The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunity and raise achievement for low-income students and students of color, seeks a Director to leadthe Resource Equity department of the organization’s division of P-12 Program and Policy. Resource Equity is the newest department of the P-12 division; as such, the Director will play a substantial role in shaping the work. The Resource Equity team works to catalyze change in policy and practice that will enhance equity in access to critical educational resources — people, time, and money — for students of color and students from low income families. We consider resources to span from high quality early childhood educational opportunities to school funding to strong and diverse teachers to academic rigor, and beyond. The team provides this expertise in the service of coalition based advocacy and movement building, all of which is intended to drive equity in educational opportunities.
Reporting to the Vice President for the P-12 division, the Director will develop and implement the organization’s resource equity agenda, and will manage a team of two to four analysts or senior analysts.
The Education Trust is a nonprofit organization that promotes closing opportunity gaps by expanding excellence and equity in education for students of color and those from low-income families, pre-K through college. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust builds and engages diverse communities that care about education equity, increases political and public will to act on equity issues, and increases college access and completion for historically underserved students.
The Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
- Lead development and implementation Ed Trust’s Resource Equity agenda, including but not limited to development of policy recommendations, research projects, and strategic partnerships with external organizations
- Manage Resource Equity team by providing content expertise, project management, and professional development and growth opportunities
- Write reports, briefs, and op-eds to communicate Ed Trust’s Resource Equity agenda to a broad range of audiences
- Join leadership team of P-12 Division in guiding work–planning, fundraising, and team management
- Working with the Director of Development, cultivate relationships with existing and prospective funders, seek new funding, and manage existing grants
- Working with Ed Trust’s division of Partnerships and Engagement, actively support state-based equity advocates, by, for example, providing state specific data and policy analysis, testifying in legislative sessions, providing advice on draft legislation, and presenting to advocates on opportunities to enhance resource equity in their state or community
- Represent The Education Trust with various audiences, including policymakers, journalists, educators, and advocates
We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
- At least 6 to 9 years of relevant experience (in professional and/or advanced educational environments)
- Deep understanding of federal and state and/or local policies and practices that affect access to critical educational resources for students from low-income families and students of color, and a vision for improving these policies and practices
- Experience in school finance is preferred but not required if the candidate has expertise in policy and practice impacting other critical education resources (e.g. access to excellent teaching, academic rigor, etc.)
- Strong relationships with leaders in the resource equity field, or the proven ability to develop those relationships quickly
- Demonstrated success communicating effectively with general audiences — in a variety of written and oral formats and contexts — about complex policy and practice issues
- Excellent analytic skills and experience either using data directly to support policy development or managing analytic work of others to support policy development
- Possession of an advanced degree (e.g., doctorate, master’s, JD, or equivalent) in public policy, education, psychology, sociology, law, or related field
- Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income children and children of color, and an unwavering belief that these children could be much more successful if institutions better served them
- Self-starter mentality
- Creative thinker and leader
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence
- Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented
- Healthy respect for colleagues
- Strong sense of honor and integrity
- A warm, personable style with a good sense of humor
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.
The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.