Associate/Senior Associate, Human Resources and Operations

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 shares 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  

DQC Associates and Senior Associates are self-starting, dedicated, energized by their colleagues, and have excellent attention to detail. They work with colleagues across the organization to achieve goals.

Who You Are 

  • Communicator: you develop and convey ideas internally with peers—both orally and in writing.
  • Collaborator: you work well independently but value and seek out your peers’ ideas and expertise.
  • Innovator: you enjoy both identifying the challenge and creating a solution to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Relationship Builder: you are people-centered, practice active listening to build trust, and engage in open communication.
  • Adapter: you demonstrate flexibility and can take projects from ambiguous ideas to impactful results.
  • Responsive: you can anticipate the needs of others 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.
  • Associate: Successful DQC Associates have a minimum of 5 years of experience, which can include a combination of postsecondary education and full‐time, professional work experience. (For example, five years of experience could include the completion of an associate’s degree, two six-month internships and two years of full-time work experience.)
  • Senior Associate: Successful DQC Senior Associates have a minimum of 8 years of experience, which can include a combination of postsecondary education and full‐time, professional work experience. At least two years of professional work experience must be directly related to this role.

What You’ll Do  

  • Provide direct support to the Director of HR and Operations in managing HR core functions and day-to-day activities of DQC’s office.
  • Support the management of HR core functions, including (but not limited to):
      • Facilitate talent acquisition by maintaining job descriptions and facilitating the hiring process for new staff.
      • Coordinate onboarding of new hires—including new employee orientation and completion of various HR employment forms—and the off-boarding process for staff.
      • Process new employee enrollments for medical, dental, life insurance, payroll, smart benefits, retirement, and other benefit enrollments.
      • Prepare annual employee salary memos.
      • Assist with managing the annual performance evaluation process.
      • Assist with managing DQC’s staff recognition, service awards, and sabbatical leave programs.
      • Research current best practices and initiatives regarding HR issues and recommendations on updates and/or improvements to existing policies, procedures, and technology.
  • Support the management of the day-to-day activities of DQC’s office, including (but not limited to):
      • Serve as go-to person for the office to ensure functions and systems are performing seamlessly—including acting as the primary point of contact for building management and vendors and assisting with coordinating the upcoming office move in June 2023.
      • Manage mailing and shipping as well as procurement and supply.
      • Plan internal events and provide event consultants with logistical support for external events.
      • Refine and execute office procedures, policies, and technology to increase collaboration and efficiency.

Compensation, Benefits, and Hybrid/Flexible Work Environment 

  • This position is based in Washington, DC.  
  • Starting salary range of $60,000–$70,000 for an Associate and $70,000–$85,000 for a Senior Associate, commensurate with qualifications. Your starting salary will be based on the experience you bring that is directly related to this role.
  • 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 that employees should plan to be in the office a minimum number of days per week; however, the expectation is that staff should not be working in the office 100% of the time. 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 has 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  

  • Please send resume, cover letter, and list of three references (with email addresses) to
  • Please indicate “Associate/Senior Associate, Human Resources and Operations” in the subject line.
  • In your cover letter, explain how your education and work experiences demonstrate your ability to support the organization. Specific examples (especially those above and beyond what is included on your resume) are encouraged.
  • Priority will be given to applications received by April 17, 2023.

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.