Summer Fellow

About Ed Trust–NY:

The Education Trust–New York is a statewide education policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to eliminate the gaps in equity, opportunity, and achievement that hold back too many students from reaching their full potential – especially students from low-income backgrounds and students of color – in order to enable all students in New York State to achieve at high levels from birth through college completion and transition to the workforce.

As we describe in our theory of action (below), our work is rooted in the rigorous use of data alongside strong partnerships with community-based organizations in New York City and throughout the state:

Since our launch in 2016, Ed Trust–NY has built an 8-person team with expertise spanning early childhood through postsecondary education and extensive experience in policy, advocacy, partnerships, communications, and organizational management.

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 in our relentless pursuit of equity.

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The position:

The Summer Fellow will work closely with the Executive Director and Chief of Staff. The Fellow will support Ed Trust–NY’s efforts to advance policies that close equity gaps in early childhood, K-12, and higher education. They will own the development of a clear and thoughtful strategic plan that includes all portfolios of work from birth to workforce. The fellow will support with prioritizing elements of our policy and advocacy agenda and design a plan that provides direction on how to focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing education landscape.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the summer fellow will help to develop a strategic plan that will support the work of Ed Trust–NY for the next three to five years. While the role is primarily internal, the fellow may serve as an important representative of Ed Trust–NY in a wide range of external settings and contribute to strengthening external relationships through the strategic planning process. The ideal candidate for this role is has a deep passion for organizational efficiency. The candidate understands organizational theory, group dynamics and scaling in small organizations, and has the capacity to apply these ideologies in real time. Our organization is currently working remotely.

While we would prefer a fellow who is local or familiar with the New York State policy landscape, it is not a requirement.

The Summer Fellow’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop an internal strategy for our policy agenda that includes goals and priorities set by funders, internal leadership, and the national office.
  • Leverage relationships with grasstop and grassroot leaders and organizations to align and prioritize Ed Trust–NY’s policy and advocacy issues in a way that Is both manageable and ambitious.
  • Inform Ed Trust–NY’s policy positions by monitoring and reporting policy conversation across government, media, think tanks, academia, and advocates.


We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • Passion for increasing statewide access to educational justice for all children, especially focused on children from low-income backgrounds and children of color who have been impacted by systemic racism and other social barriers to access, and an unwavering belief that these children could be much more successful if institutions better served them and their families.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally, including confronting the impact of systemic racism in policy and advocacy work.
  • Deep familiarity with the New York State, New York City, and other local policy contexts that affect educational equity from birth through college.
  • Experience working with civil rights organizations, business and education leaders, policymakers, and civic leaders.
  • Solid understanding of the legislative process.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively and pivot as priorities shift – often in time-sensitive situations.
  • Ability to work on and manage multiple projects with quick turnarounds.
  • Exceptional writing and clear communication skills.
  • Superb project management and time-management skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including experience with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity.
  • Ability to ask for and expect feedback regularly.
  • A supportive working style that brings out the best in colleagues.

To Apply:

Please upload a cover and resume to this link.


Stipend of $8,000 to be distributed in two payments. $4000 at the start of the fellowship and $4000 upon the completion and presentation of final deliverables.