Director of Policy, Research and Practice
Company: Public Affairs Council
Location: Royal Oak
Posted on: February 23, 2021
Director of Policy, Research and Practice Eduation Trust-Midwest
Royal Oak, MI The Education Trust-Midwest (ETM), a nonprofit
education policy, advocacy, and research organization located in
metropolitan Detroit, seeks a full-time Director of Policy and
Research to join our leadership team. The Education Trust-Midwest
promotes high academic achievement for all Michigan students at all
levels-pre-kindergarten through college. The organization is a
well-respected and influential research, policy, advocacy, and
technical assistance organization that works alongside parents,
educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders in
transforming Michigan schools and colleges into institutions that
serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together
with unflinching data analyses, shape our Michigan-focused research
and policy agenda. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and
achievement that consign far too many young people-especially those
who are black, Latino, American Indian, or from low-income
families-to lives on the margin of the American mainstream.
Launched in the fall of 2010, ETM is the Midwest division of
national The Education Trust, which is headquartered in Washington,
D.C. For additional information on The Education Trust-Midwest,
please visit--www.edtrustmidwest.org . Major Responsibilities The
Director of Policy, Research and Practice is a key member of ETM's
senior leadership and management team. This leader directs the
policy and research team, and also works closely with and will
manage ETM's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, an ETM
practice team focused on working with educators and schools to
raise teaching and learning in high-poverty schools in West
Michigan. This leader will be based in metropolitan Detroit and
must be willing to travel as needed, particularly in Michigan.
Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:
- Overall team/department management:--Lead the policy and
research team in developing policy recommendations on our core
issue areas and generate ideas for new policy areas and lines of
advocacy work that promise to raise achievement and close gaps.
Manage ETM's practice work at Center for Excellence in Teaching and
Learning, based in West Michigan, and in partnership with the CETL
director, support the CETL team's technical assistance work with
districts, schools, principals, and educators to dramatically raise
teaching and learning levels for all students in high-poverty
communities, including coordination with districts to gather data
and track progress, develop and implement equitable and effective
improvement initiatives, document the impact of the organization's
work on student learning, and pilot best practices and
evidence-based policies at the local level to inform state-level
work. Supervise and support the development of the members of the
policy and research team, as well as the practice team.
- Strategy development:--Collaborate closely with ETM leadership
and teams to develop and execute strategy for accomplishing the
organization's short- and long-term research and advocacy goals.
Develop and execute a strategic plan for policy, research, and data
and technical assistance partnerships that advances ETM's mission
to raise the achievement of all Michigan students and close
- External Engagement and Leadership:--Represent ETM in external
presentations, including to the Legislature, advocacy
organizations, education groups and at major conferences. Convene
and serve as the organization's spokesperson in tables of
advocates, practitioners, and key state-level decision makers
around policy topics, providing data and policy expertise and
effectively building knowledge and advocating for equitable and
effective policy decision-making.
- Research:--Initiate, develop and manage new research projects
from design through analysis to presentation and communication of
findings, with quantitative data from large scale datasets, as well
as with qualitative data from schools and districts that have
improved or are working to improve.
- Policy:--Work collaboratively with fellow staff members in
Michigan, as well as the Washington, D.C. and California offices,
to monitor federal, state, and local K-16 policy and quickly
respond to legislative and regulatory proposals, inquiries from
allies, and other rapid-response opportunities to develop the
organization's position and case to the media and beyond.
- Content production:--Serve as one of ETM's lead researchers and
writers in the development of research briefs, reports, and
technical assistance briefs that are aligned with our mission and
- Grant Management: Identify new grant opportunities and
contribute to grant writing, tracking, and reporting as well as
developing and maintaining relationships with potential and
established philanthropic partners.
- Relationship management:--Develop and maintain relationships
with external research organizations, universities, and
governmental entities and other stakeholders as needed. Work
collaboratively with our Government Affairs and Communications
teams to monitor and respond to federal, state, and local policies
and research relevant to Michigan's students, including serving as
a media spokesperson on those issues. Qualifications and Experience
We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in education
policy or research. Additional experience as an educator - in
teaching or school leadership - or advocacy is strongly
- Advanced degree in education research, education policy, or
- A mix of strong analytical, research, and communications
skills, with an emphasis on the ability to creatively apply
research to policy problems and communicate solutions, both orally
and in writing.
- Deep knowledge of state and federal education policies,
including but not limited to teacher quality, standards-based
reform, and school accountability.
- Experience managing a team
- Strong data analysis skills, including experience working with
large scale datasets; familiarity with student assessment data a
- Expertise in Microsoft Excel required; preferred experience in
statistical analysis package such as STATA or SPSS.
- Ability to communicate complex information, research, and
technical details to a variety of different audiences and partners,
both verbally and in writing.
- Highly skilled in communicating and collaborating across
sectors outside of the organization and across teams inside the
- Deep commitment to educational equity and high achievement for
all students, particularly for African American, Latino, Native
American and low-income children.
- Ability to travel, particularly to Lansing and Grand Rapids.
- 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.
- Self-starter mentality and the ability to work
- A demonstrated commitment to excellence, including under tight
- Ability to prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly
- Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented.
- Flexibility with a strong sense of honor and integrity.
- A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.
- The ability to motivate and inspire. The Education
Trust-Midwest offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive
benefits package - including medical, dental, vision, disability,
life insurance, flexible spending account options, a 403(b) plan
with employer match, generous parental leave, vacation time, and
paid holidays. Click here to apply online . Applicants will be
asked to submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact
information for three reference. Applications are reviewed on a
rolling basis. The Education Trust-Midwest, located in Royal Oak,
Michigan, is a nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research
and advocacy organization focused on doing what is right for
Michigan students. Working for the high academic achievement for
all students, our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and
achievement for all students, particularly those who are Black,
Latino or from low-income families.
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