Policy Analyst (CLOSED)

Full-time, at-will

Location: Garrett Park, MD



RESPONSIBILITIES: > Conduct federal and state policy analysis and provide policymakers, organizational members, and general public with information on trends in policymaking, research, and exemplary practice related to world language education and the language industry. > Assist with the development and execution of the organization’s legislative strategy and advocacy initiatives, to include tracking the federal appropriations process and other legislation. > Assist the Executive Director to develop reports, articles, issue briefs, and other materials on policy issues and best practices in world language education and the language industry. > Organize and conduct outreach to and correspondence with Congressional and Executive Branch offices, to include identifying priority offices, scheduling and holding meetings, following through on action items, and tracking meeting outcomes. > Organize and execute the annual Language Advocacy Day conference (200 attendees and 220 Congressional meetings) > Manage all external communications, including newsletter, social media, and website content. > Manage all membership and governance coordination and communications. > Hire, train, and supervise Policy Analysts, Communications Associates as well as interns; delegate duties accordingly. > Oversee the day to day conduct and operations of the office, including administrative responsibilities and maintenance of internal databases. > Organize, participate in, and conduct workshops, seminars, panel discussions, policy fora, and professional conferences. > Establish and maintain relationships with individuals and groups externally for the purpose of forming partnerships that benefit members, constituents, and other stakeholders. > Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications: The candidate must possess the following: Bachelor’s degree in a foreign language, linguistics, public policy, government, or related area; Experience in foreign language teaching and/or living abroad; Experience in Congressional relations. Additional Desired Skills. The ideal candidate will also have the following qualifications: High level of interpersonal skills in order to work effectively with colleagues, partner organizations, and policymaking audiences. Experience with interpreting and framing an issue, with reference to research and practice, for policymakers in a timely and effective manner. Ability to communicate effectively in written and verbal forms. Strong critical thinking and analytical skills. Ability to work independently. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, sometimes within time constraints. Ability and willingness to travel as necessary (3-4 times a year).

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following information via email to with the subject line: Policy Analyst: Your resume or C.V.; Your writing sample (up to 1000 words); and Your cover letter addressing why you would like to work for JNCL-NCLIS and its membership to promote language learning in the US.

Communications and Policy Intern

Term: Summer 2020

Location: Garrett Park, MD

Expected Start: mid-May

Deadline: April 17

Responsibilities: Assist with researching federal legislation and tracking federal appropriations; Drafting and disseminating action alerts to JNCL-NCLIS member organizations; Attending meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill; Creating content for social media and website; Other duties as necessary. Special Project(s): Under the guidance of the Managing Policy Analyst, interns will conceptualize and execute a project designed to benefit or improve advocacy initiatives or organizational operations.

Qualifications: Intern should have strong writing skills, the ability to work independently, and a demonstrable interest in language study. A basic understanding of the American legislative process is recommended. World language ability and study abroad experience are highly desired, but not required; An interest in promoting world language learning and international studies is essential. An excellent internship for students intending to work in the language sector, education, or public policy. Applicants should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, or have completed an undergraduate degree less than 18 months prior to the start of the internship.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and 1-2 page writing sample to with the subject line: JNCL Internship. Open until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. See below.

Public Policy Contributor (Writer)

Term: Per Article Basis

Location: Remote

Expected State: ASAP

Deadline: Rolling

Responsibilities: Contributes to the Newsrroom at; meets assigned deadlines.

Qualifications: Regular contributors who consistently submit timely, accurate, and relevant articles may be considered for inclusion as staff writers on with opportunities for future growth. General minimum requirements: Has submitted 7 articles (of 500 words or more) to which have gone on to be published; Has demonstrated excellence in following the guidelines above, hits deadlines, and is an exceptional communicator; Has 2+ years experience working or volunteering the language field (i.e. interpreter, teacher, researcher, etc.). Preferred experience: Has previous writing experience with a similar online publication; Holds a B.A/B.S. in a field related to communications and/or the language enterprise; Has 5+ years Professional experience working in the language field (i.e. interpreter, teacher, researcher, etc.). Pay scale: 500 words per article; Min. $40/article; Interview(s) included is $10/person, max. 3

How to Apply: Looking to write for us? Pitch us an idea at Due to the high volume of articles received, not all messages may receive a response.


Term: Flexible

Location: Remote

Expected State: ASAP

Deadline: Rolling

Responsibilities: Varies; guest blogs, research legislation at federal and state level.

Qualifications: Desire to make a positive impact on the future of multilingualism in the US; Dedication to the mission of JNCL-NCLIS and its organizational members. Preferred: experience abroad, knowledge of English and at least one other language.

How to Apply: See below.