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Employment: Educational Equity Policy Fellow

Connecticut Voices for Children is seeking an Educational Equity Policy Fellow.

Lead research and advocacy to advance school readiness, college and career readiness, and educational equity. Essential duties are predominantly intellectual in character and include work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment.

Essential Functions

  • Work with the Executive and Advocacy Directors to develop and advance research and advocacy priorities related to equitable opportunity for all children, including advancing a high-quality early care and education system, assuring equitable distribution and adequacy of educational resources, improving college and career readiness, and driving racial and socioeconomic equity within Connecticut’s education system.
  • Manage and conduct, in partnership with other staff, quantitative and qualitative cradle-to-career education research and analysis.
  • Develop, in partnership with other staff, a policy agenda and strategies to enable all children to enter school ready to learn, to advance college and career readiness for all children in Connecticut, and to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to high-quality education.
  • Develop and write reports, briefs, fact sheets, presentations, and other content to disseminate research and policy proposals to a variety of audiences, including policymakers, service providers, advocacy organizations, and news media.
  • Monitor, analyze, and write about state and federal budget proposals and legislation as they relate to early care and educational equity and education funding.
  • Work with existing early care alliance to create more powerful voice in support of an integrated system of high-quality early care and education.
  • Convene roundtables, forums, and meetings to share research related to educational equity, collect feedback from stakeholders, and strategize with partners to progress research and policy related to educational equity and college and career readiness.
  • Work with national organizations to advance equity-focused policy at both state and national levels.
  • Represent Connecticut Voices for Children in advocacy coalitions.
  • Assist in identifying and obtaining funding for this work, including preparing grant applications and grant reports.
  • Manage, evaluate, and mentor associate policy fellows.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have demonstrated commitment to social justice and equitable opportunity for all children, excellent written and verbal communication skills, a flexible mindset, ability to think strategically, ability to work on multiple tasks in a time sensitive manner, comfort collaborating with diverse groups internally and externally, self-motivation, attention to detail, strong project management skills and a commitment to credible and independent analysis. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Advanced degree in education, public policy, sociology, psychology, law, or related field (Ph.D. or J.D. preferred, relevant Master’s plus 3-5 years experience will be considered).
  • Three or more years in public policy research and advocacy; two or more years’ supervisory experience preferred.
  • Quantitative data analysis using spreadsheets (Excel), statistical analysis software (Stata, R, SPSS, etc.), and interactive data visualization (Tableau Public, Google Fusion Tables).  
  • Familiarity with state and federal policy analysis, state budget processes, and state and federal data sources.
  • Experience with lobbying or similar advocacy experience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with education funding and education equity lawsuits is a plus.

Salary: This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package. Generous vacation and holiday schedules.

To Apply
Please send an email with the subject “CT Voices Senior Economic and Fiscal Policy Fellow 2017” to Lauren Ruth at lruth@ctvoices.org. Attach your cover letter, résumé or curriculum vitae, two writing samples (one about a policy issue geared toward a general audience and a technical research paper), undergraduate and graduate college transcripts (unofficial accepted), and four references (with contact information). We will not contact references before speaking with you.

Connecticut Voices for Children is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.