• 09-Jul-2021 to 07-Sep-2021 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is seeking a State Policy Specialist III. NAEYC is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

The State Policy Specialist III is responsible for providing capacity-building support, resources and policy guidance to state and advocacy leaders in order to advance the early childhood education profession, with a focus on compensation and early childhood educators working with infants and toddlers. As part of the Policy and Professional Advancement team, and with support from the Director of Advocacy, the Managing Director, and colleagues, this individual will be responsible for supporting state leaders, Affiliate leaders, and partners in the implementation of the Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession, with a focus on compensation practices and policy of early childhood educators working with infants and toddlers in center and family-based settings. This position is integrally aligned with NAEYC's vision and goals for an equitable, diverse, well-prepared and well-compensated early childhood education profession and high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver targeted guidance and capacity-building support to state, Affiliate, and advocacy leaders in order to support the development and implementation of policies that advance compensation and a professional field of practice for the ECE workforce, with a focus on those working with infants and toddlers.
  • Facilitate multiple peer-learning cohorts of state leaders and advocates from 5-10 states, at a minimum.
  • Research, evaluate and promote new, emerging, and existing strategies to advance compensation and a professional field of practice by developing and publishing resources such as roadmaps, briefs, webinars, blogs, and templates.
  • Design and deliver presentations focused on infant and toddler workforce competencies and compensation strategies and serve as a spokesperson for NAEYC's work in this area, which may include serving on panels and presenting at external events.
  • Support federal briefings, media stories, and talking points for advocates about the importance of investments in educators working with infants and toddlers in centers and family child care homes
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Affiliate, state, and national organizational partners that are focused on the ECE workforce.
  • Support the work of the Commission on Professional Excellence in Early Childhood Education with respect to the issues of compensation, assessment requirements and exemption policies by serving as a content expert and providing staff support.
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelors or equivalent experience required.
  • 5-7 years of experience with policy development and provision of technical assistance.
  • Experience in a state-level system and/or TA organization preferred, with expertise that is specific to early childhood education, higher education, and/or workforce development policy.
  • Demonstrated track record in working with diverse coalitions and constituencies.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly related to communication of complex policy to lay audiences, including writing for multiple platforms and audiences, and with very strong presentation skills and competencies.
  • Must be able to explain commitment to, and experience with, work to advance equity in early childhood education.
  • This position requires travel and is considered nonessential.
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