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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. 

Director of Policy (Early Childhood)

(8/10/2022) The Education Trust ’s New York regional office seeks a Director of Policy to join and lead the Ed-Trust-NY regional early childhood education agenda. The Director of Policy leads the Early Childhood team and works with the Executive Director of Ed Trust NY to set the direction and goals for this work. This role serves as a content expert in the field of equitable early childhood policy and leads the Raising New York coalition.

Project Manager, Mixed Delivery

(8/8/2022) The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is leading change in Virginia, designing and scaling a family-friendly mixed-delivery preschool program as part of a statewide Ready Regions strategy to increase equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. As key lead for VECF’s Mixed Delivery program, the Project Manager will help the VECF team envision, plan, and implement strategies to coordinate with and support regional grantees to establish a scalable model program that successfully supports school-ready children, work-ready families, and strong communities.

Executive Director

(8/1/2022) Voices for Georgia’s Children, an independent, non-partisan catalyst for systemic change, is leading a movement of public and private stakeholders to improve the lives of Georgia’s children. The organization seeks a new Executive Director who has the ability to listen, manage, motivate, and unite people around common goals and strategies, and to drive collaboration and results.

Vice President of Policy & Government Relations

(7/13/2022) Tennesseans for Quality Early Education is looking for a savvy, driven, collaborative team player to lead its policy development and government relations work. The Vice President of Policy and Government Relations leads the organization’s policy development and lobbying work and directs TQEE’s affiliated political action committee, Tennessee Advocates for Early Learning.

Director of Policy and Advocacy

(7/12/2022) Kids Win Missouri is looking for a dynamic and experienced leader in children’s policy who has a strong commitment to ensuring that Missouri’s public policies create opportunities for all Missouri children and enables them to achieve their full potential. The Director will serve as the organization’s primary representative with state and federal policymakers and before legislative and administrative proceedings and will cultivate policymaker champions and build support among policymakers for the organization’s policy priorities.

Director, Promise All Atlanta Children Thrive (PAACT)

(7/1/2022) GEEARS seeks a strategic and visionary systems leader to serve as the PAACT Director. The Director will be responsible for sustaining strong backbone functions including leading a PAACT advisory board, strengthening partnerships with implementation partners, engaging community stakeholders and public officials, raising private and public funds to support the initiative, and identifying best practices to inform implementation.

Co-Executive Director, Development & Outreach

(7/1/2022) Pathwaves Washington is an emerging statewide effort aimed at eliminating racial inequities for young children and families across Washington, initially through a 20-month fellowship for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) professionals. The Founding Board is thrilled to be seeking nominations and applications for an externally-focused Co-Executive Director, Development & Outreach to collaboratively 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.

Mobilization Manager

(6/29/2022) Children's Alliance (WA) seeks a a Mobilization Manager, who will be responsible for coordinating with Children’s Alliance staff to broaden and deepen our statewide network of parents, youth, and community leaders who advocate to address racism and the other forms of injustice that hold back Washington’s kids from the futures they deserve. The Mobilization Manager is a member of the policy staff, and reports to the Deputy Director. This new position will be charged with leading efforts to activate Children’s Alliance member power for racial justice in state and federal policymaking.

Policy Manager

(6/29/2022) Children's Alliance (WA) seeks a Policy Manager, who will be responsible for monitoring the policy landscape and recommending positions on a broad array of policy issues related to child well-being. They 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. This work is focused on ensuring Children’s Alliance policy advocacy on a wide array of state legislative and budget items that are instrumental to racial justice in child and family well-being.

Policy Implementation Manager

(6/26/2022) The Colorado Department of Early Childhood seeks a Policy Implementation Manager to serve as a project manager for the implementation of policy, legislative, and budget changes for early childhood, including creating policy implementation plans to meet statutory deadlines, identifying the need for and recommending the development of rule changes, establishing and maintaining close partnerships with State intermediaries and local implementation partners, and monitoring research to implement evidence-based policies to fidelity.

National Director, Mission: Readiness

(6/10/2022) Council for Strong America seeks a Mission: Readiness National Director who will be responsible for leading a network of retired generals and flag officers who advocate for evidence-based policies and programs that enable children and youth to grow up healthy, well-educated, and prepared for productive lives. The National Director will work closely with the Vice President of Member Engagement Strategy to implement a membership growth strategy and build a strong membership culture.

Associate Director of Mobilization

(6/10/2022) Council for a Strong America seeks an Associate Director of Mobilization who has the vision, relationships, and expertise to build the impact of our organization on children’s policy. The Associate Director of Mobilization will be responsible for all aspects of building our membership networks in an assigned portfolio of states and mobilizing bipartisan law enforcement, retired military, and business leader membership organizations in support of a state and federal policy agenda that ensures children have the opportunity to succeed starting from birth.

Associate Director, ReadyNation

(6/10/2022) Council for a Strong America seeks an Associate Director of its ReadyNation team support the implementation of Council for a Strong America’s federal and state policy agenda by organizing business leaders to pursue opportunities to increase funding for evidence-based programs that help kids succeed. The Associate Director will develop and maintain relationships with the organization’s business-leader members through recruitment, engagement, and member education.

Executive Director

(6/7/2022) NC Child is a nonprofit organization based in Raleigh, NC, with a focus on advancing public policies to ensure that every child in North Carolina has the opportunity to thrive – whatever their race, ethnicity, or place of birth. The organization seeks a new Executive Director to lead all aspects of NC Child, with emphasis on developing a team that provides the appropriate supports to accomplish mission-focused and operational activities.

Senior Policy Analyst | Child Care and Early Education

(5/22/2022) The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) seeks two Senior Policy Analysts, who will work on a team of advocates to increase access to high-quality child care and early education for children and families with low incomes. Each will support the team’s effective advocacy for people with low incomes and people of color on a wide range of early childhood issues, including infant and toddler wellbeing; child care and subsidy policies; Head Start and Early Head Start; two-generation policies; and the intersection of civil rights, racial justice, immigrant rights, and early childhood.

Senior Fiscal Training and TA Specialist, MIECHV TA Resource Center

(5/20/2022) Education Development Center is hiring a Senior Fiscal Training and TA Specialist for the MIECHV TA Resource Center to help build and support the capacity of MIECHV awardees (50 states and six territories) through online training, small group technical assistance, and 1:1 support. This is a part-time (.5 FTE), US-based telework position eligible for full benefits.

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.

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