Diverse and Effective Educators Research Fellow (Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship)

Diverse and Effective Educators Research Fellow 

Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship 



The Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks its 6th cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2023. The goal of the Fellowship is to support people of color entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and educators to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem. Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice. 

ETW is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, ETW’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.   

 This role will be based in Oakland, CA or remotely. All applicants must be based in the state of California. Fellows will be expected to travel to the Oakland office 1-2 times during the summer term.  

 This is a paid, full-time (37.5 hours/week) fellowship starting on June 20 and ending on August 15 for a term of 8 weeks.   



As the Diverse and Effective Educators Research Fellow, you will support ETW’s goal of increasing the diversity of the statewide pool of teachers, the number of principals and other school administrators of color, and retention rates of teachers of color by 2030. You will build a deeper understanding of the challenges facing educators of color and a larger professional network of researchers and advocates working on these issues. 

By the end of the 8 weeks, you will create a research brief that addresses one or more of the research questions raised in ETW’s Diverse and Effective Educators policy pillar, including: How have teacher salaries changed over time? What are the leakiest parts of the pipeline for educators of color? What are incentives that have worked in analogous contexts (ie other states or school districts) that have led to improved outcomes in recruitment and retention for teachers of color? This deliverable could take the form of a blog post or another piece of collateral.  

Additional potential responsibilities might include creating a landscape scan of the investments made by the state into recruitment and retention programs specifically for educators of color and help with light data analysis. 

Please note that ETW is currently in a strategic planning process. Team priorities might or might not change in the coming months.  



  • Shared belief in ETW’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” which means operating with an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems
  • Interest in increasing educator diversity and retention rates of educators of colors
  • Willingness to receive and act upon constructive feedback
  • Ability to organize, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills, with a focus on writing
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Ability to take initiative and be self-directed 



The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience: 

  • General knowledge of education, education policy, or related field  
  • Experience working with education data, conducting landscape analysis, and engaging in research 
  • At least a high school diploma or GED, and enrolled in a higher education degree program 
  • Nice to have but not required: experience as an educator 



 The salary for this position is $26 per hour for 37.5 hours/week. All fellows receive sick leave. 



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. Any new interns 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 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., “Diverse and Effective Educators Research Fellow _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 (adp.com) by the deadline of April 5, 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.