• 20-Sep-2017 to 19-Nov-2017 (EST)
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Full Time

Position Announcement: Senior Director, Federal Relations


Organizational Profile

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization, headquartered in Washington D.C, 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. NAEYC is a fast-paced, innovative and risk-taking environment, deeply focused on our mission, values and beliefs. The organization is metrics and results driven.


Position Description

NAEYC is seeking a Senior Director of Federal Relations to manage NAEYC's presence and influence in early childhood federal policy, advocacy and relationships. As part of the Early Learning Systems team, this individual will be responsible for the federally-facing strategy, partnerships, and day-to-day activities required to advance NAEYC's vision and goals for the early childhood profession and high-quality, developmentally-appropriate early childhood education.


Primary Responsibilities and Key Objectives

  • Advance NAEYC's Strategic Direction
  • Develop, maintain and expand relationships with Congressional staff on key committees and in Congressional offices to ensure NAEYC is known as a thought and policy leader on issues and policies impacting early childhood education and the early childhood profession
  • Directly engage and develop relationships with the Administration, including the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Labor, and others, to advance NAEYC's legislative and policy priorities and elevate NAEYC's visibility and stature as a first-tier resource on early childhood education related policy matters with the Federal government
  • Manage and track all communications with Administration officials, Congressional members and their staff
  • Monitor Federal Register for proposed federal regulations affecting early childhood education and educators, and craft individual and collective responses, as appropriate
  • Research and respond, as appropriate, to pending and new federal legislation and legal issues affecting early childhood education and educators
  • Attend and report on selected congressional and regulatory proceedings
  • Contribute to the development of legislative analysis and policy briefing papers, fact sheets, regulatory comment letters, and other communications
  • Work in concert with the Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy to contribute to policy research and development activities and participate in processes of setting federal and state policy agendas
  • Ensure alignment between federal and state policy agendas in collaboration with the Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy
  • Provide lead coordination for Day on the Hill for the annual Public Policy Forum and joint coordination for the other days
  • Deliver presentations at national, regional, state and local conferences on behalf of NAEYC
  • Ensure the accurate and timely filing of all necessary federal lobbying disclosure reports
  • Partner and work in close collaboration with Early Learning Systems directors and staff (accreditation systems and professional recognition) as well as staff in Affiliate Relations, Marketing and Communications, and Content departments on relevant internal functions to support Affiliate and member engagement and advocacy
  • Supervise staff and volunteers
  • Manage relationships with outside consultants for government relations matters
  • Deploys NAEYC's financial and human capital to advance the association's mission and priorities



  • Baccalaureate degree required; advanced degree in public policy or administration, nonprofit management, higher education, business administration and/or early childhood education/child development preferred
  • Minimum of five years' experience with policy development, advocacy, and communication while in a leadership role
  • Direct Hill or Administration experience a plus


Licenses/Special Requirements

Ability to register as a lobbyist, if needed


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Excellent political acumen, instinct and aptitude
  • Robust understanding of the federal legislative process
  • Expertise in legislative and regulatory early childhood policy issues
  • Demonstrated success in working with federal government
  • Proven ability to think critically, develop and implement strategy
  • Excellent organizational and negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communicator
  • Vigorous analytical and decision making skills


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to move throughout the building; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - NAEYC is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran's status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law.

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