Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Employment type
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles

The Partnership is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented, and experienced individual to join the Partnership’s Policy and Advocacy team. The primary responsibilities for this role will be supporting the Partnership’s systems change efforts to support high-need schools in Los Angeles, with a particular focus on the intersection of policy and practice. 

The Manager will play a vital role in our systems change work, which is focused on removing barriers and scaling successes for school transformation. We do this systems change work through research and analysis, sharing and piloting innovative practices, organizing parents, collaborating with partners, and advocating with district leaders. Read more about the Partnership’s policy, advocacy, and systems change work in our Playbook ( As a member of the Policy and Advocacy team, the Manager will lead research initiatives and support critical team systems and processes, working closely with the Senior Manager of Strategy and Growth to develop the organization’s capacity and expertise at the intersection of policy and practice. 

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 Manager, Policy and Advocacy will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

Given the current circumstance around COVID-19, this position will be remote throughout the fall, with occasional visits to the home office and school sites, and a potential full return to the office in 2021.


The Manager, Policy and Advocacy’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas: 

Research and analysis of district and state policy and practice (50%)

  • Design and lead implementation of research projects that engage Partnership school stakeholders (school leaders, teachers, families, and partners) to identify systemic barriers and best practices in our network schools, including English learner instruction and supports
  • Monitor policy and practice environments on core issues like English learner supports, college, and curriculum, and research and identify opportunities for the organization to respond and contribute to developments in the sector
  • Develop and contribute to written research briefs, reports, statements, and letters of support in alignment with policy priorities; develop other tools and resources that make complex data and information accessible to a broad array of stakeholders
  • Research and analyze policy and practice in LA Unified, in other districts, and at the state level, including attending and sharing updates on LA Unified board meetings


External relations and coalition-building (30%) 

  • Work collaboratively with advocacy and civil rights partners and coalitions to maximize our impact
  • Develop and execute campaigns that strengthen coalitions and deepen our relationships with advocacy and civil rights partners 
  • Advocate for the organization’s position on key issues by representing the organization in external meetings and developing relationships with key stakeholders and partners 
  • Project management and program support to execute systems change strategies (20%)
  • Identify opportunities and develop systems to better track and maintain relevant information, such as our partner contact database 
  • Plan and execute logistics for advocacy and systems change events, webinars, and meetings 
  • Other program support for Policy and Advocacy team as needed 



The ideal candidate will have:

Shared Beliefs:

  • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.
  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students
  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members
  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students
  • Reflective and a life-long learner
  • Strong work ethic
  • Highest level of integrity


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university 
  • 3-5 years of experience working in research, data analysis, policy, advocacy, or education management  
  • Experience synthesizing data and making written recommendations via succinct policy memos and briefs 
  • Experience managing complex projects and events 
  • Experience influencing others and translating vision into action to get things done 
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; can adapt when managing multiple, shifting priorities



  • Strong analytical, research, and verbal and written communication skills, with an emphasis on an ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences using multiple mediums                       
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills, with impeccable attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy 
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel including use of formulas, conditional formatting, and some data analysis tools like pivot tables and charts; interest in and ability to learn new platforms 
  • Ease at managing competing demands and determining top priorities independently
  • True team player with excellent teamwork and collaboration skills; willing to support team members as needed both on the External Relations and Policy and Advocacy teams and across the organization for high-priority projects or events 



The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.

To apply

Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position, and a writing sample of choice (upload onto 'Other' attachment).

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