Director of Federal Policy & Government Relations
Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 14 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging nearly 30 years of experience serving over 140,700 children with the support of more than 60,400 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these three objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America. Learn more at www.jstart.org and join us in transforming the lives of young children!
The Director of Federal Policy & Government Relations (Director) spearheads Jumpstart’s federal policy advocacy activities in Washington, D.C. primarily through direct lobbying of Congress and executive branch agencies. The Director will advance Jumpstart’s advocacy agenda in early education, higher education, and national service through strategic relationship building with key federal officials and partner organizations. The Director will also supervise one FAO Schwarz Fellow who supports both federal and NY state advocacy.
The Director will report to the Vice President of Policy & Government Relations and be a crucial member of the Policy & Government Relations team consisting of staff in California, Massachusetts, and New York.
If you are excited to lead educational equity and transformative change at the national level, then this may be the opportunity for you!
Relationship Building & Advocacy
- Expand Jumpstart’s impact influencing federal policy by leveraging its three decades of experience and extensive network at the intersection between early education and higher education
- Develop, nurture, and expand positive and authentic collaborative relationships with key federal elected and government officials, and other policy and nonprofit leaders in the education, policy, and social justice spaces
- Participate in stakeholder coalitions and workgroups on behalf of Jumpstart in order to have a hand and voice in the shaping of policy and a presence in government and advocacy circles
- Advocate for policies grounded in grassroots engagement and social justice and aligned within Jumpstart’s four policy priorities: (1) increasing equitable access to high-quality early education, (2) establishing a stable and well-compensated early education workforce, (3) improving higher education accessibility and affordability and (4) promoting AmeriCorps and the national service
- Utilizing Jumpstart’s Salesforce database, track interactions between Jumpstart and elected officials, government staff, and coalition members
Research & Policy Development
- Stay informed of developments in the policy space and research, draft, and revise policy briefing, advocacy, public opinion, and other written communications for both internal and external use
- In partnership with the Director of Civic Engagement & Advocacy, gather and review information and policy solutions from families, early educators, ECE program partners, Corps members, and others directly impacted by policy
- Collaborate with internal and external content experts to shape, update, and communicate Jumpstart’s position on public policy issues
Internal Jumpstart Collaboration
- Collaborate with all Jumpstart departments on integrated strategies to advance systems change in support of the early childhood education workforce
- Provide policy content to the Alumni Relations and Marketing & Communications departments for external communications with Jumpstart supporters and alumni and develop ideas and prepare public opinion pieces to support Jumpstart’s thought leadership efforts
- Assist the Development department’s efforts to obtain public and private funding sources to support Jumpstart’s advocacy activities or direct service programming, especially in collaboration with the Director of Government Grants and Partnerships and the National Director of Institutional
PGR Team Collaboration and Management of FAO Schwarz Fellow
- Work as a team player in an integrated department, adjusting as needed to support other team member projects and expecting them to do the same for you in key moments
- While practicing inclusive leadership, provide supervision, management, guidance, and support to one FAO Schwarz Fellow who supports both federal policy and NY state advocacy
- At least 8 years of related or applicable public policy or government experience, including engagement with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience
- Strong understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory processes
- Excellent relationship-building skills, with an ability to work diplomatically with a wide range of viewpoints while maintaining fidelity to Jumpstart’s values and principles
- Highly organized, results-driven, self-starter with a passion for empowering voices too often overlooked in policymaking and proven ability to influence policy change
- Comprehensive analytical thinking, strategic planning, problem-solving, and organizational skills and project management experience
- Effective cross-cultural communication skills (written and public speaking, including strong presentation skills)
- Must possess the ability to work with changing priorities and simultaneously handle multiple projects
- Commitment to Jumpstart’s vision, mission, and core values of Learning, Community, Social Justice, Joy and Inclusive Leadership
- On-going commitment and interest in social justice or diversity, equity and inclusion work
- Ability and willingness to travel locally with occasional national travel
- Competency in Microsoft software and communication tools, especially Teams, Office 365, Outlook, Excel, Word, Power Point, and Salesforce
Preferred or Ideal
- Related master’s or law degree
- Familiarity with state and local government policymaking
- Understanding of the education landscape, including early education, higher education, and workforce development
- Understanding of AmeriCorps programs
- Experience in development and federal funding opportunities
- Fluency in both English and Spanish
Approximately 20% local, state, and/or national travel
January 2023 (desired start date; position open until filled)
Salary & Benefits
Salary— $75,000-$90,000 commensurate with education and experience; along with a great mission-driven work environment and excellent benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance, employer-match retirement savings, generous paid time off, a flexible spending account, wellness program and more
How To Apply
Please complete the online application found on Jumpstart’s website. Both a cover letter and resume are required to complete your application. Applications without a cover letter may not be considered. Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Please upload/attach your resume to your applicant profile as well as your cover letter.
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Jumpstart is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health choices, marital status, age, pregnancy, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.
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