The Foundation’s mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating policymakers and affecting the public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach. The Next Generation Texas team advances this mission by improving the quality of education. Rigorous education puts students on a path to prosperous work, teaches them why and how to care for others, and gives them practice in virtue. We envision a Texas in which all students can access a high-quality education that allows them to attain lifelong flourishing, freedom, and happiness.

The K–12 education policy analyst on the Next Generation Texas team advances these goals through research, writing, and legislative outreach, especially on the following topics:

  • Transparency: Ensure that families understand what their children are learning and why.
  • Quality: Ensure schools can recruit, coach, and retain the best teachers.
  • Respect: Offer families productive ways to voice concerns about transparency or quality.
  • Choice: Offer families access to the best-fit school for their child, whether in a district, charter, private, home, or virtual school setting.

This role is located in Austin, Texas, and reports to the director of K–12 policy.

Essential Responsibilities:

Research and Analysis:

  • Through data analysis and stakeholder engagement, study inputs, outputs, and outcomes in K–12 education to identify promising practices.
  • Identify current policies contributing to and hindering student success.
  • Recommend policies that legislators and state agencies should pursue to improve access to great schools throughout Texas.
  • Analyze Texas House and Senate education bills and recommend appropriate engagement.


  • Communicate with key stakeholders, especially school system leaders, legislators and their staff, the Texas Education Agency, and other associations engaged in education policy.
  • Write rigorous policy briefs and studies. Publish blog posts featuring students and families.
  • Monitor and testify before legislative committees and state agencies.

Project Management:

  • Execute tasks related to special one-time and ongoing projects, which involves planning and coordinating multiple tasks at once.
  • Ensure that project expectations are clear, aligned, and completed in a timely manner. Confirm that project scope or schedule changes are documented, approved, and understood by stakeholders and team members.
  • Perform related work as assigned.


  • Experience: At least three years of relevant experience in policy or education systems, interacting with legislators or education system leaders. Expertise in state education policy is preferred.
  • Emphasis on outcomes, quality, and efficiency: Insistence on consistently delivering high-quality work on time and dedicated follow-through on commitments; a track record of streamlining and creating operational processes, systems, and protocols that enable organizations to become more efficient and effective.
  • Superior prioritization and project and time management: The ability to balance and manage multiple workstreams and effectively identify key priorities; a track record of performance and successful implementation across multiple concurrent projects.
  • Pursuit of continuous improvement: A persistent desire to self-reflect and continuously improve.
  • Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills: Clear, concise, and persuasive written and verbal communication; the ability to develop and present clear, data-driven storylines and effective slides; an aptitude for effective listening and meaningfully engaging a wide range of stakeholders with diverse interests and quickly building credibility and relationships.
  • Flexibility and adaptability: The ability to adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions, deal effectively with ambiguity, and work effectively with complexity and change.
  • Data-driven and analytical mindset: The desire to proactively seek out and absorb information, data, and research from disparate sources and intuition to determine relevance to make evidence-based decisions; the desire to communicate from a place of data; the ability to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data.
  • Problem-solving and creativity: The ability to look at a tough problem, see the systemic dynamics at play, and work with others to develop solutions that address root causes.
  • Required Applications: High level of expertise with Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and references to:

Jennifer Carter, Director of Talent and Culture

[email protected]

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

The position’s salary will be commensurate with the experience, expertise, and skills of the candidate who takes the position. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute offering competitive salaries and benefits to qualified candidates.