Director of P-16 Research

The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for educational justice and high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. ETW exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and identifies and advocates for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. ETW works alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-12 education system and higher education institutions can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit


The Education Trust–West seeks a Director of P-16 Research to advance the organization’s ambitious agenda to expose and eradicate injustices and inequities in California schools, colleges, and systems of education. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Director of P-16 Research will manage and carry out the organization’s P-16 education research work, supervise a small team of researchers, and represent the organization with a wide range of external stakeholders, including advocates, educators, policymakers, media, and other researchers. A significant amount of cross-functional work with other teams within ETW will be required.

Role to be filled ASAP. The ideal start date is August 1st although we may have some flexibility for the right candidate.


Serving as a content expert. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial and forward-thinking and bring research, policy advocacy, institutional, and/or legislative experience and expertise in one or more of the following education policy areas:

  • Early Learning and Care
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educator Preparation and Diversity
  • STEM Education

Setting and executing The Education Trust–West‘s P-16 research agenda. In collaboration with ETW’s leadership team and Deputy Director, the Director of P-16 Research will develop ETW’s research agenda each year, in alignment with our annual Racial Equity Policy Agenda and with an eye toward “usability” for equity advocates and policymakers. This research will support Ed Trust–West’s state, regional, and local policy advocacy, and will represent the organization’s highest research priorities to further our organizational mission and goals.

Projects will include use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to identify and highlight:

  • Inequities in opportunity (paired with policy recommendations at the state and local levels to make the case for change);
  • Best practices/bright spots that help us understand what success looks like, why we see success, and how it can be replicated;
  • Voices and experiences of students, families, and educators of color, and students and families from low-income backgrounds.

To execute those projects the Director of P-16 Research will:

  • Develop study design, including data collection, analysis, and communication and visual representation of results;
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of data using industry best practices to ensure data accuracy at every step along the way;
  • Work collaboratively across teams to ensure results are published and easily accessible to relevant stakeholders;
  • Manage, develop, and support the Research team as well as fellow/intern(s), and consultants as needed;
  • Work collaboratively with the Policy and Educator Engagement teams (and frequently other aligned, external organizations) to build external partnerships, participate in coalitions, and produce relevant, integrated work that advances Ed Trust–West’s annual Racial Equity Policy Agenda;
  • Take the lead in building relationships with funders and work with the Development team to identify and secure ongoing funding for research efforts.

Shaping the conversation at the California state level. The Director of P-16 Research will:

  • Present research, findings, and recommendations in compelling, accessible written form (e.g., writing and editing briefs and reports, memoranda, magazine articles, op-eds, and blog posts);
  • Give presentations to education practitioners, policymakers, advocates, members of the media and others (e.g., testimony, conference presentations, advocacy training sessions, media interviews, and videos);
  • Support senior leadership in communicating research and policy recommendations (e.g., by drafting talking points and statements, in collaboration with the Communications team);
  • Cultivate and strengthen a network of researchers who are leading experts on educational equity issues to inform our work and that of others in the field.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Director of P-16 Research candidate will have:

  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” operating with – and being willing to develop – cultural competence: an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems;
  • 10+ years’ professional experience with school-site or institution-based work experience in education as well as knowledge of research, policy and/or evaluation best practices;
  • Demonstrable success in managing a team and effectively overseeing their work;
  • Strong analytical, research, and communications skills, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and interpretation and presentation of quantitative data to lay audiences;
  • Ability to utilize multiple data points to draw conclusions and propose a course of action to influence policy decisions;
  • Passion for improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income students and students of color coupled with a strong knowledge of social justice and equity-related issues;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building and maintaining relationships across a variety of stakeholder groups; people-oriented nature with a love of building connections to support a common cause;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and strong public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and time management with the ability to manage and prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment with an impeccable attention to detail; has a results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks especially under deadline pressures, with a clear understanding and focus on goals;
  • Proven success fundraising for research projects and teams is a plus;
  • Expertise using Excel and PowerPoint; R, SPSS, Python, SPSS and Dedoose experience a plus;
  • A graduate degree or equivalent professional experience in the field of Public Policy, Education Policy, Statistics, or related field strongly preferred.


The annual salary for this position starts at $125,000 annually and will be commensurate with experience. The Education Trust–West offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision benefits as well as a 403(b)-retirement plan.


This role will be based in ETW’s Oakland office. Some travel will be required.


Please provide a short cover letter, resume, and 2-3 professional references (please include at least one supervisor and one direct report) combined into one document. Your cover letter should describe your background and relevant experience. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g., “Dir of P-16 Research_Robinson.” Professional references will not be contacted until you are notified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of Monday, June 20th, 2022. Applications will be accepted/reviewed until the position is filled.

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.

Vaccination for COVID-19: 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 accommodation due to medical or religious reasons, or in accordance with state or local laws, will be reviewed by Human Resources.