Associate Director, Early Childhood Policy

11 Sep, 2022


Associate Director, Early Childhood Policy

Center For American Progress
Washington, D.C.


American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director on the Early Childhood Policy team in its Education department. The Associate Director will be responsible for the team’s state-based policy research, advocacy, and communications strategy. The Associate Director will work under the direction of the team lead for Early Childhood Policy to advance a progressive agenda for early childhood issues at the state and local level, although they may be called upon to assist with federal strategy as well. This will include work on child care, preschool, infant health, Head Start, and other issues affecting young children and their families. The successful candidate will help coordinate policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team while also working regularly with state policymakers and advocacy partners to advance relevant ideas and issues. They will also work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.

The Associate Director will be driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” This work will also include connecting early childhood policy efforts with the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust in democracy


  • Collaborate with the Early Childhood Policy team to develop a state-based policy research, advocacy, and communications agenda and actively participate in connecting the team’s work with the Education department’s agenda and American Progress’ crosscutting priorities.
  • Research, draft, and manage the production and distribution of a variety of written products, such as reports, issue briefs, columns, and op-eds, that advance the early childhood policy team’s work and translate research findings for a broader audience.
  • Analyze federal and state legislative proposals, administrative policies, and regulatory changes.
  • Translate current developments in early childhood research into practical guidance and recommendations for state policymakers.
  • Participate in efforts to craft timely policy reports and rapid-response documents to ensure relevant participation in policy debates.
  • Represent American Progress with the public, media, policymakers, and other outside groups and individuals.
  • Build and maintain key relationships across the early childhood policy field, including allied organizations, policymakers, and researchers.
  • Promote team priorities and work products both inside and outside the organization.
  • Keep American Progress staff updated on state-level policy developments, news, and events related to relevant policy debates.
  • Support American Progress’ crosscutting work as well as the Education department and Early Childhood Policy team work plans.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications: 

  • At least five years of relevant professional experience.
  • Knowledge and experiential expertise, as well as a proven track record working on early childhood issues, are required; an advanced degree is a plus.
  • Knowledge of state-level policymaking and experience working with state legislators and state agencies.
  • Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills are a plus.
  • Proven team player who works well and effectively with colleagues.
  • Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $77,000. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.


This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Job posted: 2022-09-11