Policy Analyst

Education Trust-West




The Organization

The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside parents, students, educators, policymakers, and community leaders across the state in transforming P-12 and higher education institutions to serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state policy agenda. To learn more, please visit www.edtrustwest.org.


The Position

The Policy Analyst conducts policy analysis and research for ETW; supports the development of memos, letters, and publications; collaborates with colleagues to develop policy positions that will advance educational equity in California; and represents ETW in policy discussions and stakeholder meetings. The Policy Analyst is a member of the P-12 Research and Policy team.

The candidate will support the work of ETW in one or more of the following education policy areas:

  • Accountability and data systems
  • School finance and resource equity
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Teacher quality
  • Early childhood education
  • English learners


Major Responsibilities

  • Conduct policy research on a range of topics related to educational equity. Collaborate with the team to present findings in reports, presentations, and meetings
  • Support the preparation of memos, letters, and statements summarizing ETW policy positions, analyses, and recommendations
  • In collaboration with colleagues and ETW leadership, develop policy positions and strategies with a lens toward the most promising and viable reforms that will advance educational equity for California’s low-income students, students of color, English learners, and other vulnerable populations
  • Collaborate with external partners to deepen ETW’s policy expertise, develop our policy positions, build our networks, and expand our influence
  • Assist with the development and project management of ETW publications, advocacy materials, web-based resources, and other products
  • Respond to varying and sometimes urgent requests made from inside and outside of the organization for data and policy information as needed
  • Other duties as assigned that support the mission and work of the organization


Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 2-3 years of experience conducting policy analysis or research in education, preferably on issues related to equity and one or more of ETW’s policy areas
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, writing, and communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in developing analyses, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings
  • Strong organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures and amid competing priorities
  • Strong computer skills; proficient or advanced skills in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and the Internet
  • Undergraduate degree required


Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income students and students of color coupled with a strong knowledge of social justice and equity-related issues
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex educational policy landscape, and the ability to translate that understanding to the layperson
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” which means 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, and sensitivity, humility, and a willingness to self-reflect



Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The Education Trust–West offers a comprehensive benefits package.


Application Process

Please send a thoughtful cover letter, writing sample, and resume to jobs@edtrustwest.org

  • In the subject line, write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “PolicyAnalyst_Madhani”
  • Submit your resume and other materials as attachments with the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “PolicyAnalyst_Madhani Resume”


It is the policy of Ed Trust–West to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.