Education Fellow and Director, School Diversity Collaborative
New York City preferred
The Century Foundation (TCF), a progressive, nonpartisan think tank, seeks a fellow in the New York City office to create and direct a new national effort to promote socioeconomic and racial school integration.
Throughout the country, traditional public school leaders, charter school chiefs, and fair housing advocates are engaged in exciting work to promote school diversity, but they often do so in isolation from one another. A new foundation-funded School Diversity Collaborative will bring together representatives of these disparate communities to share ideas about best practices to embrace and pitfalls to avoid.
The fellow will work under the supervision of senior fellows Halley Potter and Richard D. Kahlenberg, and closely with senior policy associate Michelle Burris, to launch the School Diversity Collaborative, facilitate national and regional meetings to promote peer-to-peer learning, help write reports regarding the lessons that emerge, and facilitate communication about the importance of diversity.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Launching a new initiative to promote school integration.
- Identifying and contacting leaders in the traditional public school, charter school, and fair housing sectors who are dedicated to promoting school integration and persuading them to participate in national and regional meetings with their peers.
- Creating a member listserv and newsletter to facilitate communication, and supervising creation of a website for the School Diversity Collaborative.
- Planning and executing productive in-person and virtual discussions.
- Writing reports and other resources—aimed at School Diversity Collaborative members but also for broader audiences, such as school districts, journalists, researchers, and advocates—that document best practices and highlight strategies for advancing integration.
- Engaging the media with stories of member successes and research on the benefits of school integration. This could include writing op-eds, delivering speeches, and appearing on radio and television.
- Training school leaders, teachers, parents and community members about how to discuss the importance of school integration.
- Over time, engaging new participants to broaden the reach of the School Diversity Collaborative.
- Bachelor’s degree (graduate degree a plus).
- Experience effectively organizing large groups of individuals on behalf of a larger cause. Experience working on socioeconomic and racial school integration and housing integration is a significant plus.
- Exceptional research and analytical skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
- Background in education policy. Five to ten 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, students with disabilities, English learners, and students of color.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Apps (Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, etc.).
- A commitment to progressive values and interest in TCF’s education research agenda.
Founded in 1919 by the progressive business leader Edward Filene, TCF is a think tank that pursues its mission by conducting timely, nonpartisan research and policy analysis that informs citizens, guides policymakers, and reshapes what government does for the better.
TCF focuses particularly on four basic challenges facing the United States: persistent economic inequality combined with the shift to American households of financial risks previously borne by employers and government; the challenges facing the education and health care systems; and restoring America’s international credibility as an effective and cooperative leader in responding to global security and economic dangers.
TCF is based in New York, with an office in Washington, D.C. Its fellows come from academia, journalism, and public service, but share a commitment to the abiding belief in the power of ideas.
This is a full-time position, preferably in our New York Office. The position is funded for three years, and could be extended with additional resources.
We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package to all our selected candidates. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample of no more than five pages to [email protected] with “[Your Name] Education Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret we are unable to confirm the receipt of your materials or the status of your application. No inquiries by third-party vendors or phone calls please.
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.
Health Care Policy Intern, DC
The Century Foundation (TCF)—a think tank promoting progressive ideas and innovative practical solutions that advance opportunity, equality, and security—seeks a part-time (up to 20 hours per week) Health Care Policy Intern to be based in TCF’s Washington, DC office. The Health Care Policy Internship is a paid position (starting at $17/hour).
Position Description Summary:
The part-time Health Care Policy Intern is responsible for supporting the research needs of TCF’s Health Care Fellows.
Representative Core Responsibilities:
- Research assistance related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health reform proposals, Medicaid, Medicare, abortion coverage, and other timely health care policy issues.
- Compile research into spreadsheets, charts, graphs and memos.
- Assistance with finalizing research reports, commentaries and other written products, including checking references, formatting, etc.
- Help with social media promotion, including drafting tweets and language for Facebook posts.
- Participate in meetings and events as appropriate.
- Assist in researching potential partnership and funding opportunities
- Maintain relevant contact lists.
- Copy materials.
- Register guests for TCF health care events.
- Publicize health care events and develop invite lists.
- Help with personalized outreach.
- Schedule large meetings (4 plus people).
- Manage scheduling for the Health Care Reform Director/Sr. Fellow.
Other duties as assigned.
- Strong attention to detail, highly organized, able to manage priorities, and meet deadlines.
- Familiarity with spreadsheets, data calculations, and key data sets.
- Knowledge of key search tools for accessing legislation at the federal and state levels, as well as federal laws and regulations.
- Strong written and oral communications skills.
- Energetic, flexible, collaborative, supportive, and proactive.
- Ability to work a consistent part-time schedule of up to 20 hours per week.
- Graduate and law students preferred.
The Century Foundation is a progressive public policy think tank that seeks to foster opportunity, reduce inequality, and promote security at home and abroad. 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.
Please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to [email protected] Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No inquiries by third-party vendors and no phone calls please.
The Century Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds. Everyone is encouraged to apply, including LGBTQ and non-gender conforming people, people of color, Spanish or Arabic speakers, and people with disabilities.