Advocacy Fellow

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

The Partnership seeks a detail-oriented, policy-minded go-getter to join the Advocacy team to play a crucial role in advancing systemic change. Commit’s Advocacy team has passed several pieces of meaningful legislation at the state level to improve student outcomes, including efforts 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 Advocacy team was instrumental in securing an $11.6B school finance and property tax reform package that included full-day pre-K, pay raises for teachers, and more. This is a short-term contract position set to expire in summer 2020.

The Advocacy Fellow will report to the Manager of Advocacy and work closely with all members of the Commit team, particularly the State Coalition, Early Matters Dallas, Best in Class and Dallas County Promise workstreams. The Advocacy Fellow will collaborate with the Manager of Advocacy and Senior Policy Advisor to research, develop, advocate for and implement policy priorities at the state and local levels. Full-time is preferred, though part-time could be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Commit’s analytics team to provide qualitative and quantitative analysis and research to inform policy agendas during and in advance of legislative sessions
  • Assist with legislative monitoring, including tracking priority issues and taking notes on relevant committee and board hearings
  • Support development of advocacy collateral, including one-pagers, testimony, and content for advocacy webpages
  • Plan and execute convenings to gather stakeholder input on policy agendas
  • Plan and execute events to inform candidates and elected officials of policy agendas
  • Prepare background materials, agendas, and follow-up for policy committee meetings, particularly for early childhood, and actively participate in these meetings
  • Build and cultivate relationships with organizations to garner support for policy priorities and advance policy objectives
  • Support team in building and cultivating relationships with regional legislators and staff and legislators and staff on key committees
  • Support the Advocacy team with administrative tasks

Qualifications and Experience:

  • BA/BS degree with a strong academic record; Masters degree a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in educational policy and basic knowledge of the state legislative process
  • 2+ years of relevant experience preferred in a public education and/or public policy role
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral, including facilitation and public speaking
  • Effective time management skills, overseeing and executing projects from start to finish with little guidance, and balancing competing priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and articulate data, especially to support policies
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong research skills with the ability to summarize and relay key pieces of information
  • Ability to receive, acknowledge, and adopt feedback to improve future projects
  • Desire to be a team-player and work flexibly across the organization and team with humility and urgency
  • Experience with database management tools (Salesforce) and online advocacy mobilization tools (Phone2Action, etc.) a plus

Location: Dallas, Texas

To apply, complete the application in our Recruiterbox platform, attaching a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references. Inquiries about the position can be forwarded to careers@commitpartnership.org; reference "Advocacy Fellow” in the subject line. For more information about The Commit Partnership, read more about us.

 

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, and local laws.

 

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.

 

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.