Alaska Fellows Program Position Description
The Alaska Council of School Administrators/Alaska Staff Development Network
Public Education Fellow
This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable.
Fellows receive housing, a $1000 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).
For other questions about the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Term: October 2021 – April 2022
Employer: Alaska Council of School Administrators
Contact: Dr. Lisa S. Parady, Executive Director
Title: Public Education Fellow
Leadership, Unity, and Advocacy for Public Education
As a non-profit, tax exempt corporation established in 1973, the Alaska Council of School Administrators (ACSA) was created to serve as an umbrella for four of Alaska’s premier educational leadership organizations:
Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals
Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals
Alaska Superintendents Association
Alaska Association of School Business Officials
ACSA’s unifying purpose is to support educational leaders through professional forums, provide a voice that champions possibilities for all students, and support purposeful advocacy for public education. ACSA comprises professional educational leaders of Alaska’s schools and school systems. Members include superintendents and other central office administrators, university professors, elementary and secondary principals, and school business officials. ACSA is also proud to administer the Alaska Staff Development Network (ASDN), Alaska’s premier long-standing and highly regarded staff development resource. ASDN is the largest provider of professional development outside individual school districts.
As an umbrella organization, ACSA takes a lead role in supporting and advocating for public education while recognizing the value and uniqueness of each member organization. Each member organization has its own board and selects representatives to serve on the ten-member ACSA board. The ACSA Board is supported by an executive director.
The Public Education Fellow will focus on public education, specifically the following assignments and other opportunities as they develop and are brought into focus.
Though the position will ultimately be shaped around the applicant’s interests and skills, the Fellow will have a number of core functions:
Legislative Research and Preparation – Public education is being challenged in significant ways today across Alaska, including unprecedented budget cuts, major educational equity issues across urban and rural schools, unfunded federal and state mandates, and a whole host of curriculum, cultural, and other issues. The Public Education Fellow will develop substantial research on key issues for next year’s legislative session, which is anticipated to be even more difficult than the current session.
Compile commonly requested education statistics, with a focus on sorting out differences in data used across the range of stakeholder groups so as to establish a set of core facts.
Research and follow active education-related legislation, including observing legislative hearings and preparing updates for members.
Prepare testimony, letters of support, and presentations on education issues, and support development of ACSA Joint Position Statements.
Provide the Executive Director and key staff with current education research in a readily accessible, condensed format.
Develop communications materials across a broad range of needs, including internal, external, and digital materials.
Prepare outreach presentations for partner organizations and other education entities.
Maintain WordPress website with current education advocacy resources and news.
Assist ACSA/ASDN with developing events, including event planning, management, and execution.
Other duties as assigned may include logistics in scheduling, preparing for, and participating in informal and formal public education meetings.
Throughout the fellowship, the Public Education Fellow will work to strengthen connections with public education partners to help develop and document the importance of public education to Alaska. Externally, the Fellow will also connect with other education partners to find opportunities to leverage resources and collaborate in our core work.
Identify and help write grant applications; developing action-oriented plans that are supported by education partners. The skills and interests of the applicant will help to drive this component of the position.
Hours for this position will be Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, at ACSA’s office at 234 Gold Street in Juneau. Some weekend work and travel may be needed, i.e. Alaska Principals’ Conference in Anchorage in October. These hours are flexible with the approval of the Executive Director.
This position is relationship-based and people-oriented. Qualified applicants will have experience with research tools, modern digital communication skills, partnership outreach and engagement, strong communication skills, and strong writing skills. Graphics layouts a plus; spreadsheet ability; initiative and high attention to detail; and a passion for building relationships and making a difference for public education in Alaska.
Application Materials: A complete application should include a cover letter, resume, and two to three references.
Submit materials to: email@example.com
When submitting your applications, please also copy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Information: Dr. Lisa Parady, email@example.com or 907.903.1689