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Are you committed to improving outcomes for kids birth through eight? 

Policy is crucial to scaling the solutions that improve outcomes for children — and that means kids in every state need relentless people who are passionate about making these policies reality. Here are some opportunities for people pursuing an early childhood policy career.

Open Positions at the Alliance:

We currently have no open positions. 

Openings in Other Early Childhood Organizations:

Our allies in both state and national organizations often share their early childhood policy openings with us, and we routinely post them here and on LinkedIn. Take a look at the the latest ones here, and follow us on LinkedIn so you don’t miss the perfect fit. 

Executive Director

(09/22/2021) Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts is seeking an Executive Director to raise the organization’s visibility, develop its vision, deepen its impact, and shepherd it through its next phase of growth.

Senior Communications Manager

(09/14/2021) Kansas Action for Children is seeking a full-time Senior Communications Manager to implement an integrated, culturally competent strategic communications plan to help shape policy decisions and broaden awareness of KAC's mission, work, and equitable policy solutions among stakeholder audiences.


Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) Policy Coordinator

(09/09/2021) The State of Maine Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS) within DHHS is looking for an Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems (ECIDS) Policy Coordinator, who will be responsible for planning, organizing and managing the implementation of a statewide Early Childhood Integrated Data System.

Director of Preparation and Work Environment Programs

(09/01/2021) The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC-Berkeley looking for a dynamic leader committed to re-envisioning early childhood systems and exploring the intersection between research, policy, and practice to join the team as the Director of Preparation and Work Environment Programs.

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Learning and Evaluation Director

(08/26/2021) Smart Start in North Carolina is looking for a Learning and Evaluation Director, who will provide organizational and network leadership to embed a culture of learning and continuous growth at the organization -- connecting data, research, evaluation, and insights with decision- making to improve overall effectiveness in Smart Start’s implementation of North Carolina’s vision for early childhood.

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Director, Early Childhood Equity Initiatives

(08/26/2021) The Policy Equity Group, a Washington-DC-based organization that works with socially conscious organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of young children that the country’s systems are currently failing, has an opening for Director of Early Childhood Equity Initiatives. The Director will perform a variety of duties, including briefing papers, project management, and the facilitation of a national community of practice of early childhood and food systems organizations seeking to promote farm-to-early care and education models.

Evaluation Coordinator

(08/25/2021) South Carolina First Steps is hiring an Evaluation Coordinator to support its commitment to listening to the families and providers they serve through the 'Your Voice Matters' initiative. This role will also support, lead, and initiate projects that support the organization's entire research agenda, including supporting a research study of the homegrown school transition program, Countdown to Kindergarten.

Deputy Director

(08/24/2021) Early Milestones Colorado is currently seeking a Deputy Director to direct the development and execution of Early Milestones’ research, practice, and policy work. This position will work with the organization’s leadership to chart Early Milestones’ evolution per the organization’s multi-year strategic plan and ensure successful implementation of the organization’s internal and external commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Director, Advocacy

(07/30/2021) Child Care Aware of America seeks an Advocacy Director to manage and grow the organization’s efforts to engage a diverse set of stakeholders in federal and state fights for safe, quality, and affordable child care for all families.

Senior Policy Manager for Child Welfare

(07/26/2021) The Partnership for America’s Children is seeking a Senior Policy Manager to support a nonpartisan network of state-based child welfare advocates.

First Children's Finance

Business Development Specialist (MI);
Program Associate (Remote or Minneapolis, MN)

(07/22/2021) First Children's Finance is looking for a Business Development Specialist (MI) and a Program Associate (Remote or Minneapolis, MN) to join in their mission to grow the supply and business sustainability of child care.

Chief Operating Officer

(07/22/2021) Clayton Early Learning, home to the Educare Denver early childhood center in Denver, CO is hiring for a Chief Operating Officer. They are on a swift hiring timeframe, so please do send along any questions or interested applicants as soon as possible.

State Policy Specialist;
Policy Communications Specialist

(07/14/2021) The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has posted for two new positions to join their policy team. NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

CEO, First Things First

(06/22/2021) First Things First (Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board) -- one of the critical state partners in creating a child and family‐centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high‐quality early childhood system -- is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader capable of spearheading and managing the statewide early childhood organization with budgeted annual expenditures of about $150 million.

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Early Childhood Policy Director

(06/17/2021) Arizona's Children’s Action Alliance is looking for an Early Childhood Policy Director who will work with national state and local elected officials and their staff, state agency personnel, state and national funders and advocacy organizations, media organizations and community and grassroots stakeholders to develop a policy agenda that will improve outcomes for children and families, strengthen children’s access to quality childcare and early childhood education opportunities, and strengthen children’s access to quality health care.

Council for a Strong America Early Childhood

Research Associate Director

(06/09/2021) Council for a Strong America is hiring a Research Associate Director, who will be responsible for synthesizing research and writing reports that persuade policymakers to invest in early childhood policies that help children from disadvantaged families, and empower staff and members in their communications with policymakers and the media.

Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Education Transformation Team

(06/09/2021) Illinois’ new Early Childhood Education Transformation Team, embedded in the Governor’s Office, is seeking a Policy Analyst to serve as a core member of the team to help implement Illinois’ commitment to improve governance and financing for early childhood services and supports for families, children birth- to-five and for the early childhood workforce.


Communications Lead for Child Development and Early Education

(06/04/2021) The Child Development and Early Education division of HHS in North Carolina is looking for a Communications Lead tocreate and manage the implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy.

Senior Research and Policy Associate

(06/02/2021) The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California Berkeley seeks at Senior Research and Policy Associate

Research Associate;
Media Relations Specialist

(06/02/2021) The Child and Family Research Partnership, a research center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, is looking for two new team members to help in their commitment to bridging academic research and public policy.

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