Education Policy Advisor
Third Way’s higher education team is committed to changing the conversation about federal higher education policy from one narrowly focused only on cost to one that prioritizes students and taxpayers truly getting a return on their investment in higher education. We are seeking an Education Policy Advisor to join our efforts to promote policies that improve student outcomes in our higher education system and hold schools accountable if most of their students can’t graduate, get a good-paying job, or pay down their loans.
This individual will be a core part of our educational engagement with federal policymakers on higher education. The Policy Advisor will work closely with the rest of our higher education team to explain how current federal guardrails are insufficient to protect students and taxpayers from poor performing institutions, and how we can update them to work better, through written and digital content—as well as collaborating with external partners to advance key policy priorities.
As an Education Policy Advisor, a typical day might include…
- Crafting educational materials for and managing relationships with Members of Congress and Congressional staff, as well as other key constituencies—such as institutional leaders, advocacy groups, and student organizations—to promote Third Way’s higher education agenda;
- Producing high-impact policy recommendations on key actions that the federal government can implement to help ensure students and taxpayer get a return on their investment and the federal government holds institutions it funds accountable for student outcomes;
- Conducting in-depth, original-source research and quantitative analysis to better understand the college quality crisis;
- Authoring high-impact reports, memos, op-eds, and presentations that persuasively illuminate the problems in our higher education system and explain how we can better ensure that students get their money’s worth;
- Working with the higher education team and other Third Way staff and partners to plan and execute events and stakeholder engagement activities to further our mission.
This might be the job for you, if you…
- Have an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant field;
- Have a minimum of two years of relevant experience working on higher education policy issues, including working in or with Congressional offices or the Administration;
- Have an understanding of the higher education systems and the major players that drive the politics of higher education;
- Have exceptional writing skills, including the ability to explain complex topics to a non-expert audience in a clear and engaging way;
- Have strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage coalitions, plan complex events, and coordinate activities with a large number of collaborators and participants;
- Have experience with IPEDS, NPSAS, BPS, and/or other federal higher education data sets and ability to do basic data manipulation to identify trends and relevant findings (including using Excel, QuickStats, and/or Powerstats);
- Enjoy working collaboratively with others, both inside and outside an organization;
- Think creatively about how you communicate your ideas to different audiences, including the use of digital platforms, such as audio, video, and infographics, as well as traditional written material;
- Enjoy explaining issues you’re passionate about to someone who isn’t a wonk; and
- Are entrepreneurial and can come up with new policy ideas and strategies to build support for existing policy ideas that will have a significant impact.
In the Third Way Culture, we are looking for…
Self-starters : People who see and seize opportunities, take risks, learn from failure, and will bring a sustained passion for our mission.
Collaborators : People who work in teams—sharing ideas, brainstorming, co-authoring products, and advancing its shared priorities.
Creators : People who fosters divergent thinking; that aren’t afraid to take on the orthodoxies of the left or the right. Team members come up with original insights, find unique ways to look at data, and challenge their preconceptions.
Results-oriented : People who function with an organizational commitment to clear objectives, ambitious timelines, accountability for results, and a focus on impact.
Third Way is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.