Massachusetts Teachers Association

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Center for Education Policy and Practice (CEPP)

Based in Quincy, MA


Job Title: Director, Center for Education Policy and Practice (CEPP)
Division: Center for Education Policy and Practice (CEPP)
Reports to title: Executive Director-Treasurer
Designation: Management

Major Responsibilities:
The Director of the MTA Center for Education Policy and Practice (CEPP) is responsible for collaboratively developing, recommending and implementing policies, practices, positions and strategies relative to the improvement of teaching, learning and leadership with a vision of MTA being the voice of public education. The Director manages the Center staff responsible for providing research and guidance to impact public policy and practice, legislation, regulations, guidance recommendations, and state and local implementation related to:

  • Education reform issues focused on improvement of teaching, learning and leadership from PreK-higher education (P-20);
  • Working conditions issues critical to attracting and retaining a highly skilled public education workforce;
  • Education workforce development issues that specifically define the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to work in public schools and the changes to preparation programs and advanced professional learning required for teachers, paraprofessionals, and leaders to be successful.

The Director maintains relationships with leaders in academia and policy institutes; other state, national and international education associations; the National Education Association and its state affiliates; and other professional and non-profit organizations with public education interests. The Director collaborates with MTA members, leaders, and staff in the development of policy and practice recommendations and positions on legislative proposals and regulatory changes. The role requires strong research and policy development skills. It also calls for an ability to help a large and diverse organization develop and articulate policy and practice priorities and intentionally pursue those priorities, adapting as circumstances require.

Specific Responsibilities:
Policy and Practice Issues

  • Monitors evolving educational issues, working conditions, and workforce development; advises leaders, members and staff on their implications.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders (members, leaders, committees, and staff) to develop policy and practice recommendations and positions to achieve the goals of MTA’s
  • Strategic Action Plan, MTA Board positions, and MTA Resolutions and produce policy briefs, reports, and papers to meet those objectives.
  • Designs and implements an annual calendar to address specific policy and practice issues, proposed legislation, proposed regulatory changes and proposed guidance to local affiliate leaders related to P-20 education reform, working conditions and education workforce development.
  • Collaborates with MTA staff and governance in responding to proposed regulations, drafts public comment, and testifies at the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Board of Higher Education as needed.
  • Conducts research on P-20 education reform, working conditions and education workforce development topics; collaborates with other MTA divisions, leaders and member committees on content and recommendations; publishes findings and reports in electronic and hard copy.
  • Works collaboratively with the Division of Training and Professional Learning to design and implement education policy and practice presentations and webinars.
  • Monitors proposals for changes in state and federal regulations and guidance related to such issues as preparation program content, licensure, evaluation, and accountability and provides guidance to MTA staff, governance, committees and local leaders.
  • Monitors the activity of public education boards and the United States Department of Education.
  • Coordinates the development of reports to MTA staff, governance and local leaders about the impact of state and federal regulations.


  • Provides primary content and education policy and practice advisories for local leaders and members.
  • Provides content and documents for MTA Toolkits on policy and practice issues.
  • Collaborates with MTA Communications on articles for MTA Today, e-letter to new members, and other publications with policy and practice implications.
  • Provides information to MTA staff, leaders, local affiliates, and members on current educational policy and practice initiatives and responds to requests for information based on research trends and economic indicators.
  • Provides responses to field staff and local leaders addressing specific inquiries about licensure, accountability, evaluation or other issues of policy and practice at the individual educator or local association level.
  • Coordinates CEPP staff assistance to other MTA division managers. Provides guidance to other MTA divisional staff on the impact of policy and practice decisions on their work with members and locals.
  • Coordinates with other MTA division managers on the operation of cross-divisional work groups and member-staff committees with education policy and practice implications.
  • Provides responses to common questions about education policy and practice proposals, regulations, laws, and MTA and NEA programs from MTA staff, governance, local leaders, members, and through MTA web portal.
  • Provides background information and on-the-record comments to the media when requested to do so by the Director of Communications.

Professional Relationships

  • Establishes and maintains productive working relationships with leaders in state education agencies, academia, and other professional and education associations and organizations to inform and advance MTA’s policy positions.
  • Collaborates with NEA Policy and Practice staff.
  • Collaborates with other education organizations by serving on advisory boards and panels, making presentations at meetings and conferences, and providing information on MTA’s policy and practice positions.
  • Represents MTA on various councils and working groups.
  • Supports MTA staff and members serving on BESE and BOHE education advisory committees.
  • Communicates with educational researchers and thought leaders on policy and practice topics.
  • Responds to requests for MTA policy and practice presentations from local and national policy organizations, universities and colleges, other NEA affiliates, NEA.
  • Collaborates with networks of researchers, institutions of higher education, other unions and organizations to form strategic alliances.
  • Maintains currency in policy and practice by attending national and international education policy and practice conferences and summits.

Program Management

  • Manages budgeted resources and staff of the MTA Center for Education Policy and Practice to achieve the goals of MTA’s Strategic Action Plan.
  • Ensures that CEPP expenses are within budget.
  • Monitors policy development, regulatory changes and legislative proposals, and changes in regulations and statures affecting public education.
  • Recruits policy and practice interns and drafts research project proposals for local graduate schools.
  • Regularly reports to and collaborates with Executive Director-Treasurer and other staff as appropriate on recommendations for policy, regulatory and legislative changes in furtherance of
  • MTA’s Strategic Action Plan, MTA Board Policy and MTA Resolutions.

Promotion of MTA Mission and Values

  • Coordinates CEPP work aligned to the goals of MTA’s Strategic Action Plan for full capacity members, locals and staff and actively promote achievement of those goals in daily work.
  • Builds and maintains a strong level of trust and respect for MTA members, leaders and staff.
  • Motivates and inspires members, leaders and staff to collaborate in planning and in the successful implementation of policy proposals.


  • Understanding of and commitment to a pro-labor and pro-public education agenda in policy, practice, legislation and regulation.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the vision and goals of MTA’s Strategic Action Plan and to a collaborative process to achieve those goals.
  • Understanding of MTA, the political environment in which it operates, and our current challenges and opportunities.
  • 5-10 years related work experience preferred.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Management experience.
  • Research and policy development experience.
  • Ability to design, research, write and publish research projects.
  • Ability to design, implement and analyze data-driven evaluation of the effectiveness of programs to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines.
  • Proven effectiveness in team leadership. Strong team-building skills.
  • Ability to work openly and constructively with staff and governance leaders in a close team environment.
  • Proven ability to delegate responsibility for and successfully supervise planning and implementation of written and verbal presentations.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Articulate and persuasive verbal and written communication skills.
  • Creativity and initiative.
  • Ability to foster a working environment that is highly professional, open, constructive and collaborative and provides high-quality work and results.
  • Proficiency in current computer applications for use in office management, data collection and analysis.
  • Master’s degree; doctorate preferred.
  • Willingness to work long hours, nights and weekends.
  • Car required for travel throughout Massachusetts.

*MTA reserves the right to waive any qualifications at its discretion*

The MTA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all staff.

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