Career Opportunities

We are currently hiring a Vice President of Policy Research, a Program Manager, and a Graduate Research Fellowship


Vice President of Policy Research
Full-time Position
Los Angeles, California

The Campaign for College Opportunity seeks an experienced Vice President of Policy Research to lead the organizations’ research portfolio pertaining to California higher education.

The Organization:

The Campaign for College Opportunity 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 students attending two- and four-year colleges in the state and who complete their college education. The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles Sacramento, and Washington DC.

The Vice President of Policy Research will be based in the Los Angeles office and will report directly to the President of the Campaign and serve on the organization’s executive management team with the President, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President.   She or he will be responsible for leading our research strategy and agenda, while helping to generate research and analysis that informs the public discourse on higher education and advances policy reforms that support our mission.

The Position:

The Vice President of Policy Research will lead the Campaign’s research agenda, manage external research contracts, oversee the development of critical research and policy reports and represent the Campaign in leading a research and data analysis agenda designed to influence and improve access and success in public higher education for all California students.

This position calls for a strategic and creative leader with a solid understanding of higher education data analysis, deep knowledge of higher education and the institutional/structural barriers that keep students from achieving success. The successful candidate must understand the intersection between public policy, research, and practice in improving outcomes for students, especially low-income and underrepresented Black and Latinx students.

The Vice President of Policy Research must be self-motivated, passionate about the role of research to inform and improve policy and practice in higher education, able to work comfortably in a very fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects at once, and have a personal style that is professional, polished, and engenders trust and fosters a collegial environment.  The Vice President of Policy Research must also be comfortable with the conflict that may arise when pursuing groundbreaking data that may expose systemic inequities.

The Vice President of Policy Research will lead and work towards executing and expanding the Campaign’s research agenda.  The Vice President will supervise the Director of Policy Research, the Sr. Research and Policy Analyst, part-time fellows and interns or additional hires supporting the Campaign’s research agenda.  The Vice President of Policy Research will also lead and manage existing research projects with outside contractors, analyze state policy and budget impacts, and take a leadership role in identifying new opportunities to keep the Campaign for College Opportunity on the cutting edge of higher education policy driven research.

The position involves interaction with state and national education experts and advocates, as well as state and federal executive and legislative branch policy staff.  The successful candidate will be able to build and maintain relationships with key institutional research offices and practitioners.

Experience leading a policy research portfolio in an advocacy capacity, a demonstrated track record of marrying research with an actionable policy agenda, excellent research and data analysis skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences is key to success in this position. A strong interest in higher education policy is required and a commitment to always putting student success and racial equity in higher education first.

The Campaign for College Opportunity’s Research Portfolio currently includes:

  1. The State of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education in California;
  2. The State of American Indian/Alaska Natives in Higher Education in California;
  3. Follow up studies on diversity in higher education among Faculty, Academic Senates and College leaders post our Left Our report;
  4. A series of best practices that advance college opportunity and student success, with special attention to practices at California Community Colleges;
  5. A California Higher Education Performance Report Card with supplemental regional analysis;
  6. Research updates on transfer in California higher education;
  7. Analysis on remedial education and innovation efforts;
  8. Other research analysis as needed to advance our policy agenda including shaping the evaluation rubrics necessary to assess our impact.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategic plan and goals for the Campaign’s research agenda. Serve as an advisor for the Campaign team and Board of Directors in meeting the goals outlined in the Campaign’s strategic plan;
  • Write and edit research briefs, reports, and position papers;
  • Gather and catalogue information on college access, completion, financial aid, and equity gaps including overseeing the creation and maintenance of an internal almanac of data on college preparation, access, success, and equity in California higher education;
  • Assess opportunity to create and support an external facing higher education data hub;
  • Monitor, analyze and catalogue issues and policy proposals pertaining to college access, success, equity and affordability, including both state and federal policies;
  • Work with the Campaign team to develop policy recommendations, identify opportunities and strategies, and advocate for their adoption;
  • Regularly conduct system, campus-level or regional higher education policy implementation data analysis for the policy, public affairs, fundraising and communications team. This may include requests from the press.
  • Suggest and develop appropriate benchmarks and metrics for the evaluation of Campaign sponsored policy and determine the appropriate research medium (report, brief, etc.) for dissemination.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of the Director of Policy Research and the Sr. Research and Policy Analyst including setting goals, planning research projects, designing research and data analysis protocols, carrying out research, and policy analysis;
  • Work closely with our graphics designer and communications team to produce strong visuals including report design and infographics to effectively share report findings;
  • Manage all research contracts with outside vendors ensuring adherence to scope of work and timelines;
  • Manage, and engage the Campaign’s Policy Research Advisory Board ensuring appropriate peer review and feedback;
  • Launch a strong paid research fellowship program for graduate students and leading academics to inform and contribute to the Campaign’s research agenda while gaining practical experience in conducting policy research;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with external research organizations, universities, governmental entities focused on research and policy analysis in higher education;
  • Maintain good funder relations through effective project management and actively seek and obtain new sources of funding; Provide limited and focused assistance with grant proposals for new and existing Campaign for College Opportunity research and analysis projects;
  • Represent the Campaign at major events, capitol briefings, research and practice conferences, and in-person meetings; Create a calendar of key research conferences where the Campaign can play a leading presenter role and direct Research team to submit proposals and ultimately, present.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Ed.D, M.S. or  M.A. in education research, education policy, or related fields (statistics, sociology, etc.);
  • Minimum of eight years in leading research preferably in a policy capacity;
  • Strong background in education research and policy analysis, including knowledge of research design and use of research in policymaking; demonstrated proficiency with statistical analysis software programming and database development;
  • Strong working knowledge of the body of academic research on structural racism in higher education and how that perpetuates racial inequity in higher education outcomes today.
  • Familiarity with institutional research protocols and practices within the UC, CSU and California Community Colleges.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and accurately describe complex issues in ways that different audiences can understand;
  • Strong management and leadership skills, with proven success managing teams to meet ambitious goals while also mentoring and developing staff;
  • Impeccable attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects. Management experience preferred.

