The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

Employment Opportunities


State Programs and Government Relations Director

 
As a member of the State Programs team, this person will work to support and expand the efforts of the Foundation’s state program activities by maintaining and solidifying our lead role in developing and preparing states for the introduction of school choice. Additionally, the person will provide policy analysis in states as needed, and also work with Foundation Communications and Research teams. Role reports to the Foundation's Vice President of Programs and State Relations.
 
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

Coordinate the Foundation’s efforts to prepare states for the introduction of school choice by:
  • visiting a state to assess and determine its needs in order to advance choice, including assessing the political landscape and history of the state
  • undertaking outreach efforts to build local coalitions and developing long-term, effective strategic action plans to advance school choice
  • working with local groups to deliver specific Foundation related products, thus ensuring that the Foundation is a viable and long-term partner
  • partnering with current local leaders to maintain and enhance the current school choice effort in each assigned state
  • identifying and cultivating relationships with potential partners and local leaders, if these relationships have not been previously developed
  • organizing fact-finding trips to school choice cities/states for community leaders and legislators
  • directing the use of Foundation products, such as press materials or research
  • identifying speaking opportunities for the Foundation
  • assist fundraising team by helping to identify new potential donors in various states
  • identifying state media and press opportunities for the Foundation
  • undertaking policy analysis in states as needed, particularly fiscal analysis 
PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will need to be:
  • flexible, adaptable, and able to take initiative
  • a good writer and communicator
  • able to work on multiple projects at once
  • excellent at building and maintaining personal relationships
The successful candidate must also: 
  • have strong working knowledge of the state legislative process
  • hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • be willing to travel
  • be willing to locate in Indiana
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and one to two writing samples to carey@edchoice.org.