Directors of Legislative Affairs

IDEA Public SchoolsAustin, TX
Paid Internship

3 months ago


Job Title

Director of Legislative Affairs (Immediate Opening)

Job Location

IDEA Public Schools 2800 S Ih 35 Svrd, Austin, TX 78704

Job Overview

The Director of Legislative Affairs will report to the Managing Director of External Affairs. As a part of the Advancement Team, they will play a crucial role in IDEAs External Affairs and Advocacy work, supporting opportunities for organizational growth. This role will consist of four primary responsibilities:

  • Defending per-pupil funding and protecting it from disproportionate cuts by the Legislature or any governmental entity in all states where IDEA operates.
  • Building relationships with lawmakers' offices, coalition partners, and charter associations to advance IDEAs mission across all states and regions.
  • Overseeing the continued development of a coalition of IDEA Team and Family parents, students, teachers, and alumni to advocate for and advance IDEAs mission.
  • Supporting IDEAs External Affairs team in advocacy and growth efforts.

Effective execution of this work will ensure IDEA operates in a supportive legislative environment and positively impacts IDEAs ability to grow in communities of demand.


$82,000 - $100,900 a year


  • Legislative Strategy and Execution (50%)

    • Develop and execute a strategy to influence policy at the local, state, and federal levels.
    • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to identify and prioritize key advocacy issues affecting public charter schools.
    • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments and provide timely updates to senior leadership.
    • Cultivate relationships with policymakers, government officials, and other external partners to influence education policies and regulations.
    • Represent IDEAs interests at conferences, public hearings, and relevant events.
  • Family Organizing and Engagement (10%)

    • Develop and oversee the implementation of family, teacher, and alumni engagement and advocacy programs with a focus on parent engagement.
    • Lead and supervise the family organizing team, providing guidance and mentorship.
    • Implement strategies to effectively engage and mobilize families in support of the network's initiatives.
    • Collaborate with school leaders and staff to ensure effective family engagement practices across the network.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration (30%)

    • Work closely with various departments to align messaging, amplify advocacy efforts, and maximize impact.
    • Develop and maintain an expert-level knowledge of legislation and policy relevant to IDEA.
    • Prepare and provide updates to the Regulatory Affairs team regarding active legislation and potential policy changes.
    • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team to develop communications materials and media strategies.
    • Foster strong relationships with internal stakeholders to ensure their participation in advocacy efforts.
  • Leadership and Team Management (10%)

    • Lead and develop a high-performing advocacy and family organizing team.
    • Set clear performance expectations, provide regular feedback, and conduct performance evaluations.
    • Foster a collaborative and inclusive team culture that promotes professional growth.
    • Promote effective cross-team collaboration, knowledge sharing, and best practices.


  • Bachelor's Degree required.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in public affairs, government, advocacy, community organizing, or related fields.
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of experience working in a K-12 school environment (strongly preferred).
  • Experience in education and knowledge of K-12 education and school choice policy issues (preferred).
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, community leaders, and families (preferred).

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  • Political Science And Government18%

  • Economics8%

  • Public Policy Analysis6%

  • International Relations And National Security Studies5%

  • Law4%

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People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • US Congress
  • United States Senate
  • US Department Of State
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Relocation Assistance




Housing Assistance

(avg. $2,892)




Travel Stipend

(avg. $978)




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Medical Insurance




401(k) Company Match




Paid Holidays


Average internship hourly pay

For Southwest region

Education Management

Typical pay range:

$20.28 - $26.07

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Austin, TX | $3,339/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,575

  • Miscellaneous$832

  • Food$378

  • Utilities$296

  • Transportation$258


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