The Education Trust’s Massachusetts team seeks a full-time State Policy Associate. Reporting to the State Director for Massachusetts, the State Policy Associate will conduct policy and data analyses to inform the organization’s advocacy agenda and support the work of the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership.
The Education Trust, founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing opportunity gaps by expanding excellence and equity in education for students of color, students from immigrant families, students with disabilities, justice-impacted students, and those from low-income families from early childhood through college. Through research and advocacy, the organization builds and engages diverse communities that care about education equity, increases political and public will to act on equity issues, and advances strategies that increase college access and completion for historically underserved students.
The agency to demand and secure equity-advancing policy and practice change lie with the communities most impacted by educational inequities, including members of the business, civil rights, social justice, disability rights, immigrant rights, and education reform communities, as well as equity-minded educators and parent leaders. With the long-term goal of building a national movement for equity in education under the leadership of former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Ed Trust engages diverse coalitions representing these communities and supports them to demand and secure equity-advancing policy change.
Based in Boston, our Massachusetts team serves as convener for the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership (MEEP), described in more detail below.
The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership (MEEP) is a collective effort of more than 40 social justice, civil rights and education advocacy groups from across the Commonwealth working together to promote educational equity for historically underserved students in our state’s schools.
The Partnership seeks to:
- Draw attention to educational inequities in Massachusetts;
- Advocate for policies and practices that improve opportunity and outcomes for students of color, linguistically diverse students, students from economically disadvantaged families, and students with disabilities; and
- Work alongside students, families, and communities to build urgency and collective will for educational equity and justice.
The State Policy Associate, Massachusetts will report to the State Director and support development and implementation of Ed Trust’s and MEEP’s advocacy agenda. Major responsibilities include:
- Conduct policy and data analyses to support development and advancement of policy recommendations on issues related to educational opportunity and outcomes in Massachusetts;
- Draft variety of Ed Trust and MEEP communications, such as issue briefs, factsheets, presentation slides and letters to legislators.
- Support planning and implementation of other organizational and collective advocacy actions, such as events, meetings with legislators, webinars, etc.
- Help develop and maintain systems of operation and engagement for the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership, such as compiling weekly newsletters, managing meeting bi-monthly meeting logistics and follow-up, helping plan and facilitate social events and conducting periodic surveys/meetings with partners to gather feedback.
- Help build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, education leaders and legislators, funders and the media.
- Deliver presentations on issues pertaining to Ed Trust’s and MEEP’s education advocacy agenda to a wide range of stakeholders, including advocates, educators, and policymakers.
We are looking for the right combination of the following qualifications and experience:
- At least a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience in a role addressing K-12 or higher education policy, or a graduate degree in a related field such as policy or education.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex messages and data analysis results to a wide range of audiences;
- Demonstrated interest in policy development on education issues with a keen emphasis on equity and eliminating disparities in opportunity and outcomes;
- Data analysis experience and facility with Microsoft Excel and SAS/STATA/SPSS or other statistical software preferred;
- A strong collaborator with demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives who enjoys working regularly and deeply across teams, both internally and externally, demonstrates flexibility and engenders trust;
- Strong organizational, project management and multitasking skills; comfort working in a fast-paced environment with shifting timelines, priorities, and contexts; exceptional follow-through and attention to detail;
- Knowledge of the Massachusetts political; education; and policy landscape a plus
- Commitment to and sense of urgency around advancing equity for students of color, economically disadvantaged students, English learners and students with disabilities
- A demonstrated commitment to excellence.
- A team player dedicated to the team’s collective success.
- Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented.
- Strong sense of honor and integrity.
- A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.
The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.