Policy & Advocacy Associate

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Closing date: 23 January 2019


The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in a non-profit organization created in 2007 to transform historically underserved schools and serve as a scalable transformation model for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the State of California, and the nation. The Partnership dramatically accelerates achievement for students in the district’s highest-need schools by operating a network of 18 schools (14,000-student enrollment) in Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts.  The Partnership is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Since the network was founded, Partnership schools have more than doubled their four-year graduation rate from 36% to 81% and have made gains every year on math and literacy assessments. The Partnership has also been a critical partner to LAUSD as an advocate for better policies and programs for high-need schools across the district. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit our website at www.PartnershipLA.org.


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.

How to apply

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=p6218&fs=1.0em.


1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1850
Los Angeles, CA 90017
United States
Non-Competitive Eligibility (NCE):

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