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Chief of Staff

Application Procedure:

Learning Policy Institute has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Medelene at the following:

            Michelle R.S. Bonoan               Medelene Beasley

            Managing Director                    Vice President



The Learning Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Job Duties

The Chief of Staff will support Learning Policy Institute’s President and CEO in the following key areas:

  • Ensuring follow-up on key initiatives and policy matters in motion
  • Managing a wide array of research, policy, and communications projects and priorities
  • Ensuring strong communication between the President’s office, leadership team, and staff around emerging needs and initiatives
  • Facilitating complex, time-sensitive communications on critical policy and research issues with staff and key external constituents
  • Managing relations with key external stakeholders, including organizational leaders, policymakers, and funders
  • Supporting preparation for public appearances and outreach
  • Coordinating internal team activities in close collaboration with leadership to maximize leverage in the President/CEO’s involvement in research, policy, networking, and communication activities
  • Supporting regular communications with the Board of Directors

Job Qualifications

Core competencies

The Chief of Staff will serve as a right-hand support for the President/CEO with an extensive background managing complex projects and delivering on strategic initiatives. He or she will have strong education research and policy knowledge and a good understanding of the education landscape across the issues and players. This leader will be an experienced professional with at least 10 years of relevant work experience and strong political acumen. .

The Chief of Staff will enable the President/CEO to focus on broad strategic initiatives both within and beyond the organization, and will follow up on strategic and critical projects, carrying initiatives forward with the President/CEO, planning for and representing LPI at key meetings, and keeping the President/CEO apprised of important updates and developments.  This leader will bring the skill and experience to integrate quickly into LPI and work effectively with the executive team, operating at maximum effectiveness.

An advanced degree is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will also have the following professional competencies and personal characteristics:

Strategic Leadership & Management:  

  • Strategic thinking and prioritization skills to partner with the President/CEO in identifying and pursuing strategic priorities.
  • Executive presence and leadership capabilities to be able to drive deliverables, manage through influence and interact effectively with policymakers, leaders in the research and practice communities, and members of the organization.
  • High level of maturity needed to handle confidential and sensitive matters in a professional manner and good judgment
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.



Project Management Expertise:

  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to set and juggle multiple priorities, manage cross-functional organization-wide projects or initiatives, support team members, and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders
  • Strong facilitation skills to bring together multiple stakeholders and help drive decisions and outcomes
  • Ability to execute on deadlines and deliverables and create systems and processes to streamline operations
  • Demonstrated ability to plan effectively and the flexibility to handle the unexpected


Analytical Skills

  • Ability to research and analyze data, identify trends, and make recommendations
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex education policy landscape, and the ability to translate that understanding to policymaker and lay audiences


Relationship Building, Collaboration & Communication:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships, and to work well in a team-setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a broad set of constituents, including those in prominent positions
  • Strong problem-solving ability


Passion for the Mission:

  • Passion for ensuring that all children – especially those furthest from opportunity -- receive an empowering and equitable education
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence and equity.

Institution Description

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) is a national organization that conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to shape education policies and improve learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, LPI connects policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the pre-k to grade 12 education system and address the complex realities facing public schools and their communities. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others who care about improving public schools, the Institute advances evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for all children.


PI BENEFIT SUMMARY VACATION Full-time employees are entitled to accrue up to 15 days (120 hours) during their first year of employment and up to 20 days (160 hours) after one year of service, up to a maximum accrual of 200 hours. Accrual rates are prorated for part-time employees.Vacation accrual begins on the first paycheck.SICK TIME Employees are entitled to accrue up to 10 days (80 hours) of sick time per year.Accrual rates are prorated for part-time employees. Sick time accrual stops when you reach 30 days (240 hours). LPI does not pay employees in lieu of unused sick time hours.PERSONAL DAYS AND FLOATING HOLIDAYS Employees receive two personal days (16 hours) and two floating holidays (16 hours) during the year. Personal day and floating holiday hours are allocated on January 1 and must be used during the calendar year they are issued. These hours do not roll over to the next calendar year. COMPANY HOLIDAYS Learning Policy Institute offers employees eight paid holidays during the year:New Year’s Day (observed), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (observed), Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day (observed) RETIREMENT LPI contributes 3% of an employee’s salary to a 403b Safe Harbor retirement plan. LPI also matches 50% of the first 6% an employee contributes. Employees may contribute to a pre-taxed 403b plan or a post-taxed Roth.MEDICAL/DENTAL/VISION LPI offers Anthem Blue Cross or Kaiser Medical Insurance, Delta Dental, and VSP Vision Insurance at no charge for employees. LPI pays for 80%of dependent/partner/spouse insurance coverage.Coverage starts on the first of the month following the first date of employment.
Application Due Date: 2020-03-31
Job Start Date: 2020-04-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Palo Alto
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: Learning Policy Institute
Remote Work: This is not a remote position
Reports To: President and Chief Executive Officer
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Palo Alto, CA

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