Assistant Director, P-12 Policy

Based in Washington, D.C., the Assistant Director for P-12 Policy will report to the Director of P-12 Policy and serve as a member of the P-12 Policy team.

The Assistant Director for P-12 Policy will have the exciting opportunity to support the Director in setting the direction and vision for the P12 Policy team’s work; developing and managing projects across issues areas; supervising and developing members of the P12 policy team; and building relationships within the organization and with external partners, including funders, to advance national efforts to eliminate disparities in opportunity to learn and improve student outcomes. Come flex your education policy expertise and your leadership skills to advance equity for students!

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 Assistant Director for P12 Policy will be responsible for:

  • Project Management and Fiscal Responsibilities: Help to set the direction and vision for the work in the short- and long-term; develop and manage multiple complex projects across PK-12 issue areas; work with the VP and the development team to secure grants and contracts to support department projects; and manage grants to ensure deliverables are met and budgets are spent responsibly
  • Team Management: Support the Director in developing and managing the team’s annual work plan; ensure short and long-term projects (including requests for data and policy support from staff and external audiences) are executed on deadline; ensure departmental processes and policies are in place to facilitate effective and equitable working conditions; recruit, hire, and supervise policy team members; support the professional growth and learning of team members by providing high-quality coaching and feedback as well as policy content expertise
  • Content Knowledge, Analysis, and Development of Policy Recommendations: Provide content expertise and support to team members in conducting data and/or policy analyses and developing recommendations for federal and state policy
  • Sharing Findings and Recommendations: Support or manage team members in developing materials (e.g., reports, briefs, PowerPoint presentations, etc.) to advance our policy agenda; represent Ed Trust publicly and delegate opportunities to appropriate team members
  • Relationships : Build and cultivate relationships with internal and external partners, including funders, to advance national efforts aimed at improving student outcomes and eliminating disparities in opportunity to learn

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • A commitment to expanding and improving educational opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color, and a belief that each student can achieve academically and deserve a high-quality education
  • A t least 7 years of relevant experience and a graduate degree in education, public policy, or a related field
  • Deep content knowledge of elementary/secondary education policy issues; experience in college and career readiness a plus
  • Demonstrated experience developing and analyzing education policies to advance equity; experience with state policy a plus
  • Effective project management skills to deliver complex work on time and on budget
  • Demonstrated ability to supervis e and support direct reports and create effective and equitable working conditions


The annual salary for this position starts at $92k 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.


We operate in a hybrid environment, working two days per week from our Washington, DC offices, and three days per week remotely.

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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.

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 will be reviewed by Human Resources.

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