• 24-Oct-2018 to 28-Nov-2018 (EST)
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Organizational Profile

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (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.

Position Description

NAEYC is seeking a Project Manager to orchestrate and manage the implementation of a one-year grant designed to increase equitable access to high-quality child care across states, using a multi-pronged approach. As part of the Public Policy and Advocacy team, within the Early Learning Systems division, at NAEYC, this individual will be responsible for the development and execution of campaign strategy and project activities, including acting as a liaison between organizational partners, national partners, state Affiliates, and others.

This is a one-year grant funded position, with the possibility of an extension.

Primary Responsibilities and Key Objectives

Community Engagement

  • Serve as the point person and crucial member of a team developing strategy, assessing needs and strengths, and designing approaches for implementation to achieve goals.
  • Manage the daily operations of a coalition of national organizations working to advance child care policy across the country, including coordinating rapid response activities.
  • Serve as the liaison for formal and informal partners critical to the development and execution of this project.
  • Stay up-to-date and informed about policy and political shifts in states that provide opportunities and/or obstacles to achieving that project goals and support the development of a strategy to respond to developments on a quick timeline.
  • Coordinate the development of resources and technical assistance from multiple partners to state early childhood organizations, advocates and others.
  • Develop additional advocacy and policy resources and recommendations, as needed.
  • Manage the implementation of grants to state early childhood organizations, including providing and coordinating technical assistance.
  • Support the development and implementation of a media and communications strategy to raise public awareness and engage decision makers, stakeholders, providers, and families at all levels.
  • Track, monitor, and coordinate the reporting on success and challenges across states and partners, including creating systems or structures to gather data and information as needed.


  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree required and 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of early childhood education policy and/or issue campaign experience required. Political campaign experience a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Successful track record in managing multiple partners and activities.
  • Highly organized with high capacity for multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work in a collaborative and dynamic environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated ability to consume, understanding, and translate complex policy and research issues to maximize use and impact for various audiences.
  • Demonstrated savviness and comfort with advancing policy and operating in different political contexts and environments.

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.

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