Policy Advocate, Eduation & Law Project

The North Carolina Justice Center is the state’s leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina’s prosperity into opportunity for all. Our staff includes researchers, community educators, litigators, lobbyists and communication specialists who work across a broad range of issues that impact the lives of poor and working families.

The Education and Law Project, a project of the Justice Center, is seeking a passionate and energetic Policy Advocate. This position will provide strategic campaign direction for the Education and Law Project’s policy proposals, including coordinating our work with partners and allies and building the base of support for increased educational investments among the public, community leaders, and policymakers. This position will be part of an innovative pilot effort to combine education advocacy with community economic development strategies in specific local communities across the state, demonstrating the role of schools as anchors of economic opportunity not just for children but the entire community. The Policy Advocate will have the opportunity to collaborate with community partners, allies and other Justice Center staff on implementing broad community development strategies and should bring experience in engaging diverse groups and identify connections across issue areas.

The Policy Advocate will lead public education trainings communicating the impact of recent and proposed education policy and funding decisions to local community groups, business leaders, civic leaders, and Parent Teacher Associations. The Policy Advocate will employ a “train the trainer” model for grassroots leaders in addition to providing direct outreach across the state with the goal of advancing specific policy proposals and building the will to adequately support public education equitably across the state.

The Policy Advocate will report directly to the Director of the Education and Law Project and will be supported by the Justice Center’s engagement team which works to connect across the many issues that affect communities and families in poverty and collaborate for greater impact on specific policy campaigns each year. He/she will regularly collaborate with Budget and Tax Center staff on education budget and finance issues and will work closely with allied organizations to disseminate relevant education policy and funding research to a broader audience.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in education, public policy, or equivalent professional training; familiarity with and understanding of broader poverty and equity issues and their interconnectedness with education policy; familiarity with state legislative and budgeting processes; experience leading or developing issue campaigns including coalition-building, communications and civic engagement; superior written, oral and presentation skills, including the ability to effectively produce, present and communicate complex policies to a wide variety of audiences (Spanish proficiency a plus); proficiency in Microsoft Office; ability to work independently and support the work of others in a fast-paced, project oriented organization; and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Significant travel (primarily in-state) and some weekend and evening availability required.

The Justice Center offers committed, inspired co-workers, a competitive salary and superior benefits to enhance staff quality of life including, but not limited to: six weeks paid time off, paid maternity/paternity leave, twelve holidays, free parking in downtown Raleigh, retirement plan contribution and match, FSA, 100% paid high quality medical, disability, and life insurance coverage. Salary is dependent on experience (minimum starting $53,000 annually).

To apply send a cover letter, resume, and professional references as a single PDF file that has your name in its title, and “Policy Advocate” in the subject line to

The Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available positions. The Justice Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.