Senior Associate for National and State Partnerships

Job Type

Full Time




1250 H Street, NW
Suite 700
United States


The Senior Associate will work collaboratively with colleagues on the Partnerships and Engagement, P12, Higher Ed, and Communications teams to engage and support diverse partners to demand and secure equity-advancing policy change.

Major Responsibilities

·        Cultivate and develop relationships with representatives of business, civil rights, social justice, disability rights, immigrant rights, education reform, equity-focused educator, postsecondary student, and parent/community organizations in selected states;

·        Support the development of coalitions/partnerships to identify priority areas based on local opportunity and context, in selected states, and take action on equity-advancing policy issues such as ESSA implementation, evidence-based school improvement, resource equity, teacher diversity and quality, access to high-quality early childhood education, access to and success in rigorous coursework, effective, equitable discipline and student supports, successful transitions from K-12 to college and careers, and postsecondary access, affordability, and completion;

·        Generate strategic analyses of needs and opportunities to advance equity in selected states;

·        Create advocacy collateral and tools (toolkits, letters, blogs, etc.) designed to support and advance state partner priorities;

·        Support coalition members in taking concrete, strategic advocacy actions (providing testimony, meeting with state policymakers, hosting trainings, etc.) to advance coalition priorities;

·        Contribute to an Ed Trust-led, multi-state network of state equity advocates through convenings, webinars, and newsletters;

·        Ensure state partner participation in the network of state equity coalitions;

·        Represent state advocacy work with Ed Trust audiences, including policymakers, media, philanthropists, and other advocacy partners;

·        Communicate about state advocacy efforts to Ed Trust colleagues, including colleagues at Ed Trust--West, Ed Trust--Midwest, and Ed Trust--New York;

·        Manage interns to support strategic priorities.

Qualifications and Experience

·        4+ years of relevant professional work experience in community outreach, coalition- building and advocacy; 

·        Demonstrated commitment to advancing equity for low-income students and students of color;

·        Demonstrated success in generating advocacy-relevant tools and materials;

·        Ability to communicate effectively with diverse partners;

·        Ability and willingness to elevate partner voices above your own;

·        Ability to track, synthesize, and communicate about a wide range of information, including information about state landscapes and partner perspectives;

·        Ability and willingness to travel regularly;

·        Ability to multitask;

·        Strong organization skills; and

·        Ability to lead through shifting timelines, priorities, and contexts. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement