Engagement Manager – Texas

The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunity and close opportunity gaps for low-income students and students of color, seeks an Engagement Manager for its State office in Texas.

The Engagement Manager will lead The Education Trust’s development of regional partnerships and coalition-building efforts to advance educational equity and close opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income students and students of color, in Texas. The Engagement Manager will prioritize the Houston area.

This is a full-time position preferably 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 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 advocacy activities and execution of policy goals with regional and statewide partners;
  • Develop and implement strategy to launch, manage, and grow a regional coalition of advocacy partners in the Houston area;
  • Develop a network of advocates and campaign to advance teacher quality and diversity with partners across the Houston area, prioritizing networks of aspiring and current educators of color;
  • Develop, build, and enhance a broad range of relationships with regional stakeholders, including existing coalitions, district-level decision makers, partner 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 other 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
  • 3+ 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 and teacher preparation/certification policy, including current local, state, and national agendas and trends
  • Strong understanding of Houston-area context and education landscape with existing local relationships preferred
  • Strong networking, organizational, and facilitation skills
  • A mix of strong relationship-building, oral and written communication skills

You are:

  • A self-starter
  • A relationship-builder who works well with a wide range of people
  • A 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.


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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.