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Education Research and Policy Specialist
(ERP Specialist)

Based in Quincy, MA


TITLE: Education Research and Policy Specialist (ERP Specialist)
DIVISION: Center for Education Policy and Practice (CEPP)
DESIGNATION: FSO Unit
REPORTS TO: Director of CEPP

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Tracks, analyzes, and influences education regulations and policy
  • Disseminates information about education policy development and implementation to MTA leaders, members and staff
  • Researches and writes policy statements, briefs and reports articulating MTA positions on educational ideas, programs, and questions;
  • Supports all Division initiatives.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Informs, educates and improves the understanding of education issues by ensuring that MTA leaders, local leaders, and members have the knowledge to make critical decisions about the development and implementation of education policy at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Develops and delivers programs that support CEPP priority areas.
  • Influences educational policy by ensuring that the educator voice is included in education policy decisions
  • Works with Executive Office of Education, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Department of Higher Education staff and representatives of other educational associations on regulations and guidelines to present and advocate for MTA positions to improve the working conditions of educators and the learning conditions of students.
  • Provides information, research and analysis, and formulates recommendations on educational issues, policies, and reports for Pre-K-12 and higher education.
  • Keeps current with education research and policy issues

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
The ERP Specialist demonstrates expertise and knowledge about:

  • Pre-K-12 policy issues, such as licensure/re-licensure, school and district accountability;
  • Education policy laws and regulations related to Pre-K-12 regular, special, English language learners and vocational education;
  • Higher education policy issues such as staffing patterns and accessibility for all students;
  • Other issues as needed.

Individual ERP Specialists have expertise about specific issues; all have general knowledge of all issues, such as:

  • Preparing and presenting informational workshops and webinars explaining the impact of state policy, statutory and regulatory language on educator practice and school and district practice.
  • Preparing and presenting presentations for MTA governance and other divisions on specific educational issues that impact their areas of expertise.
  • Providing technical assistance related to education policy, including school improvement, education evaluation, licensure and relicensure and accountability to local associations, members and MTA staff.
  • Preparing material for MTA Today, the MTA Web site, and other information outlets to explain educational issues and policies to MTA members and staff.
  • Providing staff assistance to various committees.
  • Representing MTA before various governmental bodies and other organizations.
  • Representing MTA regarding education policy issues with the Executive Office of Education, Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education and other educational interest agencies and organizations.
  • Performing other duties as may be required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters or doctoral degree.
  • Excellent research skills, familiarity with university, U.S. Department of Education, and other research sites.
  • Knowledge of research protocols.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with individuals and groups.
  • Excellent technology skills, adept at using such programs as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint; ability to learn new presentation and research applications; ability to use social media
  • Experience in education: teaching, or administrative, in pre-K-12 or higher education.
  • Successful experience in working with diverse groups, committees and constituencies.
  • Successful experience in public speaking before small and large groups.
  • Strong writing skills: writing sample required.
  • Willingness to travel and work nights and weekends.
  • Ability to work as a member of a collaborative, collegial team.
  • High levels of enthusiasm and initiative and the ability to effectively motivate others.
  • Automobile or personal transportation required.
  • Any qualification may be waived if it is in the best interest of the Association to do so

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