Idaho Education Association

Idaho Education Association

Political Director

Based in Boise, ID


The mission of the Idaho Education Association is to advocate for Idaho’s education professionals and to unite our members and the state to realize the promise of a public education that prepares every student to succeed.

Position: Political Director
Open Date: September 14, 2021
Close Date: Until filled
Salary: Based upon experience and the staff salary schedule

How to Apply
Submit résumé and cover letter to: jobs@idahoea.org.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A minimum of two years organizing experience
  3. In-depth understanding of political and other public policy development
  4. Familiarity with the effective development and implementation of political campaigns
  5. Demonstrated commitment to the value of public education and the community of public education employees

Knowledge and Abilities

  1. Ability to organize members for successful attainment of identified goals
  2. Possess exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to influence and motivate others and, when appropriate, develop consensus
  3. Ability to work as a member of a team of leadership, members, and staff
  4. Ability to provide quality training opportunities for members and staff
  5. Ability to provide leadership in development and delivery of a bipartisan political program
  6. Ability to analyze problems and conditions and make decisions in a timely manner
  7. Ability to work effectively with educational stakeholders, including public policy leaders, who are outside the Association community
  8. Ability to withstand the pressures of complex and demanding situations, as well as extensive travel
  9. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write persuasively, organize and present data
  10. Ability to use current technology to communicate effectively
  11. Ability to independently work


  1. To provide staff leadership in:
    • Facilitating the development of both short and long-term political and other public policy goals for the Association
    • Identifying and implementing the activities necessary to achieve those goals
    • Annually assessing the effectiveness of these efforts and, when necessary, developing recommendations for revision of the goals and/or activities
  2. To provide leadership in the design and implementation of the following:
    • Membership involvement training programs
    • Professional development training programs for IEA leadership and staff
    • Successful external political efforts
  3. In concert with region leadership and staff, develop and implement a program in each region that will:
    • Establish clear goals for success in the public policy arena
    • Provide training to ensure the attainment of those goals
    • Annually evaluate the success of these efforts
  4. To be familiar with all programmatic efforts of the Association and ensure the appropriate integration of the public policy program with each
  5. To constantly evaluate and upgrade the member lobby program
  6. Lead, as requested, in the creation of internal and external polling projects
  7. Create and oversee a program for recruiting pro-education candidates to run for elective offices at the local, state, and national levels
  8. Working with the Executive Director, to oversee the budget of the Political Action Committee for Education (PACE)
  9. Working with IEA leaders, members, and staff, to create a program for affecting local school elections (i.e., school boards, overrides, and bond levies)
  10. Coordinate the efforts of the I EA lobby team and lobbying activities through:
    • Lead the creation and implementation of a program of effective internal and external communications throughout the year in consultation with Director of Communications and Director of Digital Communications and Technology
    • Serving as the lead member of the IEA lobby team
    • Creation of the legislative year-long strategy and plan with the Executive Director and President or their designee(s)
  11. To act as primary staff liaison to the IEA's Government Relations Committee and the PACE.
  12. Develop and oversee systematic programs and campaigns that raise funds for PACE and NEA's Fund for Children and Public Education funds, which includes, but is not limited to:
    • Member leadership and staff training
    • Accountability and tracking systems that measure results
    • PACE/GR Committee training
    • Ongoing analysis and reports of programs and activities, including best practices throughout the organization
  13. To serve as primary staff liaison to public policy making entities, including;
    • The Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE)
    • The State Department of Education
    • Other public policy bodies as assigned
    • As secondary staff liaison to the Board of the Public Employee’s Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)

The position of Political Director is a non-management function, is part of the staff bargaining unit, and will be supervised by and report directly to the Executive Director.

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