanced degree in international affairs, public policy/political science, labor/trade union rights or human rights; or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: In addition to the essential criteria listed below, five years of professional experience with progressive responsibility related to designing and implementing international and national programs, advocacy campaigns, and activities, preferably related to international affairs, policy/legislation, international education systems, labor/trade union right or human rights. Experience must include established working relationships with organizations like those, or consisting of those, mentioned in the position summary above. Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and/or French. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Possesses the ability to synthesize complex ideas into accessible information that can then be utilized and delivered in multiple communication modes. Demonstrated diplomacy and tact handing sensitive information as well as navigating diverse cultural and multi-ethnic settings.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Sample work products (i.e., publications, presentations, trainings, educational program documentation, etc.) that demonstrate content expertise, technical skills, writing ability, and values of equity and equality, will be required in advance of any interview. Finalists for the job will be asked to complete a writing exercise. The successful candidate must be able to occasionally work extended hours on evenings and weekends and must be able to travel frequently (30-60 overnights per year).

SELECTION CRITERIA: TIER 1 (Essential): Proven skills and experience: Advocating for social justice and human rights; developing, implementing and leading strategic and effective programs or campaigns; writing compelling educational and policy-related materials; ability to review, interpret and discern high-quality research and evidence; development and delivery of effective trainings and presentations; effective participation as a team member in internal and external collaborative activities; effective communication, consultation, facilitation, priority-setting, follow-up, and advocacy to achieve work-related goals; independent planning, leadership, and completion of individual and team projects; and appropriate handling of sensitive information and data and adherence to confidentiality requirements. Written and oral fluency in Spanish and/or French. TIER 2 (Significant): Experience working for or with a labor union; internationally-focused organization, program or agency; school district, or institution of higher education. Knowledge of effective adult learning principles, online learning, and virtual engagement platforms and strategies. TIER 3 (Desirable): Knowledge of NEA's strategic priorities and NEA affiliates. Fluency in both Spanish and French. Experience researching, writing and successfully soliciting foundation and/or agency grants for internationally-focused or social equity programs.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: The position involves skill in using a computer and/or laptop; oral and written communication skills; skills in proofreading and editing; use of clear and articulate speech; interpersonal relations skills; reasoning and problem-solving skills; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; ability to sit for long periods, stoop, bend, reach and carry light materials (up to 10 lbs.); and ability to travel by various methods of transportation, e.g., airplane, car.

NEA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal. To apply for this position or to search for other openings, please go to our jobs page at Careers at NEA (

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