The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) is a national nonprofit based in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C. We are a trusted source of research, design, and advocacy for student-centered public policies that promote affordability, accountability, and racial equity in higher education. Our staff combines expertise in research and data, laws and regulations, change management, and the policymaking process.  

We nurture close relationships with policymakers, providing specific recommendations and helping them navigate legal, budgetary, and political hurdles. We build momentum for new policies by building diverse coalitions of advocates and constituents and by driving media coverage. We pride ourselves on the impact of our work and are known for our reliable research, carefully designed policy recommendations, and partnerships with policymakers and advocates. For more information, please visit the website: www.ticas.org

Job purpose

The person in this role will support TICAS’ federal policy and advocacy strategy on behalf of low-income students and students of color, including both strong protections against low-quality and abusive colleges and initiatives to improve default rates, graduation rates, and other student outcomes at all colleges. 

The team member will help coordinate the work of the federal accountability team, including outreach and engagement with key partners and stakeholders. They will also provide support to help inform legislative and regulatory policy processes through analysis and writing. 

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Monitor and analyze regulatory and legislative developments related to TICAS’s federal policy work on accountability.  
  • Compile data and research, as directed by the Associate Vice President, in support of the work of the federal accountability team. 
  • Engage with TICAS’s research team on data and research needs to support the work of the accountability team. 
  • Collaborate with TICAS’s communications and operations teams as directed by the AVP. 
  • Provide ongoing administrative support to ensure smooth operation of coalition meetings, calls, and events. 
  • Schedule, organize, and develop plans for meetings with policymakers and staff, including gathering pertinent materials and providing appropriate follow-up materials and clarifications for subjects discussed in the meetings. 
  • Support the team in developing presentations, participate in meetings, and attend conferences on selected issues. 
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Skills and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in related field. 
  • Experience working with—or knowledge of—community colleges, HBCUs, and/or minority serving institutions. 
  • Relevant knowledge and/or experience of higher education policy. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to continuous improvement. 
  • Excellent communication skills, including both in writing and speaking. 
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships and work in coalitions, including managing disparate priorities among diverse constituencies. 
  • Comfort working both independently and collaboratively. 
  • Can balance both short- and longer-term priorities. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

TICAS is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. TICAS fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, culture, and experience.

TICAS strongly encourages applicants from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation: commensurate with experience; excellent benefits

Location: Washington, D.C preferred

Reports To: Associate Vice President (AVP), Accountability 

FLSA Status: Full-time/Exempt 

Application process: Candidates should submit a brief cover letter (no more than one page) and resume to: Patricia Balana, careers@ticas.org.

In your cover letter (no more than one page), please include:

  • Why you are passionate about TICAS’ mission
  • How you believe you are the right fit for this position

Please include two professional references.