Available as soon as possible Full Time, Exempt Washington, DC
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) seeks an individual with a strong commitment to Christian higher education to help pursue the public policy positions of the CCCU. We seek a proactive candidate who is prepared to dive in to the issues and become well versed as quickly as possible to move our portfolio ahead. The CCCU’s primary policy portfolio contains issues of religious freedom and institutional autonomy; higher education and student aid policy; and tax policy affecting higher education and the nonprofit sector generally. The CCCU also supports other policy positions that have broad support within the Christian or higher education communities or where the voice of Christian higher education can uniquely make a difference. Ideally, candidates will have extensive knowledge of at least one of our issues and familiarity with some of the others, but all applicants must have a desire and willingness to learn about these and other issues that could develop. Because the CCCU’s policy work is responsive to current events, our priorities can shift rapidly. Candidates who will thrive in this role must be eager to learn about new topics, be comfortable being a generalist, and enjoy the variety and rapid change of priorities this job brings.
Candidates are advised to review the CCCU’s website to learn more about the CCCU’s public policy positions. Candidates who reach the final interview stage are expected to have a great deal of familiarity with the positions of the CCCU during the interview and to be able to articulate a cogent rationale for the positions.
The CCCU is a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 30 more from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth (www.cccu.org).
Execute and assist in developing the government relations strategy of the CCCU
Maintain the portfolio of public policy issues and be responsible both for updating the Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations on each issue and for suggesting strategic approaches to furthering the interest of CCCU institutions
Assist the Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations in forming, maintaining, and furthering relationships with key constituents and coalition partners in the higher education, religious, and nonprofit communities
Conduct research on legal and public policy topics
Write supporting materials and briefs on policies and issues of import to the CCCU
Conduct and attend meetings with congressional offices, government agencies, key external stakeholders, and CCCU institutions to further the CCCU’s policy agenda
Contribute to the strategic plan for messaging and mobilizing on issues of import to the CCCU, including assisting the Director of Communications and Public Affairs on policy-related media outreach and response
Write regular communications for distribution to CCCU members on current public policy issues
Manage constituent engagement efforts such as fly-ins or the “Hill Day” during D.C.-based conferences
Assist the President and Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations in preparing speeches and presentations given to member institutions and the public
As a data-driven organization, all staff are responsible for maintaining and updating CCCU database records so that the database records are as current and accurate as possible
Liaison to the Financial Aid Commission and Accreditation Committee and possibly others as assigned
Supervise government relations fellows and interns as relevant
Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Persons applying for the position should:
Have a strong appreciation for the Christian mission and purpose of the CCCU and its BestSemester programs.
Have a deep familiarity with the legislative and regulatory process from extensive experience on Capitol Hill or in a similar advocacy role and/or be well-versed and have extensive experience in at least one of the CCCU’s core issues which include but are not limited to: religious freedom, higher education policy, financial aid, immigration, etc.
Be proactive and a self-starter.
Have exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. This position requires a lot of writing. Speed and excellent analytical writing skills are necessary.
Be highly organized, able to multi-task effectively, and re-prioritize as needed due to the fast-paced nature of this role.
Enjoy working on a broad variety of public policy topics rather than being an expert in a narrow set.
Take a problem-solving approach to public policy issues. The CCCU is not a think tank; we are actively trying to solve the legislative and regulatory issues our institutions face.
Application should include:
Resume, as a separate attachment
A statement of your Christian faith
A short and long writing sample. Short: No more than two pages. This should display your ability to synthesize a lot of information in a succinct manner. Long: A long form piece of ideally 5-7 pages. This should display your ability to deeply research and analyze a topic.
Other requirements include:
Ability to occasionally work on the weekends or into evenings for events or when a heavy project load or urgent matter requires attention
Willing to travel 10-12 times per year
Ability to work for long periods of time at the computer
Application process: Applicants should apply through this posting. First preference will be given to applicants who apply before the deadline of June 7, 2019. No paper applications or phone calls please.
About Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 30 more from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. For more information about our organization, visit our website: www.cccu.org. Learn more about our BestSemester programs at: www.bestsemester.com