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Director of Government Affairs
Association of Christian Schools International
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 01/11/2012
Categories: Government/Policy - Legal
Job Type: Full-Time
Position Summary and Expected Outcomes:
The ACSI Director of Government Affairs is responsible for the oversight of the ACSI Washington, DC office and is responsible for conveying the mission, vision and the interface with secular society of ACSI externally and within the Association. This director provides leadership, services, consultation and support to the ACSI headquarters, ACSI regional directors, its member schools, and their constituents located across the United States.
The ACSI Director of Government Affairs is a member of the headquarters’ staff and has a reporting responsibility to the ACSI Chief of Staff.
The ACSI Director of Government Affairs shall be an individual qualified and prepared to carry out his/her functions so that:
will be empowered to achieve effectiveness in their legal/legislative efforts
will regard ACSI as responding to their schools’ interface with governmental requirements in terms of bills, laws and regulations
will view ACSI as appropriately representing them
Non-Member Christian schools will desire to become members of ACSI.
Churches will view Christian schooling as essential.
Government education agencies, the media, and other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will view ACSI as a viable and authoritative voice regarding education and seek ACSI’s cooperation and comments.
The General Public will recognize the benefit of Christian schooling for the public good.
Spiritually the ideal candidate shall possess characteristics that reflect:
• A demonstrated acceptance without reservation of the ACSI Statement of Faith
• A strong, clear Christian testimony
• A mature, godly spirit
• A devotion to faith and prayer
• A broad acceptance of the evangelical Christian community
• A strong knowledge and understanding of scripture
• A commitment to servant leadership
• A sound, well-rounded understanding of evangelical theology and a Christian worldview and the ability to see the long-term effects of a political point-of-view (in discussion about, or hard copy of, a bill or regulation) from a sound Biblical perspective
Personally the candidate’s life shall reflect:
• A high level of integrity
• A life consistent with biblical principles
• A model of God’s ideal for the family
• The gift of listening and responding appropriately to the counsel of others
• The gift of discernment when responding to employees and their requests
• A commitment to Christian schooling as evidenced by having his/her K-12 school aged children enrolled in a Christian school when possible
• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred. Areas of concentration would typically include Education, Law, Political Science, or Public Administration, among others.
• Prior experience in working for a legislative body or government agency and advocating for Christian causes preferred.
• Previous internship experience in an appropriate area would be a plus.
• Ability to articulate a Christian philosophy of education consistent with Scripture.
• Adept at articulating the goals and purposes of ACSI in contrast to other groups that represent what the USDE National Center for Education Statistics refers to as secular private schools, “other religious” schools, and “conservative Christian” schools.
• Demonstrated leadership & management skills along with oral & written communication skills.
• A deep understanding of and passion for the Christian school and its movement from Early Education through Higher Education.
• A heart, vision, and passion for the individual Christian school and the Christian school movement as a whole.
• Ability to work with minorities and in national and international cross-cultural environments.
• Ability to work with political leaders of both parties and emerging groups.
• Skills in actively seeking a “place at the table” with national and international leaders regarding issues that matter to ACSI.
• Commitment to diversity at all levels in the workplace.
• Ability to be a team player.
• Willingness to subordinate his/her personal agenda for the sake of the Association.
• Openness to new concepts and technology.
• Ability to collaborate with coalitions/partnerships, faith-based entities, other public and private school groups (when appropriate), and various churches and denominations.
The ACSI Director of Government Affairs will see to it that:
1. His/her work will reflect a ministry in Christ’s name and will provide mature Christian leadership for the Christian school movement.
2. Effective and productive meetings are conducted both in Washington, DC and at various sites primarily through-out North America and, occasionally, the world.
3. A full range of ACSI legal and legislative school-protection programs are conducted effectively.
4. Excellent professional development opportunities coordinated with and through the headquarters office will be made available to Christian school educators and school governance entities.
5. The use of interns from across the country is considered for assistants who can aid in the effectiveness of the Office of Government Affairs.
6. He/she will be appropriately available to serve as a speaker (or to serve in some other capacity) at constituent or appropriate secular functions.
7. Federal legislative efforts on behalf of ACSI member schools are appropriately coordinated.
8. The offices of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are systematically visited and their educational aides are met where ACSI and its critical issues are discussed.
9. The offices of the current Presidential administration and their regulations are tracked regarding the positive and negative effects on private/religious schools.
10. Information is gathered from all levels and branches of government and political media.
11. Appropriate actions are triggered by the Office of Government Affairs with communication with secular and religious colleagues, ACSI headquarters and (if appropriate) ACSI regional directors, member Christian schools and other private and religious schools.
12. Complicated legislation, laws and regulations are analyzed and comprehended, so that all of the appropriate information is clearly re-written and conveyed in laymen’s terms to HQ, Regional Directors, Christian school administrators and teachers, resulting in appropriate action in their surroundings and in their interface with elected officials.
13. Articles are written for the ACSI Legal/Legislative Update, which is published quarterly and edited by the ACSI Chief of Staff.
14. Articles, Opinion/Editorials (OpEds), issue papers and explanations of various forms of ACSI’s position(s) on various issues will be composed and distributed.
15. Extensive use of electronic means of communication will be carefully utilized.
16. ACSI Services and Purposeful Design products are appropriately promoted to member schools, non-member schools and outside entities.
17. The Government Affairs budget is prepared and maintained in cooperation with the office of the ACSI Chief of Staff.
18. The ACSI Chief of Staff will be advised of the possibilities of opportunities and controversial challenges that might be injurious to the Association or its member schools and churches, and will be appraised of any developing problem within the three branches of the U.S. Government that might injure ACSI, its member schools or churches.
19. He/she with have the capacity to successfully work with complex and sensitive areas
a. in the political arena,
b. in the private and religious school ethos (CAPE),
c. in the Evangelical community, and
d. within ACSI.
20. He/she must understand that the correction of a piece of legislation/regulation in its earliest form is the goal. Thousands of dollars in legal fees, years of heartache, and the damage of Christian schools’ religious freedom can be averted by ACSI-DC.
21. Other duties as required by the ACSI Chief of Staff are performed.
• Progress made on personal and professional mutually agreed upon goals submitted annually.
• In agreement with the job description.
• In agreement with the policies, core beliefs, and ethical guidelines of ACSI.
• Responsible to ACSI Chief of Staff.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary and benefits are established within the guidelines of ACSI policies.
Applications may be downloaded from the ACSI website at www.acsi.org. Completed application materials, including the ACSI Lifestyle Statement, should be sent to:
Director of Human Resources
731 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Application deadline: February 15, 2012