State Director, Louisiana

The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunity and raise achievement for low-income students and students of color, seeks a Louisiana State Director.

About The Education Trust

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. For additional information on The Education Trust, please visit

Major Responsibilities

Management Structure

  • Lead the identification, development and execution of strategic policy goals to advance Ed Trust’s impact in the state with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Recruit, develop, and manage a high impact Louisiana-based team in a supportive and healthy work environment.
  • Direct the management of a high impact team to support Ed Trust’s agenda in Louisiana who can:
    • establish and advance a regional strategy for achieving educational equity;
    • support advocacy partners and stakeholders in elevating statewide policy positions consistent with Ed Trust research and policy agendas; and,
    • generate visibility for such priorities through convenings and multiple communications efforts.

Coalition Cultivation and Expansion

  • Cultivate and expand membership in a diverse partnership of Louisiana advocacy organizations and stakeholders working to increase educational opportunity and achievement among historically underserved students.
  • Regularly convene and facilitate partners to identify shared priorities and plan for action to advance those priorities based on local opportunity and context, and reflect key equity-advancing issues such as:
    • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation, evidence-based school improvement, resource equity, teacher diversity and quality, high-quality early childhood education, access to and success in rigorous coursework, effective, equitable discipline and student supports, and successful transitions from PreK-12 to college and careers;
    • Access, quality, accountability, and completion in areas related to college and career readiness.
    • Access to effective and diverse educator workforce.
  • Ensure participation of advocacy organizations and education stakeholders in Ed Trust-led multi-state network coalitions, such as in-person meetings and webinars.
  • Support advocacy organizations and education stakeholders in taking concrete, strategic advocacy actions (e.g., providing testimony, meeting with state policymakers, designing and executing communications campaigns, stakeholder mobilizations; leadership development, etc.) to advance policy priorities.

Policy Agenda

  • Lead the identification and development of an equity-based PreK-12 and higher education policy agenda with partners that reflects the needs of students of color and students from low-income families in the state.
  • Oversee the development and dissemination of policy content that is aligned with the Education Trust values and reflects the needs of students of color and students from low-income families in the state.


  • Identify funding opportunities with Chief Development Officer and cultivate in-state funding relationships to secure a sustainable funding stream for ET’s presence in Louisiana that supports the work of the partner-driven policy agenda.
  • Initiate and respond to grant opportunities that will support ET’s agenda in Louisiana.
  • Manage and report activities and deliverables based on grant deadlines and agreements.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 3 years of experience and a demonstrated track record of advocating for opportunity and achievement for low-income students and students of color;
  • At least 7 years of experience executing fundraising strategy with strong results that lead to program sustainability
  • At least 7 years of management experience which includes:
    • Cultivating a strong sense of organizational culture that centers diversity and equity and is consistent with our mission and values
    • Leading a team to successful organizational outcomes
    • Overseeing performance evaluations and professional development that encourages goal setting and values employee participation
    • Creating and managing large project budgets
    • Identifying and responding to grant opportunities

Masters, PhD, or other advanced degree & 7+ years of relevant work experience OR Bachelors & 10 years of relevant work experience + leadership certification OR 10+ years of relevant work experience + leadership certification.

  • Strong relationships with leaders in Louisiana and New Orleans advocacy, education, and policy worlds, and the ability to leverage those relationships for action.
  • Significant experience working in coalition, or strong working relationships with a cross- section of civil rights, education, and business groups, including playing a leading role, as well as leading from behind.
  • Demonstrated success in communicating to a range of audiences, including policymakers, media, advocates, educators, families, community members, and business leaders.
  • Demonstrated success working with the local media in a manner that will advance Ed Trust research and policy agenda.
  • Demonstrated success designing and executing advocacy campaigns.
  • Knowledge working with online project management and customer relationships management tools (i.e., Asana, Salesforce, EveryAction).


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

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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.