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Community and Network Associate

Posted: September 5, 2023

CLOSED: September 22, 2023

The Alliance for Early Success is seeking a Community and Network Associate to be a relationship-builder, a friendly voice, a connector, and a critical member of a team dedicated to creating a powerful, diverse community of state early childhood advocates. This is a new position.  We are looking for an individual eager to implement and continuously improve internal data collection and networking practices in service to building a more antiracist organization and community of advocates.

The Alliance for Early Success convenes, funds, and supports a community of early-childhood advocates spanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia. By creating this community, the Alliance accelerates progress in securing crucial state funding and policies that provide children with what they need in the early years to realize their full potential for a lifetime. We provide our state allies with the latest strategy, research, and expertise from our national allies. We organize peer learning opportunities that help them replicate success and avoid pitfalls. We support and challenge them to become more equitable and anti-racist advocates. We provide $10 million in annual grants to help them build capacity and stability. And – above all – we listen to where they are, where they’re trying to go, and how we can fuel that mission. 

Funded by many of the leading investors in early childhood philanthropy, the Alliance’s unique support of state advocacy makes us a national leader in accelerating the effectiveness of state advocacy for young children across the country.  


About the role: 

As the Alliance network has grown, so has our need to strengthen network relationships and coordinate the flow of information. The Associate ensures that community members are connected to the appropriate groups, events, and resources, and that Alliance staff are up-to-date on news from the Alliance community. The Associate works extensively in the Alliance’s new community relationship management system (CRM) to keep the information current, robust, and actionable.


In this job you will: 

Become the person grantees turn to when they don’t know where to go.

    • Build relationships with grantees and develop a reputation for connecting them to the right person or resource 
    • Connect grantees to Alliance staff or each other when they can learn from one another 

Capture news and intel. 

    • Gather news and recent activities from the Alliance network of advocacy organizations and enter/tag it accurately in the CRM 
    • Spotlight news, trends, and opportunities from the community for the Alliance staff 
    • Generate reports and explore new ways to measure activity in the CRM 
    • Share ideas for improving the CRM 

Keep the Alliance’s CRM and website information current. 

    • Maintain up-to-date information on contacts and organizations in the Alliance network, ensuring accuracy, consistency, and completeness of data 
    • Update Alliance webpages that share information on grantees, and the resources they rely on to do their work 
    • Oversee subscriptions to Alliance communication channels (listserv and slack channels) 
    • Assist in meeting and conference opportunities (virtual and in-person) 


To be successful in the role, you will need: 

    • A passion for and experience in building community and making connections 
    • Demonstrated facility with computer/technology environments and an enthusiasm for learning new ones. Skill in the Microsoft 365 office environment and/or community management systems are a plus. 
    • A demonstrated ability to manage and maintain a large amount of detailed information 
    • Proven track record of setting clear goals and priorities, balancing multiple tasks, and making quick changes when appropriate 
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
    • Ability to work remotely, independently, and reliably in a virtual setting 
    • Commitment to the Alliance values of adaptiveness, authentic teamwork, antiracism, patience, and bipartisanship. 


Preferred but not required: 

    • Knowledge in the policies and systems that help young children and their families thrive  
    • Experience with advocacy, especially child advocacy 
    • Experience working in or with a large and changing network of people and/or organizations 


Some benefits of working at the Alliance include: 

    • Strong remote culture—we’ve been virtual since our start in 2005 – that provides flexibility, promotes connections without proximity, and prioritizes regular opportunities for in-person connection 
    • The opportunity to work with a team of high-impact, low-ego professionals who are passionate about progress 
    • A flexible vacation policy that also includes all federal holidays and the last week of the year 
    • A generous health reimbursement account and retirement plan 


Position Type: Full Time, Permanent 

Compensation: $74,000-91,000 with final salary based on years of experience, competencies, and geography (cost of living) 


The Alliance for Early Success understands diversity strengthens organizational decision making. We are working to diversify our team and strongly encourage members of traditionally under-represented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ-identified people, gender-nonconforming people, people with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English. 

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.