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External Relations Associate

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for 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, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming K-12 public schools into institutions that 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 Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a full-time External Relations Associate to support the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of and commitment to The Education Trust—West mission through strategic community engagement efforts. The position reports to the Director of External Relations and is responsible for executing comprehensive community engagement and effective outreach activities to mobilize a variety of local education stakeholders across the state, such as students, parents, community based organizations, business and civic leaders.

The ideal candidate has a passion for 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 solid experience and demonstrated skills in community or labor organizing, broad coalition building, grassroots mobilizing and issue campaign execution are encouraged to apply.

 Responsibilities

  • Research and identify opportunities for outreach to key local and statewide constituencies, including nurturing relationships with organizations and individuals to engage, educate and mobilize them around ETW’s mission and advocacy agenda;
  • Monitor statewide education policy implementation at the local level to inform our policy, practice, and advocacy work;
  • Coordinate outreach activities with ETW’s staff to maximize strategic goals and priorities including: speaking engagements, regional meetings, and community advocacy visits with key decision makers; tracking the organization-wide impact of speaking engagements, presentations and other activities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners, manage and participate in relevant advocacy coalitions, represent ETW at education events;
  • Play a logistical lead with planning events, web-based trainings, media events, policy briefings and other related work with community audiences;
  • Write and distribute user-friendly communications in a timely, effective manner to inform and engage a variety of key audiences;
  • Collaborate closely with External Relations staff to ensure appropriate organizational positioning, messaging and integration for community audiences;
  • Contribute to growth and maintenance of the ETW contact database (SalsaLabs) and social media platforms;
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission of ETW.

 Qualifications and Experience

  • One to two years professional experience in grassroots advocacy, community, or labor organizing, coalition building, issue campaign development or related experience with demonstrated ability to forge and maintain strong, ongoing relationships with parent and community groups preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage multiple education stakeholders including state and local policymakers, business and community organizations, educators, parents and students;
  • Knowledge of state education policy issues desirable;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, team oriented environment;
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office, web tools, such as social networking sites and web software;
  • Experience with contact relations management software preferred;
  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, education, sociology, public policy or other related field;
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a strong plus;
  • Ability to travel (must possess a CA driver’s license) and work remotely if necessary.

 Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color coupled with a strong knowledge of social justice and equity-related issues;
  • 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 the layperson;
  • Creative problem solver who seeks out new ways of doing things;
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks, with a clear understanding and focus on goals;
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity;
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor;
  • A collegial, consultative, and team-building approach that puts others at ease and engenders trust; the ability to actively listen, with an appreciation for nuance in communication;
  • A friendly and supportive working style that brings out the best in colleagues;
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.

 Compensation

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

Application Process

Please send your resume, a writing sample and a thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest in this position, your relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability, to jobs@edtrustwest.org.

  • In the subject line write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name, for example “External Relations Associate_Smith”
  •  Please save your resume and other materials as attachments with names as follows:

“External Relations Associate_Smith_Résumé”

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

 

NO TELEPHONE INQUIRIES

Practice Associate

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for 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, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming K-12 public schools into institutions that 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 Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a full-time Practice Associate to support California state-wide work on closing achievement and opportunity gaps by supporting implementation work of the Practice Team. The Practice team works with ETW colleagues, districts, and other organizations to: 1) identify, describe and disseminate strategies to close opportunity and achievement gaps that impact students of color and low-income students and 2) engage district and school level stakeholders to ensure conditions and strategies for equity are in place and effective.

Key areas of work within this position encompass supporting student access to rigorous content including: the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, English Language Development Standards, and A-G college and career preparatory curriculum. The scope of work will also include researching and developing resources about effective teaching practices and equitable implementation of the standards and A-G curriculum in California. The Practice Associate will report to the Director of Practice.

