Higher education costs rise 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 CA 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 strategy and delivery of uAspire’s California state-based policy agenda and supporting systems change projects improving financial aid systems for California students. By simplifying the pathways to federal aid, making college costs transparent to students, and ensuring equitable distribution of resources, the Director of CA Policy will create improved financial aid systems, transparency, and access for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.
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 CA Policy will leverage nuanced 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 for and expert on affordable postsecondary education in CA. Reporting to the VP of Policy and Systems Change, the Director will cultivate, design, and advance policy initiatives. This includes ensuring that policies are implemented and enacted with practitioners, students, and communities at the center. student advocacy program leadership and systems-change projects that make college more accessible, affordable, and equitable for California students on a measurable scale.
Key Responsibilities (include but are not limited to the areas below):
Institutional Systems Change Cultivation and Support:
Student Advocacy Program 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 - $98,000. Salary commensurate with experience and education.
STATUS: Exempt, full time
LOCATION AND WORK ARRANGEMENT: Ability to work flexible hours that may include some travel, as well as occasional early morning, evening, and weekend hours for attendance at events. The position is primarily remote for now, 1-2 days ideal, based in Oakland. Travel to Sacramento and/or within CA may be monthly, with additional estimated quarterly travel to the East Coast pending COVID safety & restrictions
REPORTS TO: VP of Policy & Systems-Change
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.
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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