Conducts policy research, analysis, public policy advocacy and public education efforts to support the National Policy Team (NPT) in building relationships with internal and external stakeholders committed to investing in high-quality early learning at the state and/or community and school district level.
Essential Job Duties
Support senior team members in providing technical assistance to state and/or community and local school district partners and Educare leaders to help them advance and implement early childhood policy and funding reforms.
Provide partners and leaders with resources, technical assistance, subject matter expertise, and other policy support as needed.
Coordinate policy advocacy network of state and/or local partners and Educare leaders, develop and distribute information, coordinate membership activities, plan and implement Educare Policy Workgroup peer learning activities and convenings, and manage follow-up.
Contribute to written documentation of policy priorities, recommendations, and messaging reflecting priorities of the Educare network.
Help lead NPT efforts to create and curate industry-relevant policy knowledge and learnings; develop and regularly update state and/or community and local school district policy and funding profiles and analyses for community and local school districts.
Track and summarize policies impacting Educare states (Educare Policy Inventory)
Contribute to the data tracking protocols to capture learnings from across the team
Draft the National Policy Digest, Ounce Policy conversation papers, memos, and other tools for internal and external stakeholders as needed.
Work with other Ounce departments to promote integration and collaboration of programs and services and with external partners to bring expertise to NPT’s consultation, peer learning, and thought leadership work.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Master’s degree in Public Policy, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, or a related field; experience with public policy or related field preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, or a related field and 5 or more years of experience with public policy or related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Working knowledge of early childhood development and education, maternal and child health, federal government programs and systems and/or related policy work.
Strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to articulate complex ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.
Knowledge of policy and research required; knowledge of early childhood a plus.
Ability to organize complex tasks, prioritize multiple assignments, exercise independent judgment, and to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
Ability to meet deadlines and develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence.
Ability to think strategically and analytically with an ability to see the big picture while managing details.
Ability to process and protect confidential information in a professional manner.
Ability to travel independently and alone (to locations that may not be handicap accessible) and manage travel arrangements.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day.
Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to type regularly.
Must be able to lift objects up to 10 lbs. in weight.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.