Policy analyst position at Education First Consulting
- Company Overview
Education First Consulting is a national policy consulting firm that specializes in helping education policymakers, advocates and funders develop broad-based strategies that lead to greater learning and achievement for our nation's students. Based in Seattle, Education First Consulting's area of expertise is K16 education, with extensive work on issues related to college readiness, standards and assessments, teacher effectiveness and high school reform; our mission is to help all students finish high school armed with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and careers. Our firm's consultants are themselves leaders in education reform with successful track records in education policy, politics, research, communications and philanthropy.
We seek to work with and support clients we think are well positioned to make real change in this area, including school districts, private and corporate foundations, state governments and nonprofit advocacy organizations. Our clients include Achieve, American Federation of Teachers, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, George Gund Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grantmakers for Education, Joyce Foundation, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Washington State Board of Education, and state education advocacy organizations including Illinois' Advance Illinois, Ohio's Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy, Oregon's Chalkboard Project and Washington Roundtable. Most recently the firm worked with Tennessee educators and policymakers to help craft the state's strategies and Race to the Top application, which resulted in $501 million of federal funding.
Position Responsibilities Policy Analyst
Policy Analysts support research efforts and project teams to deliver outstanding work to education clients. The primary responsibilities of the Policy Analyst include:
Gather, organize and synthesize existing research to advance team and client decisions; identify and interview key informants; analyze education policy options; develop fact-based yet persuasive analyses.
Bring to bear advanced education knowledge about research findings, federal and state policies and effective practices in key education reform areas.
Organize, prioritize and process large volumes of work under tight deadlines.
Lead key portions of projects.
Develop "client-ready" PowerPoint presentations, policy memos, briefs, reports, strategy documents and other products drawing from documentation and research work. Assist in researching and writing materials for publication.
Education First believes in coaching and supporting its staff to meet their full potential. Over time, the Policy Analyst will be expected and supported to develop skills in strategic planning/business planning for clients, project management and client management.
Experience & Qualifications
One to three years of experience in policy, political campaigns or other relevant public affairs experience in education.
Demonstrated understanding of current education reform issues, preferably in the areas of: standards, assessment, data and accountability policies; high school redesign; reading, math and science reforms; transitions to postsecondary education; college persistence and success; teacher and principal effectiveness; early education; charter school policy and new school development; and/or expanded learning time and other student supports.
Strong qualitative research skills and experience, including environmental scans, literature reviews, legislative/policy analysis, field documentation and/or synthesis.
Strong organizational, word processing, email, spreadsheets and database skills and oral and written communication skills.
Outstanding project management, public speaking and client communications skills.
Demonstrated experience working effectively on teams and with diverse constituencies.
Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines.
Master's in public policy, public administration, business, education, JD or related fields a plus, but not required.
A strong commitment to improving student learning and achievement and moving education systems beyond the status quo.
Highly organized and a detail-oriented self-starter.
Flexible, resourceful and good humored.
Ability and desire to work independently in a virtual office environment.
Strongly recommended for employment by peers and co-workers.
Though we work in a virtual environment, preference will be given to candidates living in or willing to relocate to the Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, or Washington D.C. areas.
Education First Consulting offers a competitive salary, benefits and profit sharing. The approximate salary range is $40,000-60,000 with the upper end of the range reserved for candidates with a graduate degree and/or significant work experience.
Email your resume, a detailed cover letter describing how your qualifications and interests match Education First's needs, up to three writing samples and salary requirements to careers@.... Please, no phone calls or other inquiries. Position is available immediately and is open until filled.