Education Trust-West, Director of P-16 Research

Education Trust-West - Oakland, California - Full time


The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for educational justice and high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. ETW exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and identifies and advocates for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. ETW works alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. They 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 higher education institutions can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit


The Education Trust–West seeks a Director of P-16 Research to advance the organization’s ambitious agenda to expose and eradicate injustices and inequities in California schools, colleges, and systems of education. Reporting to the Deputy Director of Research & Policy, the Director of P-16 Research will manage and carry out the organization’s P-16 education research work and supervise a small team of researchers.


Key Responsibilities of the Director of P-16 Research include:

Serving as a content expert. The successful candidate will be entrepreneurial and forward-thinking, and bring research, policy advocacy, institutional and/or legislative experience, and expertise in one or more of the most critical P-16 education policy issues.

Setting and executing the Education Trust–West‘s P-16 research agenda. In collaboration with the Deputy Director for Research & Policy, the Director of P-16 Research will develop Ed Trust–West’sresearch agenda each year with an eye toward “usability” for equity advocates and policymakers. This research will support Ed Trust–West’s state, regional, and local policy advocacy.

Projects will include use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches to identify and highlight:

  • Inequities in opportunity (paired with policy recommendations at the state and local levels to make the case for change);
  • Best practices/bright spots that help us understand what success looks like, why we see success, and how it can be replicated;
  • Voices and experiences of students, families, and educators of color, and students and families from low-income backgrounds.

To execute those projects the Director of P-16 Research will:

  • Develop study design including data collection, analysis, and communication and visual representation of results;
  • Collect and analyze data, and publish results;
  • Manage, develop, and support a small team of 1-3 staff as well as intern(s), and consultants;
  • Work collaboratively with the Policy and Practice teams (and frequently other aligned organizations) to ensure integrated work that advances Ed Trust–West’s P-16 advocacy agenda;
  • In collaboration with the Associate Director of P-16 Research and Deputy Director of Research & Policy, work with the Development team to identify and secure ongoing funding for research efforts.

Shaping the conversation at the California state level.

  • Present research, findings, and recommendations in compelling, accessible written form (e.g., writing and editing briefs and reports, memoranda, magazine articles, op-eds, and blog posts);
  • Give presentations to education practitioners, policymakers, advocates, members of the media, and others (e.g., testimony, conference presentations, advocacy training sessions, media interviews, and videos);
  • Support senior leadership in communicating the research and policy recommendations by drafting talking points and statements (in collaboration with the Communications team);
  • Cultivate and strengthen a network of researchers who are leading experts on educational equity issues to inform our work and that of others in the field.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Director of P-16 Research candidate will have:

  • 7-10 years of professional experience with school-site or institution-based work in education, as well as knowledge of research, policy and/or evaluation best practices;
  • The ability to manage staff and prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment;
  • Strong analytical, research, and communications skills with an emphasis on quantitative analysis, interpretation, and presentation of quantitative data to lay audiences;
  • A passionate commitment to expanding opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and a belief that P-16 education in California must do a much better job in serving these students;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and a desire to work as part of a team as well as a desire to interact with members of the broader education community;
  • Expertise using Excel and PowerPoint; STATA and Dedoose experience a plus;
  • Strong project management and follow-through skills with attention to detail, especially under deadline pressures;
  • A graduate degree in Public Policy, Education Policy, Statistics, or related field (strongly preferred).


This position offers a competitive salary and robust benefits. 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 Zachary Harr at

Education Trust-West is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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