P-12 Education Policy Fellow in Tennessee

The Education Trust in Tennessee seeks a P-12 education policy fellow who believes that all students can achieve at high levels, and data and research-driven policy are critical to support students, families, and other stakeholders. The fellow will support an ambitious, innovative equity agenda and immerse themselves in Tennessee’s education policy and advocacy landscape. Fellows are integral team members with staff’s trust to support projects that increase their professional skills and experiences.

This position is for a maximum of 20 hours per week from January 5, 2022, through May 31, 2022. Based in Tennessee, the fellow will report to the P-12 Policy Analyst and serve as a member of the policy and research team.

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

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting local, state and national P-12 education data to support policy, research, and advocacy efforts in an accessible format
  • Utilizing data, research, and reports to produce written products (e.g., fact sheets, policy memos, blog posts, and presentations) that support our research and policy agenda
  • Conducting research support for inquiries from to a variety of internal and external stakeholders

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have and demonstrate:

  • Experience with quantitative data analysis, data collection, and data management
  • Experience or strong understanding of school funding
  • Experience or strong understanding of federal, state, and local policy contexts and levers that affect the Tennessee education landscape
  • Desire to work in a social justice-minded organization with a strong interest in advocacy, organizing, and education policy
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • Organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet deadlines
  • Ability to think critically and work both independently and collaboratively with a focus on continually improving processes
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and advanced Excel is a plus
  • The fellow may be in the last year of pursuing their Bachelor’s degree, in a Master’s degree program, or recent graduate student focused on education policy, economics, public policy, or a related field.


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.