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10 Dec 2012

Full-Time National Field Director

The Education Trust – Posted by Jewish Jobs Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

The Education Trust is a Washington D.C. based organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college.  Its goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.  The Education Trust strives to accomplish its mission by working alongside educators, parents, students, policymakers, and civic and business leaders in communities across the country.  It analyzes local, state, and national data and uses what it learns to help build broader understanding of achievement and opportunity gaps, and determine the actions necessary to close them.  It also participates actively in national and state policy debates, and builds the case for policies that will help all students and schools reach high levels of achievement.

Current Situation

The Education Trust is a national leader in education reform.  The major components of The Education Trust’s advocacy agenda include:

Ensuring that all students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and career; Raising the caliber of our teaching force, while ensuring that low-income students and students of color get at least their fair share of our strongest teachers; Ensuring that teachers and students have the support that they need to reach high academic standards; Turning around or closing low-performing schools; Closing the gaps in college entry and graduation that separate low-income young people and young people of color from their peers.

The Education Trust has been key player in the Washington DC policy debate on these issues.  Looking to the future, The Education Trust now also strives to more actively enlist the support of other state and local organizations that share its mission.  To learn more, visit


The Education Trust seeks a National Field Director to join the organization’s division of Government Affairs and Communications. The National Field Director will play a key role in an initiative 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 Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications, the National Field Director’s primary responsibility will be to design and lead a program to identify, educate, and mobilize key individuals and organizations outside of Washington, D.C., around The Education Trust’s message and policy proposals.

This is an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated, entrepreneurial, and strategic-minded individual to enhance and lead a key organizational function by leveraging the organization’s highly successful track record in advocacy and expanding on its solid base.


The National Field Director will  build , maintain and grow a network of national organizations, thought leaders, grassroots organizations, social justice groups, government representatives, and reformers who share—and will act on behalf of—The Education Trust’s  advocacy agenda.


The National Field Director will represent The Education Trust externally in a variety of forums.  The National Field Director will be expected to utilize social and traditional media in order to educate potential partners about The Education Trust and its advocacy agenda. The National Field Director will be entrusted to foster new acquaintanceship’s so that they develop into long-term mutually supportive partnerships.  The National Field Director is responsible for maintaining communications with all prospective and committed Education Trust partners.

Program Development

The new National Field Director will also be responsible for the development and implementation of educational programming on topics pertaining to The Education Trust’s advocacy agenda.  The National Field Director will design and present leadership trainings to further engage partners who share The Education Trust’s interests.


The National Field Director will also develop and supervise staff members and will be responsible for the day-to-day management pertaining to this team’s activities.

Fundraising Support

The National Field Director will support development efforts, working with development staff to communicate with and build relationships with existing and potential funder’s through reports, letters of inquiry, proposals, meetings, and other engagement opportunities. The National Field Director will also keep development staff informed about their results, and support in the development and prospecting of new funding sources.

The Education Trust expects the new National Field Director to accomplish the following major objectives over the next 12 months:

Develop and manage systems to identify, engage, educate, and mobilize leaders of key constituencies around The Education Trust’s mission; Design and implement leadership development opportunities for The Education Trust’s supporters across the country; Coordinate outreach activities with other organizational strategic goals and priorities; Collaborate on the establishment of  The Education Trust’s profile in social media and traditional media venues; Develop an effective team.


An ideal candidate will bring the following professional experience and personal characteristics:

Experience in building, managing, growing, and mobilizing an extensive national network; 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; Demonstrated ability to plan and execute effective organizing campaigns and successful advocacy work; 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; 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, employees, and superiors; Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented; Strong sense of honor and integrity; A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.


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

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Job Categories: Education/Teaching, Non-Profit, and Other. Job Types: Full-Time.


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