Associate, Higher Ed Justice Initiatives

About the Organization and the Opportunity

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) seeks an Associate to join a passionate staff who are committed to fulfilling our mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.

The Associate supports the Manager in running the Ed Trust Justice Fellows Policy Program (JFPP), a diverse cohort of formerly incarcerated people who use their lived experience in the justice system and desire to reform the criminal legal system to inform, review, and amplify Ed Trust policy recommendations for justice-impacted students. The Associate will spend about 65% of their time focused on logistical support for meetings, events, and program management, and about 35% of their time supporting policy research and development.

Ed Trust is committed to advancing policies and practices to dismantle the racial and economic barriers embedded in the U.S. education system. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust improves equity in education from preschool through college, engages diverse communities dedicated to equity and justice, and increases political and public will to build an education system where all students will thrive.

This role, available immediately, is based in our Washington, DC office and is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. The Associate reports to the Manager of Higher Ed Justice Initiatives.

About the Associate Role

The responsibilities and objectives for the role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support logistics for the recruitment, selection, and management of the Justice Fellows
  • Plan and execute logistics for Fellows’ trainings, individual check ins, travel, and other meetings as necessary
  • Arrange and coordinate travel (including itineraries, logistical details, transportation, and lodging)
  • Use project management software to track, organize, and execute tasks
  • Coordinate external engagement opportunities for Fellows at coalitions, conferences, associations, state agencies, and the media
  • Support the policy team in researching, analyzing, and developing new proposals on key higher education topics
  • Contribute to a series of policy briefs, blogs, fact sheets, and other resources based on analyses of policy scans and advocacy efforts

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity with a focus on racial equity
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment
  • Excellent project management skills, including time management
  • Demonstrated commitment to centering racial equity in research, policy, and practice;
  • Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively both individually and as part of a team;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking & facilitation
  • Demonstrated interest in policy development on higher education issues, higher education in prison, and the obstacles facing formerly incarcerated individuals
  • Strong relationship-building and collaboration skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • High emotional intelligence and professional maturity
  • Demonstrated administrative skills

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • High School Diploma or GED required; A bachelor’s degree preferred
  • At least some experience with administrative support

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for this position starts at $56,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The Education Trust prioritizes the health and well-being of its employees and, to that end, offers a highly competitive benefits package. Medical, dental and vision insurance are covered at 100% for the employee, with significant coverage also offered for spouses, domestic partners, and dependents. We provide sick leave, vacation leave, and personal leave, and we follow the federal government for most holiday closures. To ensure staff have synchronous opportunities for rest and renewal, the office is closed for a week-long summer break and a week-long winter break. Among other offerings, we provide an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the employee, and a generous 7% contribution opportunity on a 403(b)-retirement plan.

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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.