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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:

There are currently no open positions at the Alliance.

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. 

Supervisory Policy Specialist, Division of Early Learning

(5/17/2022) The District of Columbia's office of the Superintendent is looking for an experienced policy thinker and collaborator who can support DEL Leadership and programmatic teams in reviewing, developing, drafting, and implementing policies and regulations applicable to all aspects of the District’s early care and education system, including child care licensing; child care subsidy; Capital Quality, the District’s Quality Rating, and Improvement System; and publicly funded pre-Kindergarten across the mixed delivery system that includes District of Columbia Public Schools, public charter schools and community-based organizations.

Director of Early Learning

(5/14/2022) Austin, Texas, is looking for a Director of Early Learning -- the chief administrator of the department of Early Learning education services with a focus on birth through Pre-K. The director also has a seat on the City of Austin Early Childhood Council and serves on the Success By 6 Leadership Team.

Children's Alliance Washington

Policy and Data Manager

(5/11/2022) Children's Alliance in Washington state seeks a Policy and Data Manager who will be responsible for analyzing data, monitoring the policy landscape, and recommending positions on a broad array of policy issues related to child well-being. The manager will work to understand, analyze, create and respond to policy opportunities for Washington’s 1.6 million, kids, with a special focus on children and families in communities of color.

Policy Analyst - Early Childhood Education

(4/28/2022) New America’s Early and Elementary Education Policy program seeks a policy analyst who will work on early and elementary education policy in the area of improving children’s early education experiences from birth through 3rd grade, with a focus on birth through school entry. The policy analyst will analyze legislation, programs, and data, and conduct research projects to identify promising approaches and policy solutions to ensure young children have access to high-quality early learning programs, well-prepared caregivers and educators, and effective instructional approaches, classroom environments, and learning opportunities from early learning through the early elementary grades.

Policy & Advocacy Manager

(4/19/2022) The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is seeking a Policy & Advocacy Manager with expertise in early childhood policy, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to develop, implement and evaluate its Prenatal-3 strategy. Working directly with the national affiliate network, this individual will play a key role in advancing NBCDI’s prenatal-3 federal and state policy agenda while also building the advocacy capacity of our network.

ACF Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Early Childhood Development

(4/11/2022) Are you passionate about delivering meaningful outcomes for children, families, and communities across the country? Are you knowledgeable about early care and education programs and policy? Can you apply your successful track record of managing teams now, while also innovating on how to best create strong results in the future? HHS' Administration for Children and Families is seeking your expertise as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development. The ADAS, ECD, is a critical leader across all early care and education programs.

ACF Deputy Director, Office of Head Start

(4/11/2022) Are you passionate about partnering with communities to provide equitable access to high-quality comprehensive services for young children and their families? Can you inspire teams to ensure the highest-caliber team operations and service delivery for a program that touches nearly every community in America? Do you have a track record of successful and equitable outcomes for policy, operations, and high-stakes decisions? The Office of Head Start is seeking your expertise and capacity as the Deputy Director of the Office of Head Start. The Deputy Director at the Office of Head Start is a crucial role to lead all aspects of the Head Start program and team.

Child Care System Coordinator – Oregon

(3/28/2022) FCF National team is seeking a skilled systems thinker; a generalist with a passion for learning, acquiring, and developing new skills to address the business side of child care. This position is remote within the state of Oregon.

Director, Center for Family Voice

(3/25/2022) The Center for Family Voice, one of three “Centers of Excellence” at Groundwork Ohio, seeks a Director to oversee Center activities and drive the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy, in order to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.

Operations Associate, Families and Children Policy Area

(3/24/2022) MDRC is hiring a an Operations Association for its Children and Families policy area who will focus on strategy and outreach. The role and covers a range of possible activities within MDRC’s national and state-level early care and education and pre-k work, including collaborating with states, districts, and educational institutions to build the evidence base around strategies for improving children’s learning and development in early care and education, strengthening data-informed insights to inform program improvement to support equitable early learning for young children, measurement development, qualitative and quantitative analysis, project development, and dissemination.

Policy Resource Data Manager
Policy Data Analyst/Senior Policy Data Analyst
Policy Manager
Senior Equity Associate
Policy Research Associate/Senior Policy Research Associate
State Policy Analyst/Senior State Policy Analyst
Data/Senior Data Analyst
Research and Evaluation Data Manager
Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

(3/22/2022) The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, a resource for state policymakers and advocates that translates the science of the developing child into the most effective policy actions and public investments for states, has transitioned to its new home at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. The center is hiring for multiple positions, which can all be fully remote.

Project Coordinator, Early Childhood Initiative

(3/02/2022) The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is currently seeking a Project Coordinator to support the activities of its Early Childhood Initiative. The Initiative is focused on creating a more comprehensive and sustained approach to improving the quality of care for young children. BPC is actively engaged on several key issues, including the need for and financing of early care and education, business and parental engagement, and state governance.

Executive Director, Department of Early Childhood

(2/22/2022) The State of Colorado is hiring its first ever Executive Director of the new Department of Early Childhood, which is officially starting this year. This position will spearhead early childhood initiatives and policy implementation, the first of which will be managing the day-to-day execution to establish this brand new department. They will lead the transition of early childhood programs from existing agencies to create a cohesive new department to move forward early childhood systems in Colorado. They will be charged with merging teams from a variety of agencies, including bringing on new staff members, to build an effective and positive culture that is responsive to the needs of children, families and early care and education providers in Colorado.

Equity Impact Manager, Early Childhood Transformation Team

(2/21/2022) The State of Illinois Early Childhood Transformation Team, which supports Illinois and its communities as they design, transform, and sustain public early childhood education and care systems to be equitable, efficient, and effective, is seeking an Equity Impact Manager to ensure the work of the ECTT is authentically, consistently, and transparently designed and implemented through an equity lens.The position is housed at Northern Illinois University.

Chief Accountability Officer

(2/9/2022) The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, with its focus on data-informed strategies to address gaps and inequities, has created a new position: Chief Accountability Officer. The CAO will be an integral member of the team in the development of new knowledge and insights for delivering on the promise to improve opportunities and outcomes for all Virginia children and families.

Council for a Strong America Early Childhood

Georgia State Director

(2/3/2022) Council for a Strong America seeks a State Director for Georgia who has the vision, relationships, and expertise to increase the impact of the organization on children’s policy in Georgia. This position will be responsible for establishing and inaugurating CSA’s Georgia State Office.

Council for a Strong America Early Childhood

California Director of Member Engagement and Strategy

(2/3/2022) Council for a Strong America seeks a California Director of Member Engagement and Strategy to oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of California membership growth and engagement strategies, including communications strategies. The Director will bring a strategic mindset and work in partnership with the California Team to ensure all membership recruitment, retention efforts, and member activations are in alignment with cross-organizational goals.

Community Engagement Coordinator, Center for Family Voice

(2/2/2022) Groundwork Ohio's Center for Family Voice is dedicated to authentically engaging Ohio parents and families with young children in the policies and practices that impact the healthy development of their children. The Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center will provide critical assistance to the Center Director and support implementation of Center activities and the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes.

Director, Center for Maternal and Young Child Health

(2/2/2022) Groundwork Ohio's Center for Maternal and Young Child Health is focused on building and transforming systems that improve maternal and young child health, promote health equity, and prioritize prevention through policy development, research, and collaboration. Through its unique mission and strategy, the Center will engage in advocacy and policy to craft, advance, and scale policies and programs that increase access to high-quality care and interventions for pregnant women and young children. The Director of the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health will oversee Center activities and drive the Center’s work to improve health outcomes for women, young children, and their families

Advocacy Manager

(1/26/2022) Educare DC seeks an Advocacy Manager to lead advocacy activities on behalf of Educare DC, working closely with national and District partners to advocate for increasing early childhood education quality and funding for low income and historically marginalized young children and their families. The Advocacy Manager will leverage Educare DC’s programmatic expertise, research, and state-of-the art facilities to engage and educate elected officials and policy makers about the impact of existing policies and opportunities for innovation and improvement.

