Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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The VP for Government Affairs and Communications will develop and implement a comprehensive external relations strategy to ensure that the Ed Trust’s efforts effectively focus the attention of key audiences on inequities in public education and the actions necessary to close gaps in both opportunity and achievement. To that end, this person will ensure tight coordination between and among the division’s departments, as well as close collaboration with other divisions.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications will report to Kati Haycock, President; will serve as a member of the Ed Trust’s executive team; and will lead a team of approximately 12 staff members.

Division Structure

The Division of Government Affairs and Communications currently consists of four departments – Communications, Legislative Affairs, Field Operations, and Editorial & Design.

Key Responsibilities

Executive Management
  • Lead the Government Affairs and Communications division, setting short- and long-term strategy and goals for the division, prioritizing key initiatives, and providing feedback and mentorship to team members across the division’s four departments
  • Serve as a member of the Ed Trust’s Executive Team, working with other division leaders to craft the organization’s broad strategic direction and operational plans
  • Advise the organization’s Executive Team on effective communications strategies, positioning for specific initiatives, and general branding for the Ed Trust broadly, leveraging the organization’s resources to advance that agenda
  • Work collaboratively with Policy and Practice teams to develop policy positions that advance the organization’s equity goals
  • Advocate internally for the work of the Government Affairs and Communications team, garnering the internal resources and support necessary to move team efforts forward in a timely and efficient manner
External Relations
  • Raise the profile of the organization’s efforts, finding ways to extend its impact by attracting the attention and respect of the broad community of stakeholders invested in K-12 and higher education
  • Strategically guide the organization’s efforts to ensure that the organization fosters effective working relationships with national, state, and local organizations that can help further our mission
  • Serve as a primary spokesperson with the media, and represent the Ed Trust by speaking publicly to audiences at external meetings and conferences, elevating the profile of the organization’s work
  • Manage existing and new donors, cultivating the support of the funding community and providing regular updates and briefings, where appropriate
Team Management
  • Provide clear strategic direction and effective oversight of a coherent and collaborative Government Affairs and Communications team to ensure that the division’s work is aligned with the organization’s strategic plan
  • Oversee the dissemination of the organization’s work for maximum impact through a variety of media, including print publications, electronic platforms, and social media
  • Guide and support the development of productive working relationships with policymakers and legislators at the federal and state levels
  • Strategically guide the development of an effective field and outreach team
  • Coach and mentor members of the team to ensure that they develop professionally while meeting organizational goals


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them
  • The ability to think creatively about how the Ed Trust should position itself and its work externally
  • Strong management and leadership skills, with proven success managing teams to ambitious goals while also mentoring staff
  • A track record of success in complex, fast-paced, high-performing organizations, with an ability to prioritize projects and work cross-functionally
  • Keen analytical skill with the ability to synthesize and coordinate complex concepts
  • Capacity to write and speak clearly and persuasively to a wide range of audiences, including parents, practitioners, and state and federal policymakers
  • Professional maturity, with the ability to handle a dynamic and changing agenda, adapting to a changing landscape, where appropriate, and operating effectively amid ambiguity
  • Exceptional relationship building skills, with the capacity to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, cultivating productive partnerships and alliances
  • Experience in K-16 education reform-related programs and practices is desirable
  • Political and/or campaign experience is a plus
Other Attributes:
  • Razor sharp intellect
  • Creative and politically savvy
  • Channeled passion
  • Lively sense of humor
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Likable and approachable
  • Enjoys leading and working with others
  • Diplomatic
  • Flexible


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

LOCATION : Washington, DC


Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that single document. Our application process will not allow you to upload more than one file. To begin the application process, click this link:

This organization is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.