Education Policy Associate/Senior Policy Associate - K-12

K-12 · New York or DC, New York
Department K-12
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Education Policy Associate/Senior Policy Associate

Organization: The Century Foundation

Location: Washington, D.C. or New York City

The Policy Associate/Senior Policy Associate is based in the Washington, D.C. or New York City office and works closely with the K-12 education team, including education fellows Richard D. Kahlenberg, Halley Potter, Stefan Lallinger, and Conor Williams. 

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Supporting TCF’s Bridges Collaborative, a network of 57 organizations nationwide focused on advancing school integration.
  • Helping to plan and execute regional and national convenings for Bridges Collaborative members.
  • Communicating with Bridges Collaborative members and other partners on a regular basis and helping to build strong relationships.
  • Facilitating discussions among Bridges Collaborative members.
  • Researching education policy topics identified by TCF education fellows and preparing background memos.
  • Attending think tank and Congressional forums and preparing memos summarizing key insights.
  • Writing blog posts and other content for TCF’s website.
  • Participating in the planning and execution of TCF education projects, including publications and events.
  • Assisting with communications and outreach, including identifying stakeholders and promoting TCF’s work on social media.
  • Providing administrative and logistical support for the education team and TCF events.
  • Delivering presentations to diverse and interested audiences on TCF's work.
  • Interviewing and centering the perspectives of stakeholders most impacted by written content.
  • Occasional travel for meetings and events.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Exceptional research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Background in education policy. 1-2 years of previous related experience in public policy and/or education preferred.
  • A commitment to looking at education issues through an intersectional lens, recognizing the importance of elevating the experiences of low-income students, LGBTQ students, English learners, and students of color.
  • Experience working on or studying socioeconomic and racial school integration and addressing housing segregation strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Apps.
  • A commitment to progressive values and interest in TCF’s education research agenda.

About TCF

The Century Foundation is a progressive, independent think tank that conducts research, develops solutions, and drives policy change to make people’s lives better. We pursue economic, racial, and gender equity in education, health care, and work. Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, the TCF pursues its mission by conducting timely, non-partisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.

TCF has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the TCF’s abiding belief in the power of ideas.


This is a full-time position in our Washington D.C. or New York office. TCF is currently working remotely.  This role may be structured as a policy associate or senior policy associate, depending on the qualifications of the person hired.  Competitive salary and excellent benefits package.  To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample of no more than 5 pages here.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Note: this position is grant funded.

The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities.

$58,500 - minimum salary

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