Higher education costs are rising faster than inflation and wages, while need-based financial aid has not kept up. As a result, our higher education system often exacerbates rather than breaks the cycle of poverty. The Director of Federal Policy will work to advance systems-level change that helps students from low-income backgrounds and communities of color access and complete an affordable postsecondary degree. At uAspire, we believe systems change is possible and that policies will be more effective when students and front-line experts contribute to the solutions.
The Director is responsible for leading the advocacy and thought-leadership strategies for uAspire’s national policy agenda, as well support systems-change projects improving financial aid systems for students across the country. By simplifying the pathways to federal aid, making college costs transparent to students, and ensuring equitable distribution of resources, the Director of Federal Policy will work to drive improved financial aid systems, transparency, equity and access for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. In this role, the Director of Federal Policy will cultivate effective relationships with Members of Congress, key Congressional staff, leadership and members of the Committees of jurisdiction in the House and Senate, representatives of the Administration, and federal agencies, while remaining alert to emerging opportunities to advance college affordability and systems change.
The Director of Federal Policy will work closely with our Knowledge, Policy and Consulting teams to analyze the landscape of FAFSA mandatory and imminent states as well as support in the cultivation of relationships with these state agencies. The Director will collaborate in the leadership of policy analyses to determine implementation plans. This position works collaboratively across the organization to achieve grant deliverables and serve as a thought leader in Federal Policy.
This role requires a self-driven, goal-oriented individual with a proven record of leading policy and systems change in government and higher ed sectors. The Director of Federal Policy will leverage interpersonal and communication skills to influence and partner with a variety of stakeholders -- students, leaders in government, K12, higher education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. The Director will be a visible advocate and expert on affordable and equitable postsecondary education.
Reporting to the VP of Policy and Systems Change, the Director will cultivate, design, and execute policy initiatives, student advocacy program support, and systems-change projects that make college more accessible, affordable and equitable for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds on a measurable scale.
Student Advocacy Program Support:
Institutional Systems Change Cultivation and Support:
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.
Education, Experience & Skills:
ANTICIPATED START DATE: December 16, 2021
COMPENSATION: The salary range for this position is $81,000 - $106,5,000. Salary commensurate with experience and education.
STATUS: Exempt, full time
LOCATION AND WORK ARRANGEMENT: Preference for candidates based in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. Employee works remotely 5 days/week with occasional travel to Washington, D.C..
VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: All uAspire employees are required to be fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination or proof of exemption for medical or religious reasons will be collected upon employee onboarding.
REPORTS TO: VP of Policy & Systems-Change
APPLICATIONS: Applicants should apply through uAspire’s website here.
Organization Vision: uAspire imagines a day when all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by graduating from college, regardless of their families’ financial resources or college experiences.
Organization Summary: uAspire is a national leader in providing college affordability services to young people, families, and college access and success practitioners. By 2022, uAspire’s strategic plan aims to impact the lives of 3,000,000 young people through:
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