Policy Analyst, P-12 Educator Diversity

About the Organization and the Opportunity

Ed Trust seeks a Policy Analyst for P-12 Educator Diversity to join a passionate staff who are committed to fulfilling our mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

The Analyst will support Ed Trust’s research and analysis of state, federal, and local policies aimed at increasing the diversity of the educator workforce and ensuring that students have equitable access to high-quality educators. This position monitors and responds to federal, state, and local education policy activities and actively builds partnerships and engagements with policymakers, coalition partners, and researchers to support bill proposals and policy priorities in alignment with Ed Trust’s issue areas. The role also collaborates to develop and disseminate reports, briefs, or other materials advancing our policy priorities.

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.

This role, available immediately, is based in our Washington, D.C office and is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. The Policy Analyst reports to the Assistant Director of Policy and will serve as a member of the Ed Trust National P-12 Policy team.

About the Analyst Role

The responsibilities and objectives for this role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct research and data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative), bill or policy analysis, and literature reviews related to Education, remedying disparities in opportunity to learn, and improving student outcomes
  • Execute projects that identify and/or elevate promising policies to advance educational equity
  • Share and elevate findings publicly with various audiences–including the media, advocates, and policymakers — that inform and align with Ed Trust’s policy priorities of eliminating educational disparities and enhancing student outcomes
  • Build and cultivate external partnerships with policymakers, researchers and advocates to advance and refine policy priorities
  • Produce reports, briefs, blogs, and other resources to further inform policymakers, educators, journalists, and other public audiences of Ed Trust’s agenda
  • Collaborate internally across Ed Trust to support fundraising and grants management, strategic communications, as well as offering any relevant assistance to other teams

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity, with a focus on race equity
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment
  • Strong project management (including time management) skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in addition to presentation skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office ( e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Teamwork skills and an eagerness for collaboration
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Willingness to receive and act upon, as well as provide, constructive feedback
  • Continuous learner

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will pos sess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, or a related field; Master’s preferred
  • Some experience in P-12 education, such as classroom teaching experience and/or work in education policy
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis preferred
  • Familiarity with state legislative policy and/or advocacy systems preferred

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for this position starts at $65,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The Education Trust prioritizes the health and well-being of its employees and, to that end, offers a highly competitive benefits package. Medical, dental and vision insurance are covered at 100% for the employee, with significant coverage also offered for dependents. We provide sick leave, vacation leave, and personal leave, and we follow the federal government for most holiday closures. To ensure staff have synchronous opportunities for rest and renewal, the office is closed for a week-long summer break and a week-long winter break. Among other offerings, we provide an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the employee, and a generous 7% matching opportunity on a 403(b)-retirement plan.

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

Vaccination for COVID-19: At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and new hires should be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources.