Field Associate
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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The Field Associate will play a key role in the organization’s work to expand and intensify the impact of the Education Trust’s efforts to forever eliminate the achievement gaps in K-12 and higher education. Reporting to the Assistant Field Director, the Field Associate will help design and lead programs to identify, educate, and mobilize key individuals, constituencies, and organizations outside of Washington, D.C., around the Education Trust’s message, agenda, and specific policy proposals.

Major Responsibilities

The Field Associate’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Engage state-based education reform organizations in the work of The Education Trust such that they can learn from our organization and further issues of equity at the state level and so that our staff can learn from the work of the state advocates, ensuring that our work is informed by what they know.
  • Assist in the creative development and implementation of various outreach and grassroots strategies.
  • Coordinate with the policy and practice teams to develop field relevant materials, presentations, and other tools.
  • Work with the Legislative Affairs team to engage state legislators in work to advance the equity agenda in their states.
  • Represent The Education Trust externally in a variety of forums. Working with colleagues in the communications department, the Field Associate will utilize social and traditional media in order to educate and mobilize the partners and potential partners mentioned above in the work of The Education Trust.
  • Develop and implement educational programming on topics pertaining to The Education Trust’s advocacy agenda for the organizations mentioned above.
  • Serve as an “in the office” presence for the field team when members of the team are on the road, including checking the mail, communicating directly with people who need help, and keeping the lines of communications open with the team members who are traveling.

Qualifications and Experience

The following qualifications are required in the Field Associate:
  • Demonstrated ability to set goals, prioritize work, deliver on objectives, and manage staff effectively;
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and systemically and to capitalize on external opportunities;
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse organizations;
  • Excellent organizational, oral, written, and interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of education policy;
  • Ability to travel approximately 5-10 days per month.

Personal Characteristics

The Field Associate should possess the following characteristics:
  • Commitment to the Education Trust’s mission;
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently;
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence;
  • Healthy respect for colleagues;
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented;
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity;
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.