Director, Education Policy

Job Opening: The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a public policy trade association, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Education Policy.

Position Summary:  The Silicon Valley Leadership Group (Leadership Group) is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as Director of Education Policy. In this role, you will help the Leadership Group’s members and partners define the organization’s priorities related to early education, K-12, higher education and workforce development policy, and develop and implement programs, events and advocacy campaigns to advance those priorities.  Issues will likely include supporting Common Core implementation, articulating industry needs to education leaders and bridging the skills gap, helping develop a local workforce, supporting infrastructure in K-12 schools, engaging members in investing in quality early education, teacher professional development, and providing access to STEM opportunities for all students and teachers in the region.

About Us: The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 380 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. Public policy issues we engage in include energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, taxation, economic vitality and the environment.  Additional information can be found at


  1. Education Policy Committee and Related Committee Staffing and Management
  • Staff the Education Policy Committee and the Industry/Higher Education Task Force for the Leadership Group.
  • Broadly and deeply engage Leadership Group member companies in all aspects of the Leadership Group’s education policy portfolio.
  • Participate in monthly statewide business coalition call-in meetings and annual retreat.
  • Ensure that committees and coalitions are strategically focused on achievable objectives.
  • Recommend appropriate policy positions by researching legislation and public policy issues affecting member companies, providing information regarding competing viewpoints and recommending a position to policy-setting bodies.
  • Identify and develop relationships with executives from Leadership Group member companies who will champion deliverables on the Leadership Group’s education workplan.
  • Coordinate speakers for meetings to better inform members of the issues.
  • Develop meeting agendas in coordination with committee chairs.
  1. Advocacy  
  • Build relationships with local school boards and superintendents, county offices of education and superintendents, and regional higher education leaders.
  • Partner with other associations, community leaders, and organizations on issues of mutual interest.
  • Develop relationships with key regional and state-level policy makers and legislative staff to help keep them abreast of the Leadership Group’s policy priorities and positions.
  • Write letters and provide testimony on the Leadership Group’s positions to appropriate policy makers.
  • Coordinate letters and testimony from Leadership Group member companies and appropriate community groups and associations in support of the Leadership Group’s position.
  • Participate in Sacramento and Washington DC advocacy trips where appropriate
  1. Membership Management
  • Meet with potential members, cultivate relationships with new members and deepen partnerships with existing members in education policy, programs and events.
  • Facilitate engagement of members in the work of the Education Policy Committee and other program areas, as appropriate.
  1. Education Events
  • Overall responsibility for design, development, staffing, and execution of education events, including the annual Education Summit, Young Women’s Leadership Summit, and Young Men’s Leadership Summit.
  • Responsible for reaching fund-raising goals, including design and implementation of marketing plans to identify and recruit sponsors.
  • Responsible for leading all logistics, volunteer outreach, agenda development, speaker recruitment, attendee outreach, and collateral design.
  1. Other Responsibilities
  • Co-manage the Education & Health-Policy Associate, and provide guidance and assignments for the Associate’s education work.
  • Provide staff support for organization-wide special events. Events can range in size from 50 to 1,500 attendees.
  • Attend and present information at internal organizational meetings, including the monthly Working Council meetings and quarterly Board of Directors Meetings.
  • Responsible for keeping Education website and social media accounts updated.
  • Be prepared to assist Communications team with any media content related to education.
  • Assist with Leadership Group community events such as the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot.
  • Develop a collaborative working relationship with local elected officials, partner nonprofit organizations, and local jurisdictions in Silicon Valley.
  • Accommodate early morning and evening commitments.
  • Recruit and manage interns working in support of the education policy portfolio.
  • Represent the Leadership Group on various boards, committees, organizations and task forces, as appropriate.
  • Represent the Leadership Group at public and private forums including conferences, press conferences, hearings and receptions.


  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to set and achieve short- and long-term objectives
  • Ability to effectively plan and facilitate events, meetings, roundtables
  • Ability to manage staff, interns, and volunteers

Minimum Qualifications

  • Policy experience related to early education, K-12, higher education and/or workforce development
  • Knowledge and experience in public policy process and political dynamics
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Experience building and managing collaborative relationships
  • Experience in program management, fund development, budgeting and implementation
  • Excellent written, verbal, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational development, strategic planning and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications

Strong preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Experience working for a public policy association
  • Experience working on education policy (early education through workforce development)
  • Experience leading an education organization
  • Relationships with California/Bay Area lawmakers, municipal elected officials, and area business and non-profit executives
  • Masters degree in education, public policy or related field

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive salary based on experience (Range: $50,000 – $70,000)
  • Benefits include health care, dental, and 401 (k) plan
  • Complimentary Eco-Pass for VTA Bus, Light Rail and Express Bus service
  • Professional development fund to attend conferences, take relevant classes, etc.
  • Subsidized fitness center nearby

Deadline for submission:  February 10, 2015

Please submit cover letter and resume to