Job Opportunities


Graduate Research Fellowship
Part-time Position
Los Angeles, Sacramento, or Washington, D.C


The Campaign for College Opportunity (the Campaign) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring the next generation of Californians has the opportunity to go to college and succeed. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of Californians who attend and graduate from college. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C.

Position Description

The Campaign is seeking one Graduate Policy Research Fellow to begin in March 2019 to support the establishment of a database of general California higher education statistics. The Fellow will (1) develop a database, (2) collect and upload key statistics to the database, and (3) train Campaign staff to effectively use the database. The successful candidate will have excellent research and data analysis skills and related experience, as well as a demonstrated ability to work with Microsoft Access to manage the database. In 2018, Graduate Fellows have assisted with the data collection and analysis for our reports, including Left Out: How Exclusion in California’s Colleges and Universities Hurts Our Values, Our Students, and Our Economy and the State of Higher Education Report series.

During their time with the Campaign, Fellows are provided training in quantitative and qualitative analysis, writing for non-academic audiences, translating research for different audience types, and time management. Fellows develop these skills by contributing to the development of research briefs and reports, infographics, and ad hoc requests consistent with the Campaign’s advocacy agenda and in support of the policy, outreach, and communications teams.  Fellows’ work centers on expanding college opportunity and student success rates, especially for low-income and underrepresented students.

Job duties include:

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis on California public higher education;
  • Download, clean, and analyze publicly available data;
  • Structure and create a database in Microsoft Access using tables;
  • Upload data into Microsoft Access;
  • Establish data relationships within the database;
  • Establish queries and query guidelines for easy search within the database;
  • Respond to data requests from internal staff members;
  • Attend meetings to provide updates and respond to time-sensitive requests by staff; and
  • Other tasks as assigned by Campaign staff.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be pursuing a Master’s degree or higher in Public Policy and/or Education;
  • Have excellent research and data analysis skills and related experience;
  • Be flexible, adaptable, detail-oriented, responsive to changing priorities, committed to a being problem-solver, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Have a working knowledge of and experience with quantitative research as well as experience with postsecondary datasets such as IPEDS, ACS (PUMS), BPS, survey research, Microsoft Office (especially Microsoft Access), and statistical packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata).

The fellowship will begin March 2019 through June 30, 2019 or later (upon mutual agreement). The position is part-time, temporary, and provides a stipend of $20 per hour for 20 hours per week.

Fellows will be located in Los Angeles, Sacramento, or Washington, D.C. Fellows will report to the Senior Research Analyst and work closely with the Director of Policy Research.

To Apply

Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest and resume with “Higher Education Policy Research Fellow” in the subject line by email to the Director of Policy Research, Dr. Leticia Tomás Bustillos:


Senior Public Affairs Manager
Full-Time Position

Los Angeles, California

The Campaign for College Opportunity (the Campaign) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) broad-based, bipartisan coalition, including business, education, and civil rights leaders, that is dedicated to ensuring all Californians have an equal opportunity to attend and succeed in college to build a vibrant workforce, economy and democracy. Our mission is focused on substantially increasing the number of students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. Every day, the Campaign fights to make public policy changes that will help more California students enter and complete college. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

The Campaign is seeking an experienced Senior Public Affairs Manager to design, lead, and implement effective strategies to build broad support for the organization’s statewide legislative and policy priorities. The Senior Public Affairs Manager will report directly to the Senior Public Affairs Director, in close coordination with the Senior Vice President. The position will be based in our downtown Los Angeles offices.


  • Expand and deepen relationships with key leaders and organizations to regularly engage them in higher education policy and advocacy opportunities. This may include sharing legislative and budget updates with stakeholders, convening conversations around student success issues, and strategizing collaborative ways to influence policy change;
  • Activate key partners in support of the Campaign’s legislative and policy priorities, including providing one-on-one advocacy coaching and public speaking support to coalition partners, drafting letters of support, identifying opportunities for speaking engagements, coordinating coalition meetings, and coordinating meetings with key state leaders;
  • Identify innovative and creative strategies to widely disseminate the Campaign’s research to inform public discourse and practice. This may include organizing events and presentations;
  • Take a leading role in designing the organization’s major events to ensure key stakeholders are engaged and programs reflect the spirit of the Campaign’s work and mission. Events may include townhalls, forums, report launches, annual Champions of Higher Education Celebration. Seek out opportunities to collaborate with partners on their events.
  • Expand and maintain relationships with local offices of state legislators, locally elected Board of Trustee members, college and university leaders to share the Campaign’s legislative and policy priorities, and other student success reforms that would expand college access and opportunity for students;

The successful candidate will have a passion for the transformative power of higher education and a commitment to resolving the inequities in college access and completion across racial/ethnic, income and regions in California.

The successful candidate will have had experience working in or with elected officials, be a recognized leader in the advocacy space with key contacts and political savvy coupled with strong public speaking, interpersonal and relationship building skills.  The candidate will have demonstrated experience building and leading advocacy efforts with stakeholders across different sectors. Familiarity with statewide political and higher education environments is required.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Affairs, Political Science, Communications, Public Relations, Education or related field;
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience (in outreach, political organizing, advocacy, or community organizing);
  • Proven record of effectively building and leading coalitions, including working with organizations from a broad range of ideological positions, facilitating partner groups and effectively using the expertise of coalition partners to advance the work;
  • Excellent oral and communications skills; must have the ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand; must be comfortable speaking in public settings and providing testimony in front of governing bodies;
  • Excellent written skills with experience crafting timely communications to inform and sustain local coalitions including advocacy alerts, blogs, fact sheets, best practices, and policy briefs;
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-moving, intellectually intense, team-oriented environment;
  • Attentive to detail, good judgement, can-do resourceful attitude, must be open to new ideas and is willing to learn;
  • Demonstrated a proficiency in utilizing technology to platforms such as the Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and CRM Dynamics), Facebook and Twitter.


Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in the range of $55,000 to $60,000.

The Campaign offers 100% medical, dental, and vision insurance premium coverage for you and your dependents and provides a generous match of up to 5% for your retirement contributions. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.

Selection Process

The Campaign for College Opportunity will accept applications for the position beginning February 5, 2019. Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume indicating “Senior Public Affairs Manager” in the subject line by email to:

Stacey Holderbach, Development and Administrative Director

All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at before submitting a cover letter and resume. All candidates should review our research and publications to understand the work expected for this position.

The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background.

No phone calls please.