Current Openings

We are mission-driven. Education First is a national, mission-driven strategy and policy organization with a unique and deep expertise in education improvement. Our mission is to deliver exceptional ideas, innovative solutions and real results to help ensure that every student educated in the United States, regardless of race or income, will be prepared for success in college, careers and life. We work closely with practitioners, advocates and funders to design and accelerate policies and plans that support engaged students, outstanding educators, strong systems and effective investments. Founded in 2006, Education First is a completely virtual company staffed with over 50 seasoned team members across the country.

Education First is a fantastic place to work and we look for smart, motivated and passionate individuals to join our team. Click here to learn more about our culture and read below for our application process and current openings.

 

Our application process

We invite outstanding applicants to participate in a multi-step hiring process that includes virtual interviews, performance assessments and in-person interviews. Our process is not short. It’s thorough and rigorous because we take talent very seriously and only hire stellar candidates who are also a great culture fit to join our team.

Throughout the process, we learn about who you are as a person and give you a chance to learn about us. We want to see what skills and knowledge you bring to both us and our clients. And we want to ensure that what you define as success is in line with what we define as success.

After interviewing with our Talent Team, interview steps typically include: completing a performance task that gives you a good sense for the day-to-day of the work and gives us a good sense for how prepared you are to do it; the chance to present that task to stakeholders with whom your role might interact with regularly on projects; a role-alike informational meeting; and a final in-person interview with the Chief People Officer and a Focus Area Partner. Know that those conversations will explore education, your motivations, your ability to thrive in a virtual environment and much more.

 

If you are interested in joining our team, please look through the available positions below.

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Available positions

  • Principal (Coherent Instructional, Assessment and Accountability Systems), Engaged Students Team

    Overview of the Opportunity We are seeking a field-recognized or emerging leader who believes deeply in high-quality, engaging and supportive grade-level learning experiences for all students and who seeks to lead through high-impact technical assistance projects with systems leaders of public, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations at the local, state, national and federal levels. This Principal…
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  • Senior Consultant (Coherent Instructional, Assessment and Accountability Systems), Engaged Students Team

    Overview of the Opportunity We are seeking an emerging leader who is able to recognize, respond and engage deeply in emerging trends in academics, assessment and/or accountability policies and systems; who believes in the importance of integrating academics with social and emotional learning; and who brings a clear instructional perspective and racial equity lens to…
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  • Consultant (Social, Emotional, and Academic Development), Engaged Students Team

    Overview of the Opportunity Our new Consultant will be invited to join the Engaged Students team, one of three operational “home teams” at Education First. The Engaged Students team’s work focuses on supporting and sustaining the creation of just, equitable, rigorous and engaging learning environments. The Engaged Students team leads on three of the firm’s…
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  • Senior Consultant, Effective Organizations and Investments Team

    Overview of the Opportunity Our new Senior Consultant will be invited to join the Effective Organizations and Investments team, one of three operational “home teams.” We are especially interested in candidates with experience working in more than one area of the education sector (e.g., philanthropy, state agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations, technical service providers) and…
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  • Executive Assistant

    Overview of the Opportunity Executive Assistants serve as true partners ensuring senior team members can focus fully on managing the firm and client engagement. Senior leaders lean on their assistants not just for administrative assistance, but for strategic counsel, technical expertise, and critical analysis.  About Education First Education First is a mission-driven education policy consultancy…
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  • Associate Consultant (Innovative Systems & Schools), Engaged Students Team

    Overview of the Opportunity Our new Associate Consultant will be invited to join the Engaged Students team, one of three operational “home teams” aligned to our Innovative Systems & Schools focus area. Associate Consultants lead research efforts, convenings, stakeholder engagements and other work streams within a project, and/or serve as project manager/deputy project manager for…
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  • Senior Consultant (Innovative Systems & Schools), Engaged Students Team

    Overview of the Opportunity Our new Consultant will be invited to join the Engaged Students team, one of three operational “home teams” aligned to our Innovative Systems & Schools focus area. This individual will apply their skills to inform state, school system, foundation and advocacy efforts to improve student achievement. Ideal candidates are practitioners who…
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  • Consultant (Talent Strategy & Culture), Effective Organizations and Investments Team

    Overview of the Opportunity Our new Consultant will be invited to join the Effective Organizations and Investments team, one of three operational “home teams” aligned to our Talent Strategy & Culture focus area. This individual will be primarily focused on our Thriving Organizations work and should have an understanding and experience with driving coherent policies…
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