Senior 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


The Position

The Senior Policy Analyst leads and contributes to a range of P-12 projects for The Education Trust–West in order to advance educational equity in California. The position conducts policy analysis and policy research, develops and advances policy positions, crafts policy and advocacy strategies, writes memos and publications, and represents ETW in policy discussions and stakeholder meetings statewide. Position reports to the Deputy Director of P-12 Research and Policy.

The successful candidate will bring experience and expertise 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

  • In response to legislative, regulatory, and other policy proposals, prepare memos, letters, and statements summarizing ETW positions, analyses, and recommendations
  • Identify opportunities for new policy research, and scope out and manage these projects, including: conduct research, gather stakeholder input, and research best practices; present findings and policy recommendations in reports, publications, and presentations
  • Advise ETW leadership on policy priorities and strategies, with a lens toward the most promising and viable reforms that will advance educational equity in California
  • Collaborate with external partners to deepen ETW’s policy expertise, develop our policy positions, build our networks, and expand our influence
  • Represent ETW in stakeholder meetings and coalitions and advocate for our positions
  • Conceptualize and develop tools and resources that make complex policy information accessible to a broad array of stakeholders in order to support their local advocacy and engagement
  • Manage consultants, contractors, and/or other analysts, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned that support the mission and work of the organization


Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5-7 years of experience conducting policy analysis or performing policy research in education, preferably on issues related to equity and one or more of ETW’s policy areas
  • Familiarity with the California education policy landscape
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in collecting and evaluating information to support policy advocacy, often in time-sensitive situations
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders
  • A demonstrated ability to plan effectively, but the flexibility to handle the unexpected
  • Strong computer skills; proficient or advanced skills in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and the Internet
  • Master’s degree in education, public policy, or related field preferred


Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the 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 both work independently and foster collaborative working relationships
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • Ability to execute and exhibit good judgment
  • 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

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