Director of Public Policy

25 Jul, 2021


Director of Public Policy

Council of Professional Recognition
Washington, DC


The Council is seeking a dynamic, self-driven professional to serve as a Director of Policy and Advocacy. The Director of Policy will support the implementation of the Council for Professional Recognition’s policy agenda. The Director of Policy will also work as a lead liaison with partner organizations, the policy contractor, Council Leadership and Communication’s department to support the coordination of the Council’s public policy and advocacy work.

The Director of Policy in collaboration with the Executive Vice President will support the CEO in the implementation of the Council’s policy agenda, manage the contract with the policy contractor. The Director will also draft policy related documents to support this work and conduct policy analysis, and the development of policy briefs, arranging and attending meetings, training and other related duties that support the Council’s Public Policy and Advocacy Department.

The Director of Policy will possess a collaborative spirit and will develop relationships and experience working at the state and federal level on key policy issues that impact the CDA and the field of early childhood education. Essential duties of this position will support the promotion of the importance of our flagship credential, the Child Development Associates (CDA) and other services provided by the Council to the early childhood field, and our constituents.


· Work within the Public Policy and Advocacy Department in consultation with Council Leadership, partner organizations, policy contractors, and Communication’s department to develop and drive the Council’s public policy agenda at all levels guided by organizational goals.

· In consultation with CEO and Council leadership, support the Council in policy development, advocacy, assessment, analysis, review, recommendations, preparation, and promulgation for all related Government agencies working with partner organizations and policy contractors.

· Create/draft meeting agendas.

· Schedule and coordinate meeting logistics, including virtual and face-to-face meetings.

· Support the coordination, implementation, research, analysis, review, and revision of policy write-ups/papers.

· Track and analyze legislative and regulatory activities impacting Council interests.

· Engage in grassroots advocacy activities amongst diverse groups.

· In consultation with Council leadership, and policy contractors, communicate the Council’s story and our vision with stakeholders (e.g., state policy leaders, state CCDF administrators, federal office leaders, etc.) at the federal, state, and local level by working.

· Develop and write clear and concise policy positions, communicate effectively with internal teams as well as other external stakeholders.

· Develop strong relationships with external groups and stakeholders to establish strategic alliances to advance objectives and support the Council’s mission.

· Provide support for the Council’s annual advocacy day in Washington, DC.

· Garner visibility for the Council through presentations at conferences, meetings, and webinars.

· Represent the Council on organization-wide projects, such as virtual and in-person annual member and staff conferences or conventions.

· Provide technical assistance to the Council community on public policy, advocacy, and communications.

· Represent the organization at special policy events.

· Demonstrate commitment to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity.

· Update and maintain general website messaging, brochures, materials, blogs, etc.

· Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, political science, human services, business, or a closely related field, Masters preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience in public policy and advocacy related activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state policy processes and policies that impact the early childhood profession.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills, with a proven ability to communicate to the early childhood sector.
  • Strong organization and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple and changing responsibilities effectively.
  • Highly dependable with the ability to work in a “team-oriented environment.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to travel, including occasional overnight stays.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office.


· Adheres to Council Policies and Procedures.

· Learn and sustain knowledge of all Council programs and services.

· Provide excellent customer service to all Council stakeholders.

· Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.

· Work with and across departments to develop and maintain a collaborative team relationship.

· Establish an annual professional development plan with goals that are monitored on a quarterly basis.

· Strong presentation skills.

· Other duties as assigned.

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Job posted: 2021-07-25