Senior Associate, Educator Engagement

Senior Associate, Educator Engagement 

Oakland, CA


The Education Trust—West (Ed Trust—West) seeks a Senior Associate, Educator Engagement to join a passionate staff who are committed to fulfilling a mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

The Senior Associate, Educator Engagement helps drive Ed Trust’s regional work directly with educators, districts, and county offices of education to address educational inequities. The role contributes to Ed Trust—West’s policy, research, and advocacy work and ensures that our work is responsive to the needs of educators, and particularly educators of color. The Senior Associate collaborates with other roles across the organization, as well as external partners, to support the organization’s statewide, regional, and local policy and educator engagement advocacy.

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) 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, Ed Trust’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, available immediately, is based in our Oakland office and is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. The Senior Associate, Educator Engagement reports to the Director of Educator Engagement and may supervise interns, fellows, or consultants.


The responsibilities and objectives for the role include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Work directly with educators and school systems, including:
    • Overseeing data collection and analysis
    • Communicating research findings through data presentations and written reports
    • Planning and facilitating meetings with district stakeholders
    • Facilitating collaboration to complete deliverables on time
  • Contribute to Ed Trust–West’s P-16 research and policy agenda related to 1-2 of the strategic plan priorities (e.g., early learning and care equity and diverse and effective educators), with an eye toward responsiveness of the needs of the field and “usability” for educators.
      • Writing or reviewing collateral
      • Staying abreast of current research, trends in the field, and educator perspectives
      • Coordinating work related to a policy pillar
      • Building partnerships with other advocates and leaders in the field
  • Plan and lead focus groups and listening sessions with educators
  • Draft or assist in drafting press statements, one-pagers, policy briefs, blogs, regulatory comments, talking points, outreach emails, external presentations, and other useful collateral
  • Collaborate internally to support organizational priorities such as fundraising, grant management, new partner development, recruitment & onboarding, and Ed Trust employee committees.


  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity 
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment  
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” which means operating with – and a willingness to develop – cultural competence, has an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems 
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong relationship-building and collaboration skills
  • Creative problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to adapt and exercise sound judgment
  • Intellectual strength and curiosity
  • Spanish-speaking skills a plus but not required 


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, public policy/administration, or a related field OR equivalent experience 
  • At least 4 years of experience doing similar work  
  • Experience working in a school, public school district, or institution of higher education as a teacher, counselor, or administrator. 
  • Experience facilitating groups of up to 50 people through learning and planning processes 
  • Familiarity with or interest in education policy and/or advocacy 


The annual salary for this position starts at $78,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The Education Trust prioritizes the health and well-being of its employees and, to that end, offers a highly competitive benefits package. Medical, dental and vision insurance are covered at 100% for the employee, with significant coverage also offered for dependents. We provide sick leave, vacation leave, and personal leave, and we follow the federal government for most holiday closures. To ensure staff have synchronous opportunities for rest and renewal, the office is closed for a week-long summer break and a week-long winter break. Among other offerings, we provide an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the employee, and a generous 7% matching opportunity on a 403(b)-retirement plan.


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. New hires should be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations 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., “Senior Associate, Educator Engagement _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 priority deadline of November 13, 2022. 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.