External Relations Manager

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 www.edtrustwest.org.

The Position

The Education Trust–West seeks an External Relations Manager to support the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of, and commitment to our mission. Reporting to the Director of External Relations, this position is part of the fast-paced and nimble External Relations team and is responsible for managing special projects and leading key programs and functions within the department. This position can based in Los Angeles or Oakland, though currently, all staff are working remotely due to Covid-19.

The ideal candidate has a passion for social justice issues and improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them.  Candidates with strong project and relationship management skills and experience building partnerships and working in a campaign environment are encouraged to apply.


Major Responsibilities

Issue/Policy Advocacy

  • Manage cross-cutting campaigns and other advocacy initiatives that educate and engage diverse stakeholders to support ETW’s policy and research priorities and help advance these efforts through a variety of online and offline strategies and tactics.

External Relations

  • Manage engagement programs with community-based organizations – including ETW’s Community Partners program – to expand their capacity to engage in local and state advocacy.
  • Manage, participate in, and/or represent ETW in relevant advocacy coalitions, meetings, and events, as well as facilitate presentations or trainings on ETW’s data, research, policy perspectives, and community tools.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key partners, organizations, and decision-makers, and ensure they are regularly updated on our latest news, tools, and releases.

General Support

  • Write, copy edit, and/or distribute user-friendly content, including but not limited to fact sheets, talking points, community surveys, school and student data, PowerPoint presentations, training materials, and newsletters to ensure appropriate organizational positioning, messaging, and integration for a variety of audiences.
  • Serve as project manager and logistical lead for events, web-based trainings, media events, policy briefings, and other related work with community audiences.
  • Collaborate closely with Development staff to inform proposal writing and reporting, and attend funder meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission and work of the organization.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree preferred with at least five to seven years of professional experience in grassroots advocacy, electoral organizing, coalition building, issue campaigns, or related experience with a demonstrated ability to forge and maintain strong, ongoing relationships and partnerships.
  • Knowledge of California education policy issues and higher ed background is strongly preferred
  • Self-reflective, open to honest conversations about race, identity, and privilege and how these forces impact our internal and external work
  • Ability to engage multiple education stakeholders, including state and local policymakers, business and community organizations, local education agency administration and personnel, educators, parents, and students.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with demonstrated experience in project and event management
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, team-oriented environment
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office and web organizing tools (e.g. Zoom)
  • Familiarity with social media and digital organizing is a plus
  • Ability to draft and deliver compelling written and verbal communication
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex pursuits of the program and policy staff, and the ability to translate that understanding to various audiences
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to travel on a flexible schedule as needed


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 and a writing sample.  Priority deadline of April 19, 2021. Applications will still be accepted after this date and can be submitted here.

In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “ExternalRelationsManager_Lopez”

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.