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The Education Trust–New York (ETNY), a nonpartisan, data-driven nonprofit education advocacy organization, seeks a full-time Deputy Director to serve in a senior leadership role as the organization starts-up and grows. Reporting to the Executive Director, s/he will work closely with the Executive Director to develop strategic goals and key initiatives to move ETNY’s mission forward, develop and sustain relationships with key stakeholders and partners, and functioning as a spokesperson for ETNY.
About the Organization
We are fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students – pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Many organizations speak up for the adults employed by schools; we speak up for the students, especially those whose needs and potential are often overlooked. Through both research and advocacy, our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the country in transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state and national policy agendas.
ETNY serves as the New York State affiliate of the national Education Trust, which is headquartered in Washington D.C., and includes additional state offices in California and Michigan. Founded in 1996, The Education Trust is widely recognized as an unrivaled source of effective advocacy, expert analysis and testimony, concise written and spoken presentations, research, and technical assistance to districts, colleges, and community-based organizations. For additional information on The Education Trust, please visit www.edtrust.org.
The Deputy Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Work closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement the organization’s strategic goals, work plan, policy positions, and key initiatives, including strategies for communication and advocacy;
- Together with the Executive Director, 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. Collaborate with these partners to build and grow ETNY’s presence in New York as a source for independent, reliable information; a source for expertise and advocacy for low-income students and students of color; and to shape and influence policy and promote improved practices in education throughout the state;
- 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 ETNY research, analysis, and policy positions; and
- Work in collaboration with ETNY’s Executive Director to develop and sustain constructive relationships with the philanthropic community and other key stakeholders.
Qualifications and Experience
We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience, including leadership roles, in a non-profit or educational institution with extensive knowledge of education policy at the federal, state, and local levels;
- Intellectual depth and maturity to work with civil rights organizations, executives, staff, business and education leaders, policymakers and civic leaders across New York State and beyond;
- The 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; leadership experience in K-12 policy or education is preferred;
- Must have established relationships with key stakeholders (civil rights, education, etc.);
- Experience in advocacy, such as issue campaigns;
- Proven effectiveness as an agent of change at the classroom, school, and/or organizational level;
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with critical deadlines;
- The position is based in New York City and requires willingness to travel regularly throughout the state, as well as to Washington, DC; and
- Possession of a doctorate, master’s degree, or equivalent in education or related field (e.g., public policy, statistics, psychology, sociology, etc.).
Leadership, Management and Communication
- An open, respectful management style; a proven ability to work collaboratively with peers and staff members in a team-based environment;
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and an ability to think critically and strategically; exceptional decision-making, analytical, and planning skills;
- Experience managing a team to meet ambitious performance targets;
- Demonstrated track record of operating at a high level and following through on commitments;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to proactively communicate critical messages to stakeholders and a diverse of audiences, and the experience and inclination to be an effective spokesperson for ETNY;
- Successful experience working with internal and external partners to launch and actively manage a large-scale, complex project, including ability to manage multiple projects and to build a sense of common mission among various team members;
- A strong collaborator who enjoys working regularly and deeply across teams, both internally and externally, demonstrates flexibility and engenders trust; and
- Experience building a new organization preferred, but not required.
- Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them;
- Demonstrated ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives;
- Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently and thrive in a start-up culture;
- A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
- Healthy respect for colleagues;
- Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented;
- Strong sense of honor and integrity and a commitment to the highest ethical standards; and
- A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust–New York offers a comprehensive benefits package.
Provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. Please combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file. To begin the application process, please click here.
The Education Trust–New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.