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The Arizona School Boards Association is a private, nonprofit organization that serves public school leaders throughout Arizona and is dedicated to continuous improvement of student success. The association employs an executive director, five department directors, and professional and administrative support staff responsible for assisting Arizona school boards in advocacy, leadership and governance, and legal and policy services. ASBA provides employees with competitive salary and benefits packages, and opportunities for professional training and development. The Arizona School Boards Association is an equal opportunity employer. 

Director of legal & PolicY services

Arizona School Boards Association
Phoenix, Arizona 


The Arizona School Boards Association seeks a Director of Legal and Policy Services to contribute to ASBA’s mission of cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts.

The director reports to the executive director, is an integral member of the senior leadership team and works in a cross-functional environment with other members of ASBA’s mission-driven professional staff. The director will contribute to the success of the association and its member boards by:

  • Guiding and managing the association’s Policy Services and Legal Services functions

  • Managing internal legal matters and 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) compliance activities

  • Other related duties may be assigned. Frequent in-state travel is required.

    Duties and responsibilities include:

    Policy Services

  • Monitor state and federal law and regulations, attorney general opinions and court decisions that impact school district operations and school board governance for policy implications.

  • Guide development and ensure accuracy and timely delivery of compliance-based model policies, including advisories and alerts, for school district and charter school subscribers.

  • Manage internal processes and systems for reviewing, updating and hosting district policy, including the web-based PolicyBridge platform. (Serve as the liaison with the PolicyBridge software provider.)

  • Identify and develop business opportunities to expand policy-related services revenues. (Grow employee handbook offering.) (Assess fee structure for PolicyBridge subscription services and recommend changes.)

  • Regularly assess member needs for non-compliance-based policy and develop and implement strategies to support them.

  • Maintain high standards of customer support and service.

  • Provide member education through individual consultation, group professional development and other means, including articles and memoranda, as necessary and appropriate. (Develop training opportunities for PolicyBridge users.)

  • Participate in the association in the American Association of State Policy Services.

  • Manage policy services team by providing direction, leadership, performance objectives and assessments, and developing and encouraging professional growth opportunities.

    Legal Services

  • Regularly consult with and advise the director of governmental relations on legal implications and policy issues related to proposed legislation or regulatory action.

  • Explore and guide legal advocacy, including litigation and regulatory action, aligned with the association’s Political Agenda at the direction of the executive director and in concert with the director of governmental relations.

  • Testify before legislative and rule-making bodies as needed.

  • Develop and present educational content to members as part of the association’s regular professional development program and activities and other means, including articles and memoranda, as necessary and appropriate.

  • Advise the executive director on legal challenges to the association’s legislative and legal advocacy and policy services, as well as 501(c)(3) status.

  • Serve as liaison with national Council of School Attorneys (COSA) and local council of school attorneys (ACOSA)

  • Develop and maintain a network of attorneys and other legal experts who specialize in school law and litigation pertaining to K-12 public policy issues. (Create associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders.)

  • Internal Legal Matters

  • Manage internal legal matters, such as tenant rental agreements and service provider contracts.

  • Carry out legal compliance activities to maintain the ASBA’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization, including corporate filings such as annual reports and property tax exemptions, consulting with outside counsel as necessary.

  • Carry out legal compliance activities to maintain the Friends of ASBA’s status as a 501(c)(4) organization, including corporate filings such as annual reports and property tax exemptions, consulting with outside counsel as necessary.

  • Monitor and advise on association activities to ensure compliance with ARS 15-511.

  • Maintain and advise the executive director on ASBA governance documents, including the association bylaws and internal policies, and participate in association activities in which such advice is necessary. (Ex: Governance Committee, Delegate Assembly, Annual Membership Meeting)

  • Maintain and advise the executive director on Friends of ASBA governance documents, including bylaws, and participate in activities, such as board of directors’ meetings, in which such advice is necessary.

