Reports to: Director of State Policy Development and Government Relations
FLSA Status: Salaried, Exempt (through December 31, 2020, with potential for a permanent position depending on funding)
Prepared Date: March 2019
About the Alliance for Excellent Education
The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a policy and advocacy organization that supports equity and excellence for all students. Its mission is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child, particularly those who are underserved, to graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. All4Ed develops and advocates for research-based federal and state policies that support effective, comprehensive, and systemic secondary school change and then works with policymakers and advocates to adopt these reforms. All4Ed supports the implementation of equity-focused policy by providing direct technical assistance to state education leaders and supporting districts to use technology as a tool to strengthen teaching and learning for all students. All4Ed aims to ensure that high standards, aligned with college and career readiness, are in place in all schools and that all students, particularly those who are underserved, are provided with the instruction, resources, and support services they need to attain academic success. All4Ed’s efforts are based on the premise that, if given the right environment and tools, every student can achieve.
All4Ed is expanding its state policy team to support work on a two-year project focused on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. The project will analyze the results of state and federal school accountability and school improvement systems to build an understanding of state policy choices under ESSA and how those choices affect school and student outcomes.
To support this project and the organization’s policy agenda, All4Ed seeks an analyst with a strong research and policy background, as well as a demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence for all young people. The analyst will help design and implement policy research, gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, and translate research into compelling policy briefs, fact sheets, and other products. In addition to working closely with other All4Ed team members—including the Director and Assistant Directors of State Policy—s/he will work with a diverse array of outside education experts, researchers, and leaders at the federal, state, and local levels on a variety of policy projects.
- Identify, gather, and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including managing the data collection process in support of project goals
- Conduct research on state and federal education policy issues, specifically related to school accountability and improvement
- Analyze legislation, regulations, and other education policy documents to understand their content and implications
- Work closely with staff in the U.S. Department of Education, Congressional offices, state departments of education, other policymaking bodies, and outside organizations to collect data and information as well as build relationships in the education policy community
- Communicate complex policy and research findings to staff across All4Ed and work collaboratively with colleagues to advance federal and state research and policy goals
- Translate research findings into effective, understandable products (i.e., policy briefs, fact sheets, reports, and other written materials) for state and federal policymakers, as well as civil rights groups and advocacy organizations
- Represent All4Ed in coalitions and meetings, as appropriate, to support All4Ed’s state and federal policy agenda
- Demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence for all young people
- 1-3 years of work experience (including internships) in policy analysis or research roles, ideally at an education policymaking entity or other policy and advocacy organization
- Proficiency with data analysis, including comprehensive knowledge of MS Excel; experience with more sophisticated statistical software a plus (e.g., Stata)
- Relevant experience conducting education research and analyzing information, preferably related to high schools, accountability, school improvement, and/or Title I funding
- Strong written, oral, and presentation skills and an ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely for public audiences
- Knowledge of federal education policy, including ESSA opportunities and requirements
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple projects
- Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred (e.g., master’s degree in public policy, education policy, or related fields)
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com, or mail to Alliance for Excellent Education, Attn: Senior Vice President of Operations, 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 901, Washington, DC, 20036. No phone calls please.