Higher Education Policy Analyst


The Education Trust seeks a Higher Education Policy Analyst (s) to work closely with the Director of Higher Education Policy.

Reporting to the Director of Higher Education Policy, the analyst will support an ambitious effort to advance the equity agenda in federal, state, and institutional policies. Core responsibilities include federal and state policy analysis, working with partners and experts on issues like college affordability and student success, and communicating policy recommendations through various channels. To this end, the analyst will work closely with the higher education research and practice teams, the P-12 policy and practice division, and the Partnership and Engagement division.

About the Organization

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 completely, 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

The Policy Analyst responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist with working with key stakeholders, including policymakers, coalition partners, researchers, and advocates to identify policy opportunities and develop, refine, and advance our policy priorities
  • 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
  • Support the policy team in researching, analyzing, and developing new proposals 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
  • Assist with monitoring and responding to federal, state, and local policy activities related to higher education, including serving as a media spokesperson on those issues
  • 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 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 and legislators.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience in a role addressing higher education issues for the policy analyst position or a graduate degree in a related field such as policy or education
  • Experience working with equity advocates and partners
  • A comprehensive understanding of higher education research, and 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, and thoughts about how to improve these policies through appropriate policy levers
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts)
  • Demonstrated ability designing, communicating, and advocating for policy positions
  • 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
  • Ability to travel 10% to 20% of the time


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

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The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.