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Job Title: Policy Research Fellow
Department: Policy
Location: Austin, TX

About Raise Your Hand Texas

Founded in 2006, Raise Your Hand Texas advances public education through innovative leadership and advocacy for Texas’s 5.2 million students. Raise Your Hand invests in research, programs, and advocacy in pursuit of a high-quality education for all Texas students. For more information, visit

Position Description

The Policy and Programs Research Fellow will conduct research on topics related to improving education in Texas and assist with policy and programmatic initiatives. The fellow will join a fast-paced team focused on providing policy expertise and implementing solutions to improve public education in Texas.


  • Provide staff with support in research and analysis of various topics, organizations and key players in the field, as requested. Topics may include federal and state K-12 policy, Pre-K, school funding, and governance.
  • Assist members of the Raise Your Hand Texas policy and program staff with initiatives, program implementation, and events.
  • Interact with stakeholders, including legislative staff,  educators, and employees of education associations.
  • Assist with the creation of policy materials for the upcoming legislative session.
  • Provide support on short- and long-term projects.
  • Create and update online databases.


  • Current graduate student in an education or journalism-related field.
  • Alignment with the core beliefs and mission of Raise Your Hand Texas.
  • Familiarity with, and commitment to improving, the Texas K-12 public school system.
  • Access and familiarity with education-related research databases.
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills, including Excel and Google suite.
  • Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Based in Austin.
  • Some paid travel may be requested, depending upon the fellow’s schedule.

Application Instructions

The position is available for up to 20 hours per week, dependent upon the fellow’s schedule, at a rate of $20/ hour. The position is initially offered for the remainder of the year and spring semester, with the possibility of continuation. Please send a cover letter and resume to by December 1, 2018.