Assistant Director, Houston Region

The Assistant Director, Houston Region will lead The Education Trust’s development of capacity- and coalition-building efforts to advance educational equity and close opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color in the Houston, Texas region.

This is a full-time position based in Houston, with occasional travel to Dallas, other regions in Texas and our national office in Washington, D.C. as needed. This position reports to the Texas State Director.

The Education Trust in Texas advocates for equitable education for historically- underserved students across the state. We believe in centering the voices of Texas students and families as we work alongside them for the future they deserve. Learn more about our state office at www.edtrust.org/texas/.

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

  • Work collaboratively with Texas State Director and Ed Trust-National team to coordinate and manage advocacy activities and execution of policy goals with regional and statewide partners
  • Design, plan and implement strategy to launch, manage, and grow the capacity of a regional coalition of advocacy partners in the Houston area
  • Recruit and develop a network of partners across the Houston area and coordinate advocacy to advance shared policy priorities, potentially including early learning, social, emotional and academic development, teacher quality and diversity, and college and career readiness
  • Develop, build, and enhance a broad range of relationships with regional stakeholders, including existing coalitions, district-level decision makers, community-based organizations, state policymakers and their staff, policy analysts, and thought leaders
  • Develop and maintain systems to track, organize, and report concise information relevant to regional advocacy and policy priorities and keep Ed Trust leadership and staff informed
  • Represent Ed Trust in Texas at legislative and other hearings, meetings, and events
  • Present data and policy analyses, developed with Ed Trust-National and Ed Trust in Texas teams, to partners and other stakeholders to inform shared advocacy strategy and actions
  • Participate in an Ed Trust-led multi-state network of state equity coalitions, such as in-person meetings and webinars
  • Represent the regional coalition and its policy agenda with various audiences, including policymakers, journalists, educators, and advocates

Qualifications and Experience

You must have:

  • A passion for The Ed Trust’s mission, goals, priorities, and core values
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in public policy, education, or a related field with prior classroom teaching experience preferred
  • 7+ years of relevant professional work experience in organizing for justice and equity initiatives and/or within local or state policymaking bodies
  • Strong understanding of education policy, including current local, state, and national agendas and trends
  • Strong understanding of Houston-area context and regional education landscape with recent local experience and relationships preferred
  • Strong networking, organizational, and facilitation skills
  • A mix of strong relationship-building, oral and written communication skills
  • A demonstrated track record of leading collaborative advocacy efforts and/or supporting the advocacy capacity of directly-impacted communities

You are:

  • A self-starter
  • A relationship-builder who works well with a wide range of people
  • A pragmatic problem-solver who finds creative ways to get things done
  • Able to see the big picture and the end goal while also being able to develop, execute and adapt detail-oriented plans
  • A person with professional maturity, with the ability to handle a dynamic and changing agenda, adapt to a changing landscape, and where appropriate, operate effectively amid ambiguity.

Compensation

The annual salary for this position starts at $95,000 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.

Location: Houston, Texas (the employee will be 100% telework per the organization’s telework policy, but must be based in the Houston area).

This organization is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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 are required to be fully vaccinated and remain up to date on their vaccinations for COVID-19. New hires should be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons, or in accordance with applicable state or local laws, will be reviewed by Human Resources.

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.