The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is one of the country’s leading education advocacy organizations, with a 15-year track record of success and a growing, talented staff. DQC is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, families, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure that students excel. To realize this vision, DQC works toward three goals:
1. Increase public understanding of the value of education data.
2. Ensure that everyone with a stake in education has timely access to the right information.
3. Improve the capacity of and conditions for teachers and school leaders to use data.
If you care passionately about changing the role of data in education so that every student is not only counted, but counts, DQC is the place for you. DQC values the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions that each team member brings to this work—and seeks to add individuals to our team who continue to expand our thinking, push our boundaries, and commit to bringing their whole selves and experiences to our team. We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and opportunities for career growth.
Note: DQC’s staff is headquartered in Washington, DC. We will give preference to applicants who reside in the DC area, but are open to qualified candidates who reside outside of DC.
DQC is seeking a team member who is an advocate—passionate about moving the needle by digging in to the content, developing a plan and making it happen. The person in this role will help to lead aspects of DQC’s advocacy efforts in various states in order to create real policy change. This position exemplifies DQC’s values of working with partners to move further and faster, and staying grounded in what is happening now in states, districts, schools, and classrooms. DQC Senior Associates are action-oriented, dedicated, energized by their colleagues, passionate about education, and eager to engage in complex policy and partner ecosystems. They work with colleagues across the organization to achieve goals. The Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy will:
· Advocate to change the role of data in education so that every student is not only counted, but counts.
· Create change by translating policy ideas and goals into impactful communications efforts, strategic action plans, and advocacy tools and strategies.
· Help build coalitions of partners and policymakers to advance effective education data use in states.
· Act as a thoughtful, contributing member of our team who learns and grows professionally over time.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Help design and lead efforts to convene partners and build coalitions that advance education data use in states.
· Cultivate a deep understanding of the policies, partners, and politics impacting the use of education in specific states.
· Use an understanding of state data policies, partners, and politics to help DQC identify and act on opportunities to advance education data use in those states.
· Identify best practices and recommendations for the field and work with DQC leaders to develop strategies and tactics to advocate for policy changes in pursuit of these best practices.
· Contribute to the development of DQC resources and advocacy tools that inform policymakers and spur meaningful policy action.
· Independently represent DQC in meetings, briefings, and with coalitions and partners.
· Plan, facilitate, and prepare other team members for effective and results-oriented meetings.
· Seek strategic opportunities for collaboration and partnership with diverse state, local, and national partners.
Requirements & Qualifications
Education and experience:
· DQC values both education and work experiences that demonstrate the ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.
· In your cover letter, explain how your combination of education and work experience (including internships) demonstrates how you will contribute to DQC’s mission and strategies. Specific examples (especially those above and beyond what is included on your resume) are encouraged.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
· Demonstrated ability to convey ideas and positions to diverse groups—externally to technical and nontechnical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government) and internally with peers—both orally and in writing
· Demonstrated ability to manage projects by marshalling multiple team members and organizational resources to meet intended goals
· Ability to be entrepreneurial, partnership‐oriented, energetic, positive, and focused
· Capacity to work under pressure in a rapidly changing environment
· Ability to travel occasionally for the organization (Note: DQC staff are not currently travelling due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
· Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
· Director, Policy and Research Strategy
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is one of the country’s leading education advocacy organizations, with a 15-year track record of success and a growing, talented staff. DQC is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization leading the effort to…