Compensation

Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in the range of $100,000 to $115,000. The Campaign offers generous medical, dental, vision, and retirement benefits. The Campaign provides three weeks paid vacation and annual professional development opportunities as approved by your Supervisor.

All candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit work samples, and a listing of research articles and publications to which the candidate authored or contributed.

The Campaign for College Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified persons of every background. All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org before submitting a cover letter and resume to stacey@collegecampaign.org.  Applications will be accepted beginning March 26th and until April 19th, 2019.   No phone calls please.

 

Program Manager, Student Success Initiatives
Full-Time Position
Sacramento, 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 in order 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. We are a statewide leader in this work with a dynamic team of dedicated change agents.

The Campaign maintains offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento.

The Campaign is seeking an experienced Program Manager to oversee and guide the implementation of key Campaign policy priorities and initiatives in support of increasing access, equitable outcomes, and student success at California’s colleges and universities. This work will include implementation of the Campaign’s historic effort to establish an Associate Degree for Transfer, remedial education reform at California Community Colleges and the California State University system, as well as the establishment of the Student-Centered Funding Formula. The Program Manager will report directly to the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy and work in close coordination with our Executive Vice President and Public Affairs and Research teams. The position will be based in our Sacramento office.

Responsibilities:

  • Take a leading role in ensuring successful implementation of the Campaign’s key state policy initiatives and progress toward implementation goals in consultation with the Campaign’s leadership team;
  • Monitor implementation of the Campaign’s key policy initiatives at a state and local level including, monitoring system-level implementation updates, conducting interviews with appropriate state and local system and campus leaders, and other critical stakeholders;
  • Inform the work of the Policy, Public Affairs, and Research teams by identifying, assessing, and proposing opportunities for strategic engagement in service to key state policy initiatives;
  • Establishing and deepening relationships with key system and campus institutional leaders to better understand the nuances of implementation progress as well as implementation challenges;
  • Ensuring that the Campaign maintains a pulse on opportunities for strategic engagement in implementation efforts and that the Campaign’s team members are well-informed about our key initiatives and implementation progress;
  • Produce and shape the development of collateral materials in support of the Campaign’s key policy initiatives, and craft policy briefs;
  • Lead, in consultation with the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, the development and execution of efforts to advance implementation of our key policy initiatives including but not limited to: capitol briefings and roundtables, regional convenings, presentations, etc.
  • Assist in the onboarding of Policy and Research Fellows supporting the work of the policy team.

The successful candidate will have had experience working in education policy, program development, and/or policy implementation. They should be a highly motivated and enterprising self-starter with a minimum of three to five years of work experience in a professional setting, with strong communication, interpersonal, and relationship building skills. 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 various regions in California.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Public Policy, Public Affairs, Political Science, Communications, Public Relations, Education or related field;
  • Three to five years minimum of relevant work experience (in policy, outreach, or education);
  • Strong oral and written communications skills; must have the ability to clearly and accurately describe the Campaign’s key policy initiatives, including an understanding of the technical details and the vision for implementation success, and have experience communicating with those in leadership positions;
  • 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 proficiency in utilizing technology platforms such as the Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and CRM Dynamics), Facebook and Twitter.

Compensation

Annual salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in the range of $53,000 to $57,000.

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 April 11, 2019. Interested parties should forward a cover letter and resume indicating “Program Manager” in the subject line by email to:

Stacey Holderbach, Vice President of Development

stacey@collegecampaign.org

All applicants should visit our website to learn more about the Campaign at www.collegecampaign.org 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.

 

 

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.

Qualifications
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).

Compensation
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.

Location
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: leticia@collegecampaign.org.