The Senior Program Officer (SPO), State and Local, Government Relations, will be responsible for developing and executing a place-based advocacy strategy to advance effective policy solutions that align with our Early Learning, K12, and Postsecondary policy priorities in Tennessee. To achieve this goal, the SPO will develop and maintain relationships in the state with key decisionmakers who are involved directly in making policies aligned with our priorities. The SPO will also manage grantmaking to state advocacy partners who will be responsible for the effective coalitions needed to drive the adoption of effective policy solutions. Finally, the SPO will monitor policy developments within their geography and be prepared to take appropriate opportunistic actions based on recommendations from Government Relations (GR) and US Program (USP) leaders.
The SPO will bring a depth and breadth of knowledge about the political landscape in their geography and specific expertise about policy making related to education and economic mobility policies in Tennessee. They will also possess at least 7-10 years of senior experience working in legislative or agency roles aligned with foundation priorities and be able to demonstrate that they are active and well-connected with state advocacy networks.