Policy Director/Senior Policy Director

Alliance for Early Success
Washington, DC
Nov 13, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Full Time
TheAlliance for Early Successis seeking a policy director/senior policy director who is passionate about the early years and is eager to help advocates across the country advance state policies that improve outcomes for all young children. Were looking for someone to join a team thats committed to contiunally becoming a more antiracist organization and believes the only way well be successful is through policy changes that dismantle the structural racism and sexism that causes disparity from the beginning.The Alliance for Early Success convenes and supportsa community of early-childhood advocatesspanning all 50 states and the District of Columbia, which ensures these allies have the connections and resources they need to secure the crucial state funding and policies that provide children what they need in the early years to realize their full potential for a lifetime. We provide our state allies the latest strategy, research, and expertise from ournational allies. We organize peer learning opportunities that help them replicate success and avoid pitfalls. We provide almost $8 million in annual grants to help them build capacity and stability. And above all we listen to where they are, where theyre trying to go, and how we can fuel that mission.Funded by many of theleading investorsin early childhood philanthropy, the Alliances unique support of state advocacy is crucial to the field.About the role:In this role, you will cultivate authentic partnerships within our network, seize opportunities, champion equity, guide strategy, foster connections, help grantees apply for and execute Alliance grants, and leverage your issue-area expertise all in pursuit of state policies that expand funding and improve outcomes for young children and their families.In this job you will:Collaborate with the Alliance team to create a powerful community of early childhood advocates one that secures equitable state policies and investments that are essential for every child in every state to succeedConnect our state allies with resources and expertise from national expert organizations within and beyond the Alliance network so they can accelerate and amplify their efficacyProvide strategic consultation and manage peer learning opportunities on policy issues and advocacy strategiesManage a portfolio of grantees that represent both state and national alliesBe a part of the team that decides grant allocations that are strategic and effective to maximize the impact of the investmentsProvide expertise on prioritized policy issues so that the Alliance and its allies have current, sound, and actionable guidanceSome benefits of working at the Alliance include:Strong remote culture we were virtual long before COVID that provides flexibility, promotes connections without proximity, and prioiritizes regular opportunities for in-person connectionThe opportunity to work with a team of high-impact, low-ego pros who are passionate about progressA flexible vacation policy that includes all federal holidays and the last week of the yearA generous retirement planTo be successful in the role, youll need:A self-managed and entrepreneurial workstyle that thrives in a less structured but highly accountable organizational cultureA demonstrated interest in and ability to understand and address the needs of diverse communities (experience implementing/facilitating racial equity work is a plus)A proven track record of working effectively across political parties in advocacy, policy, or government entitiesA relentless focus on outcomes and the ability to pivot when opportunity stikesThe ability to cultivate community by building personal relationshipsEffective written and verbal communication skillsThe ability to travel regularly (when safe travel is again possible)A minimum of five years experience in policy areas related to Alliancepolicy framework(expertise in family economic security, maternal and child health, and/or child welfare is a plus)A bachelors degree (a masters degree is a plus)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, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English.Position Type:Full Time, PermanentCompensation:Competitive and Commensurate with ExperienceReports to:Executive DirectorTo Apply:Send cover letter that highlights your ability to be successful in the role along with a resume tocareers@earlysuccess.org. Also, we'd love to hear where you heard about this position.

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