Deputy Director, Chief of Staff

The Education Trust–West works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose educational injustices and inequities that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close equity gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies intended to reduce and eliminate racial equity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our K-12 education system and colleges and universities can better serve underserved students of color, English learners, and low-income students. To learn more, please visit


The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director, Chief of Staff will serve as a key leader for the organization. The Deputy Director, Chief of Staff will manage internal programing from conception to implementation through collaborative vision-setting processes, management of people and projects, and an eye towards continuous improvement and results. Externally, the Deputy Director will serve as an important representative of ETW in various settings.


Essential Functions

Organizational Strategy

  • Ensure racial justice is at the core of our advocacy, policy, and research work
  • Partner with the Executive Director to facilitate a vision-setting process with the leadership team and bring that vision to life through staff at all levels
  • Manage the strategic planning process and ensure the strategic plan is a living document
  • Develop systems and methods for measuring and regularly evaluating the organization’s impact and progress against goals
  • Work closely with the Executive Director to develop clear annual and quarterly priorities and ensure that the Executive Director’s time is put toward these priorities
  • Collaborate with Ed Trust staff in various locations to align on critical organizational outcomes, policies, and processes
  • Engage ETW advisors as thought partners and strategic allies


Partnerships and Engagement

  • Manage strategic projects that position the organization to continue and grow our leadership within the state around educational equity
  • Help plan Ed Trust–West convenings including direct actions, conferences, regional meetings, and stakeholder briefings
  • Spearhead statewide advocacy campaigns in key regions across California
  • Travel within California to represent Ed Trust–West in meetings and at events
  • Support, along with other staff, the organization’s fundraising efforts, including cultivating funder relationships and writing grant proposals and reports


People Development

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to foster a learning and growing culture, for individuals and the organization, by overseeing staff professional development
  • Ensure intersectional equity is at the core of our staff leadership and development practices
  • Coach managers to grow in order to best support staff
  • Support organizational growth through internal pipeline development and external recruitment


Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of experience engaged in and leading work to ensure educational equity as senior organizational leader
  • Flexibility to deal with ambiguity while driving the work forward
  • Self-reflective, open to honest conversations about race, identity, and privilege and how these forces impact our internal and external work
  • Demonstrated commitment to dismantling systems of oppression
  • Comfortable with the conflict that may arise when pursuing groundbreaking data that may expose systemic educational inequities
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Superb project management and time-management skills
  • A track record of successful people and project management with tangible results
  • Ability to draft and deliver compelling written and verbal communication
  • Well-honed ability to execute and exhibit good judgment



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


Application Process

Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document. Your cover letter should describe your interest in the position, experience, and your alignment with the mission. Priority deadline of May 5, 2019. Applications will still be accepted after this date.


In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “DeputyDirector_Lopez”


The Education TrustWest is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.