Tennessee P-12 Policy Analyst


The Education Trust, one of the nation’s premier education advocacy organizations working to improve educational opportunity and raise achievement for the most vulnerable students including low-income students and students of color, seeks a P-12 Policy Analyst to support the work of the state office in Tennessee. Reporting to the State Director in Tennessee, the Policy Analyst will support ambitious, innovative efforts to advance our equity agenda, and will draw lessons from the best available data, research, and practical experiences to inform and advance the organization’s policy agenda. The Education Trust in Tennessee pursues substantive improvements in education, and promotes high academic achievement for students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. This position is based in Nashville, Tennessee and although it may begin as a virtual position, it will not remain that way over the long term.

About the Organization

The Education Trust in Tennessee is a State office of the national Education Trust, which is headquartered in Washington D.C., and includes additional offices in California, Michigan and New York. Founded in 1996, the Education Trust is widely recognized as an unrivaled source of effective advocacy, expert analysis and testimony, concise written and spoken presentations, research, and technical assistance to districts, colleges, and community-based organizations. Through both research and advocacy, our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people across the state—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. We work alongside students, parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders to transform schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well.

Major Responsibilities

The Policy Analyst responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret education data related to student achievement, attainment, and opportunities to learn in Tennessee;
  • Support the Tennessee team in researching, analyzing, and developing new proposals on key P-12 education topics;
  • Prepare data and policy analyses for internal and external use;
  • Prepare data or materials for State Director for presentations;
  • Assist with the development, writing and strategic dissemination of reports, briefs, and other collateral materials including presentations to key audiences including advocacy partners and policymakers and web-based outreach to the public in order to advance our policy positions and influence legislation;
  • Work collaboratively with the national and Tennessee office to monitor federal, state, and local P-12 policy activities and quickly respond to pressing legislative and regulatory proposals, inquiries from allies and other rapid response opportunities to make the organization’s case, including in the media;
  • Respond to time-sensitive education policy data inquiries from staff, media, advocacy partners, legislators, and the public at-large;
  • Support other staff at The Education Trust in finding data, creating presentations, identifying successful schools, and creating publications for public distribution.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in a role addressing P-12 education issues; Master’s degree or equivalent in public policy, education policy, or related field;
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, and communications skills, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate the results of quantitative and policy analyses in easily understandable terms to diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development on education issues with a keen emphasis on equity and closing gaps in opportunity and outcomes;
  • Understanding of federal, state and local policy contexts that affect education for students in Tennessee, and thoughts about how to improve these policies through appropriate policy levers;
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts);
  • Demonstrated ability designing, communicating, and advocating for policy positions;
  • Extensive experience using Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in collecting and evaluating education data to support policy advocacy, often in time sensitive situations;
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment;
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressure.

Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them;
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Healthy respect for colleagues and ability to work collaboratively with others within the team and across the organization;
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and results-oriented;
  • Desire to be part of an intellectually rich and action-oriented work environment;
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity


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.

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Please provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are fine) to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter, resume and writing sample 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.