The Education Trust seeks a Higher Education Policy Analyst and/or Senior Policy Analyst(s) to support an ambitious, innovative effort to advance the equity agenda in federal, state, and institutional policies. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Higher Education Policy or the Senior Director of Higher Education Policy, this position will analyze federal and state policy, work on issues like college affordability and student success, and support efforts to communicate policy recommendations through various channels. The analyst will work closely with the Higher Education Research and Practice teams, the P-12 Policy and Practice division, and the Government Affairs and Communications division. An Analyst will support an area of work, while a Senior Analyst would be expected to manage and lead an area of work.
The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college; increase college access and completion, particularly for historically underserved students; engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity; and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.
Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assist in working with key stakeholders, including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers, and advocates to identify policy opportunities and develop, refine, and advance our policy priorities;
- Provide contextual information on higher education policy in one state compared to others, and identify best practices to advance equity to support the team as they engage and convene key partners and stakeholders to help build their expertise and capacity on higher education policy and key equity issues;
- Provide thought partnership and support on research and analysis of bill proposals and policies that align with Ed Trust policy priorities and assist in the development of new ideas and policy proposals that advance equity on key higher education topics;
- Contribute to reports, briefs, blogs, and other resources on key topics in the higher education policy space that advance our policy positions and influence legislation. A senior analyst would serve as the lead author;
- Monitor and respond to federal, state, and local policy activities related to higher education;
- Actively participate in relevant cross-organizational committees (e.g. policy development, communications) to engage critical partners and to develop and advance policy;
- Provide feedback on policy proposals on key higher education topics (especially college affordability and/or student success);
- Continually track, organize, and report concisely on information relevant to higher education policy priorities from a variety of sources, including pending legislation, media reports, reports from think tanks, academic research literature, and other advocacy organizations;
- Assist with the development and strategic dissemination of reports, briefs, and other collateral materials including occasional press outreach and interviews, presentations to key audiences including advocacy partners and policymakers and web-based outreach to the public; and
- Respond to time-sensitive higher education policy data inquiries from staff, media, advocacy partners, legislators, and the public at-large.
We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
- Policy Analyst: At least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience supporting higher education issues, or a graduate degree in policy, education, or a related field;
- Senior Policy Analyst: At least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five to seven years of related work experience; or an advanced degree in an education or policy related field with three to five years related work experience;
- Experience working with equity advocates and partners;
- A comprehensive understanding of higher education research, and the ability to understand and apply relevant qualitative and quantitative higher education data;
- Demonstrated interest in policy development on higher education issues with a keen emphasis on equity and closing gaps in opportunity and outcomes;
- Understanding of federal and state policy contexts that affect higher education;
- Excellent analytic and communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts);
- Ability to travel 10-20% of the time.
- Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them;
- Self-starter mentality and the ability to work both independently and in highly collaborative environments;
- A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
- Healthy respect for colleagues and a deep appreciation for diversity and differences in the workplace;
- Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and results-oriented;
- Desire to be part of an intellectually rich and action-oriented work environment;
- Strong sense of honor and integrity;
- A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor; and
- Mature interpersonal and communication skills.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.