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Deputy Director of Staff, Equity, and Culture

Posted: September 5, 2023

Closed: September 29, 2023

The Alliance for Early Success is seeking a Deputy Director who is passionate about developing an organizational culture that advances the Alliance mission, vision, and values – creating a powerful community of allies working in states to improve outcomes for young children. This is a new position. We are looking for an individual to join and help strengthen a team committed to centering racial equity in our internal systems and in the community building that is at the core of our work.

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 network of national allies. We organize peer learning opportunities that help replicate successes and avoid pitfalls. We support and challenge grantees to become more equitable and antiracist allies. And – above all – we listen to where they are, where they’re trying to go, and how we can fuel that mission. 

The Alliance pools funding from many of the leading investors in early childhood philanthropy to pass through more than $10 million in annual grants that build capacity and stability. Our unique approach makes us a national leader in accelerating the effectiveness of state advocacy for young children across the country.  


About the role: 

The Deputy Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the organization’s human resources strategy, policies and practices. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will help foster a culture of belonging, catalyzing opportunities for collaborative leadership and professional development. This role will include supervisory responsibilities, in partnership with the Executive Director. 

The ideal candidate brings expertise in organizational change management and demonstrated effectiveness in using an equity lens. It is imperative that the individual is a team-oriented leader and manager of people who knows and understands how to motivate individuals for collective success.


In this job you will:  

    • Work closely with the executive director to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are prioritized throughout the organization in our systems, policies, and practices. 
    • In partnership with the Executive Director, and in collaboration with the staff, lead efforts to build a workplace culture of purpose, continuous learning, innovation, and excellence. This includes the facilitation of staff professional development plans. 
    • Plan and facilitate both remote and in person staff convenings, including four in-person staff retreats each year. 
    • Develop and implement performance management processes and programs to ensure that employees are engaged, productive, and meeting the expectations of the organization. 
    • Develop and manage HR budgets, including compensation and benefits programs, ensuring that the organization is offering competitive packages to attract and retain top talent.  
    • Ensure that the organization has a diverse and inclusive workforce and develop and execute plans to attract and retain top talent. 
    • Join the executive director on monthly finance meetings ensuring alignment between human resource needs and budget priorities. 
    • Advise on grant-making efforts to help grantees strengthen their internal culture and promote equity, inclusion, and belonging.

To be successful in the role, you’ll need:    

    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a senior manager of staff development; experience managing an organization aligned with the work of the Alliance a plus (e.g. philanthropy; advocacy; public policy in health, early learning, family support) 
    • Minimum of eight (8) years experience as a supervisor; experience developing a high-performing team in a virtual environment a plus 
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in building a team culture that centers equity, inclusion and belonging
    • Demonstrated effectiveness in managing organizational change efforts 
    • A self-managed and entrepreneurial workstyle that thrives in a highly accountable and remote organizational culture
    • The ability to cultivate personal relationships with individuals and organizations from different races, genders, cultures, and political backgrounds
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills
    • The ability to travel regularly  


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: $185-219,000 with final salary based on years of experience, competencies, and geography (cost of living) 

Reports to: Executive Director 


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. 

This position closed September 29, 2023.