Job Posting: Associate, Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign

About the Data Quality Campaign (DQC)

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, nonprofit, advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. We believe that when students, parents, educators, and policymakers have the right information to make decisions, students achieve their best. To realize this vision, DQC works toward three goals:

  1. Increase public understanding of the value of education data.
  2. Ensure that everyone with a stake in education has timely access to the right information.
  3. Improve the capacity of and conditions for teachers and school leaders to use data.

If you care passionately about making sure everyone with a stake in education has the right information to guide their actions so students achieve their best, DQC is the place for you. We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and opportunities for career growth. 

Position Summary

This position will provide support to DQC’s policy team in implementing its multiyear strategy to align local, state, and federal policy to improve data use across the education sector. The associate will work across the organization to research state policy and measure progress toward specific DQC objectives, execute projects and events, represent DQC with its partners in DC and nationally, and advise the organization on new ideas and practices from the field. Opportunities for growth within the organization are available.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Analyze, distill, frame, and communicate key issues related to data use and systems alignment policy and practice at district, state, federal, and national levels.
  • Research state education policies through interviews, surveys, and publicly available documents.
  • Keep DQC staff informed about emerging practices and policies that facilitate effective data use across the education sector at all levels.
  • Represent DQC in meetings, briefings, coalitions, and partnerships and conductpresentations to expand DQC’s policy advocacy.
  • Plan and facilitate effective and results-oriented meetings with high-level stakeholders.
  • Reinforce DQC’s strong relationships with national policy, research, andadvocacy organizations. Seek strategic opportunities for collaboration and partnership to leverage partners’ expertise to improve local and state conditions for effective state-local data use alignment.
  • Develop and execute deliverables, including policy briefs, convenings, infographics, and presentations.

Requirements & Qualifications

Experience

The successful applicant will be ambitious, passionate about education, and intrigued by the opportunity to propose new solutions to complex policy problems. In addition, candidates for this position must have the following experience, skills, and abilities:

  • 3+ years of work experience (or equivalent education).
  • Both quantitative and qualitative research skills and a superb ability to synthesize complex information into plain-language policy memos and recommendations.
  • Experience representing an organization and its agenda externally to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to convey ideas and positions to diverse groups—externally to technical and nontechnical audiences at various levels (e.g., partners, states, federal government) and internally with peers—both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work typical weekday hours at DQC’s Washington, DC, office near Metro Center.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s or higher degree preferred, in public policy, education, or related field.

Compensation

  • Starting salarycommensuratewith qualifications.Excellentbenefitsandworkenvironment.

Reports To

  • Associate Director, Research and Policy Analysis

How to apply

  • Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of three references (with email addresses) to employment@dataqualitycampaign.org.
  • Please indicate “Associate, Policy & Advocacy” in the subject line.