Associate, Early Matters Dallas

Dallas, Texas, United States Full-time

About "The Commit Partnership":
Founded in 2012, The Commit Partnership ("Commit" or "The Partnership") has become the largest educational community-based collective impact organization in the U.S. as measured by either staff, by budget, or by total students supported (790,000+ ages O through 22). Encompassing 200+ partners across Dallas County, including almost every public-school district, higher education entity and large foundation in the region, The Partnership also encompasses numerous independent private schools and public charter networks, businesses and educational non-profits. The Partnership's overriding vision is relatively simple and straightforward: our community, working together, to ensure that all students receive an excellent and equitable education.

Early Matters Dallas (EMD) is the early childhood focused coalition at Commit. It is a broad-based coalition of business, civic, education, philanthropic and nonprofit organizations and volunteers, working together to raise awareness about, and advocate for, the importance of high-quality early education for a strong economy tomorrow. Early Matters leaders continuously advocate for increased financial resources allocated to this critical, high return-on-investment area and work with community partners to support the implementation of best practices that lead to high-quality educational interactions in early childhood classrooms across Dallas County. In partnership with Early Matters Houston and Early Matters Austin, we work to align efforts to advocate for children from birth to 8 years old in Texas.


About the Position:
The Partnership seeks an enthusiastic and self-motivated team member to assist in managing the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, reporting and dissemination of data to support coalition activities in improving teacher-student interactions. The EMD Associate will report to the Manager of Early Matters and work closely with all members of EMD and The Commit! Operations Team. The Associate will have access to multiple learning experiences with opportunities to stretch themselves and exposure to high-impact education work.
A large portion of the work will center around the support and management of the TEA RECESS Grant Objective 2 which will require the Associate to work with The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) and its supporting tools. CLASS® is used in many early childhood programs to support growth and impact child outcomes. Developed to make teacher-child interactions objective and measurable, CLASS® is based on many years of studies, publications, and replications across different classrooms and learning experiences. This position is grant funded. The position will be available contingent upon grant funding availability.

Support the execution and operations of the RECESS grant initiative 2 (CLASS Pilot) including: 

  • Participate and successfully complete CLASS training including achieving a reliable score on the certifying assessment
  • Create a process to document all aspects of the CLASS pilot using relevant data
  • Collect and monitor program participation and performance data and maintain sufficient and appropriate records
  • Develop support materials, reports, and presentations for partners including school districts and the community at large to highlight successes, needs, and progress toward goals
  • Facilitate convenings and host program staff for site visits
  • Co-create a sustainability plan to continue or expand the utilization of the CLASS tool
  • Manage the collection, aggregation, and synthesis of student achievement data from the Texas Education Agency and CLASS data

Support EMO leadership with the general and strategic operations of the coalition including: 

  • Plan and execute data analysis and research leading to actionable insights for early childhood priorities
  • Develop reports and presentations for intern and external audiences to highlight successes, needs, and progress towards overall EMD goals
  • Work extensively in Excel, Powerpoint, and eventually Tableau
  • Support for stakeholder convenings including meeting organization, set­up note-taking, and communications with attendees


  • BA/BS degree from a competitive university with a strong academic record
  • 2+ years of relevant experience preferred, entry-level considered
  • Strong analytical skills; proficiency in MS Excel and PowerPoint required, facilitation and convening experience preferred
  • Highly detail-oriented and a self-starter; accuracy is a must
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills; strong written communication skills-in email, MS Word, and PowerPoint-as well as chart development skills
  • Ability to operate with an open mind, sense of urgency, and humility
  • Insatiable desire to transform student achievement and work to ensure quality in early childhood education in the North Texas region and belief that education improves the odds for all children in service of Commit's mission

Location: Dallas, Texas 

This position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates can apply here. Those applying from third-party sites go here: Candidate should attach a cover letter, resume', and three professional references to their application. For more information about us, visit our website: For inquiries regarding the position, contact Please reference "Associate, EMD" in the subject line. 

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.