Vice President, Higher Education Policy and Practice

The Education Trust Washington, DC

The Education Trust (Ed Trust), an organization dedicated to closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth, is seeking a Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice.

The Education Trust fulfills its mission through a strategy that combines rigorous analysis and reporting of education data, on-the-ground technical support to educators working to improve results for students, and ardent advocacy at both the state and national level. The Trust is a widely respected voice for improvements in education at all levels, with an unmatched reputation for integrity and effectiveness that has earned the trust of funders, practitioners, and policymakers.

Reporting to the President, Kati Haycock, the Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice leads the division that mines the data, develops policy options, and provides support to practitioners in colleges and universities across the country. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned leader to join a strong and growing organization at a critical moment in its history as the organization sets out on a strategic review of its work to assess impact and lay out a plan for the next decade. The timing is also exciting because the public policy debate is increasingly focused on higher education and the Ed Trust is poised to play a substantial role in shaping policies to expand both access and success.

The position calls for a strategic and creative leader, deeply knowledgeable of higher education, especially the strengths and weaknesses of past approaches—both policy and practice—to access, opportunity, and success for low-income students and students of color. S/he must be a skillful manager adept at cross-functional integration. The successful candidate must be able to work with diverse stakeholders and have the capacity to create and nurture effective partnerships and alliances. With a personal style that is professional, polished, and warm, the Vice President will engender trust, foster a collegial environment, and bring out the best in staff and colleagues.

Jane Gruenebaum is leading this search with Karla Saunders.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.