The ideal candidate has a passion for 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.  Works well in a deadline-driven, mission-focused, collaborative work culture. Educators and practitioners with research experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in research, data collection, logistical support and product production of the Practice Team;
  • Research best practices that close opportunity and achievement gaps;
  • Participate in school/district visits to document best practices; conduct interviews, facilitate focus groups and analyze surveys;
  • Assist with the analyses of achievement and opportunity gaps at the district and school level and support ETW’s Educational Opportunity Study, Blueprint and other project work with districts and schools;
  • Support projects to support the implementation of the common core standards, local control accountability plan implementation research and other equity focused projects with districts and schools;
  • Locate, read, evaluate, and summarize research regarding effective implementation of the standards, practices and policies to achieve high standards, rigorous curricula, effective teaching and school leadership;
  • Draft presentations, written synopses, literature reviews, and reports based on research findings;
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for the practice team;
  • Other administrative duties as assigned to support the mission of ETW.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Highly analytical, ability to see trends and synthesize complex information
  • Familiarity/experience with issues of equity, teacher effectiveness, instructional practice, and common core implementation as they relate to raising achievement
  • Experience in school data collection, focus group facilitation, qualitative analysis, and research
  • Familiarity with tools used to collect and analyze survey data such as Survey Monkey and Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate well with others, both inside and outside the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to develop Powerpoint slides to share research findings
  • Experience with and demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, team oriented environment;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential
  • 3-5 years teaching experience highly preferred, California public school experience a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Willingness to travel (must possess a CA driver’s license)

 

Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the educational experiences 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 and take initiative;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks, with a clear understanding an focus on goals;
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity;
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor;
  • A collegial, consultative, and team-building approach that puts others at ease and engenders trust; the ability to actively listen, with an appreciation for nuance in communication;
  • A friendly and supportive working style that brings out the best in colleagues;
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.

Compensation

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

Application Process

Please send your resume, a writing sample and a thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest in this position, your relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability, to jobs@edtrustwest.org.

  • In the subject line write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name, for example “Practice Associate_Smith”
  •  Please save your resume and other materials as attachments with names as follows:

“Practice Associate_Smith_Résumé”

 

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

 

NO TELEPHONE INQUIRIES

Data & Policy Analyst

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for 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, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming K-12 public schools into institutions that 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 Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a full-time Data and Policy Analyst to support the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of and commitment to The Education Trust—West mission by contributing to a range of K-12 and higher education research and policy projects. This position reports to the Senior Research & Policy Analyst on the Research, Policy Analysis and Practice team, but will also work closely with the External Relations team. The Data and Policy Analyst manages our work with existing local, state and national education and school finance datasets in the context of relevant policy issues and will spend at least 50% of their time supporting ETW’s emerging regional work, with an initial focus on southern California.

The ideal candidate has a passion for 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.  Superb quantitative skills, strong familiarity with California education policy, and a passion for making complex information easily digestible to broad audiences is highly preferred.

This position will be based in Oakland, California.

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Lead educational and financial data workflow to inform our southern California policy priorities
    • Collaborate with the External Relations team to understand educational and financial data needs in southern California
    • Obtain local educational and financial datasets and identify and rectify gaps and inconsistencies in data
    • Conduct statistical analysis and limited qualitative analysis on local educational and financial data and collaborate with External Relations and Research, Policy and Practice teams to develop recommendations which address needs identified in the data
    • Collaborate with External Relations team to develop graphics, visualizations and other innovative solutions to package and present complex, technical data to an array of stakeholders, including policymakers, parents, and the public
    • Document analysis findings in brief written deliverables such as memos and slide decks
    • Identify, monitor and analyze new and ongoing local policies, especially those related to school funding, school accountability, and opportunity and achievement gaps

 

  • Lead in-house analysis of California state and national educational datasets
    • Identify and catalog California state and national educational and financial datasets
    • Identify and rectify gaps and inconsistencies in data
    • Conduct statistical analysis on California state and national educational and financial data
    • Respond to ad-hoc California state and national data requests from inside and outside of the organization
    • Support Research, Policy and Practice teammates in communicating and visualizing results

 

  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong statistical analysis skills with large student and/or institution-level data sets using SPSS, STATA, R, Tableau and/or other statistical and visualization packages
  • Strong written and visual communication skills, with an emphasis on interpretation and presentation of quantitative data to lay audiences
  • Familiarity with California education data and policy landscape
  • Willingness to travel up to 20%, primarily across California
  • Bachelor’s degree

Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color coupled with a strong knowledge of social justice and equity-related issues;
  • 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 the layperson;
  • Creative problem solver who seeks out new ways of doing things;
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks, with a clear understanding and focus on goals;
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity;
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor;
  • A collegial, consultative, and team-building approach that puts others at ease and engenders trust; the ability to actively listen, with an appreciation for nuance in communication;
  • A friendly and supportive working style that brings out the best in colleagues;
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.

