Educator Engagement Associate

The Organization

The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps 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 those gaps. We work 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 colleges and universities can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit

The Opportunity

ETW seeks an Educator Engagement Associate 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 Associate Director of Educator Engagement, this position will support the team’s partnerships with Local Education Agencies (LEA), college campuses, and institutions. This person will help to inform and lead research, policy analysis, and practice, with a focus on advancing equity and educational justice for students of color, students from low-income households, and Emergent Bilingual students (English learners) through research-based practices.

The term for this position is 18 months, with the potential for an extension.

Due to COVID-19, all employees are currently working remotely. Once the organization returns to the office, this position will have the choice to work from ETW’s Oakland or Los Angeles offices. This position will require some travel.


Major Responsibilities

Serving as a content expert.
The Associate will bring institutional experience, in addition to experience in one or more of the following priority areas:

  • K-12 accountability systems (e.g. California School Dashboard)
  • K-12 within-district resource inequities (e.g. equitable allocation of funding to schools)
  • Complex systemic change
  • Anti-racism practices in education

Supporting the development of trusting partnerships with key stakeholders in the field.
In response to the needs from the field and in collaboration with the Educator Engagement team, the Associate will support ETW’s engagements with educators and build the capacity of educators to lead for equity and to analyze data and research by highlighting:

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

Supporting research projects and engagements with educators.
The Associate will support engagements with partners, including schools, districts, county offices of education, institutions of higher education, and other educational organizations, through the following responsibilities:

  • Contribute to research study designs including protocol development, data collection, analysis, and reporting strategies inclusive of visual representation of results.
  • Participate in research study execution, which may include data collection and analysis.
  • Support facilitation of large teams of educators, using equity-focused practices.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Research and Policy Analysis team, and other aligned organizations, to ensure integrated work that helps advance Ed Trust–West’s advocacy agenda.

Contributing to The Ed Trust–West‘s P-16 research and policy agenda.
With support from the Director and Associate Director, advise on 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. This will support the organization’s statewide, regional, and local policy and educator engagement advocacy, and will include the following responsibilities:

  •  Assist with writing and editing briefs and reports, memoranda, magazine articles, op-eds, and blog posts
  • Support development and delivery of presentations to education practitioners, policymakers, advocates, members of the media and others (e.g., testimony, conference presentations, advocacy training sessions, media interviews, videos, etc.).
  • Collaborate closely with Development staff to inform grant proposal writing and reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission and work of the organization.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following skills and experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least two years of professional experience working in public education systems (a school, district, county office of education, or postsecondary institution). Experience in a CA school system preferred.
  • Experience forging trusting partnerships with educators and advocates in the field.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and/or qualitative research and communications skills, with an emphasis on data analysis and interpretation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a desire to work as part of a team and interact with members of the broader education community.
  • Ability to deliver effective presentations using visual aids and engaging strategies targeted to diverse and/or lay audiences.
  • Experience with project management, follow-through skills, and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures.
  • A passionate commitment to expanding opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and a belief that P-16 education in California must do a much better job in serving their students.
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” operating with – and a willingness to develop – cultural competence: an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and of the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems.


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 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., “Ed Engagement Associate_Alvarez”

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( by the PRIORITY DEADLINE of September 10th. Applications will be accepted/reviewed until 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.