The Education Trust (Ed Trust) is looking for a full-time (40 hours per week) consultant to work for a period of at least one year, with the potential of an extension, and who knows the key stakeholders and actors in the education policy and advocacy spaces in Washington state, to help expand the scope and impact of our partnership and engagement work within the state. The consultant will serve as a strategic advisor to Ed Trust on the broadening of strategy, actions, and operation in Washington state, including:
- Identify key policy initiatives and advocacy opportunities in the state that align with Ed Trust national and state priorities.
- Provide strategic leadership to galvanize Washington state partners on the formation of a formal alliance focused on education equity issues.
- Support efforts to grow alliance membership, including reaching out to potential new members.
- Attend and actively participate in meetings and convenings with partners to represent Ed Trust.
- Communicate with alliances outside of meetings as needed.
- Provide ideas for, review of, and feedback on
- agendas for meetings with partners
- communications with partners in the alliance
- alliance action plans
- Provide the lead Senior Associate with as‐needed thought partnership and strategic guidance on coalition dynamics, strategies, and activities.
In collaboration with Ed Trust staff, the consultant will help develop and execute a plan to grow staff’s knowledge of Washington politics and build relationships with key policy and political actors, including but not limited to:
- Educate staff on the key actors in the state, including their roles, background, orientations, relationships, and motivations.
- Plan and execute relationship‐building meetings.
- Provide ideas for, and support in communicating with, policymakers about coalition activities and goals.
- Provide timely information on relevant policy/political developments.
- Provide thought partnership on funder relationships.
- Provide strategic guidance on opportunities, risks, and ways of navigating Washington politics to accomplish coalition goals.
Qualifications and Experience:
We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
- A graduate degree in policy, education, or a related field, or commensurate experience, with at least five to seven years of experience in the Washington education system;
- Established relationships with equity advocates and partners, particularly in Washington state;
- A comprehensive understanding of education equity research, and the ability to understand and apply relevant qualitative and quantitative education equity data;
- Demonstrated interest in policy development on education equity issues with a keen emphasis on equity and closing gaps in opportunity and outcomes;
- Understanding of federal and state policy contexts that affect education equity;
- Excellent analytic and communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts);
- Ability to travel 10-20% of the time.
The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.