Government Affairs Associate

The Education Trust, one of one of the nation’s premier advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunities for low-income students and students of color, seeks a Government Affairs Associate.

Reporting to the Director of Government Affairs, the Government Affairs Associate will be a member of The Education Trust’s Partnerships and Engagement Team. In that role, the Associate will be responsible for helping the Director of Government Affairs and other members of the Partnerships and Engagement Team develop and execute effective legislative strategies to advance Ed Trust priorities.

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

Assist the Director of Government Affairs in the execution of effective legislative and regulatory strategies to advance P-12 and higher education priorities

  • Track, analyze, and communicate relevant legislative and regulatory activity
  • Collaborate with the Director of Government Affairs, and Ed Trust’s P-12 and higher education policy teams, to develop appropriate responses to legislative and regulatory proposals, and, working with the Communications team, produce collateral materials for a variety of audiences
  • Represent The Education Trust’s positions on Capitol Hill, with the administration, and in other professional venues
  • Coordinate and advance legislative and regulatory work with partner organizations
  • Support state and local equity advocates with whom The Education Trust is partnered
  • Support and collaborate with colleagues at The Education Trust-West, The Education Trust-Midwest, The Education Trust-New York, The Education Trust-Southeast, as well as Partnerships and Engagement Team members who are working on Ed Trust priorities in other states

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 4 years of experience in policy advocacy and a demonstrated track record of advocating for opportunity and achievement for low-income students and students of color
  • At least 2 years of experience developing and implementing legislative and regulatory strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective relationships with policymakers and their staff, particularly in the in the education policy and advocacy space, and to leverage those relationships to achieve policy priorities
  • Significant experience working in partnership with diverse organizations, including business, civil rights, and education organizations, to accomplish shared policy objectives
  • Demonstrated success in communicating to a range of audiences, including policymakers, the media, advocates, and funding partners
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to write about complex policy content and generate advocacy-relevant materials and collateral clearly, concisely, quickly, and accurately
  • Experience working collaboratively across departments within an organization


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.