Associate, Educator Engagement

Associate, Educator Engagement 

Oakland, CA 


The Education Trust–West seeks an Associate, Educator Engagement to join a staff committed to fulfilling our mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.  

The Associate, Educator Engagement supports Ed Trust-West’s work to change practice by building relationships with educators and education administrators through contract work with school districts and county offices of education and support in preparation and facilitation of Educator Advisory Council meetings. This role supports each phase of the Systemic Equity Review process, which may include survey preparation, data collection/review, and report drafting. The Educator Engagement Associate also supports Ed Trust–West’s research and policy priorities through the review of materials and implementation of projects and supports the dissemination of Ed Trust–West’s reports and other collateral. 

The Education Trust–West is the California-based office of Education Trust headquartered in Washington D.C. Ed Trust is committed to advancing policies and practices to dismantle the racial and economic barriers embedded in the U.S. education system. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust improves equity in education from preschool through college, engages diverse communities dedicated to equity and justice, and increases the political and public will to build an education system where all students will thrive.    

This role, available immediately, is based in our Oakland office and is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. The Associate, Educator Engagement reports to the Director of Educator Engagement and may supervise interns, fellows, or consultants. 


The responsibilities and objectives for the role include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Play a supporting role in working directly with educators and school systems to: 
    • Collect and/or analyze quantitative and qualitative data, primarily from surveys, focus groups, and/or listening sessions with educators 
    • Create data presentations and written reports 
    • Plan and facilitate meetings with district stakeholders 
    • Collaborate to complete deliverables on time 
  • Contribute to Ed Trust–West’s P-16 research and policy agenda, with an eye toward responsiveness of the needs of the field and “usability” for educators, including: 
    • Drafting or assisting in drafting press statements, one-pagers, policy briefs, blogs, regulatory comments, talking points, outreach emails, external presentations, and other useful collateral 
    • Staying abreast of current research, trends in the field, and educator perspectives 
    • Coordinating work related to a policy pillar 
    • Building partnerships with other advocates and leaders in the field 
  • Support the planning and leadership of focus groups and listening sessions with educators 


  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity 
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment  
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” which means operating with – and a willingness to develop – cultural competence, has an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems 
  • Proficiency with qualitative data analysis with software such as Dedoose, and quantitative data analysis using Excel, R, SQL, etc. 
  • Excellent project management skills 
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written 
  • Strong relationship-building and collaboration skills 
  • Creative problem-solving and analytical skills 
  • Ability to adapt and exercise sound judgment  
  • Intellectual strength and curiosity 


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience: 

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in education, public policy/administration, or a related field OR equivalent experience 
  • Research experience with mixed methods projects preferred 
  • Prior experience with educational settings preferred 
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in education policy and/or advocacy 


This position falls in Level B of our salary structure for our California office. Although the full salary range for the position is $62,900 – $94,340, we expect the hiring salary range for this position to be between $62,900 and $70,758, based on skills, experience, and internal equity. Note: New hires rarely, if ever, are offered at the top of the full salary range to allow for salary growth over time in the role.     

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 spouses, domestic partners, and 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% contribution opportunity on a 403(b)-retirement plan. 


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.  


Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g., “Assoc, Educator Engagement_Robinson.”    

We invite you to consider your cover letter as an opportunity to:    

  • Tell a story that illuminates your interest in education equity and Ed Trust–West’s mission    
  • Share how your background and experience make you the right fit for this position  

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( by the deadline of October 8, 2023. Applications will be accepted/reviewed until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.    

The Education Trustis an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.