Advocacy and Partnerships Manager – Tennessee

Based in Tennessee, the Advocacy and Partnerships Manager will report to the State Director and play an important role in Ed Trust in Tennessee’s advocacy goals and coalition-building efforts to advance educational equity in the state.

We’re looking for someone with an interest in organizing and leading campaigns, working with a diverse range of partners, executing strategic outreach, and a passion for galvanizing education advocates.

About the Organization

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

The Advocacy and Partnership Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work collaboratively with the State Director and Ed Trust in Tennessee team to advance our strategic goals and advocacy agenda
  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with key external partners in Tennessee
  • Manage advocacy initiatives and campaigns for the Education Trust in Tennessee and our statewide Alliance, including communications with partners and dissemination of advocacy materials
  • Coordinate and track advocacy activities and engagement in close collaboration with our policy, research and government affairs teams
  • Facilitate training and related programming to build policy knowledge and advocacy capacity of partners and key stakeholders
  • Represent the Education Trust Tennessee and its policy agenda with various audiences, including policymakers, coalitions, advocacy networks, journalists, educators, students and advocates
  • Assist with drafting and submitting letters and other communications on policy and legislative proposals, including legislation and proposed regulations
  • Regular in-state travel and occasional out-of-state travel required
  • Attend work-related meetings and events during evening hours and occasionally on weekends to reach key constituencies (e.g., parents, community members, policy and advocacy groups)

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least 4 years of experience conducting advocacy in education, preferably on issues related to equity and improving opportunity and outcomes for low-income students and students of color
  • Belief in Ed Trust’s mission and commitment to improving educational equity
  • Demonstrated ability in supporting coalitions and stakeholders at all levels and on issues with varying viewpoints
  • Demonstrated success in generating advocacy-relevant tools and materials
  • Familiarity with the Tennessee policy and advocacy landscape
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts)
  • Preferred but will consider all candidates: a combination of education and experience, such as a Master’s in a related field with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience, or a Bachelor’s in a related field with at least four years of relevant professional experience, or more than four years of relevant professional experience


The annual salary for this position starts at $70,000 and will be commensurate with experience. The Education Trust offers a competitive benefits package, including
medical, dental, and vision benefits as well as a 403(b)-retirement plan.

Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

Vaccination for COVID-19: At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and new hires should be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources.