Director of Government and Community Affairs
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,500 employees currently serve over 12,500 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 90% low-income, and 81% first-generation college-goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top twelve public high schools in the city. Noble supports over 20,000 alumni with 98% of Noble students accepted into college and almost 94% choosing to enroll.
The people we hire must have a commitment to being anti-racist in all areas of our organization. In the past, we have diligently worked toward pursuing the accomplishments listed above. We plan to use that same determination, innovation, and diligence in our goal to become an anti-racist organization. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead choice-filled lives - and welcome those ready to join us in that pursuit.
The Director of Government and Community Affairs leads a team in the work to grow the leadership of Noble parents, strengthen community connections and to organize support for Noble’s mission to deliver a high quality public education to students in Chicago.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Managing Sr. Manager of Government and Community Affairs to meet team-wide mission, vision and goals - including but not limited to constituent contact and running effective parent and community trainings.
- Supporting campuses to implement their visions for parent and community engagement (including supporting Parent Advisory Councils, engaging with parents directly etc.)
- Alongside the organizing team, finding and engaging new community partnerships to benefit our students and teachers, strengthen existing partnerships.
- In concert with leadership, develop legislative priorities and manage strategy for elected engagement at local, state and federal level to support policy priorities for Noble students and staff.
- In concert with leadership, develop and implement strategy for engagement at Chicago Public Schools board of Education meetings.
- Managing overlap of work with Noble communications team. Collaborate on talking points or other deliverables where appropriate.
- Prepare Noble community members to advocate for their students at Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meetings, Springfield legislative meetings or other public hearings.
- Managing external consultant contracts including contract lobbyists, technology services etc.
- Travel: 20-25% (select legislative session dates and parent trips in Springfield and DC as necessary).
Among the many qualifications we are seeking, the ideal candidate for Noble’s next Director of Government and Community Affairs should have:
- Unwavering commitment to Noble’s anti-racist commitment and mission preparing students for college success and the firm belief in the potential of every student.
- Is a strong leader of teams, develops systems, procedures and management practices that clear the way for team members to do their best work.
- Listens well to build relationships and friendships quickly. Can easily manage and maintain communication with large numbers of contacts.
- Has 3-5+ years experience in organizing, campaign field management or similar.
- Has 3-5+ years experience in Springfield, direct lobbying of legislators and legislative analysis.
- Uses data to set goals, inform practice, manages time and results in highly independent team structure. Is comfortable managing team use of databases and other programs/systems for organizing.
- Has a deep understanding of Chicago education and political landscapes, the work of Noble and the power and potential of our students, families, alumni and teachers. Prior experience working with/in high performing schools is a plus.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills to shape Noble’s overall position on key policy topics and create clear and concise written and visual materials advocating these positions.
- Has a BA or equivalent with a strong academic record - MPA/MPP a plus.
We strive to be among the best places to work in education, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Compensation is commensurate with experience for this role
Statement of Non Discrimination
Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.