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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:

Director/Senior Director, Advocacy and Issue Campaigns

(11/19/2021) The Alliance for Early Success is seeking a Director/Senior Director of Advocacy and Issue Campaigns who will leverage experience in guiding and supporting issue campaigns in order to help state-based early childhood advocacy organizations achieve policy wins for young children and their families.

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. 

Director

(11/24/2021) Hawai'i's Executive Office on Early Learning seeks a strategic, compassionate, and adaptable leader who will serve as Director. Qualified candidates must have a demonstrated passion for early childhood development and learning, a proven record of inclusive, collaborative leadership, and a sensitivity to the history of Hawaii’s early learning systems work.

Program Officer, Policy and Advocacy;
Associate Program Officer

(11/18/2021) Perigee Fund is in search of a Program Officer with deep experience in advocacy and policy who is both a leader and a collaborator and able to work at the intersection of mental health, early childhood, and family economic security. This role cultivates and maintains a distinct portfolio of advocacy and policy grants. Perigee Fund is also in search of an Associate Program Officer who will support projects across the team’s work, focused on promoting social and emotional development, healthy parent-child relationships, and parent wellbeing.

Network Development Strategist;
Project Associate

(11/18/2021) All Our Kin’s technical assistance team is seeking a highly organized and skilled strategist to help the organization build out and implement network development technical assistance offerings that support the development of staffed family child care networks with a variety of entities across the country. The All Our Kin T.A. team is also looking for a Project Associate.

Program Director, Early Childhood Policy Fellowship

(11/16/2021) Bank Street College of Education is seeking a Program Director for its new Early Childhood Policy Fellowship, a hands-on 12-month fellowship targeted towards early childhood systems leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) at the state, county, and city levels, including administrators or managers in state early childhood agencies, as well as legislative aides and advisors.

Inaugural Executive Director

(11/16/2021) The Washington Early Childhood Policy Fellowship, an emerging statewide effort aimed at eliminating racial inequities for young children and families across Washington, is seeking nominations and applications for its inaugural Executive Director, who will build and shape a transformative and relationship-driven effort to shift power in early childhood systems in Washington state, positively impacting generations of children and their families.

Senior Policy Advisor, Early Childhood

(11/11/2021) Advance Illinois is looking for experienced candidates to apply for our Senior Policy Advisor in Early Childhood. The ideal candidate is a systems thinker, with strong knowledge of the early childhood field – including system challenges and opportunities – preferably with knowledge of and experience with Illinois-specific policies, stakeholders, and context.

Senior Health Policy Advocate

(11/1/2021) Common Good Iowa seeks a full-time senior health policy advocate to lead the organization’s work advancing the health of Iowa children and their families. The person in this position will exhibit concrete skills and a deep understanding of how to move a policy agenda that centers racial and economic equity, promote effective policy, develop and strengthen relationships with lawmakers, administrative officials and other advocates and identify strategies to maximize access to and quality of care within the state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs.

Director of Health Policy

(10/29/2021) Texans Care for Children is hiring a Director of Health Policy, who will spearhead their work with the Texas Legislature, state agencies, partners, and other stakeholders to support health equity, improve access to health care for moms and kids, and more

Business Development Specialist - National Team

(10/28/2021) The First Children's Finance National Team is seeking multiple Business Development Specialists to join its growing team to support the growing work in Oregon, and other states. The Business Development Specialist position provides business and financial planning, consultation, training and support to early care and education providers; promotes FCF and its programs and services; and connects to a diverse group of FCF stakeholders, partners, and constituents.

Advocacy and Training Designer

(10/28/2021) The American Heart Association’s Initiative, Voices for Healthy Kids, has an excellent opportunity for an Advocacy and Training Designer, who will will direct, develop and execute a leadership development plan for building the equitable advocacy practices of organizations and on-the-ground organizers.

Program Analyst (Tribal MIECHV)

(10/27/2021) Jefferson Solutions seeks an experienced Program Analyst to carry out program and policy related duties for the Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (Tribal MIECHV) program and tribal early childhood efforts more broadly. This position will work closely with staff in the Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the Tribal MIECHV program and coordinates efforts across tribal early childhood programs at the federal level.

Media Advocacy Manager

(10/27/2021) The American Heart Association’s Initiative, Voices for Healthy Kids, has an opportunity for a Media Advocacy Manager. This position can be remote. The Media Advocacy Manager is responsible for providing communications and media advocacy expertise, tools, and training to move policy priorities forward and position campaigns for success.

Early Childhood Development Program Specialist

(10/14/2021) The federal Department of Health And Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, seeks an ECD Program Specialist to take responsibility for a wide variety of projects and tasks that support policy, external outreach and communications, and program implementation as it pertains to young children and their families.

PDG B-5 Equity TA Specialist

(10/13/2021) ICF’s Early Education Services Line of Business seeks a Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) Equity TA Specialist who will work with PDG B-5 grantees (states and territories) on equity in early childhood systems building.The PDG B-5 specialist will serve as an equity subject matter expert to advance equity, particularly racial equity, in systems building and finance.

Chief Learning and Evaluation Officer

(10/13/2021) Trust for Learning is seeking a Chief Learning and Evaluation Officer to support its network of partners and projects that expand high-quality early learning environments — grounded in the principles of ideal learning. This is an executive-level position for an experienced leader in early childhood education who can bring a strong equity vision to the role.

Senior Manager of Early Childhood, Direct Service

(10/12/2021) Texans Care for Children -- a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue children’s advocacy organization based in Austin, TX -- seeks a Communications Associate who will grow and engage its audience across multiple external communications platforms including its website, email marketing, content management system, and social media.

Senior Manager of Early Childhood, Direct Service

(10/12/2021) The Bainum Family Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the D.C. metro area, seeks a Senior Manager of Early Childhood, Direct Service, to engage a network of early childhood direct service partners to inform the strategy development and execution for the Foundation’s work focused on providing equitable early education, health, mental health and economic well-being services and programs.

President and Executive Director

(10/06/2021) CLASP is seeking a visionary executive who is committed to racial equity and the organization’s mission to abolish poverty in America. This individual will provide inspirational and collaborative leadership, strategic planning, and management to drive and deepen CLASP’s impact at the state and national level. The President and ED will have overall accountability for the philanthropic, strategic, operational, programmatic, and financial affairs of CLASP.

Advocacy Director

(10/04/2021) The Advocacy Director will lead Educare DC’s advocacy for increasing early childhood education quality and funding for low-income and historically marginalized young children and their families. The Advocacy Director will have the unique opportunity to focus on both federal and local DC advocacy, with Educare’s high quality programs and research as a platform. The Advocacy Director will partner closely with Educare’s national and local partners.

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.

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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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