Public Policy Manager

Western Governors University
January 6, 2021
Atlanta, GA
Job Type


Current WGU employees must submit their internal application before 1/13/2021 to be considered for the position.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Support the development of and continual improvement of WGU’s public policy agenda of advancing the quality and relevancy of learning, improving access and affordability, optimizing student outcomes, and improving accountability and transparency.
  • Conduct research and draft reports, briefs, blogs, and other resources on key topics in the higher education policy space that advance WGU’s public policy agenda.
  • Support the policy and government relations teams as they engage with key external partners and stakeholders to help build their expertise and capacity on higher education policy and workforce development issues.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders in researching, analyzing, and developing new proposals on key higher education topics.
  • Assist with working with key external stakeholders, including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers, and advocates to identify policy opportunities and develop, refine, and advance our policy priorities.
  • Develop a system to continually track, organize, and report concisely on information relevant to higher education policy priorities from a variety of sources, including pending legislation, media reports, reports from think tanks, and advocacy organizations, for appropriate distribution to internal stakeholders, particularly the communications and government relations teams.
  • Assist with monitoring and responding to federal, state, and local policy activities related to higher education and workforce development as needed.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

  • Demonstrated interest in student-obsessed public policy development on higher education issues with a keen emphasis on advancing WGU’s public policy goals and improving the educational outcomes for all students.
  • Understanding of federal and state policy contexts that affect higher education, and thoughts about how to improve these policies through appropriate policy levers.
  • A comprehensive understanding of higher education and ability to understand and apply relevant qualitative and quantitative higher education data.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts)
  • Ability to design and communicate public policy positions for optimal advocacy efforts to improve the lives and outcomes of students.
  • Success leading/championing projects with the ability to remain flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years of experience in a role addressing higher education issues or other demonstrated relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in a related field or J.D.
  • Experience working in or with government agencies involved in public policy helpful.

Working Conditions

  • Occasional travel when things open back up




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