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20 Feb 2019

Full-Time Policy & Advocacy Associate

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools – Posted by Los Angeles, California, United States

Job Description

The Partnership is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented individual to join the Partnership External Relations & Systems Change Team. The primary responsibilities for this role will be supporting the Partnership’s efforts to influence education policy & practice to support high-need schools in Los Angeles and beyond.

The associate will play a vital role in our systems change work, which is focused on removing barriers and scaling success for school transformation. For example, we advocate for equitable funding for schools and share best practices around school leadership. We do this systems change work through research & analysis, piloting innovative practices, organizing parents, collaborating with partners and advocating with district leaders. As a member of the systems change team, the associate will support cross-functional initiatives that leverage the expertise and access of our staff who work directly with our schools in academic, operations, family engagement and talent management functions. The associate will also provide crucial administrative support to our Chief External Officer Ryan Smith in service of our mission.

Specific duties include:

Project management and execution of systems change strategies (50%)

Project manage systems change initiatives, for example by building and maintaining trackers to monitor projects

Plan and execute logistics for advocacy and influence meetings and events

Develop key systems change communications for Chief External Officer and Director of Policy & Planning

Research and analysis of district and state policy and practice (25%)

Research policy and best practices in other districts

Analyze opportunities to advocate on state legislation in conjunction with partners

Analyze policy and data in LA Unified

Attend and share updates on LAUSD board meetings

Engage with Partnership school stakeholders (school leaders, teachers, parents and partners) to identify systemic barriers and opportunities to scale success

Administrative support for Chief External Officer (25%)

Support scheduling and calendar management for internal and external meetings

Support budget management


The ideal candidate will have:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

1-3 years of experience in an education or professional setting

Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; can adapt when managing multiple, shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently

Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy

Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate complex ideas simply and succinctly

Strong computer and technology skills; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Google docs, and interest in and ability to learn new platforms

Ability to work collaboratively with other experienced professionals including school principals, assistant principals, teachers, Partnership colleagues, and candidates for any of these roles

Ability to maintain discretion regarding confidential matters

Is a true team player; willing to support team members as needed both on the External Relations & Systems Change Team and across the organization for high-priority projects or events

Strong belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values

Reflective, life-long learner

Hold a valid California driver’s license


This is a year-round, full-time position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a competitive benefits package, including health, vision and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program.

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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