  • The preferred candidate’s education and experience:

  • Attorney (Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school)

  • State bar admission

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in the practice of Arizona school law

  • A minimum of seven years of experience in the review, interpretation and implementation of

  • Arizona school district policy

  • A minimum of five years of experience in a leadership role, including developing and managing a staff team

  • Experience working with diverse communities

  • Must agree to undergo a background check and obtain a fingerprint clearance card

  • The preferred candidate’s knowledge:

    • Expertise in school law

    • Knowledge of the role school district governing boards play in the operation of a school district

    • Knowledge of legal processes

    • Knowledge of state and federal legislative processes

    • Knowledge of regulatory bodies related to K-12 education

    • Knowledge of state and federal education policy issues

    • The preferred candidate’s personal and professional characteristics:

    • A passion for public education

    • Innovative and technologically astute

    • Collaborative decision-maker

    • Excellent research, verbal and written communication skills

    • Problem solver

    • Strong organizational, time management, communication and interpersonal skills

    • Proficient understanding of business sensitivities and confidentiality

    • Models professionalism and collegiality (Be a positive collaborative team player that sets the tone of everyone else to do their best work)

    • Ability to develop strong relationships across ASBA, with other non-profits and umbrella organizations

    • In addition, the preferred candidate will have an interest in, appreciation of and respect for the diversity of our state and its residents and demonstrate the highest levels of professional integrity.

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Administrative Assistant- Front office

Arizona School Boards Association
Phoenix, Arizona


The Arizona School Boards Association seeks an Administrative Assistant to join our mission- driven team and contribute to ASBA’s mission of cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts. The Administrative Assistant will join colleagues on multi-functional staff teams to support core member services and strategic initiatives.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Greet visitors
  • Answer multi-line phone
  • Process incoming and outgoing mail
  • Process office supply orders
  • Maintain schedule of conference rooms
  • Managing correspondence/communications, scheduling and other administrative functions
  • Provide support for over 30 workshops and conferences
  • Coordination and preparation for all in-office meetings/events
  • Ability to organize, maintain and preserve electronic database file system
  • Assist with logistics for meetings including printing of materials, room setup, setup of video conferencing technology, and handles catering needs
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Three plus years of front office experience in a fast-paced, customer-service environment
  • Advanced use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe applications
  • Type 50 wpm
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Familiarity with Arizona’s public schools a plus
  • Ability to work extra hours as needed
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds

In addition, the preferred candidate must possess the following skills and experience:

  • Professional, pleasant, welcoming personality
  • Strong and proven work ethic
  • Impeccable attention to detail and deadlines
  • Ability to problem-solve and anticipate needs to complete tasks
  • Work independently with minimal direction
  • Be flexible to learn new tasks to help other members of the team
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities concurrently
  • A commitment to excellent customer service

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Board Support and Field service specialist


The board support and field services specialist will work under the direction of the Director of Leadership Development and in collaboration with all staff members. The job description for this position is:

Board Support and Consultation
Serve as the primary point of contact for local school district governing boards and leadership
teams requesting information about or assistance with governance and leadership issues.
Consult with individual board members and superintendents upon their request on governance
and leadership issues.
Deliver locally tailored individualized board training, facilitation and strategic planning at the
request of governing boards.
Contribute to development and maintenance of customizable training, facilitation and strategic
planning materials and standards for their use.
Manage booking, scheduling, pricing and billings for custom training, facilitation and strategic
planning services.
Promote and administer the online Board Self-Evaluation tool and manage the delivery of related
Provide support and training for the ASBA/ASA superintendent evaluation tool
Professional Development Programs
Design and secure content for workshops, conferences, events and webinars.
Ensure accuracy of event agendas and other related information on the ASBA website.
Regularly present at ASBA and partner organization events on governance, leadership and relevant
public education topics.
Contribute to the development, writing and editing of educational resources and publications that
support effective governance and leadership.

Assessment and Planning
Track, tabulate and report on evaluations and other metrics related to custom board trainings and
professional development programs.
Participate in short- and long-terms planning for continuous improvement of board support and
professional development programs.

