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Legislative Associate

 Legislative Associate


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, 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


The Position

The Education Trust–West (ETW) seeks a full-time Legislative Associate to support the organization’s policy and government relations work in Sacramento. The Legislative Associate will manage the analysis and tracking of state legislation, the state budget, and education policy proposals; and advocate on behalf of ETW. He/she will also support and collaborate with ETW colleagues on research and analysis. The position reports to the Director of Policy and Government Relations and is responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with legislative and state agency staff, and identifying policy and political trends affecting ETW’s policy goals.


The ideal candidate has a passion for social justice issues and improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that all students can succeed. Candidates with solid experience and understanding of the legislative landscape, coupled with demonstrated analytical skills and experience in advocacy, are encouraged to apply.


This position will be based in Sacramento.



  • Analyze state legislation, the state budget, and education policy proposals to determine impact on ETW’s scope of work;
  • Draft position letters and related advocacy materials, in partnership with the Director of Policy and Government Relations, and then coordinate portions of ETW’s advocacy work;
  • Build and enhance a broad range of relationships with policymakers and their staff, policy analysts, thought leaders, and decision makers; at times building and guiding coalitions;
  • Advocate for ETW’s position in writing and through testimony;
  • Collaborate with ETW colleagues on research and analysis of education policy issues, and coordinate internally to ensure consistent and effective external communications;
  • Support other teams within ETW with media and grant requests and communication strategies;
  • Build upon and grow ETW’s respected brand in advocating for students across California;
  • Represent ETW in a variety of state and local policy discussions, and meetings with stakeholders;
  • Support ETW’s external relations team in local and regional advocacy;
  • Other duties as assigned to support the mission of ETW.


Qualifications and Experience

  • At least two years of professional experience in governmental relations, advocacy, or related field with a demonstrated ability to navigate California state government;
  • Ability to utilize multiple data points to draw conclusions and propose a course of action to influence policy decisions;
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in building and maintaining relationships across a variety of stakeholder groups;
  • Knowledge of the state budgeting process and education policy issues is strongly preferred;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus;
  • Willingness to travel (must possess a valid driver’s license)


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;
  • Analytic mindset and the desire to continually assess the education policy and legislative landscape;
  • People-oriented nature with a love of building connections to support a common cause;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Results-oriented, achievement-driven approach to projects and tasks, with a clear understanding and focus on goals;
  • Desire to learn from experienced team members for personal growth.



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

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



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