Associate Director, Policy Research

18 Apr, 2022


Associate Director, Policy Research

Data Quality Campaign (DQC)
Washington, D.C./Remote
Job Description

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is a national nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that envisions a world where data policy is used to drive systemic change, economic mobility, and student success. DQC is leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, families, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students excel. To realize this vision, DQC works toward three goals:

  1. Increase public understanding of the value of data in supporting the student journey through the P–20W pipeline (early education, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce).
  2. Build the capacity of policy and education leaders to develop trust with communities to ensure data is used effectively.
  3. Ensure that state leaders use the policy levers available to them across P–20W to make data work for students and communities.

If you want to work with one of the country’s leading education advocacy organizations that supports your passion for helping students achieve their best throughout education and into the workforce, DQC is the place for you. We believe deeply in using data as the vehicle for improving educational outcomes, and we need passionate individuals to champion our mission. Join our team today!

Position Summary

The Associate Director, Policy Research works to shape and carry out DQC’s advocacy work by helping make sense of the education field, its use of data, and the policies in support of that use. In support of an agenda that envisions a world where data is used to drive systemic change, economic mobility, and student success, the Associate Director manages the strategic development and execution of DQC’s unique brand of advocacy-focused policy analysis and learning efforts. The Associate Director will work closely with DQC’s policy research, advocacy, and communications teams as they are intrinsically linked and interdependent.

The Associate Director’s work is not to crunch numbers but to strategically help our organization answer these questions:

  • What does DQC need to know in order to inform, measure, and carry out our advocacy?
  • How do we learn it using everything from policy scans to opinion research to surveys and legislation review?
  • How do we use our insights to take action and build our team’s expertise, share best practices and recommendations with the field, and find opportunities to advance DQC’s agenda?

To answer these questions, the Associate Director:

  • Collaborates with other organizational leaders to design, oversee, and interpret diverse research initiatives that support the organization’s mission.
  • Advises the organization on the state of the field, emerging issues, innovative practices, and the implications for our advocacy.
  • Leads teams in the creation of tools, resources, and publications for a variety of stakeholders to showcase DQC’s research findings and related policy recommendations.
  • Identifies interconnections in the research across the organization and advises researchers and team leaders around the implications of those connections and potential next steps.

Who You Are

  • Passionate: you are excited about education policy and intrigued by the opportunity to propose new solutions to complex policy problems.
  • Relationship Builder: you bring people together effectively and consistently ensure diverse perspectives and experiences are sought and represented.
  • Knowledgeable: you understand how to design knowledge gathering efforts through various strategies like policy scans, interviews, and surveys.
  • Strategist: you connect the dots across ideas and opportunities, and identify impacts, dependencies, and risks in support of DQC’s priorities and goals.
  • Communicator: you convey ideas and positions to diverse groups (e.g., partners, states, federal government) and internally with peers—both orally and in writing.
  • Project Manager: you lead DQC staff across roles and levels through multiple complex projects simultaneously from planning through implementation.
  • Adapter: you demonstrate flexibility and can take projects from ambiguous ideas to impactful results.
  • Collaborator: you work well independently but value and seek out your peers’ ideas and expertise.
  • Problem Solver: you identify opportunities to overcome barriers and challenges.

Education and Other Experience:

  • DQC values both education and work experiences that demonstrate the ability to lead within the organization in the policy analysis space.
  • It is likely that someone will find success in a DQC Associate Director role with a minimum of 11 years of experience, which can include a combination of postsecondary education, and full‐time, professional work experience. However, a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required.

What You’ll Do:

  • Partner and collaborate with research, advocacy, and communications leaders from across the organization to develop strategies to understand the education and policy landscape to advance our agenda.
  • Coordinate DQC’s high-visibility policy analysis projects by:
    • Deploying methods such as surveys, interviews, focus groups, and literature reviews to learn about and highlight state data efforts, and to measure DQC’s impact on the field.
    • Synthesizing, distilling, framing, and communicating key issues related to data use, policies, and practices at district, state, federal, and national levels to a variety of audiences.
    • Providing strategic oversight of project goals, implementation, and dissemination.
    • Managing and guiding staff in conducting research projects, report writing and dissemination.
  • Provide perspectives to organization leadership about research needs, findings, and implications.
  • Stay updated on developments in the field and leverage that knowledge to seek and develop strategic opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
  • Leverage DQC’s custom research to respond to requests from the field.
  • Establish new partnerships and steward existing ones, including with state-level and national policy, research, and advocacy organizations and policymakers to advance DQC’s policy agenda.
  • Manage team budget(s) and work plans.
  • Travel occasionally for the organization. (Note: DQC travel is currently very light due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Compensation, Benefits, and Hybrid/Flexible Work Environment

  • Starting salary range of $80,000–$100,000, commensurate with qualifications.
  • We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including health, vision, and dental insurance, leave, 401k/matching, and professional development, that recognizes the importance of work-life balance and is grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • We provide a hybrid work environment which means all DC-area employees should plan to be in the office 1-2 days per week; however, the expectation is that staff should not be working in the office 100% of the time. If you are not based in the DC area, the expectation is that you will be in the DC office once per month for 1-3 days (DQC will cover travel expenses). We are flexible on working hours and genuinely care about the quality of your work more than the time of day you do it. We ask staff to be available for team meetings and collaboration via technology platforms.
  • Note on Vaccine Policy: DQC has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As a part of that commitment, DQC recently implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all DQC employees, interns, and fellows (i.e., DQC staff) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. DQC will require selected candidates to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 prior to extending a job offer. If a candidate has a qualifying medical condition that contradicts a COVID-19 vaccination, a medical exemption form should be requested from Human Resources.

How to apply

  • NoteDQC’s staff is headquartered in Washington, DC. We will give preference to applicants who reside in the DC area, but are open to qualified candidates who reside outside of DC.
  • We are partnering with RCG Talent Solutions on this search. Please apply using this link.
  • In your cover letter, explain how your education and work experiences (including internships) demonstrate how you will contribute to DQC’s mission and strategies, particularly as we build out new strands of work. Specific examples (especially those above and beyond what is included on your resume) are encouraged.
  • Priority will be given to applications received by April 29, 2022.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The Data Quality Campaign is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.

DQC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please email and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Job posted: 2022-04-18