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Outreach and Policy Manager

For Advance Vermont

The state has set a goal that 70 percent of Vermonters will hold a postsecondary credential by the year 2025. It’s a big goal that requires a coordinated effort of educators, employers, government and non-profit leaders, and philanthropists. As a collective impact initiative, Advance Vermont fosters collaboration and spurs action to help reach that goal.

Advance Vermont seeks candidates skilled in stakeholder outreach, partnership building, and advocacy for the position of Outreach and Policy Manager.


The position will play a key role in bringing together a growing group of stakeholders from across the state to ensure more Vermonters have access to and complete post-high school education and training. This includes creating new organizational partnerships, leading outreach efforts to drive awareness and use of MyFutureVT (Advance Vermont’s new online hub for education and career resources), and developing and implementing advocacy campaigns.

The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator with a passion for building partnerships to drive systems level change, possess a background in workforce and education policy, and enjoy thinking outside the box to find solutions to complex challenges.

The position comes with competitive pay and excellent benefits, including health, dental, retirement, and paid time off. Remote work is an option.

Jul 15, 2021
Experience/Skills and/or years of specific experience: • At least 3-5 years of experience in policy and advocacy roles at the state or federal level. • Demonstrated experience advancing policies that support underserved populations; ability to think outside of the box to find solutions to complex challenges. • Extensive experience building and maintaining organizational partnerships and collaborations. • Knowledge and familiarity with prek-12 school systems, postsecondary education and training programs, financial aid and admissions procedures, state/national trends and opportunities, and support services available. • Understanding of workforce development system, labor market information, state/national trends and opportunities, and support services available. • Excellent diplomatic skills; ability to work and negotiate with diverse groups of people, including public officials and private sector executives. • Excellent facilitation, organization, and project management skills. • Extensive in-state network of high-level contacts with relevant organizations, including with those serving historically marginalized populations. • Strong written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to deliver dynamic presentations to a wide variety of audiences. • Ability to work independently, self-start, exercise judgement, set goals, expected outcomes and priorities, and carryout complex tasks. • Ability to work in a collaborative environment. • Basic skills in operating computers, keyboard, standard office equipment, and standard office software (Microsoft Office preferred). PREFERRED • Proficiency with website editing (WordPress preferred). • Experience managing vendors and contractors.
Bachelor’s Degree in related field
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