Jul 15, 2020


  • Advancement Project
Programs Education (K-12) Economic / Development Government Social Justice

Job Description

*(This is a remote position work-from-home until further notice, at which point the employee will report to work in the office.)

Position Summary:

The Manager of Educational Equity (“Manager”) will report directly to the Associate Director of

the Educational Equity, Policy to support advocacy that elevates education issues across the Birth to

12th grade systems and advances racial equity and economic justice in state and local policy and

practice. The successful candidate will be charged with managing the K-12 program area, including

ongoing analysis of the landscape, policy and advocacy initiatives, program development, fund

development, fiscal oversight, staff supervision, coalition and partnership building, state

conferences and convenings, and external relations.

This position requires a strong understanding of a broad range of K-12 educational equity issues,

including: racial equity and economic justice in education practices and policies that put Black and

Latinx students and youth of color on a path to success; school finance; and strategies for addressing

and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Serve as a leader on K-12 education research, policy, and advocacy efforts in the areas of: racial

equity and economic justice in education; educational opportunities for highest need

communities; school finance and gaps in educational funding; dual language learner/English

learner education; promising and best practices across the K-12 systems to support the success

of Black students and youth of color; strategies to address and dismantle the school-to-prison

pipeline; and opportunities to build continuity across the birth to 12th grade system.

• Lead research and integrate emerging trends in educational equity, as well as best practices that

uplift the assets and needs of diverse communities. Policy/research duties include, but not

limited to:

o Extensive literature reviews, online research and interviews on various policy topics.

o Development of policy briefs, report writing, and quantitative/qualitative analysis.

o Prepare materials and reports for advocacy efforts.

• Work with and support Associate Director on policy frameworks, fundraising/development


and budget management, staff management, and grant/client development activities.

• Manage select grants and projects and work with staff primarily, and sometimes with partners

and stakeholders to articulate project goals, scope of work and timelines. With project

parameters confirmed, provide leadership and support to staff executing project deliverables

and ensure the highest quality.

• Lead coordination of the Birth to Twelfth Grade Water Cooler convening of advocates across

the state, through outreach, publicity, event logistics (e.g. registration, catering, travel,

contractors, etc.) and content-planning for events. Support the team to identify, initiate, and

deepen relationships with broad array of policy, research and community-based stakeholders,

relevant government staff, and political leadership.

• Stay apprised of developments related to state and local policy and advocacy efforts.

• Support operations, workflow, and accountability between Sacramento and Los Angeles

staff to ensure very high quality and effective work products on all grants and contracts.

• Represent Advancement Project in key education policy and advocacy stakeholder networks

and serve as liaison with community-based organizations and coalitions.

• Other duties as assigned, dependent on organizational needs and employee skills.

Team Development/Management

• Lead with a collaborative approach that promotes a culture of high performance and

continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

• Support strong internal communication, as well as and overall staff professional development

and mentorship using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.

• Participate in organization-wide planning, development, and communications activities, as

well as management meetings as needed, and ensure adherence to Advancement Project

California goals and policies within the project area.

• Support leadership in project implementation for current and emerging Advancement Project

California cross-programmatic efforts.

• Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign duties, set

objectives, establish priorities, and conduct performance reviews.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function

assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or

ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to

perform the essential functions.

• Sincere and demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity and economic justice

issues for the highest-need communities.

• 5+ years of non-profit and/or government leadership and project management experience.

• Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, or the social sciences

preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully

perform the essential job duties may be considered.

• Deep understanding and experience in California’s K-12 education systems, and racial and

economic justice frameworks and inclusive community development. Experience related to

the school to prison pipeline and early care and education policy is a plus.


• Demonstrated success building coalitions/partnership with community groups representing a

wide range of racial and ethnic communities, and overall maintaining effective relationships

and partnerships with key stakeholders.

• Demonstrated success in delivering high-quality work product on a consistent, reliable basis

in a fast-paced work environment with ambitious goals.

• Demonstrated success in leading and managing complex projects that are strategic in nature

and scope.

• Demonstrated capacity to manage numerous projects simultaneously.

• Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to execute projects on-time and onbudget

• Strong interpersonal, communication, facilitation and presentation skills, including experience

translating technical analyses into compelling advocacy messages especially preferred.

• Strong writing and research skills.

• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

• Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.

• Demonstrated ability to work in a small team setting.

• Excellent computer skills, proficient with MS Office applications.

• Must be able to travel locally and statewide, and on rare occasions nationally.

• Bilingual or multilingual skills are a plus.

Physical Demands:

Occasionally must be able to move office supplies and equipment weighing up to 15 pounds across the

office or during events.


Competitive compensation depending on experience. Includes full health, dental and retirement


To Apply:

Please send an email with subject line "Ed Equity Application" and include a cover letter, resume, and

writing sample in one PDF attachment. Please title the document using the format: last name_first

name_edeq.pdf (e.g. Jimenez_Jorge_edeq.pdf) and send to:

Jorge Jimenez

Director of Human Resources, Finance and Administration


1910 West Sunset Blvd. Suite 500 Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.advancementprojectca.org

Advancement Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of

race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age,

or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a

diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff team. We strongly encourage applicants who are people of

color, LGBTQ, women, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people.

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