Assistant Director for Engagement and Communications, Massachusetts

The Education Trust’s Massachusetts team seeks a full-time Assistant Director for Partnerships and Communications. Reporting to the State Director for Massachusetts, the Assistant Director will work closely with the Director to develop and implement strategic goals and initiatives to advance education equity in the state, including by supporting the work of the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership.

ABOUT THE EDUCATION TRUST

The Education Trust, founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing opportunity gaps by expanding excellence and equity in education for students of color, students from immigrant families, students with disabilities, justice-impacted students, and those from low-income families from early childhood through college. Through research and advocacy, the organization builds and engages diverse communities that care about education equity, increases political and public will to act on equity issues, and advances strategies that increase college access and completion for historically underserved students.

The agency to demand and secure equity-advancing policy and practice change lie with the communities most impacted by educational inequities, including members of the business, civil rights, social justice, disability rights, immigrant rights, and education reform communities, as well as equity-minded educators and parent leaders. With the long-term goal of building a national movement for equity in education under the leadership of former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Ed Trust engages diverse coalitions representing these communities and supports them to demand and secure equity-advancing policy change.

Based in Boston, our Massachusetts team serves as convener and analytic backbone for the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership (MEEP), described in more detail below.

ABOUT THE MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATION EQUITY PARTNERSHIP

The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership (MEEP) is a collective effort of more than 40 social justice, civil rights and education advocacy groups from across the Commonwealth working together to promote educational equity for historically underserved students in our state’s schools.

The Partnership seeks to:

  • Draw attention to educational inequities in Massachusetts;
  • Advocate for policies and practices that improve opportunity and outcomes for students of color, linguistically diverse students, students from economically disadvantaged families, and students with disabilities; and
  • Work alongside students, families, and communities to build urgency and collective will for educational equity and justice.

Major Responsibilities

The Assistant Director for Partnerships and Communications will report to and support the State director in developing and implementing the organization’s strategic goals, work plan, policy positions and key initiatives, including strategies for communication and advocacy. Major responsibilities include:

  1. Together with the State Director, develop and sustain constructive relationships with key partners, including statewide and local civil rights, education, parent, faith, business, and advocacy groups; legislators; practitioners; and the public. Examples of day-to-day responsibilities include:
    • Strategically identifying and reaching out to prospective partners across the state
    • Maintaining and, as necessary, developing new systems for operation and engagement that distribute leadership across the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership and facilitate collaboration and relationships across partner organizations.
    • Regularly and proactively reaching out to current partners to understand how MEEP can help support their advocacy and organizational needs, and responding to partner questions and requests.
    • Assisting with planning and facilitation of MEEP meetings.
    • Supporting day-to-day Partnership operations, including weekly newsletters, Partnership calendars and other communication platforms
  2. Develop and implement integrated, sophisticated short- and long-term communications (including digital) and messaging strategies to drive advocacy efforts; build and nurture relationships with journalists, opinion leaders, and diverse education stakeholders and broaden the organization’s relationship base to help advance the mission and efforts of the organization. Day-to-day responsibilities include:
    • Securing key media placements that advance organizations’ goals.
    • Producing and implement earned media strategies, including:
      • Researching and developing media lists and targeted pitches.
      • Producing press releases and media advisories.
      • Conducting outreach
      • Preparing media backgrounders for ET-MA and MEEP partners and assisting with interview preparation.
      • Identifying story opportunities as they arise in the news cycle and acting on them quickly.
      • Monitoring and understanding the news and education media landscape.
      • Maintaining and leveraging existing relationships with reporters.
    • Crafting official statements, opinion pieces, social media and paid media/digital advertising, and blog posts for the Ed Trust in Massachusetts and its partners;
  3. Strategically lead the organization’s social media efforts and online presence; manage website and social media content for all activities related to Ed Trust in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership; work with graphic designer and other staff to develop website and social media collateral;
  4. Together with State Director, create and manage innovative advocacy campaigns and events; and
  5. Manage internal communications including writing quarterly board reports; and provide development support writing and input for grant proposals and reports.

Qualifications and Experience

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

  • 5+ years of relevant professional work experience in advocacy; organizing and campaigning for justice and equity initiatives; or leading communications.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex messages and data analysis results to a wide range of audiences;
  • Public relations and marketing experience — including drafting press releases, talking points, fact sheets and other marketing materials; interfacing with reporters; and utilizing social media.A strong collaborator with demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives who enjoys working regularly and deeply across teams, both internally and externally, demonstrates flexibility and engenders trust.
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts political; education; and policy landscape and key stakeholders in the education and community organizing space;
  • Strong networking, organizational, project management and multitasking skills; comfort working in a fast-paced environment with shifting timelines, priorities, and contexts; exceptional follow-through and attention to detail.
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in education or related field preferred (e.g., public policy, communications, education, etc.)

Personal Characteristics

  • Commitment to and sense of urgency around advancing equity for students of color, economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence.
  • A team player dedicated to the team’s collective success.
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented.
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity.
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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.
To be considered, please apply by April 30.