Develops research agenda and communications content on key early childhood policy issues, as well as analyzing new and existing research on the education and development of children ages 0-5. This role is housed in our Washington D.C. office.
Essential Job Duties
Manage long-term and quick-turnaround research assignments, including tracking, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific, economic and political research on early childhood education.
Monitor local, state, and federal media to identify opportunities for FFYF to contribute to public discussion of early childhood education.
Assist in development of strategy to align research findings and communications to stakeholders, partners, and legislative entities.
Collaborate with the communications and policy teams to draft memos, blog posts, fact sheets and other communications and marketing materials on research and policy findings, early childhood policy and legislation.
Develop and maintain a navigable bibliography of research findings.
Provide high level administrative support, including creation of presentations, preparation of materials and minutes, and detailed follow up to meetings.
Perform other job related duties as requested.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Master’s degree in Public Policy, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, or a related field; experience with public policy or related field preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Social Work, Early Childhood Education, or a related field and 5 or more years of experience with public policy or related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Working knowledge of early childhood development and education, maternal and child health, federal government programs and systems and/or related policy work.
Strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to articulate complex ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.
Knowledge of policy and research required; knowledge of early childhood a plus.
Ability to organize complex tasks, prioritize multiple assignments, exercise independent judgment, and to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
Ability to meet deadlines and develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence.
Ability to think strategically and analytically with an ability to see the big picture while managing details.
Ability to process and protect confidential information in a professional manner.
Ability to travel independently and alone (to locations that may not be handicap accessible) and manage travel arrangements.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day.
Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to operate computers and mechanical equipment regularly.
Must be able to lift objects up to 20 lbs. in weight.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.