Project Associate

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Policy Associate, Government Relations DivisionNBPTS

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks a Policy Associate to study and report on federal and state policies and practices that affect teacher effectiveness and development. Innovative thinkers and strong writers welcome. Expect to assist the Director of Government Relations and the Directors of State Policy and Outreach in tracking and analyzing new legislation and regulations; preparing for Congressional, Administration, and state meetings; and becoming part of a growing and vibrant team of colleagues focused on building teaching into a true profession and using the skill and knowledge of accomplished teachers to advance student learning and school reform.


• Analyze federal and state laws and pending legislation;
• Write reports, issue briefs, and memoranda on federal and state policy;
• Prepare relevant materials and background information for staff meetings with Congressional, Administration, and state officials;
• Assist the Government Relations team in conducting Congressional briefings and state policy summits;
• Identify and collect information on best practices; trends in federal and state policymaking; and current research on issues related to teacher effectiveness and development;
• Co-author and author issue briefs, reports, and support documents for federal and state policymakers;
• Manage multiple projects simultaneously and sometimes, independently. Project management responsibilities include: adhering to internal and external timelines and ensuring the completion of high-quality deliverables;
• Regularly update relevant National Board federal and state policy website pages.


• Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred;
• Strong research, analytical, writing, and communication skills;
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with established deadlines;
• Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.
• Strong interest in federal and state policymaking;
• Experience on Capitol Hill or in an education policy setting highly desirable.
• Substantive knowledge and understanding of education and teacher effectiveness policy;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment;
• Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals; and
• Competency in the use of relevant software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint).

Brief Organizational Profile and Mission

The mission of the National Board is to advance student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.

The National Board seeks to elevate the status, voice, and role of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession. This includes: 1) raising public awareness with respect to the cognitive complexity, collaborative, and expertise-driven nature of teachers’ work; 2) setting higher standards for entry, advancement, and leadership in the profession; and 3) recognizing accomplished teaching through a rigorous professional certification process comparable to those found in other professions such as medicine, engineering, and law.

Since 1987, more than 100,000 teachers have achieved National Board Certification.

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume for consideration at this link only:

Please note: Phone calls and emails to staff regarding this job posting are not accepted.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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