Education Trust-West, Director of Communications

Education Trust-West - Oakland, California - Full time


The Education Trust–West works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. The organization focuses on exposing educational injustices and inequalities that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for strategies that will forever close equity gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies intended to reduce and eliminate racial equity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-12 education system and colleges and universities can better serve underserved students of color, English learners, and low-income students. To learn more, please


The Education Trust–West (ETW) seeks a Communications Director to help advance the organization’s ambitious agenda to expose and eradicate injustices and inequities in California schools, colleges, and systems of education. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications will work alongside Education Trust–West’s P-12 and higher education research, policy, and practice teams to develop and execute communications activities to further advance the organization’s advocacy goals.


Communications Leadership

  • Develop and implement integrated, sophisticated short- and long-term communications plans as part of ETW’s advocacy campaigns.
  • Oversee the organization’s social and digital media, leveraging multi-media platforms to maximize the impact of our advocacy efforts.
  • Develop and implement metrics to track and measure the level of engagement of ETW’s network and test the effectiveness of communications strategies.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all communications collateral including press releases, official statements, opinion pieces and external presentations.
  • Supervise communications team of 1-3 people.

Media Relations

  • Build and nurture relationships with journalists, opinion leaders, and diverse education stakeholders.
  • Oversee the development and placement of news stories, op-eds, rapid letter responses, and story placement in key print and online media outlets to increase ETW’s visibility as a leader in the educational justice movement.
  • Provide media and communications training and support to key ETW staff and its partners.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Director of Communications candidate will be:

  • An accomplished leader with 8+ years of success in an education policy, political, or advocacy setting.
  • Deeply committed to Education Trust-West’s mission of working for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college.
  • Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead direct conversations about them.
  • A builder of authentic relationships with community partners, policymakers, journalists and other thought leaders, speaking in a clear and compelling manner about the organization’s goals and priorities.
  • An outstanding writer with well-developed editing and verbal communications skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; fluency in writing and speaking in Spanish is a plus.


This position offers a competitive salary range of $100k - $145k, and compensation and robust benefits including medical, dental, retirement and dedicated professional development funds. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Christina Greenberg at or at 510.575.9635.

The Education Trust–West 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.

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