Director, Postsecondary and Workforce Pathways

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 Director of Postsecondary and Workforce Pathways will advance DQC’s mission by developing an understanding of the postsecondary education and workforce landscape; deepening and expanding critical relationships in the policy and education field; and building an advocacy strategy. This position is grounded in the DQC values of listening and applying what we learn to our work, and staying grounded in what is happening now in states, communities, and classrooms, while always looking ahead.

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

  • How can DQC’s mission, advocacy, and expertise best improve postsecondary and workforce data policy?
  • What does DQC need to know about postsecondary and workforce pathways to inform, measure, and carry out our advocacy?
  • How do we take action with our insights to 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 Director will:

  • Lead the expansion of DQC’s policy leadership into the postsecondary and workforce spaces.
  • Build DQC’s knowledge of the postsecondary and workforce data landscape, policy drivers, and funding streams.
  • Support DQC’s work to advocate for best-in-class data ecosystems at the state level.
  • Bolster DQC’s efforts to educate state and federal policymakers on needed support for states to improve postsecondary and workforce data and their inclusion in state P–20W data systems.
  • Collaborate with and inspire K–12, postsecondary, and workforce partners to strengthen our overall advocacy efforts.

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 across the K–12, postsecondary, and workforce sectors.
  • Entrepreneur: you build an ambitious and inclusive agenda and make sense of ambiguity in the world and the work.
  • Leader: you identify and leverage resources among multiple teams and members to meet intended goals.
  • Knowledgeable: you understand the postsecondary and workforce landscape. You bring an undeniable content expert gravitas to the table.
  • Strategist: you connect the dots across ideas and opportunities, and identify impacts, dependencies, and risks in support of DQC’s priorities and goals.
  • Synthesizer: you transform complex information into plain language.
  • Communicator: you convey ideas and positions to diverse groups (e.g., partners, states, federal government) and internally with peers—both orally and in writing.
  • Adapter: you demonstrate flexibility within a shifting political landscape.
  • Collaborator: you work well independently but value and seek out your peers’ ideas and expertise.
  • Fundraiser: you support fundraising efforts to keep the work moving.

Education and Other Experience:

  • DQC values both education and work experiences that demonstrate the ability to lead in a national policy space.
  • It is likely that someone will find success in a DQC director role with a minimum of 14 years of experience, which can include a combination of postsecondary education and full‐time, professional work experience. However, a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience is required.

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop a vision for the work to support DQC’s mission, and design high-value work to meet that vision.
  • Advocate for the use of data to improve individual access to meaningful pathways through postsecondary education and into the workforce.
  • Oversee and direct the development of DQC’s understanding of and positions on state postsecondary and workforce data policies.
  • Empower DQC leaders and staff by building internal knowledge of postsecondary and workforce best practices.
  • Bring DQC’s unique advocacy perspectives to partners and policymakers through meetings, briefings, coalitions.
  • Identify best practices and recommendations for the field, and strategize and partner with DQC leaders to deploy the organization’s resources to advocate for needed policy changes.
  • Analyze, distill, frame, and communicate about postsecondary and workforce data policy and practice in ways that are tailored to varied audiences, including policymakers, funders, state and local governments, policy and advocacy organizations, and more.
  • Build upon existing partnerships and seek new opportunities to establish and strengthen relations with national policy, research, and advocacy organizations.
  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of aligning organizational priorities with fundraising opportunities by supporting the creation of concept papers, budgets, and grant proposals.
  • Meet virtually and in person with partners, stakeholders, and policymakers as frequently as is needed to effectively support DQC’s mission given the vision you develop for the work.
  • 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 $110,000–$140,000, 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

  • 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 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.