Managing Director, Policy and Professional Advancement

09 May, 2023


Managing Director, Policy and Professional Advancement

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Washington, D.C.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is seeking a Managing Director, Policy and Professional Advancement. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Managing Director, Policy and Professional Advancement leads a portfolio and a team responsible for implementation of efforts to advance the early childhood workforce, and NAEYC’s presence and influence in early childhood public policy at the federal, state and local levels. This leadership position sets the direction for individuals and teams responsible for federal strategy and engagement, state partnerships, policy and public affairs, and policy-related technical assistance and advocacy support for members and Affiliates. These strategic initiatives are required to advance NAEYC’s vision and goals for the early childhood profession, post-secondary education, and high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood education.

NAEYC is a professional membership organization with 80+ employees across the United States; maintains a fast-paced, innovative environment deeply focused on vision, mission, values and beliefs; and works to promote high-quality early learning for each and every child, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic leadership and direction to advance NAEYC’s non-partisan, educator-centered, equity-focused policy agenda through federal, state, and local avenues with a keen focus on policies and opportunities impacting the quality and accessibility of high-quality early learning experiences for all young children, and the education and compensation of the early childhood profession
  • Provides strategic guidance, technical assistance, and capacity-building support to increase and expand the policy knowledge, advocacy engagement, and government affairs initiatives of NAEYC affiliates, state leaders, advocates, educators, and members
  • Builds and sustains strong and effective partnerships and alliances with a diverse group of stakeholders, policymakers and grassroots leaders at all levels and across the political spectrum
  • Contributes to the development of proposals and manages external grants related to public policy and related projects
  • Directs and guides the NAEYC Public Policy Forum Conference and other events, and contributes significant policy-related content to PLI and NAEYC’s Annual Conference
  • Delivers keynotes and presentations at national, regional, state and local conferences on behalf of NAEYC
  • Provides leadership and guidance for Higher Education Accreditation team with a lens toward connecting higher education programmatic and policy priorities, ensuring excellence in early childhood professional preparation education, and shepherding a value-add accreditation process

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree in policy, nonprofit management, higher education, business administration and/or early childhood education/child development required
  • Extensive experience with policy development and communication while in a leadership role with significant responsibility and success in advancing policy by working with policymakers and other stakeholders
  • Direct experience in Congressional, federal, and or state government policy, preferably early childhood education policy
  • Minimum four years’ experience managing teams with different levels of expertise; strong mentoring, coaching experience to effectively deliver professional development

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Evidenced success in thought leadership and strategic thinking coupled with effective delivery of approaches and tactics to realize strategic objectives
  • Ability to prioritize multiple and varied tasks with autonomy and minimal oversight
  • Demonstrated skill to build effective working relationships with ability to serve as catalyst and consensus builder for complex and controversial issues
  • High capacity to mobilize and lead a diverse constituency using effective and innovative engagement techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to consume, understand, and translate complex policy issues to maximize use and impact
  • Exceptional communication skills: written, verbal, listening and presentation skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers; to effectively interface with senior leaders, NAEYC’s Board of Directors and staff

Position Designation(s): Business Continuity and Required Travel: Business Continuity indicates that the role is critical to business operations and may be called upon to be present in the event of an emergency or crisis. Required Travel indicates that domestic and/or international travel is a key part of this position. This role is eligible for telework. This role may be eligible for 100% remote work outside the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Telework and remote work eligibility is subject to NAEYC’s Telework and Remote Work Policy

  • Travel is required; local candidates preferred due to business continuity leadership in this position

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS – Please submit a copy of your Resume AND Cover Letter

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – NAEYC is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, disability, or protected veterans status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable laws and regulations.

Job posted: 2023-05-09