Notice of Vacancy: Education Policy Program Assistant

Education Policy Program Assistant

Full-time, based in Washington, D.C.

About TASH:  TASH is a non-profit membership organization with headquarters in Washington, DC.  TASH’s mission is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights.  Our overall goals are accomplished through collaboration among self-advocates, families, professionals, policy-makers, advocates and many others who seek to promote equity, opportunity and inclusion.  Together, our mission is realized through:

  • Research that translates excellence to practice
  • Professional development that builds capacity of the field
  • Education of the public, government officials, community leaders and service providers
  • Advocacy for equity, opportunities, social justice and human rights
  • Legislation, litigation and public policy consistent with the mission and vision of TASH

TASH currently seeks an Education Policy Program Assistant to fulfill TASH’s collaboration with the SWIFTCenter.  The SWIFT Center (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) is a national technical assistance center partnering with 5 states to provide academic and behavioral supports to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including students living in poverty, English language learners, students with disabilities, including those with the most extensive needs.

The SWIFTCenter is committed to eliminating the silos in education by bridging general and specialized education to create powerful learning opportunities for students and teachers and promote active, engaged partnerships among families and community members.  This work is organized around 5 critical domains, Administrative Leadership, Multi-Tiered System of Support, Integrated Education Framework, Family and Community Engagement, and Inclusive Policy Structure and Practice.

TASH leads the work of the policy team and seeks a program assistant to complete the following workscope in support of the policy team and greater organizational functioning

  • Research and draft 4 policy briefs
  • Research and draft 4-6 Technical Assistance Fact Sheets
  • Research, identify, and analyze exemplar district and state policy documents
  • Research to problem-solve state and district specific issues
    • Coordinates organizational operational activities including board meeting schedules and records, board and member projects, and travel arrangements
    • Maintains organizational files, archives, tracking and other reporting structures.
    • Processes all invoices, purchase orders, and fulfills product orders.  Downloads online payments and processes.
    • Submits updates for the organizations website relevant to products, chapter leadership, and membership.
    • Performs routine and necessary organizational tasks as assigned, including distribution of departmental mail to appropriate staff, faxing, filing and photocopying, etc.
    • Responds to requests from the general public and people with disabilities and their families for assistance and information on membership, chapters and disability-related issues.

Exceptional candidates will possess the following:

  • Experience as a classroom teacher (preferred)
  • Knowledge of OSEP guidance
  • Knowledge of inclusive education practices and implementation
    • Proficient in Word, Excel, Quickbooks and Access
    • Organized and thorough in work habits
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • High quality verbal and written communication skills
    • Subject-matter expertise preferred (in disability civil rights and/or services)
    • At least two years of relevant experience preferred
    • Qualified persons with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply

This position is for 40 hours/week and is located in Washington, D.C.

Interested candidates need to  send salary history,  a cover letter and resume to Jenny Stonemeier,