Educator Engagement Impact Fellow (Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship)

Educator Engagement Impact 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 Educator Engagement Impact Fellow, you will support the Educator Engagement Team to advance equity within schools, districts, and counties across the state. You will have the opportunity to think about educational equity from the standpoint of institutional shifts and how to provide decision-makers with the concrete tools needed to enact real change for students furthest from opportunity. You will gain or improve the skills of measuring and evaluating impact, a useful skillset in many sectors, but particularly within nonprofit, education, and philanthropy.  

By the end of the 8 weeks, you will create a toolkit that can be used to holistically measure the impact of the Educator Engagement Team’s contract work with Local Education Agencies (LEAs), schools, counties, and institutions of higher education. The toolkit will make it possible to gain insight into the effectiveness of Education Equity Audits and Blueprint for Equity Action Plan engagements that provide school leaders with the insight and actionable recommendations needed to implement changes that contribute to the closing of equity gaps in both the short and long-term. 

 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 understanding the impacts of multiple compounding systems on the educational experiences and outcomes for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, emerging multilingual, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.  
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving ability. Comes up with insightful, pragmatic, equitable, and sustainable ways to tackle common challenges and produce positive change. 
  • 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  
  • At least a high school diploma or GED, and enrolled in a higher education degree program
  • Familiarity with evaluation frameworks or models for measuring impact 
  • Nice to have but not required: experience as an educator or working in a school system 
  • Experience working alongside communities of color and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged communities  



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., “Educator Engagement Impact 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 ( 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.