 

Compensation

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

 

Application Process

Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest in this position, your relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability, to jobs@edtrustwest.org.

  • In the subject line write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name, for example “Data and Policy Analyst-Smith”
  •  Please save your resume and other materials as attachments with names as follows:“Data and Policy Analyst-Smith-Résumé”

 

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

 

NO TELEPHONE INQUIRIES

 

Regional Manager - Southern California

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for 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, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming K-12 public schools into institutions that 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 Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a full-time External Relations Manager to support the organization’s San Bernardino Data & Research Hub. The External Relations Managers will lead strategic community engagement efforts and coordinate technical assistance for data, research and policy analysis for CBOs and stakeholders in San Bernardino County and the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire region. The position reports to the Director of External Relations and Communication in Oakland and is responsible for executing comprehensive community engagement and effective outreach activities to build capacity and mobilize local education stakeholders in the region, such as students, parents, community based organizations, business and civic leaders.

 

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 solid experience, key contacts in the region, coupled with demonstrated skills in community or labor organizing, broad coalition building, grassroots mobilizing and issue campaign execution are encouraged to apply.

 

This position will be based in San Bernardino County. Additional travel to Oakland may be required.

 

Responsibilities

  • Help building ETW’s regional advocacy and organizing strategy by researching and identifying opportunities for outreach to key local constituencies;
  • Build and maintain relationships with organizations and individuals to engage, educate and mobilize them around ETW’s mission and regional advocacy agenda;
  • Monitor statewide education policy implementation at the local level to inform our regional policy, practice, and advocacy work;
  • Coordinate local outreach activities to maximize strategic goals and priorities including: speaking engagements, regional meetings, and community advocacy visits with key decision makers; tracking the organization-wide impact of speaking engagements, presentations and other activities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local external partners, manage and participate in relevant local advocacy coalitions, represent ETW at education events;
  • Play a logistical lead with planning events, web-based trainings, media events, policy briefings and other related work with community audiences;
  • Write and distribute user-friendly communications in a timely, effective manner to inform and engage a variety of key audiences;
  • Collaborate closely with Research & Policy Analysis staff to convey data, research and education policies and External Relations staff to ensure appropriate organizational positioning, messaging and integration for community audiences;
  • Contribute to growth and maintenance of the ETW contact database (SalsaLabs) and social media platforms;
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission of ETW.

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least three to five years of professional experience in grassroots advocacy, community, or labor organizing, coalition building, issue campaign development or related experience with demonstrated ability to forge and maintain strong, ongoing relationships with parent and community groups preferred;
  • Key relationships in the community and demonstrated ability to engage multiple education stakeholders including state and local policymakers, business and community organizations, educators, parents and students;
  • Knowledge of local education policy issues is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, team oriented environment;
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office, web tools, such as social networking sites and web software;
  • Bachelor’s degree required in communications, education, sociology, public policy or other related field; Advanced degree
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a strong plus;
  • Ability to travel (must possess a CA driver’s license) and work remotely if necessary.

 

Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for improving the educational experiences 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;
  • 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 the layperson;
  • Creative problem solver who seeks out new ways of doing things;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks, with a clear understanding and focus on goals;
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.

 

Compensation

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

 

Application Process

Please send your resume, a writing sample and a thoughtful cover letter that describes your interest in this position, your relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability, to jobs@edtrustwest.org.

  • In the subject line write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name, for example “External Relations Manager_Smith”
  •  Please save your resume and other materials as attachments with names as follows:

“External Relations Manager_Smith_Résumé”

 

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work. NO TELEPHONE INQUIRIES