Deputy Director

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 early education, 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

The Deputy Director will ensure that Ed Trust—West is positioned to achieve statewide change through strong internal leadership, vision setting, processes, and collaboration. The Deputy Director will serve as a key leader for the organization and member of the Leadership Team (LT), and will drive internal initiatives from conception to implementation, manage people and projects, and support continuous improvement and results. The ideal candidate is a seasoned nonprofit executive or organizational strategist who also has experience engaging in K-12 practice, advocacy, and/or policy initiatives. 

The position must be based in Oakland, CA, and requires a willingness to travel regularly throughout the state. Due to the pandemic, ETW is currently teleworking, but team members will be expected to return to the office once it’s deemed safe. 

Essential Functions

To be successful in this job, the candidate will ensure racial justice is at the core of all of the organization’s work and excel in the following areas:

Organizational Strategy & Culture (60%)

  • Center Ed Trust—West’s three-year strategic plan as the north star for the organization’s work and develop system and methods for measuring and regularly evaluating impact and progress
  • Manage and guide all teams through planning processes in order to develop bi-annual goals, priorities, and projects in alignment with the strategic plan and support team members to put time toward these priorities
  • Support alignment and collaboration across teams to leverage content and functional expertise across teams
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs

Fundraising and People Development (40%)

  • Maintain a portfolio of philanthropic and funder relationships, cultivate new funder relationships, and contribute to grant proposals and reports to secure funding
  • Supervise 4 to 6 team members, serving as a coach to support their professional development and team management
  • Foster a culture of inclusivity and growth by setting a vision for and managing professional development and diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives across the organization
  • Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs

Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of experience engaged in and leading work to ensure educational equity as a senior nonprofit executive or organizational leader
  • Familiarity with education equity and racial justice frameworks and application in a statewide advocacy context; experience related to California’s education systems is a plus  
  • Undergraduate degree required, Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • 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
  • Comfortable with the conflict that may arise when pursuing groundbreaking data and research that may expose systemic educational inequities
  • Strong interpersonal 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
  • Fluency in writing and speaking in Spanish is a plus


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.

In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “DeputyDirector_Chan” Applications can be submitted here.   

The Education Trust—West 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.