Deputy Director/Chief Partnerships Officer

About Ed Trust–NY:

The Education Trust–New York works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, from early childhood through college completion. We expose educational injustices and inequities that separate students of color, multilingual learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close equity gaps. Ed Trust–NY is a nonpartisan, data-driven, nonprofit education policy and advocacy organization. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders.

Ed Trust–NY is a fast-paced, mission-driven organization with high expectations for our team and the work we produce. We are committed to high-quality policy and advocacy and the relentless pursuit of equity.

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The Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director/Chief Partnerships Officer will serve as a key leader for the organization. The Deputy Director/Chief Partnerships Officer will work closely with the Executive Director to develop the organization’s strategic goals, policy positions, and key initiatives, including strategies for advocacy, and lead relationships with partners, coalition members, policymakers, and other stakeholders. The Deputy Director/Chief Partnerships Officer will serve as an important representative of Ed Trust–NY in a wide range of external settings. 

Essential Functions:

Partnerships and Engagement

  • Manage strategic projects that position the organization to continue and grow our leadership within the state around educational equity
  • Spearhead statewide policy and advocacy campaigns
  • Develop and sustain constructive relationships with key partners, including statewide and local civil rights, education, parent, faith, business, and advocacy groups; legislators; practitioners; and the public
  • Engage and partner with grasstop and grassroot leaders and organizations to prioritize the issue of improving New York State public education (early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary) to the front and center of state policymaking and investment
  • Give external presentations on Ed Trust–NY research, analysis, and policy positions
  • Travel (primarily within New York State) to represent Ed Trust–NY in meetings and at events
  • Work in collaboration with the Executive Director to develop and sustain constructive relationships with the philanthropic community and other key stakeholders

Organizational Strategy

  • Ensure racial justice is at the core of our advocacy, policy, and research work
  • Engage Ed Trust–NY advisors as thought partners and strategic allies
  • Collaborate with the Chief of Staff to align on critical organizational outcomes, policies, and processes

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience engaged in and leading work to ensure educational equity as a senior organizational leader
  • Possession of a doctorate, master’s degree, or equivalent in education or related field (e.g., public policy, statistics, psychology, sociology, etc.) or equivalent work experience
  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief in the potential of all students
  • Experience working with civil rights organizations, business and education leaders, policymakers, and civic leaders across New York State
  • Ability to motivate and work with diverse stakeholders and the capacity to create and nurture effective partnerships and alliances
  • Strong knowledge of the New York State political, education, and policy landscape
  • Flexibility to deal with ambiguity while driving the work forward
  • Ability to work on and manage multiple projects at any given time and pivot among priorities
  • Comfortable with the conflict that may arise when pursuing groundbreaking data that may expose systemic educational inequities
  • Experience in advocacy, such as issue campaigns
  • Proven effectiveness as an agent of change at the classroom, school, and/or organizational level
  • A track record of successful people and project management with tangible results
  • Well-honed ability to execute and exhibit good judgment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to proactively communicate critical messages to stakeholders and a diverse range of audiences, and the experience and inclination to be an effective spokesperson for the organization
  • A strong collaborator who enjoys working regularly and deeply across teams, both internally and externally, demonstrates flexibility, and engenders trust
  • The position is based in New York City and requires willingness to travel regularly throughout the state

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Ed Trust–NY offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process:

Please upload a cover letter and resume to this link. We review applications on a rolling basis.

The Education Trust–New York is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.