The Public School Forum of North Carolina is seeking a Senior Director of Policy. This individual will lead education policy analysis and research for the organization to expand and promote the Forum’s role in evidence-based policy decisions that promote world class public education in North Carolina. Reports directly to the President and Executive Director.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an understanding of the current and future policy issues affecting education in North Carolina and nationally. This will include monitoring major policy initiatives, commissions, task forces, etc. and examining existing policies and research to identify the issues and trends the organization should engage.
  • Serve as staff lead for the Forum’s studies, white papers, research projects and reports.
  • Contribute to the Forum’s communications efforts including op-eds and guest columns, newsletter articles and social media efforts addressing current policy issues and initiatives impacting education in North Carolina.
  • Present education policy research and analysis in public forums.
  • May serve as spokesperson to answer questions directed to the Forum from the news media, legislators, education stakeholders, etc., on education policy issues.
  • Participate in grant writing and development activities to support the policy work of the Forum.


  • Experience in North Carolina education policy arena.
  • Strong communication and relationship-building skills; ability to work well with diverse groups including partner education organizations, government officials and the news media.
  • Effective writing skills; ability to write well and produce written products that are accessible and beneficial to various audiences.
  • Experience with using data to support policy development and analysis.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, evaluation and statistics to be able to interpret the validity and significance of findings.
  • Excellent organizational skills; self-starter; exceptional attention to detail.
  • Thrives in a team-driven, collaborative work environment.
  • Effective presentation and facilitation skills; ability to create clear and engaging presentations and deliver them effectively.
  • Computer, web, and social media proficiency.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in public policy/public administration or other relevant field or law degree preferred.

About the Public School Forum of NC:

For more than 30 years, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has worked to shape world-class public schools through research, policy work, programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. We are a nonprofit partnership of leaders from business, education, and government that makes significant contributions to K-12 public education in North Carolina.

In addition to research and analysis in the public policy arena, the Forum has created and run numerous programs, including the original NC Teaching Fellows Program, the Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN), the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP), the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), and the NC Institute for Educational Policymakers. In the Fall of 2016, the Forum launched a new weekly television program, Education Matters, which airs on WRAL-TV, FOX 50 and statewide on UNC-TV’s NC Channel.

This is a full-time position. The Public School Forum offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and a generous 401K retirement plan, personal leave policy, and term life insurance policy for employees. As a small non-profit the Public School Forum does not currently offer group health insurance.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
It is the policy of the Public School Forum to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and salary history to Rhonda van Dijk with the subject line “Senior Policy Director”. Position is open until filled.

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