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Director / Assistant Director of Policy and Advocacy


Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute state policy agendas and advocacy plans aligned with Brown’s Promise state court litigation (50%): Work directly and collaboratively with education equity advocates in multiple states. In partnership with state advocates, including both litigators and non-litigators:

    • Build and execute statewide policy agenda and advocacy strategy;

    • Organize and execute statewide listening and engagement tours; and

    • Support plaintiff recruitment and identification for litigation.

  • Cultivate partnerships among aligned equity leaders (25%): Cultivate and sustain external partnerships with national thought leaders, researchers, advocates, and policymakers to advance and refine BP’s policy priorities.

    • Co-lead national community of practice for roughly 40 people, to develop, refine and advance shared priorities, including planning annual in person convening (with consultant support for logistics);

    • Identify and secure opportunities for Brown’s Promise to engage with strategic decision-makers and influencers

  • External communication (15%): Act as one of multiple spokespeople on behalf of Brown’s Promise with media, advocates, funders, and policymakers. This includes making presentations, written communication, and supporting cofounders by preparing drafts of written statements and presentation materials.

  • Other as needed (10%): Brown’s Promise is very new and the entire small team is expected to collaborate as needed on a variety of work including fundraising and development, intern management, and special projects as they arise.


Minimum Qualifications / Experiences

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, public policy/administration, or a related field;

  • Demonstrated Experience of Effectively:

    • Developing and advocating for K12 education policy recommendations based in data and research;

    • Collaborating with grasstops and community-based organizations to advance racial justice via public policy;

    • Facilitating groups; and

    • Public speaking about controversial subjects.

Skills / Attributes

  • Belief that advancing access to well-resourced, integrated public schools is a core component of achieving educational equity;

  • Strong writer;

  • Spanish preferred but not required;

  • Collaborative;

  • Flexible, creative, proactive problem solver excited to help build a new initiative.


  • Office space and co-founders are in Washington, DC; this position can be done fully remote but must be available to work standard east coast hours

  • Travel to support state-based work is likely. Rough estimate: 10 to 20% travel.


Salary range: $85,000 - $125,000; title and salary commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and retirement, as well as generous and flexible leave.

About Us:

Brown’s Promise is dedicated to fulfilling the promise of Brown v. Board of Education. Justice Earl Warren wrote that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” roughly 70 years ago; today, educational resources remain correlated to the whiteness of a school or district’s student body. Brown’s Promise envisions a world where children from all backgrounds learn together in excellent, well resourced, diverse schools led by diverse educators. Brown’s Promise uses research, advocacy, collaboration, and litigation to advance this vision. The Southern Education Foundation hosts Brown’s Promise and is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1867 and committed to advancing equitable education policies and practices that elevate learning for low-income students and students of color.


To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest and 2) a current resume to with “Application: Policy and Advocacy" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Brown’s Promise, hosted by The Southern Education Foundation, is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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