Senior Policy Analyst, Texas Higher Education

About the Organization and the Opportunity

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to join a passionate staff in our Texas office who are committed to fulfilling our mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

The Senior Policy Analyst will focus on higher education policies and practices in the state of Texas and lead a research project designed to evaluate how equitably federal emergency aid funds were allocated to students and how effectively they supported students’ ability to continue and complete their degree. The Senior Analyst serves as a primary content expert on Higher Education policies in the state of Texas, contributing to the development of policy recommendations at the local, state, and federal levels to advance educational equity. This role conducts quantitative and qualitative research and analyses as well as literature or legislative reviews in order to produce reports, briefs, blogs, and other resources to inform and advance Ed Trust’s policy positions and influence legislation.

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.

The Education Trust in Texas advocates for equitable education for historically underserved students across the state. We believe in centering the voices of Texas students and families as we work alongside them for the future they deserve. Learn more about our state office at www.edtrust.org/texas/ .

This role, available immediately, is eligible for telework anywhere in Texas, with occasional travel to Austin, other regions across the state, and our national office in Washington, D.C. as needed. The Senior Policy Analyst reports to the Texas State Director and will serve as a member of the Texas team.

About the Policy 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 higher education, remedying disparities in opportunity to learn, and improving student outcomes
  • Manage and 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 to maintaining an equitable working environment
  • Strong project management (including time management) skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in addition to presentation skills
  • Teamwork skills and an eagerness for collaboration
  • Problem-solving ability with attention to detail and follow-through
  • 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
  • At least 4 years of related experience in research, policy, or higher education
  • Familiarity with higher education institutions, procedures, and policies as well as knowledge of the legislative process; Texas contexts preferred
  • Demonstrated experience developing and advancing policy recommendations based in data and research

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for this position starts at $78,000 and will be commensurate with education and 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.

Location: Anywhere in Texas. This employee will be 100% remote/telework, per our telework policy, but the incumbent must be in Texas.

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Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position.

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 are required to be fully vaccinated and remain up to date on their vaccinations for COVID-19. New hires should be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources.