Current Openings

Education First is a mission-driven education policy consultancy dedicated to ensuring that all students—particularly Black, Indigenous and other students of color and students living in low-income communities—are prepared for success in college, careers and life. We work with organizations that are shaping the future of P16 education across the nation, including school networks and districts, state departments of education, policy and advocacy organizations, youth empowerment organizations, talent organizations and foundations. Founded in 2006, Education First is staffed with over 60 former teachers, district and state education leaders, policy advisors and grantmakers who live and work virtually in more than 20 states and DC.

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 a phone interview, performance assessments and multiple video 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 Senior Manager of Recruitment, 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 and interview with stakeholders with whom your role might interact with regularly on projects; and a final interview with the Managing Partner and a Home Team 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

  • Consultant, Outstanding Educators Team

    Our new Consultant will be invited to join the Outstanding Educators team, one of three operational “home teams” at Education First. Consultants direct the overall work of client engagements, managing project teams and client relationships and ensuring on-time, high-quality deliverables. Candidates should bring strong project management and team leadership skills and be excited to support a variety of organizations at the local, state, national and federal levels to advance systems change. We are especially interested in candidates with experience and interest in educator diversity initiatives and/or teacher preparation.
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  • Principal, Engaged Students Team

    Education First is seeking a field-recognized or emerging leader to join the “Engaged Students” consulting team as Principal. The Principal position is a senior leader who helps shape and set strategy, manages and coaches team members, cultivates strong partnerships, leads individual client engagements and contributes to the firm’s success and sustainability by identifying and selling mission-aligned work. We seek a leader who believes deeply in the power of intentional coordination, integration and coherence of academics with social and emotional learning to increase preK-12 student success, as well as coherence with other system-level strategies, such as training and supporting diverse educators and innovative staffing and school designs.
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  • Senior Director, Business Development and Analytics

    A newly created role, the Senior Director, Business Development and Analytics will play a critical role in driving and supporting Education First’s business strategy and growth, overseeing market analysis, communications, system design and implementation, and business development. The Senior Director will also play a key role bridging the finance, communications, consulting, and analytics teams. Equally…
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  • Principal, Effective Organizations and Investments Team

    Education First is recruiting a dynamic, innovative and accomplished leader to join our “Effective Organizations & Investments” (EOI) consulting team as a Principal. The Principal position is a senior leader who helps shape and set strategy, manages and coaches team members, cultivates strong partnerships, leads individual client engagements and contributes to the firm’s success and sustainability by identifying and selling mission-aligned work.
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