March 25, 2024

Policy Director, Math Policy

Foundation for Excellence in Education
March 24, 2024
Virtual Office, United States of America
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About ExcelinEd:
Being a part of ExcelinEd means joining a high-performing and motivated team of education advocates with a shared belief that every child deserves a quality education. Team members are committed to our core values of service, integrity, collaboration, expertise, and making a difference. Our organization sets big, hairy audacious goals and works tirelessly to support states in transforming education through student-centered policies that increase student learning, eliminate inequities, and ready students for college plus careers.

About the Director Position:
The Policy Director is responsible for promoting and advancing a student-centered policy agenda that provides students with foundational numeracy skills, closes learning gaps, and addresses learning loss. The Director manages activities to support state-level policy development, implementation, and technical assistance in priority states, with an emphasis on comprehensive K-8 mathematics policy to ensure all students are prepared to succeed in Algebra I and beyond. As a team member at one of the?nation’s?foremost education policy organizations, this is a role for a motivated leader with the drive to advance and transform state education through student-centered policy solutions and a creative vision for a future of education that guarantees each and every child academic support to learn, succeed and achieve their full potential.   

The Director of Administrative Services reports to the Vice President and the Managing Director of Policy and can work remotely from a virtual office in the United States.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops robust, student-centered policy solutions, fundamental principles, and innovations to support states with math improvement; supports state leaders with policy solutions aligned to state needs.
  • Guides and supports state policy implementation and technical assistance to establish or accelerate ExcelinEds policy agenda, including identifying barriers to implementation and supporting implementation workshops.
  • Provides expert testimony to legislative and executive committees and serves as a thought leader on K-8 math policy, promoting policy solutions on panels at education conferences, workshops, and convenings
  • Develops model policies, policy toolkits, briefs, and white papers and conducts comprehensive reviews of existing state laws and policies.
  • Develops and manages math policy research objectives; conducts policy research and analyses.
  • Supports ExcelinEds multi-state policy convenings; drafts meeting agendas, identifies speakers, and co-hosts workshops.
  • Assists with building the agenda for the annual National Summit on Education.
  • Drafts blogs, talking points, briefings, summaries, and presentations for internal and external purposes.
  • Responds to email questions and comments related to policy from policymakers, aides, and the public.
  • Travels on behalf of the organization and serves as a representative at events.
  • Assists with communications and messaging by supplying facts and writing and editing communications pieces for policy information and accuracy.
  • Assists business development by contributing to philanthropic engagement, grant writing, and reporting.
  • Prepares briefing materials for the organizations executive management and Board of Directors.


  • 5-7 years of experience working in K-8 math or K-12 education policy at a state executive or legislative level or with a state or national policy organization.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; advanced degree in public policy or education preferred.
  • Ability to travel, up to 5%.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

  • A background in Education, Public Policy, Social Science, Political Science, Public Administration, or an associated subject is desirable.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to speak publicly before policymakers and executives.
  • Strong organizational and teamwork skills.
  • Expertise in the development or implementation of K-8 math or other foundational learning policies.
  • General understanding of the intersection of politics, policy, and the legislative process.
  • Proven success in collaborating, partnering, and influencing across teams and organizations to drive results in matrixed environments.
  • Ability to thrive with ambiguity, manage relationships, and handle complex work assignments.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (in order) in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, how your background and experience make you a good fit for this position, and your salary requirements.
  • Resume

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Bailey Drouant, Outreach Manager at Talent Market, who is managing the search: [email protected]

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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