Senior Manager of Professional Development Initiatives

(1/26/2022) The National Association for Family Child Care is hiring a Senior Manager of Professional Development Initiatives who will develop and implement foundational early childhood educator and quality enhancement professional development strategies for family child care professionals and programs.

Research Project Coordinator I

(1/20/2022) The National Institute for Early Education Research is seeking a Research Project Coordinator to work closely with faculty and staff in research and evaluation. The position coordinates major aspects of preschool education research and evaluation projects. Key duties include managing fieldwork across two to three research projects, communicating effectively with research and project partners, planning and carrying out data collection trainings, collaborating in writing reports and proposals, and collaborating in the development and management of eIRB protocols, survey instruments and other research protocols in conjunction with principal investigators.

Research and Evaluation Data Manager

(1/14/2022) The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center seeks an energetic and experienced person who will conduct original evaluation research on prenatal-to-3 policies and conduct analyses to build the evidence base in key areas. The manager will provide leadership to a team of data research associates, developing and overseeing processes to track ongoing evaluation and research studies related to PN-3 policies, and identify opportunities to support or conduct new original research and evaluation of PN-3 policies.

Policy Resource Data Manager

(1/14/2022) The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center seeks an energetic and experienced person to provide data management and analysis expertise and leadership to a team of research associates responsible for collecting and analyzing data to support work products, track data updates, and promote the use of data internally and to external partners4

Manager of State Policy

(1/10/2022) The National Head Start Association is hiring for a Manager of State Policy role, with a focus on advancing its Early Head Start Rising campaign. The Manager of State Policy is responsible for leading a portfolio of policy and advocacy work designed to expand access to Early Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, creating more seamless prenatal-to-five experiences for eligible children and families.

Director of Communication;
Director of Advancement

(1/10/2022) Massachusetts-based Strategies for Children recently adopted a new four-year strategic plan to sharpen its focus for greater impact, and is recruiting individuals who want to join the mission and share a commitment to advancing Massachusetts’ early learning systems. Click the position titles for more information.

Community Relations Manager

(1/10/2022) SCIMHA is seeking a Community Relations Manager to participate in the development and promotion of South Carolina programmatic and mission-based initiatives. They will spend a substantial portion of time interacting with partner organizations, elected officials, and other stakeholders. They will also be required to use data to create highly engaging content to grow and inform the field of infant and early childhood in a way that is consumable to community stakeholders, families, legislators and agency partners.

Community Relations Manager

(1/10/2022) The Early Educator Investment Collaborative, a group of national Early Childhood Education (ECE) focused funders, seeks a Program Assistant who will support the Director with a wide range of programmatic, operational, administrative, and communications support. The Program Assistant will also provide support to The Collaborative’s Steering Committee. This position will initially be 20 hours per week from the employee’s home office, with the potential to become a full-time position in the future.

Research Analyst

(1/6/2022) Texans Care for Children seeks a research analyst who will conduct policy research, surveys, and data analysis; compile and organize data; and use new and existing sources to help shape policy recommendations in support of Texans Care for Children’s policy initiatives in the areas of maternal and child health, child protection, mental health, and early childhood. The ideal candidate will have the ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research and synthesize findings for diverse audiences.

Education Portfolio Director

(1/4/2022) The Robert R. McCormick Foundation (Chicago) seeks an Education Portfolio Director who will identify and develop early education investment opportunities, ensuring they are aligned with the foundation’s other investments, and supportive of community partners. The director holds primary responsibility for communicating with the CEO and board, leading or supporting initiatives and partnerships in the early childhood field and playing a citywide and statewide leadership role to improve early learning.

Research Associate

(1/3/2022) Children's Funding Project seeks a Research Associate to work alongside and under the supervision of the Early Childhood Advisor (ECA) to grow CFP’s cost modeling capacity, as the need for this critical work continues to increase rapidly across the country. The associate will assist in building state and local cost models for early childhood programs and systems, as well as developing standardized cost modeling tools and principles.

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