Based in Washington, DC and available immediately, the Senior Analyst, P-12 College and Career Readiness Policy will serve as a member of the P-12 Policy team. This role is an exciting opportunity to lead our work informing and advocating for federal, state, and local policies that advocate for educational equity and the acceleration of student learning, post-pandemic. Come flex your policy chops to help increase access to and success in rigorous, culturally-sustaining coursework that prepares students of color and students from low-income backgrounds for college, career, and beyond. Experience developing and conducting policy analyses related to college and career readiness, as well as excellent communication skills, are a must.

About the Organization

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

The P12 Policy Analyst for College and Career Readiness Policy will be responsible for:

  • Analysis and Recommendations : Develop and conduct policy and/or data analyses, with a focus on remedying disparities in access to rigorous pathways to college and career, and develop recommendations for federal and state policy
  • Sharing Findings and Recommendations : Develop materials (e.g., reports, briefs, presentations, etc.) to advance our policy agenda, especially related to college and career readiness. Represent Ed Trust with various audiences, including advocates, policymakers, educators and journalists
  • Content Knowledge : Serve as one of the organization’s primary experts on college and career readiness for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds
  • Relationships : Build and cultivate relationships within the organization and with external partners to expand efforts aimed at improving student outcomes and eliminating disparities in opportunity to learn, especially related to college and career readiness
  • Project management : Develop, manage, and execute complex projects designed to identify and elevate promising practices for advancing education equity, especially related to rigorous pathways to college and career; this may include providing support in fundraising and grant management
  • Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to receive and act upon critical feedback to improve knowledge, skills, presentation skills, and relationship building; contribute to an equitable working environment

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will pos sess the following qualifications and experience:

  • Belief in the Education Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity
  • At least a master’s degree in education, public policy/administration, or a related field
  • 5 – 7 of experience conducting policy analyses in education, especially related to college and career readiness
  • Deep understanding of elementary/secondary education policy, especially college and career readiness (e.g., access to rigorous and advanced coursework, college and career-ready course pathways, transition to postsecondary, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience developing policy recommendations based in data and research


The annual salary for this position starts at $80k and will be commensurate with experience. The Education Trust offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision benefits as well as a 403(b) retirement plan.


We operate in a hybrid environment, working at least two days per week from our Washington, DC offices.