Fiscal Research Assistant
StudentsFirst - Sacramento, CA

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About StudentsFirst
We are a national grassroots movement of more than 1 million parents, teachers, students, administrators and concerned citizens mobilizing for one purpose: to put the laws and leaders in place to make students the focus of and ensure America has the best schools in the world.

We believe that we've been doing things the old way for too long. Pitting the interests of the grown-ups in the system against one another, for example, rather than focusing on real solutions. No one won. And students lost. In too many American schools, current laws, policies, and practices are putting adult interests ahead of students. The result is an increasingly broken education system that, if not corrected, will keep America from leading in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. It's time for a new approach that puts students' interests at the center of education policy.

We are channeling the energy of our members to produce meaningful results on both the local and national level. We are working with bipartisan state legislators to create laws and policies that put the needs of students above any other interest in the system. Our members are pushing for reforms that will elevate the teaching profession and improve teacher and principal quality, empower parents and improve the governance and financial strength of school districts. Together, we’ve already helped pass more than 50 new policies in half a dozen states. We have helped improve education systems affecting millions of students. We’re transforming public education to ensure great teachers and great schools for all of our kids. StudentsFirst was founded in 2010 by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

The Fiscal Strategy Assistant, reporting to the Deputy Director of Fiscal Policy, will assist in researching and analyzing the fiscal impact of educational policies in states across the country.


Conduct research on key educational and fiscal policies, including those outlined in the StudentsFirst policy agenda

Collaborate with the Fiscal Strategy team to collect information and data on both existing and new/innovative educational and fiscal policies and models from across the country

Contribute to summarizing research findings, case studies, policy proposals, etc., to both StudentsFirst staff members and external stakeholders using clear and concise reports, presentations, one-pagers, etc.

Assist in maintaining the research and document storage system; actively update time-sensitive facts, figures, and citations on internal and external documents

Perform other related duties as assigned

Candidate Profile

Shared commitment to the mission of the organization

Outstanding written communication and analytical skills

Strong organizational and time management skills.

Ability to work well under pressure, be detail oriented and meet deadlines

Ability to manage several tasks/projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively

A proven expertise in research techniques

Strong commitment to teamwork

Ability to work independently and follow through on projects

Equal Opportunity
StudentsFirst is an equal opportunity employer. Background and reference checks are conducted on all prospective new hires.

Working Conditions
Work is mainly performed in an office environment in a small workstation without an expectation of privacy. Noise levels are usually moderate.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Process
The application process will include a resume review, phone interview, and in-person interviews. To be considered for the position, please submit your resume and cover letter at with cover letter addressed to Hiring Manager.

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