Associate, National & State Partnerships

About the Organization and the Opportunity

Ed Trust seeks an Associate, National and State Partnerships 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 families.

The Associate supports the team in building partnerships and activating Ed Trust’s priority policy issues with advocates and coalitions. This position coordinates outreach planning and execution, including drafting memos and newsletters, and supports the team logistics in engagements with coalitions and advocates to advance Ed Trust’s policy priorities and advocacy agenda. The Associate also collaborates deeply with other teams across Ed Trust to execute our work.

The Education Trust (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.

This role, available immediately, is based in our Washington, DC office and is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. This role may be expected to travel up to 40 percent. The Associate, National and State Partnerships reports to the Assistant Director of National & State Partnerships.

About the Associate Role

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

  • Develop plans for collateral releases, including compiling relevant stakeholders, synthesizing information into messaging, planning activities that uplift collateral, and monitoring and tracking outcomes and impact
  • Support the team’s strategy by coordinating meetings, tracking and managing project tasks , and ensuring that projects are moving forward according to established schedules and timelines
  • Draft and coordinate the release of the weekly newsletter
  • Support team members in building relationships by participating in coalitions with diverse stakeholders, including members from the business and civil rights communities, education equity organizations, policymakers, state-based and grassroots organizations and educators
  • Support advocate learning experiences (e.g., Ed Trust’s semi-annual bootcamp and frequent webinars and presentations) by prepping materials and ensuring logistics are in place
  • Coordinate and track outreach efforts for a portfolio of education issue areas (e.g., teacher diversity and early childhood education), and track the success of such efforts
  • Stay current and knowledgeable on organizational priorities and recent research from Ed Trust and our partners

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity with a focus on race equity
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong relationship-building skills; Highly collaborative with both internal and external partners
  • Creative problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to adapt and exercise sound judgment
  • Familiarity with advocacy strategies and/or processes

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of education policy and advocacy, preferably on topics related to equity

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for this position starts at $ 65,000 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 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% matching 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.