Partnership for Los Angeles Schools,

Director of Advocacy Campaigns

10 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Launched in 2007, the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools’ mission is to transform schools to revolutionize school systems, empowering all students with a high-quality education. The Partnership is a non-profit, in-district partner to LA Unified, not a charter network. As an independent nonprofit organization, the Partnership serves 13,200 students across 20 LA Unified schools in Watts, Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles. The Partnership works within the LA Unified School District context, which includes honoring all collective bargaining agreements for its teachers and school staff. To learn more about the Partnership, our mission, and how we approach our goals, please visit our website.

About this job

The Partnership is seeking a Director of Advocacy Campaigns to lead our advocacy strategy and campaign work with the goal of advancing education equity in Los Angeles and beyond. The Partnership works directly with 20 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools and leverages this position to influence policy and practice within LAUSD and at the state level, particularly with respect to high-need schools. The Director of Advocacy Campaigns will guide the development, strategy, and collaborative implementation of advocacy campaigns meant to change policy and support implementation of equitable practices at scale. Relationships are at the core of our approach, and this position will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships and partnerships with key players in the education policy world, including state legislators, LAUSD leadership, advocacy partners, and school community members. The position is one of the key leaders on the Partnership’s 5-member policy team, which spearheads systems change work across our organization. This is a full-time, year-round position.

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Director of Advocacy Campaigns will be someone who is committed to implementing these values in creative ways when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

Roles & responsibilities


Advocacy campaign strategy and leadership (60%)

Provide direction for ongoing campaign development through campaign strategy development, tactical scenarios and plans, coordinating campaign activities, and organizing campaign actions

Develop inclusive processes to center community leaders, Partnership staff and allies, and other stakeholders in campaign development and implementation

Build a culture of learning and collaboration between school-facing teams and the Partnership’s advocacy work through communities of practice, data sharing, advisory groups, and more, all with the goal of infusing campaign priorities with instructional and in-school best practices

Lead the Partnership’s state advocacy work through convening community partners and developing a collaborative and comprehensive advocacy strategy

In collaboration with Communications Team members, develop communications and narrative change strategies for issue campaigns, and elevate the visibility and impact of the Partnership’s policy work

Build a case for supporting and championing the Partnership’s advocacy work through cross-team and inter-community work

Champion and amplify the Partnership’s system-wide change and advocacy work across teams, communities, and advisory boards comprised of students, parents, and educators

Support policy research and analysis work, as needed

Relationship-building and advocacy partnerships (40%)

Build and cultivate relationships with education policy leaders in Los Angeles and California, including state legislators, California Department of Education (CDE), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) leadership, advocacy partners, and school communities

Create active and reciprocal partnerships with grasstop and grassroot leaders, policy organizations, and education coalitions to advance the Partnership’s education equity agenda

Provide strategic leadership in the Equity Alliance Coalition in partnership with Catalyst California, Community Coalition, and InnerCity Struggle

Collaborate with Partnership schools to identify and develop students who are social justice advocates, leaders, and equity champions in their communities


All Partnership team members are expected to learn, grow, and model the following organizational competencies:

Anti-racism: Acknowledges and actively seeks to disrupt the systemic racism that exists within educational systems and society which oppress the students and communities we serve

Root Cause Analysis: Proactively makes time to examine the underlying causes of challenges, and identifies and addresses their root causes

Long-Term Thinking: Focuses on long-term strategies and goals as the key to realizing the Partnership’s mission of empowering all students with a high-quality education

Teaming & Collaboration: Builds and contributes to a strong team culture that promotes a sense of belonging for all team members

Psychological Safety: Feels freedom to express oneself openly and honestly, and to be one’s authentic self

Learning & Growth: Continually seeks to learn, grow, and improve in order to best serve our students and communities


At least 5 years of highly relevant professional experience in policy, advocacy, and/or community organizing, with specific experience developing and executing an advocacy strategy and driving policy results

3+ years experience managing complex and cross-functional projects and/or teams

Knowledge and understanding of communities served by the Partnership, including familiarity with education and other social issue campaigns alive in those communities

Experience cultivating productive partnerships and alliances with diverse stakeholders and individuals, including advocacy partners and community members; experience building relationships and alliances with LAUSD or other education leaders is preferred

Experience advancing equity within government systems, especially through issue campaigns surrounding education and other social issues

Experience interfacing with elected officials and navigating political systems at the local, state, and/or federal levels

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Flexibility, adaptability, and readiness to deal with a changing landscape while also driving the work forward

Ability to work on and manage multiple projects at any given time and pivot among priorities

A deep belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values, as well as the power of our communities

A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment for all Partnership team members

Fluency in Spanish is a plus with the goal of building relationships with Spanish-speakers in Partnership school communities

To apply

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system at

For technical assistance, assistance for applying with a disability, or questions, please email Melanie Liu, Senior Manager of Home Office Talent & Org Culture, at

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