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.
In support of our goals to ensure a strong pipeline from K–12 through postsecondary and workforce, DQC is seeking a team member to support DQC’s proven advocacy by focusing on the challenges and opportunities in postsecondary and workforce data (including institutions of higher education, credentials, military, career and technical education, and apprenticeships) infrastructure, access, and use. The person in this position will lead the organization’s efforts to get smart on the current postsecondary and workforce landscape, and will be integral to the organization’s strategies to advocate for a data ecosystem that helps individuals, communities, and policymakers pursue meaningful pathways through education into career. This position is grounded in the DQC values of listening and applying what we learn to our work, and staying grounded in what is happening now in states, communities, and classrooms, while always looking ahead. DQC Senior Associates and Associate Directors are self-starting, dedicated, energized by their colleagues, passionate about education, and love to understand and transform complex policy topics into compelling advocacy strategies. They work with colleagues across the organization to achieve goals. As a member of DQC’s advocacy team, the Senior Associate/Associate Director, Postsecondary and Workforce will:
· Build DQC’s knowledge of postsecondary and workforce data, policy drivers, and funding streams.
· Support DQC’s work to advocate for best-in-class data ecosystems at the state level.
· Bolster DQC’s efforts to educate state and federal policymakers on needed supports for states to improve postsecondary and workforce data and their inclusion in state P–20W data systems.
· Collaborate with K–12, postsecondary, workforce partners to strengthen our overall advocacy efforts.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
· Develop landscape scans of state education postsecondary and workforce data policies that build both internal knowledge and awareness in the field of the state of postsecondary and workforce data.
· Identify best practices and recommendations for the field and work with DQC leaders to identify strategies and tactics for DQC to advocate for needed policy changes.
· Oversee the development and execution of DQC resources and advocacy tools that inform policymakers and foster needed knowledge and action.
· Analyze, distill, frame, and communicate about postsecondary and workforce data policy and practice in ways that are tailored to varying audiences.
· Bring DQC’s knowledge of state data landscapes and unique advocacy perspective to meetings, briefings, coalitions and partnerships.
· Plan, facilitate, and prepare other team members for effective, results-oriented meetings.
· Work within and build on DQC’s strong relationships with national policy, research, and advocacy organizations.
· Seek strategic opportunities for collaboration and partnership with other organizations that will help DQC advance advocacy strategies to improve postsecondary and workforce data.
· A candidate hired at the Associate Director level will have greater accountability and autonomy in managing staff and projects.
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, particularly as we build out new strands of work. Specific examples (especially those above and beyond what is included on your resume) are encouraged.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
· Reputation for being entrepreneurial, partnership‐oriented, energetic, positive, and focused
· Demonstrated ability to manage projects by marshalling multiple team members and organizational resources to meet intended goals.
· Superb ability to synthesize complex information into plain language.
· 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.
· Flexibility 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 Advocacy
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…