Over the past decade, New Orleans has witnessed unprecedented growth in student performance, including dramatic increases in ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. While we have moved beyond a state of crisis, New Orleans still has a long list of systemic challenges, gaps, and inequities. NSNO estimates that approximately 16,000 students in New Orleans are in unstable or low-performing schools. We must do better. New Schools for New Orleans’ (NSNO) mission — delivering on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans — drives everything we do. To achieve this mission, NSNO places a priority on policy that preserves an environment conducive to continued improvement—one that values accountability, autonomy, equity, and choice. NSNO diligently monitors the policy landscape and collaborates with our partners to help the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and other policymakers to implement policies that allow great schools to thrive.

New Orleans has the most dynamic education policy environment in the country. There are ample opportunities for change and improvement in existing policies, and NSNO has uniquely positioned itself as a trusted partner with the Orleans Parish School Board to influence and support important policies and statewide legislation.

Role and Responsibilities

The Policy Associate will support the Chief of Policy and Planning in developing and implementing a multi-year policy and advocacy strategy.  This role is an excellent fit for someone who is prepared to jump in from day one and learn through doing. The Chief of Policy and Planning has significant New Orleans education policy experience, and the Policy Manager has a unique opportunity to build policy skills and gain experience in this role under her guidance and support. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Researching:
    • Local policy (Orleans Parish School Board policy) and state and federal laws impacting public education
    • National best policy practices
  • Developing policy:
    • Proposing concrete policy recommendations
    • Providing feedback on proposed policies or legislation developed by government or other organizations
    • Drafting proposed policy and legislation
  • Policy engagement:
    • Planning and facilitating meetings among partner policy and advocacy organizations
    • Representing NSNO in policy-related advisory committees, working groups, etc.
    • Providing feedback on policy-related communications developed by partner organizations
    • Gathering feedback on policy proposals from partner organizations and school leaders
    • Developing white papers, position papers, and talking points
  • Supporting and facilitating alignment between internal NSNO offices to ensure success of policy agenda (communications, development, advocacy)


  • Law degree (J.D.), or Masters in Public Policy or Public Administration, or work experience in advocacy, research,  public policy, or other relevant fields
  • Significant work or volunteer experience demonstrating a commitment to public education, students, and families
  • A demonstrated track record of success and achievement involving complex projects and/or overcoming significant challenges
  • A commitment to NSNO’s values and diversity, equity, and inclusion

How to apply

Please send a tailored cover letter and a resume to HR@nsno.org. Mailed applications will not be accepted.

The Chief of Policy and Planning is also seeking excellent candidates for a Portfolio Director. NSNO is open to a hybrid Portfolio/Policy position for applicants who are interested in and have skills in both data and policy analysis.

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.