Additional Expectations
Frequent travel throughout the state delivering training programs and performing executive searches.
Frequent evening and weekend hours.
Desired Qualifications
Undergraduate degree in education, training and development, business or related area.
Experience working in a K-12 education environment.
Experience working in an adult education environment.
Strong problem-solving, communication, training and presentation skills.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to multi-task and meet strict deadlines.
Knowledge of training processes and best practices using technology to address diverse needs or

The position responsibilities and expectations outlined are in no way to be construed as all
encompassing. Other duties, responsibilities and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as

Salary for this position is $75,000.00 and a generous benefit package.

Submit only a letter of interest and a resume. Review of resumes will begin on June 10, 2024, and
continue until the position is filled.

Submit application materials to:
Arizona School Boards Association
ATTN: HR – Leadership Development
2100 N. Central Ave., Suite 200
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(Please include position title in the subject line if submitting by email.)

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Governmental Relations associate

Arizona School Boards Association
Phoenix, Arizona


The Arizona School Boards Association seeks a Governmental Relations Associate to monitor relevant
legislation/regulation/issues, engage with the Arizona Legislature, and communicate with ASBA
member districts to advance the cause of public education in Arizona.

The Governmental Relations Associate reports to the Director of Governmental Relations, and will
work alongside the director and the ASBA Governmental Relations Coordinator and collaborate with
other ASBA departments to implement the association’s governmental relations and advocacy
strategy . The successful candidate will be able to both professionally represent the association
externally and manage internal processes critical to association governance.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

At the direction of the Director of Governmental Relations, advocate for the interests of ASBA’s
membership, based on the association’s political agenda, before the Arizona Legislature and
selected state agencies.
•  Attend Legislative committee hearings, floor sessions, stakeholder meetings, board and
commission meetings, and meetings with elected and public officials to educate and inform them
on ASBA policy positions.

Research & Analysis

Track proposed legislation relevant to K-12 education in Arizona and administer ASBA’s bill-tracking
and advocacy tools.
Analyze and summarize proposed legislation and research potential impacts on ASBA member
Gather information and research regarding issues of interest or importance to the association as

Member Advocacy, Education and Engagement
Create content for communication to ASBA members regarding state and federal legislative and
regulatory activities.
Assist in the management and coordination of ASBA’s member advocacy efforts to influence
public policy.
Create and deliver professional development content for board members regarding policy,
lobbying, and advocacy to ASBA members.
Staff ASBA’s Legislate Committee and participate in the ASBA Delegate Assembly process

Other Duties As Assigned
Additionally, may be tasked with various other duties as assigned, contributing to the overall
success and efficiency of the team

The minimum qualifications for this position are as follows:
Bachelor’s degree (political science, public affairs, or public policy preferred).
One to three years’ experience in legislative advocacy and/or staff work, and/or participation in
Arizona-based internships that involve significant policy or Legislative work.
Familiarity with the Arizona State Legislature.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ability to represent the Arizona School Boards Association and its members in a positive and
professional manner.
The preferred candidate will have the following proven skills and qualifications:
Experience working with diverse communities.
Previous experience working in or around the Arizona Legislature.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of the role school district governing boards play in the operation of a school district.
A desire to work collaboratively within a small team.
A passion for public education.

About the Arizona School Boards Association
The Arizona School Boards Association is committed to quality leadership and advocacy for Arizona’s
public schools. We are a private, nonprofit, non-partisan organization, the members of which are the
governing boards of Arizona’s public schools. ASBA provides training and information to governing
board members, school administrators and other education leaders on leadership, governance and
issues related to public education; represents its members’ interests through leadership and advocacy
on state and federal legislative, policy and legal issues; offers subscriptions to model policies and
support with policy adoption and updates; and offers superintendent search services.

Salary & Benefits
We offer a chance to grow professionally in the vibrant Phoenix metropolitan area. Starting salary for
this position is $70,000-$75,000 depending on experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits

Interested applicants should submit a letter of introduction with a current resume to Director of
Governmental Relations Chris Kotterman at Please include position title in the
subject line.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

ASBA is an equal opportunity employer

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