Education First is a mission-driven education policy consultancy dedicated to ensuring that all students – and particularly students in poverty and students of color – are prepared for success in college, career and life. We work with organizations that are shaping the future of P-16 education across the nation, including school networks and districts, state departments of education, policy and advocacy organizations, youth empowerment organizations, talent organizations and funders. We help these leaders:
We are a team of more than 50 former teachers, district and state education leaders, policy advisors, and grantmakers in over 20 different states. Because of our experience, we approach the challenges our clients face with humility, realistic solutions and a commitment to follow-through. We also know that achieving our vision means asking tough questions about structural racism and more deliberately engaging diverse voices in problem-solving. Our Race, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (RIDE) strategy details our commitment to building staff, organizational and client capacity to lead on issues of equity.
Our culture is built on genuine care for our clients and each other. We celebrate original thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurialism, authenticity and fun.
Associates lead research efforts and manage select workstreams on projects to deliver outstanding work to our clients. New Associates will be invited to join one of our three operational teams aligned to our Focus Areas - Engaged Students, Outstanding Educators or Effective Organizations & Investments. Associates are mentored and supported by a Consultant or Senior Consultant on each team. The primary responsibilities of an Associate are:
Research, Analysis & Deliverable Development
Project & Client Management
Education First believes in coaching and supporting its staff members to meet their full potential. Over time, the Associate will be expected and supported to deepen skills in strategic planning, project management and client management.
You will primarily work from home, but you should be able to travel for in-person client meetings as needed (roughly 20% travel) once it is safe to do so from a public health perspective.
Education First offers a competitive salary in the context of a transparent compensation system, a comprehensive benefits package and professional development opportunities. The range for this position is $64,000-$70,000, depending on experience and proficiency, with 20% of the offer determined by the local market trends ahead of the national market. For greater detail about the company, please visit our website.
We are excited to receive applications from a broad range of applicants as we grow our team to better reflect the diversity of the communities our firm is committed to serve. Enthusiastic candidates should apply online to submit their resume and their responses to each of the following prompts within the application portal, in lieu of a cover letter:
We do not expect you to spend a lengthy amount of time completing each question. Instead, we are looking for succinct responses (no more than 1-2 short paragraphs per question). Please submit all completed application materials by February 26, 2021.
We plan to conduct screening interviews on a rolling basis and share performance tasks with select candidates by early March. Interviews with top candidates will occur in mid-March, and we will make an offer by the end of March. Ideally, we’d like our newest Associates to start by mid-April. Please, no phone calls, emails or other inquiries.
Education First is actively engaged in our Race, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (RIDE) strategy, building our staff and organizational capacity to lead on issues of equity and to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the firm. As a proud equal opportunity employer, we strongly encourage applications from candidates of all races, national origin, age, religion, creed, veteran or disabled status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Education First is a mission-driven education policy consultancy dedicated to ensuring that all students – and particularly students in poverty and students of color – are prepared for success in college, career and…