Higher Education Digital Fellow

Higher Education Digital Fellow

The Organization

The Education Trust—West (ETW) works for the high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college, and Russlynn Ali served as the founding executive director of Ed Trust–West. ETW exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders across the state in transforming public schools into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our state policy agenda. To learn more, please visit www.edtrustwest.org.

Summer Fellows 2019

The Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a 2nd cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2019. The goal of the Fellowship is to support people of color and women entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander educators to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem. From June through August, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice issues. All fellows must have a passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and the belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them. These positions are full-time, over the course of 8-10 weeks, based in Oakland, California.


Fellows will earn $7,200 for 10 weeks of work, pro-rated if Fellows are unable to work the full 10 weeks.

Higher Education Digital Fellow

Ed Trust-West believes in shining a light on schools successfully closing the achievement and opportunity gaps and highlighting the specific practices used by schools, districts, institutions, and programs that can be replicated elsewhere. We translate data into compelling stories that are accessible and easily understood by families, communities, and policymakers. In support of these goals the Higher Education Digital Fellow will produce two products:
  1. A resource guide outlining best practices for digital toolkits and web-based tools generally and
  2. A detailed proposal for the Financial Aid Awareness Digital Toolkit and web-based tools. Content and ideas for the digital component of the toolkit could include a storyboard for videos, animations, infographics, digital images, and interactive web tools.
The Fellow will learn how to translate high school practitioner experiences into a compelling story through digital tools that shine a bright spot on best practices for financial aid application completion.


  • Exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Experience utilizing and developing digital and web-based tools that translate complex topics into understandable and compelling stories
  • Familiarity with the California education policy landscape and/or financial aid access issues or advising
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate projects and track complex tasks across multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to plan effectively, but the flexibility to handle the unexpected

Application Process

Please provide a cover letter & resume. Your cover letter should describe your relevant experience and your alignment with the organization’s mission. Priority deadline of March 3, 2019. Applications will still be accepted after this date. Please combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g. “HigherEd_Lopez”. If you are interested in applying for multiple fellowships, please submit a separate application for each with a customized cover letter pertaining to the specific team you are applying to.https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=9e2312b5-b5bd-498a-975d-1e1c12aead82&jobId=119376&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001

The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.