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7 Dec 2021

Research and Policy Educator Engagement Coordinator, ECRA

National Center for Youth Law

Job Description

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) works to amplify youth power, dismantle racism and other structural inequities, and build just policies, practices, and culture in support of young people. Our efforts advance justice through research, community collaboration, impact litigation, and policy advocacy that fundamentally transforms our nation’s approach to education, health, immigration, foster care, and youth justice. Our vision is a world in which every young person thrives and has a full and fair opportunity to achieve the future they envision for themselves.

The Team – Education Civil Rights Alliance

NCYL’s Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA) team engages in education justice and resource equity work in partnership with many entities at the national, state, and local levels, across the nation. The team seeks systemic change – through coalition-building, policy advocacy, litigation, communications, and organizing – to increase equity within the education systems that serve children and youth, from early childhood through post-secondary education. A description of our work can be found here:


The Educator Engagement Coordinator will build on existing work to recruit and train educators on key education equity issues and to speak out in the media and with policymakers. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead new work organizing and engaging educator voices.  The Educator Engagement Coordinator will work to ensure that children have access to culturally diverse curricula and materials in school and can learn the full and accurate history and current realities of racism and other discrimination in our nation.

Essential Functions

  • Lead and manage the educator engagement work with multiple partners and deliverables while providing a high level of communication about implementation and progress.
  • Connect and build relationships with and among educators and mobilize educators to action.
  • Plan and facilitate meetings with ECRA membership, allies, and committees and represent the organization at national, state, and local events.
  • Interpret complex policy and/or research for educator audiences by synthesizing materials, distilling key points, and reducing jargon.
  • Produce high-quality materials with and for educators, such as fact sheets, policymaker letters and testimony, as well as op-eds, social media posts, and other communications materials with the support of ECRA teammates and NCYL communications staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of work experience teaching in public elementary and/or secondary school(s).
  • Minimum of two years of experience in large groups or coalitions working to achieve collective action.

Other Qualifications

  • Three years of professional work experience involving written and oral communication, beyond the 2 years of teaching experience.
  • One year in a leadership/facilitator role in a large group or coalition.
  • Passion for education equity, including ensuring that curricula and materials are culturally affirming and truthful.
  • Commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion with an ability to use a racial justice lens.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, then execute and implement effectively and efficiently.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work product in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to interpret complex policies and research and then synthesize materials, distill down to key points, and reduce jargon.
  • Ability to distill complicated content into compelling messaging.
  • Understanding of public policy and advocacy.
  • Ability to navigate cloud servers, Zoom, Twitter, Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and other software.

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.

Salary and Location

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is competitive at $94,194.00 annually. A geographic salary differential may be applied if the candidate resides somewhere other than Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, or Washington, DC.

This position requires the ability to work remotely and requires some travel.

This position is eligible for 100% remote work for 2022. Candidates must reside in CA, AZ, RI, DC, VA, MD, NY, CO, or WI. It is possible that in 2023, NCYL will require people to work in an office, in which case they will need to be in a location where they can commute to the office daily.


NCYL provides a robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply

How to Apply Submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to apply. No phone calls or emails, please. The position is posted until filled, but we hope to move rapidly to fill the position.   Apply at this link: .

NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information. 

Bureaus: -Other-. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Research and Policy. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.