ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONEducation First is a mission-driven education policy consultancy dedicated to ensuring that all students - and particularly students in poverty and students of color - are prepared for success in college, careers and life. We work with organizations that are shaping the future of P-16 education across the nation, including school networks and districts, state departments of education, policy and advocacy organizations, youth empowerment organizations, talent organizations and foundations.
We help these system leaders catalyze change through our services:
Conduct research and analysis on policies and provide contextual recommendations and strategic support to translate findings into concrete, sustainable action
Develop and implement visionary, coherent strategies and strategic plans by prioritizing inclusive voices, focusing on the right problems, and providing space to explore
Plan and facilitate meaningful convenings for organizations and individuals to learn, problem solve, collaborate, and advance their work
Design actionable and equitable solutions that meet client needs, achieve program goals, and implement initiatives with clarity and quality
Support grantmakers, funders, and foundations to develop thoughtful, high-impact investment strategies that align with their goals, interests, and resources
We are a team of more than 60 former teachers, district and state education leaders, policy advisors, and grant makers who live and work virtually in more than 20 states and DC. Because of our experience, we approach the challenges our clients face with humility, realistic solutions, and a commitment to follow-through. Our culture is built on genuine care for our clients and for each other. We celebrate original thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurialism, authenticity and fun. DESCRIPTION
Overview of the Opportunity
Associates lead research efforts and manage select workstreams on projects to deliver outstanding work to our clients. New Associates will be invited to join one of our three operational teams aligned to our Focus Areas - Engaged Students, Outstanding Educators or Effective Organizations & Investments.
Associates are mentored and supported by a Consultant or Senior Consultant on each team. The primary responsibilities of an Associate are:
Research, Analysis & Deliverable Development
Project & Client Management
Education First believes in coaching and supporting its staff members to meet their full potential. Over time, the Associate will be expected and supported to deepen skills in strategic planning, project management and client management.
Experience & Qualifications
Who You Are
Location & Compensation
You will primarily work from home, but you should be able to travel for in-person client meetings as needed (10- 20% of the time) once it is safe to do so from a public health perspective.
Education First offers a market-based competitive salary, comprehensive and generous benefits package (including PPO health insurance, six weeks of paid time off/holidays and extended leave), work-life flexibility and professional development opportunities. The salary range for this position is $64,000 - $88,000 (with 20% of the offer supplemented by local market trends if that market is higher than the national market). We typically set initial starting salaries between the minimum and the 25th percentile of the pay range ($64,000 - $70,000) to ensure there is room for growth over time.
We are excited to receive applications from a broad range of applicants as we grow our team to better reflect the diversity of the communities our firm is committed to serve. Enthusiastic candidates should apply online to submit their resume and their responses to each of the following prompts within the application portal, in lieu of a cover letter:
We do not expect you to spend a lengthy amount of time completing each question. Instead, we are looking for succinct responses (no more than 1-2 short paragraphs per question). Please submit all completed application materials by June 30, 2021.
We plan to conduct screening interviews on a rolling basis and share performance tasks with select candidates by mid June. Interviews with top candidates will occur in July. Ideally, we’d like our newest Associates to start in August. Please, no phone calls, emails or other inquiries.
Education First actively engages our team with a robust Race, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (RIDE) strategy to build our staff and organizational capacity to lead on issues of equity and to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the firm. As a proud equal opportunity employer, we strongly encourage applications from candidates of all races, national origins, ages, religions, creeds, veteran or disabled statuses, sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions.
POSITION PAY RANGE - 64,000 - 88,000 FULL-TIME/PART-TIME - Full-Time
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