Deputy Director

The Education Trust - West
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 31, 2021
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Organization

The Education Trust–West works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose educational injustices and inequities that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close equity gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies intended to reduce and eliminate racial equity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our early education, K-12 education system, and colleges and universities can better serve underserved students of color, English learners and low-income students. To learn more, please visit


The Position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Deputy Director will serve as a key leader for the organization and member of the Leadership Team (LT). The Deputy Director will manage internal initiatives from conception to implementation, manage people and projects, and monitor continuous improvement and results. Externally, the Deputy Director will serve as an important representative of ETW in various settings. The ideal candidate is a seasoned organizational strategist who also has experience engaging in K-12 advocacy initiatives.


The position is based in Oakland, CA, and requires a willingness to travel regularly throughout the state. Due to the pandemic, ETW is currently teleworking, but team members will be expected to return to the office once it’s deemed safe.


Essential Functions

Organizational Strategy and Development (60%)

  • Ensure racial justice is at the core of our advocacy, policy, research, and educator engagement work
  • Ensure the strategic plan guides all of ET’s work and develop systems and methods for measuring and regularly evaluating the organization’s impact and progress against goals
  • Partner with the Leadership Team and Research and Policy Analysis (RPA) Leadership Group to develop clear bi-annual priorities in alignment with the strategic plan and ensure team members put time toward these priorities
  • Support alignment and collaboration across teams to leverage the content and functional expertise of team members to advance ETW’s goals and mission
  • Collaborate with Ed Trust staff across various locations to align on critical organizational outcomes, policies, and processes


Partnerships, Engagement, and Fundraising (25%)

  • Manage strategic projects that position the organization to grow our leadership within the state around educational equity issues. One such project will be spearheading ETW’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
  • Travel within California to represent Ed Trust–West as a spokesperson in meetings, events, and coalitions, especially those related to K-12 education issues and campaigns. Some travel to other Ed Trust offices in other states might be occasionally necessary. (note: travel is currently suspended due to the pandemic)
  • Maintain good funder relationships, along with other staff, including cultivating K-12 funder and educator engagement relationships and contributing to grant proposals and reports to secure funding.


People Development (15%)

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to foster a learning and growing culture, for individuals and the organization, by overseeing staff professional development and successfully executing ETW’s “walking the talk” initiatives (e.g., internally confronting the dynamics of power and privilege related to race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.)
  • Supervise 4-6 individuals, serving as a coach to support their leadership development and teams, and determine alignment to the strategic plan and priorities surfaced during bi-annual work planning processes


Qualifications and Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of experience engaged in and leading work to ensure educational equity as a senior organizational leader
  • Undergraduate degree required, Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • Flexibility to deal with ambiguity while driving the work forward
  • Self-reflective, open to honest conversations about race, identity, and privilege and how these forces impact our internal and external work
  • Comfortable with the conflict that may arise when pursuing groundbreaking data and research that may expose systemic educational inequities
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • A track record of successful people and project management with tangible results
  • Ability to draft and deliver compelling written and verbal communication
  • Well-honed ability to execute and exhibit good judgment
  • Fluency in writing and speaking in Spanish is a plus



Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The Education Trust—West offers a comprehensive benefits package.


Application Process

Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document and a writing sample.   

 In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “DeputyDirector_Chan”  Applications can be submitted here



The Education Trust—West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

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