Developing Effective State Policies for Gifted Education
The 2nd edition of NAGC's A Guide to State Policies in Gifted Education is now available in the online Bookstore. This edition is a downloadble PDF for easy navigation throughout the document and with links to the actual policy.
This position has dual responsibilities. The first is to educate Members of Congress and state and local officials about the unique educational needs of gifted and talented children and to keep current on all federal and state regulations and legislative initiatives that affect the education of gifted and talented children.
The second area of responsibility is to assist the network of state gifted education associations (“State Affiliates”) to build strong state organizations, keep them informed about all federal initiatives, and to facilitate knowledge capture and transfer among the members of the network.
Reports to the Executive Director.
This is an exempt position and may require work outside of normal office hours. Some travel, including to the annual convention, is required.
1. Lead the development and execution of NAGC's federal and state advocacy agenda and program.
Monitor current federal and state legislation and national policy issues affecting gifted education.
Lead the development and execution of NAGC’s federal and state advocacy agenda and program.
Prepare and submit comments and proposals that support the needs of gifted and talented children to federal, state, and local government entities.
Develop resource materials, including policy and position papers, fact sheets, website content, articles, and legislative-related documents to be communicated to key audiences who influence policy and practice.
Draft legislation and policy documents.
Communicate proactively about NAGC initiatives and positions to key audiences, including through social media.
Develop and maintain relationships with policymakers, their staffs, and education organizations for a range of advocacy activities.
Keep informed on key research in the field of gifted and talented education that supports public awareness and advocacy messages and programs for the gifted.
2. Serve as the primary resource and contact for state gifted education state associations.
Plan, execute, and organize a variety of events and meetings to support the affiliates.
Support State Affiliates in leading an effective membership and advocacy organizations.
Facilitate information sharing among State Affiliates.
Bachelors degree and at least 7 years’ experience interacting with legislative entities
Previous employment in legislative or executive branch of government (education committee or relevant education agency preferred)
Knowledge of the federal appropriations process
Experience in drafting legislative and policies
Ability to build and relations with volunteer member leaders
Ability to plan, organize, and execute events and meetings
Flexible, self-starter, ability to manage multiple projects
Willingness to work a flexible schedule and travel as necessary
Excellent analytical and organizational skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a highly collaborative style
Strong presentation skills
Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. NAGC is an equal opportunity employers.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit membership organization of more than 4,000 teachers, counselors, school administrators, parents and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of the more than three million children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents. Absent a federal mandate to serve high potential learners, NAGC supports funding for a co...ntinuum of services that is challenging beyond what K-12 students generally receive in the regular classroom. NAGC invests its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate administrators and policymakers on how to develop and support gifted children and what's at stake if high-potential learners are not challenged and encouraged. In addition, a special focus on underrepresented populations, including high-potential learners in poverty, is a critical part of our mission.