Washington, DC

The Director for Government Relations will lead interactions with Congress and the Administration for ZERO TO THREE, a research-based organization that uses a nonpartisan approach to promote policies that ensure the wellbeing of all infants and toddlers. The person in this position will work with the Senior Director of Federal Policy and the Federal Policy Team to develop and implement ZERO TO THREE’s federal policy positions and strategies on a range of issues. This person will lead ZERO TO THREE’s representation with federal policymakers, staff, and coalition partners, cultivating new and existing relationships to gain support for recognizing the needs infants and toddlers to achieve positive development in federal policy. The Director of Government Relations must have strong conceptual, writing, and communication abilities; understand a range of legislative and administrative processes through which the policy agenda may be moved; be able to provide technical assistance to federal policymakers; and work to garner greater visibility for the importance of young children in federal policy and for ZERO TO THREE’s federal infant and toddler policy agenda.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Senior Director of Federal Policy, in concert with the Policy Team and the organization’s leadership to develop and implement ZERO TO THREE’s federal policy agenda, including devising strategies for moving that agenda
  • Lead  ZERO TO THREE’s interactions with federal policymakers and staff and Administration officials to educate about and promote the adoption of infant-toddler oriented policies
  • Cultivate new and existing relationships with federal policymakers and staff and with coalition partners
  • Provide technical assistance to federal policymakers and staff; including helping develop legislative language, report language, and comments on legislation and regulations
  • Represent ZERO TO THREE with various coalitions
  • Oversee the writing of policy briefs, Congressional testimony, and other materials, and the organization of Hill briefings and other events
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant federal legislation, activities of federal agencies, and projects and initiatives of other national organizations, identifying and acting on opportunities to ensure the needs of infants and toddlers are reflected
  • Work with the Senior Director of Federal Policy to integrate the work of ZERO TO THREE’s legislative consultants
  • Garner visibility for ZERO TO THREE and infant and toddler policy issues through presentations at conferences and meetings
  • Contribute to grant proposals and reports to funders
  • Performs other duties as assigned for the purposes of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the Policy Center.

Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood policy issues preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of or ability to become conversant with aspects of legislative policymaking, including authorizing, budget, appropriations, and taxation processes
  • Demonstrated relationships with key members of Congress and Administration officials
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant work experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to juggle competing and often urgent priorities
  • Ability to travel, including occasional overnight stays
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated management experience

Law degree or master’s degree in public policy, social work, early childhood or a related field

Physical Requirements
While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also may need to remain seated for long periods of time, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, hold a writing instrument, communicate verbally, and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may need to grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, stand, walk, or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for data preparation or analysis, and expansive reading.

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Job Posted: February 18, 2017