Russlyn Ali Summer Fellowship - Ed Trust -- West

Hours per week

Full Time




United States


Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college, and Russlynn Ali served as the founding executive director of Ed Trust–West. ETW exposes 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 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 an inaugural cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2018. The goal of the fellowship is to support people of color and women entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African-American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander educators to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem. From June through August, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice issues. These positions will be based in Oakland, California.


Qualifications and Experience

Fellows should have an undergraduate degree or 2-4 years of professional or graduate school experience in education policy, research, advocacy, or direct school service. They will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to closing opportunity gaps in education
  • Record of success in academic and/or professional settings
  • Strong communication skills
  • Interest in our priority areas of advocacy, research, policy, practice and operations
  • Ability to provide unique insights and skills to a 6-10 week project



Fellows will be full-time, paid employees of ETW and have access to cohort professional development opportunities, such as regular organized events with other California educational equity leaders.

How To Apply

Application Process

The application process will consist of a written application, phone screen, in-person interview, and reference checks. All applications must be received by March 30. Selected applicants will be notified by May 4.

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 Summer Fellowship and your last name; for example, “The Education Trust-West Summer Fellowship—Reyes”
  • Please save your resume and other materials as attachments with names as follows: “The Education Trust-West Summer Fellowship—Reyes”