Policy & Advocacy Associate

Los Angeles, California
This is a year-round, full-time position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Feb 12, 2019
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The Partnership is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented individual to join the Partnership External Relations & Systems Change Team. The primary responsibilities for this role will be supporting the Partnership’s efforts to influence education policy & practice to support high-need schools in Los Angeles and beyond.


The associate will play a vital role in our systems change work, which is focused on removing barriers and scaling success for school transformation. For example, we advocate for equitable funding for schools and share best practices around school leadership. We do this systems change work through research & analysis, piloting innovative practices, organizing parents, collaborating with partners and advocating with district leaders. As a member of the systems change team, the associate will support cross-functional initiatives that leverage the expertise and access of our staff who work directly with our schools in academic, operations, family engagement and talent management functions. The associate will also provide crucial administrative support to our Chief External Officer Ryan Smith in service of our mission.

Specific duties include:


Project management and execution of systems change strategies (50%)


Project manage systems change initiatives, for example by building and maintaining trackers to monitor projects


Plan and execute logistics for advocacy and influence meetings and events


Develop key systems change communications for Chief External Officer and Director of Policy & Planning



Research and analysis of district and state policy and practice (25%)


Research policy and best practices in other districts


Analyze opportunities to advocate on state legislation in conjunction with partners


Analyze policy and data in LA Unified


Attend and share updates on LAUSD board meetings


Engage with Partnership school stakeholders (school leaders, teachers, parents and partners) to identify systemic barriers and opportunities to scale success



Administrative support for Chief External Officer (25%)


Support scheduling and calendar management for internal and external meetings


Support budget management





The ideal candidate will have:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university


1-3 years of experience in an education or professional setting


Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; can adapt when managing multiple, shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently


Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy


Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly


Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google docs, and interest in and ability to learn new platforms


Ability to work collaboratively with other experienced professionals including school principals, assistant principals, teachers, Partnership colleagues, and candidates for any of these roles


Ability to maintain discretion regarding confidential matters


Is a true team player; willing to support team members as needed both on the External Relations & Systems Change Team and across the organization for high-priority projects or events


Strong belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values


Reflective, life-long learner


Hold a valid California driver’s license