NAfME Position Opening: Public Policy and Advocacy Communications Manager   

June 9, 2021


The Public Policy and Advocacy Communications Manager helps inform, engage and activate the public, policymakers, music education community, and educational leaders, to promote and support music as an integral part of a well-rounded education. Areas of activity include federal legislative and regulatory lobbying, advocacy capacity building, public/constituency relations, and communications support for NAfME’s public policy and advocacy efforts.


  1. Pursue a federal policy agenda in coordination with the policy team and in support of music education through:
  • Fostering relationships with key Congressional members and their staffs, as well as staff from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Monitoring and analyzing relevant activity on Capitol Hill.
  • Participating in coalition activities in support of the Association’s policy goals.
  • Contributing to strategic analyses for the development of the Association’s legislative and regulatory requests.
  • Coordinating national fly-in event in collaboration with the entire NAfME Public Policy & Professional Development staff.
  • Preparing, contributing to and editing policy briefing materials for members, National Executive Board, and federated association leaders.
  1. Strengthen NAfME’s position as the national voice for music education through implementation of effective communication strategies (in close collaboration with the association’s Marketing and Communications staff) designed to advance NAfME’s public policy and advocacy agenda through:
  • Supporting NAfME’s public policy and advocacy staff in effectively communicating all aspects of the team’s work at the federal, state and local levels, utilizing various communications strategies.
  • Conducting advocacy training and creating advocacy training materials for state and local level advocacy, including in-person and virtual training offerings.
  • Creating additional content as needed for social media, press releases, blog posts and other communication outlets.
  • Presenting on public policy and advocacy developments at music education conferences, workshops and to partner organizations.









  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • 3-5 years’ relevant work experience.



  • Understanding of the federal and state legislative process and variations among state processes
  • Understanding of the federal and state regulatory process for creating administrative rules relevant to public education (such as standards, licensure of teachers).
  • Understanding of and passion for the policy and substantive issues facing music education and/or education broadly.
  • Acquaintance with the workings of state departments of education, state boards of education, and state legislatures, local school boards.
  • Ability to draft and analyze legislative and regulatory language. Bill drafting experience or experience drafting regulations preferred.
  • Experience in building and working with advocacy coalitions, preferably at the state level, and including identifying traditional and non-traditional partners.
  • Experience in communications, website content and development, and social media as it pertains to supporting advocacy and public policy.
  • Excellent strategic planning skills, including ability to establish priorities and accomplish goals directed toward NAfME’s mission and goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, especially with regard to members, state and national volunteer leaders, and policymakers and staff, elected and appointed.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Familiarity with state level lobbying compliance protocols and willingness to register and report
  • Acquaintance with policy and substantive issues facing music education and education broadly. Ability to use virtual meeting software and participate in meetings with both in-person and remote employees.



  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret public policy, legislation, agency rules and other legal documents.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries from members, internal/external stakeholders, regulatory agencies, or members of the academic, government, and business communities, and other relevant constituencies.
  • Ability to write and design effective professional development experiences for members and association leaders, both state and national.
  • Ability to effectively present information, written and verbal and for webinar (virtual) to association leadership, membership and public groups and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with CQ Engage, FiscalNote, VoterVoice or other online advocacy communication software platforms.
  • Familiarity with membership database software, and the ability to extract data on advocates from such databases.
  • Ability to use social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) effectively in messaging advocacy.



  • Knowledge of music, music education, and/or public education






  • Ability to sit for extended periods.


  • Works ordinarily performed in an office environment (including home office).



* 120 Days

 This description contains the facts necessary to describe this position in general terms and distinguish it from other positions within NAfME.  It is not intended as a detailed description of each duty associated with a specific departmental assignment.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Tooshar Swain at