Position Overview

Early Edge California is seeking a talented individual to join our policy team to assist with shaping and executing EECA’s policy and advocacy agenda. This is a great opportunity for an individual with a deep commitment to early care and education issues who is interested in taking on the challenge of improving the early learning system in California. The Policy Analyst will provide early childhood education policy expertise, with a focus on high-quality early learning programs, early learning workforce development, and Dual Language Learners.

Job Responsibilities: The Policy Analyst will:

●     Support Senior Policy Analysts as needed, including by conducting comprehensive research and analysis, drafting fact sheets, newsletters, and policy briefs

●     Assist with the development and implementation of Early Edge’s local and state advocacy and policy agendas around early learning workforce development and Dual Language Learner issues, in close collaboration with the Senior Policy Analysts

●     Attend meetings in Sacramento and collaborate with our partners in planning legislative visits to early learning programs

●     Help to plan and organize stakeholder convenings around Early Edge California’s priority areas

●     Represent Early Edge to the early education community, including stakeholders, policymakers, school districts, government agencies, and representatives from community-based organizations and institutions

●     Work with the Communications Director and partner organizations to build messaging coalitions on critical issue areas, including high-quality early learning programs, workforce development, and Dual Language Learners

●     Provide other support as needed to the Early Edge California policy team

●     Work on other projects or assignments as needed

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

●     Passion for and commitment to the mission of Early Edge California

●     Expertise in early childhood policy, familiarity with early learning workforce and Dual Language Learner issues preferred

●     At least 4 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit advocacy context

●     Bachelor’s degree; an advanced degree in Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, Law, or other relevant area of study is preferred

●     Excellent verbal and written communication skills

●     Strong political and strategic skills, with experience building and managing coalitions to advance policy priorities

●     Excellent interpersonal skills and passion for building strong relationships and networks of partner organizations and institutions

●     Ability to meet deadlines and effectively handle a variety of time-sensitive tasks and competing priorities with minimal supervision

●     Shows initiative and is highly organized and efficient

●     Ability to anticipate project needs as situations and projects develop

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Hiring Statement

Early Edge California is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.