National Education Association

National Education Association

Senior Program/Policy Analyst/Specialist
(Health and Safety/Health Policy)
2-year term

Based in Washington, DC


If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Posting Period: September 09, 2022 – Until Filled
Employee Type: NEASO NEA Staff Organization
Position Type: Term (Fixed Term)
Salary Range: $92,985.00 – $146,185.00
Rank: NEASO Rank 7

POSITION EMPHASIS: This two-year term position supports the NEA’s strategic objective of healthy, safe, and just schools by focusing the energy and resources of its 3 million members on the development and implementation of policies and programs that promote safe and healthy PK-12 public schools, colleges, and universities by providing policy, programmatic, technical, and strategic support to national, state, and local Association leadership and staff.

POSITION SUMMARY: Based in the Education Policy and Implementation Center (EPIC), the incumbent develops and implements policies, programs, and strategies for securing safe, healthy, and just PK-12 public schools and institutions of higher education for the Association’s 3 million members and for students. The incumbent serves as a subject matter expert and integral member of NEA’s cross-departmental Health and Safety Team by providing specialized expertise on school health and safety policies and programs, such as indoor air quality, health and safety committees, gun violence, mental health, and environmental hazards like disinfectants, lead, and mold. Primary work functions include: working with NEA state and local affiliates and allied organizations to respond to health and safety concerns, develop or refine policies, create and/or participate in training programs for Association leaders, staff, and members; assisting in the development of Association health and safety policies, testimony, and other documents; representing NEA before agencies, commissions, task forces, and other governmental or non-governmental groups; writing letters, fact sheets, reports, talking points, training resources and other materials; and providing health and safety policy support to NEA Centers and departments. The work requires collaboration throughout the NEA enterprise, and is accomplished under the leadership of the EPIC Senior Program Manager of Health and Safety. To carry out responsibilities, the incumbent uses a computer and/or laptop, associated software, and other office technology and travels frequently.

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Advanced degree in industrial hygiene, environmental and occupational health and safety, public health, or a related subject is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be acquired.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience related to health, workplace health and safety, and health policy and programs, preferably in educational settings. Experience in public speaking, developing and delivering presentations and trainings, and data analytics. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, particularly in translating complex information and processes into simple, concise, direct prose.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Sample work products (i.e., publications, presentations, trainings, educational program documentation, etc.) that demonstrate content expertise and technical skills may be required at time of interview. Must be able to occasionally work extended hours on evenings and weekends. Frequent travel required (21 – 45 overnights per year).

TIER 1 (Essential): Proven skills in advocating for health and safety policies and programs, including addressing environmental and occupational hazards, preferably in educational settings. Proven skills in developing and delivering training programs, conducting presentations, and providing expert advice and strategies related to health and safety issues. Demonstrated skills in developing advocacy plans, with a focus on member engagement and grassroots activism. Proven ability to participate as a team member in collaborative activities, including experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with team members and with external partner organizations. Effective consultation, facilitation, and/or advocacy skills. Demonstrated ability to evaluate, lead, plan, organize, and coordinate team efforts. Demonstrated high-level interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and collaboratively on cross-functional and diverse teams (internal and external) on complex issues, while integrating advocacy and member engagement. Proven ability to work effectively with sensitive information and data and adhere to confidentiality requirements.

TIER 2 (Significant): Experience working for or with a labor union. Demonstrated ability to conduct and coordinate research and writing projects. Experience developing training or educational materials and organizing and providing adult training or education programs. Positive attitude and openness toward continuous learning and development. Knowledge of effective adult learning principles, online learning, virtual engagement platforms and strategies.

TIER 3 (Desirable): Knowledge of NEA’s strategic priorities and NEA affiliates.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided: The position involves skill in using a computer and/or laptop; oral and written communication skills; skills in proofreading and editing; use of clear and articulate speech; interpersonal relations skills; reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; ability to sit for long periods, stoop, bend, reach and carry light materials (up to 10 lbs.); and ability to travel by various methods of transportation, e.g., airplane, car.


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