Fellow, State Coalition

Dallas, Texas, United States | State Coalition | Full-time

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The Partnership seeks a detail-oriented go-getter to join the State Coalition team.

The State Coalition team works in close partnership with Commit’s Advocacy team by building knowledge and support across Texas for the policies that improve student outcomes for our Texas public school children.  Past legislative wins have included legislation to improve the quality of pre-K programs, improve the pipeline of quality early childhood teachers, and create a new teaching certificate for early grades teachers. In the 2019 Texas legislative session, the State Coalition & Advocacy teams were instrumental in passing an $11.6B school finance and property tax reform package that included full-day pre-K, pay raises for teachers, and more. The State Coalition Engagement Associate will play a key role in socializing those results across the state so teachers, superintendents, business leaders, and grassroots organizations all know how to optimize the benefits of this landmark legislation.


The State Coalition Associate will report to the Senior Manager of Statewide Analytic Initiatives, and also works closely with all members of the Commit team, particularly the Advocacy team. The Associate will assist the team around increasing advocacy and grasstops/grassroots engagement across the state and tracking the impact of that work.



The Associate will support three areas:  Engaging advocates across the state, using data to measure success and inform stakeholders, and assisting with policy research as needed.

1.    Engaging advocates across the state

  • Assist State Coalition team in building and cultivating relationships with organizations across Texas to advance policy objectives
  • Partner with Communications team to support development of engagement collateral: one-pagers, testimony, and blog/website content
  • Identify innovative ways to engage with stakeholders and deliver our message through creative methods that meet people where they are
  • Assist team with stakeholder convenings through planning and supporting facilitation of calls, webinars and in-person events
  • Map policy agendas of partners across the state to find areas of alignment

2.    Using data to measure success and inform stakeholders

  • Manage Engagement Pipeline:

                        i.  Manage online advocacy mobilization tool (Phone2Action) during the legislative session to engage, inform, and equip stakeholders to advocate on behalf of policy priorities with their elected officials. 

                       ii.    Analyze stakeholder engagement metrics to identify meaningful trends and insights that can be activated to achieve desired outcomes. 

  • Activate Dashboard: Help activate Commit Data Dashboard with partners across the state; track success of dashboard engagement; identify high performing schools or regions to highlight success and share best-practices 
  • Support Data Quality Assurance, Cleaning & Visualization: 

                        i.    Assist team with intermediate-level data analysis including data cleaning, blending, aggregation, and visualization, including PowerPoint slide creation and some beginner-level Tableau dashboards, helping communicate clear data stories to legislators and stakeholders 

                       ii.    Assist with proof-reading and data checking dashboards, tools, presentations, and communications

3.    Policy & Research

  • Support team to research policy recommendations and build a Postsecondary policy agenda for the 2021 legislative session
  • Identify other partners to engage in advocacy work where policy goals overlap


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Essential Skills
    • Proven record of organization and professional success, preferred Associate degree or higher with a strong academic record, BA/BS degree a plus
    • Desire to be a team-player and work flexibly and dynamically across the organization and team with humility
    • Alignment with Commit Core Values and a dedication to educational equity
  • Engagement
    • Experience in grassroots organizing or coalition building across a diverse set of stakeholders
    • Innovative mindset that seeks to meet stakeholders where they are and engage them in the political process in an authentic way 
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral, with strong proof-reading and editing skills
  • Data
    • Ability to analyze and articulate data, especially to support policies
    • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Powerpoint, with Intermediate proficiency in Excel required.
    • Interest or experience in data tools like Tableau and/or Alteryx not required, but is a plus
    • Experience with customer relationship management systems not required, but is a plus (e.g. Salesforce, Phone2Action)
  • Policy & Research
    • Relevant experience or strong interested in public education and/or public policy

Location: Dallas, Texas

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
  • Benefits: Competitive package including healthcare coverage, available vision & dental, and 401(k) match
  • Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives

For more information about us, visit commitpartnership.org. For inquiries regarding the position, contact careers@commitpartnership.org. Please reference “State Coalition Associate” in the subject line. 

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The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.


About The Commit Partnership:

The Commit Partnership (“Commit” or “The Partnership”) is focused on the powerful idea that every child in Dallas County should receive an excellent and equitable education, preparing them to flourish in their careers. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.


Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges. Our flagship effort, Early Matters Dallas, focuses on improving early childhood outcomes, while our second initiative, Best in Class, aims in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Texas to increase the number of effective and diverse campus educators serving DFW’s 1.2 million students. Our third initiative, Dallas County Promise, seeks to align our local higher education institutions to maximize the number of students who can access and complete a quality postsecondary education. Day-to-day work is supported by more than 40 full-time staff members who combine data, deep educational experience, and strategic thinking to collectively support Partnership efforts while advocating for Dallas County students at the state and local level and convening community conversations around the latest research and best practices. The net result is a shared roadmap for the future that civic leaders and local stakeholders own and hold themselves mutually accountable for its execution. In 2019, Commit helped secure the Texas Legislature’s passage of House Bill 3, a historic $6.5 billion investment in public schools, geared toward strategies that have improved student outcomes in North Texas and across the state.


Our Core Values:

The Partnership centers its work around five core values that inform how we approach improving outcomes for students in Dallas County.

  • Integrity: To best serve students, families, and the community we will act honestly and ethically in how we make both internal and external decisions, present data, and communicate with partners
  • Equity & Inclusion: We seek to help transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We do this by actively and explicitly working with others to create more equitable outcomes and processes.
  • Students First: Our decisions are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?
  • Systemic Impact: We are patient and persistent as we identify the most effective approaches to help create lasting systems change. Once identified, we prioritize and relentlessly attack systemic challenges with efficiency and excellence.
  • Humility: We embrace the fact that our community’s success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and to constantly learn.
  • Joy: It’s important we bring a constant sense of optimism and have fun while taking on this difficult work.