Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)
Primary domain: Education
Postal code: 20019
State: Washington, DC
Country: United States
$3M - $10M
Educare DC's mission is to eliminate the achievement gap for young children living in poverty, and give them the skills necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond.
The Advocacy Director will 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. Since Educare DC’s opening in 2012, a key part of the school’s mission and design has been to support federal and District advocacy. The Advocacy Director will leverage Educare DC’s programmatic expertise, research, and state-of-the art facility to engage and educate elected officials and policy makers about the impact of existing policies and opportunities for innovation and improvement. The Advocacy Director will partner and collaborate with policy and advocacy experts at the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce), the Educare Learning Network (ELN), First Five Years Fund (FFYF), the Alliance for Early Success, and the Birth-to-Three Policy Alliance, among others. This position offers a unique opportunity to elevate the perspectives of practitioners, children, and families in order to improve early childhood policies. The person in this position must have the ability to synthesize complex issues, engage openly and thoughtfully with diverse perspectives, and communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.
- The Advocacy Director reports to the Executive Director.
The Advocacy Director’s responsibilities will be split between DC/state advocacy and federal advocacy, and the responsibilities apply to both.
- Serve as a proactive advocacy resource, utilizing the Educare DC demonstration site, staff/parent voices, and lessons learned through data and experience operating a high-quality early childhood education program.
- Establish and maintain relationships with elected officials, staff, and other policy makers, in order to serve as a ready information source to provide information, field questions, provide examples, and facilitate tours with a goal of raising awareness of and aiding improvements in early learning policies and investments.
- Engage with staff and parents related to advocacy and brief them on policy issues. Support those who choose to testify with briefings, coaching, and developing testimony.
- Participate actively in ELN Policy Work Group and FFYF monthly meetings.
- Coordinate with members of the ELN and the Educare Policy Workgroup to support targeted and tactical advocacy. Serve as a resource to other Educare schools and liaise between FFYF, the Ounce and the Educare schools to facilitate the flow of information and intelligence.
- Partner with Federal advocacy organizations and think tanks including FFYF, the Ounce, the National Head Start Association, Bipartisan Policy Council, Zero to Three, American Enterprise Institute, Center for American Progress, and others to advance policies that support quality early learning, to provide practitioner and parent context, data, interview opportunities and film footage for advocacy and policy development.
- Participate actively in the DC Head Start Association, DC Association for the Education of Young Children, committees of the State Early Childhood Development Coordination Council, and District initiatives such as the Preschool Development Grant and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative grant.
- Partner with District advocacy organizations, including the Birth-to-Three for All coalition and partners within the Alliance for Early Success.
- Prepare and at times deliver testimony before councils, boards, commissions, legislative and other committees on issues related to effective early childhood policy and programs.
- Conduct analysis, provide thought leadership, and serve as an important voice about key District issues including quality, the mixed delivery system and the position of community based organizations (CBOs) within that system, parent choice for early learning, and workforce.
- Stay abreast of key policy issues by reading briefs, communicating with policy experts and other advocates. Consult with policy experts for technical assistance and advice related to issues and advocacy strategy. Maintain clear focus on long-term objectives, while recognizing opportunities for shorter-term, opportunistic improvements.
- Understand intersectionality of related issues related to young children and under-resourced communities, including health, housing, and K-12 education.
- Identify opportunities and develop content for editorials, conferences, presentations or other platforms to inform groups and the broader public about the case for early learning
- Conduct tours. Assist with the planning and execution of advocacy trainings and events. Identify opportunities to engage broader audiences about the case for early learning.
- Serve as point of contact for advocacy related media, in partnership with Educare DC development director.
- Write periodic grant proposals and progress reports, in partnership with development director.
- Proactively keep Educare DC board and partners informed regarding key policy issues and developments. Serve as member of Educare DC senior management team to forward the organizational mission through interdepartmental collaboration and coordination.
- Perform other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.
EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES
- Three years of experience in policy analysis and/or advocacy, with demonstrated track record of collaborating with diverse stakeholders.
- Strong knowledge of government programs and systems impacting families with young children, including demonstrated knowledge of equitable early childhood and pre-k systems.
- Strategic instincts, good judgment, and ability to navigate complex differences and build alliances to achieve results.
- Deep interest in and passion for creating effective policies and systems to support positive outcomes for young children.
- Commitment to racial equity, including an understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias, and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Superb verbal and written communication with diverse audiences, including via e-mail, phone, video conference and in person.Ability to tailor message and to accurately convey different viewpoints.
- Capacity and desire to initiate and independently pursue key aspects of the position responsibilities.
- Ability to manage competing priorities, multiple deadlines, and workflow processes involving multiple people.
- Ability to work flexible hours (e.g. attend community meetings, conferences or events).
- Bachelor’s Degree required.Master’s Degree in public policy considered a plus.
ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS
- Clearance of background checks as required by local, state and federal regulations.
- Physical examination and diagnostic tests as required by local, state and federal regulations.
- A bi-annual physical exam, drug screen and TB test are required as a condition of continual employment.
Educare DC offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, retirement accounts with company match, paid leave, and more. Educare DC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
$65k - 75k
Posting Expiration Date:
How to Apply:
Submit your resume via e-mail to [email protected] with “Advocacy Director” in the email subject line. If your email subject line does not have the position title listed, Educare DC may not consider your application.
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