Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Our mission is to partner with children, youth and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures. In 2013, Children’s Home & Aid launched the Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation to expand our mission impact by creating a center of gravity where practice knowledge, innovation insight and policy and advocacy experience combine. The Ahlquist Center extends the agency’s mission impact through three powerful strategies:
Incubating innovative practices and models;
Improving outcomes within our agency’s services and within the field;
Achieving effective state and federal policies
The Early Childhood/Child Welfare Policy Associate will advance and develop policies to ensure children and families involved in or at risk of entering the child welfare system have access to high quality early education services. The Early Childhood/Child Welfare Policy Associate reports to Public Policy Manager and works closely with other members of the Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice, and Innovation.
Develop the agency’s policy and funding agendas related to increasing access to early care and education for families at-risk or involved with the child welfare system.
Draft materials that advance policy and advocacy efforts to policymakers, including state agency staff, advocates, the Governor’s Office and legislators.
Conduct interviews with agency staff, representatives from national public policy organizations, and external child welfare and early childhood organizations in order to inform policy actions.
Work closely with agency program leadership to advance efforts to increase access for children and families involved in or at risk of entering the child welfare system to early education programs.
Represent Children’s Home & Aid to local, state and federal organizations on the impact of early childhood issues on families at-risk or involved in the child welfare system, including serving on external committees and/or commissions as appropriate.
Collaborate with other advocacy partners including the Home Visiting Task Force, the Access Committee of the Early Learning Council, the Quality Alliance, and the Greater East Saint Louis early childhood collaboration.
Support the work of the Illinois Pregnant and Parenting Youth in Care (IPPYC) Home Visiting initiative as it works with programs statewide and informs child welfare strategies.
Support staff in the submission of conference presentations, papers and in the development of webinars highlighting the agency’s work in this arena, includes drafting submissions, developing materials and prepping staff.
Assist with organizing in-district meetings with legislators as well as advocacy days in Springfield and Washington DC.
Assist in the development of the agency’s long-range early childhood advocacy goals and objectives.
Track current state and federal legislation and administrative issues that impact this arena.
Develop content and regularly provide updated information for Ahlquist Center web pages, e-alerts and social media.
Bachelor’s Degree required; Master's Degree in Social Work, Education, Public Administration, Public Policy or Human Services Field is preferred.
At least four years’ experience working in the fields of early childhood education or child welfare required.
Direct experience or exposure to public policy or advocacy issues related to early childhood education and child welfare preferred.
Experience advocating for client issues or public policy change at the local, state or national levels preferred.
Ability and willingness to facilitate and build collaborative working relationships with elected officials, community groups, and policy makers essential.
Valid driver’s license required; access to a personal vehicle preferred.
For consideration, candidates are required to provide a resume, cover letter, and writing sample of 5 pages or less.
Compensation includes paid time off, as well as medical, dental, vision and life insurance and a 401(k) Employee savings plan. Children’s Home & Aid is an equal opportunity employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.
Internal Number: 3124240200
About Children's Home & Aid
Children’s Home & Aid is a leading child and family service agency in Illinois. Each year, it protects, educates and counsels over 40,000 children, youth and families to improve their lives. For over 130 years, Children’s Home & Aid has been a compassionate advocate helping to shape public policy in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Children’s Home & Aid is recognized for establishing best practices and achieving outstanding results through its programs and services that focus on child abuse prevention, healthy child development and strengthening families. Children’s Home & Aid is an equal opportunity employer: minority/female/disability/veteran.
Compensation includes paid time off, as well as medical, dental, vision and life insurance and a 401(k) Employee savings plan.