Policy Analyst

10 Nov, 2021


Policy Analyst

Early Edge California
Los Angeles, CA/Sacramento, CA

Position Overview:

Early Edge is seeking a dynamic, flexible individual to join our policy team to assist with research, analysis, writing, and executing Early Edge’s policy and advocacy agenda across our portfolio of work, including Universal Transitional Kindergarten implementation, Early Learning Workforce issues, and increased access to high-quality Early Learning programs and care for infants and toddlers. This is a great opportunity for someone with a deep commitment to early care and education issues who is a research-driven collaborator interested in advocating for the improvement and transformation of the Early Learning system in California.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct comprehensive research and analysis, drafting fact sheets, newsletter content, policy briefs and support letters, and other written materials
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Early Edge’s local and state advocacy and policy agendas
  • Represent Early Edge in the early education community, including with stakeholders, policymakers, school districts, government agencies, and representatives from community-based organizations and institutions – examples include presenting public comment on behalf of the organization at state legislative hearings and organizing and attending model program site visits
  • Planning and organizing community stakeholder (teachers, parents, Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers) convenings around Early Edge’s priority areas
  • Work with the policy and communications teams and partner organizations to build coalitions on critical issue areas, including high-quality early learning programs and workforce development
  • Research and stay up-to-date on early childhood policies and legislation and report relevant findings back to the internal team
  • Grant proposal and report development and writing
  • Provide other support as needed to the Early Edge policy team
  • Work on other projects or assignments as needed


Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

  • Comprehensive and detailed-oriented research and analytic skills
  • Strong persuasive and technical writing skills with the ability to concisely distill and present complex information
  • Understanding and knowledge of early childhood policy in California
  • Knowledge of latest Early Childhood Education and Early Learning research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to navigate politically sensitive conversations and situations
  • Comfortable and proficient in speaking/presenting to large audiences virtually or in-person
  • Comfortable networking and building relationships with policymakers, funders, and other Early Learning stakeholders
  • Project management skills including the ability to meet deadlines and effectively handle a variety of time-sensitive tasks and competing priorities with minimal supervision; ability to anticipate project needs as situations and projects develop
  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit advocacy context
  • Bachelor’s Degree



  • Expertise in one or more of Early Edge’s Early Learning policy priority areas
  • Understanding of the legislative process, state budgets, policy analysis and development
  • Understanding of the role of advocacy in advancing a policy agenda
  • Professional Early Learning teaching experience
  • Strategic thinking mindset
  • Master’s Degree

The ideal candidate will be based within commuting distance of Los Angeles or Sacramento, CA. Currently 100% remote through 2021, hybrid remote/office schedule in early 2022. Local, state-wide, and occasionally nation-wide travel may be required when public health permits.

Early Edge offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits (full health, vision, dental, life insurance, matching 401K), and generous time off policies.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and recent independent writing sample to jobs@earlyedgecalifornia.org

Additional skills tests may be requested during the interview process.

About Early Edge:

Early Edge California is a statewide policy and advocacy organization that works collaboratively to promote policy reforms and investments in California’s early learning system that will expand access and support for high-quality teaching and caregiving for all children from birth to age 8. Our goal is to advance quality early education so children can be happy, healthy, engaged learners by their first day of school and every day after. We collaborate with thought leaders to advocate for high-quality teaching for our youngest children, especially those most in need.

Since 2003, we’ve successfully advocated for groundbreaking early childhood policies, from creating Transitional Kindergarten to securing the funding necessary to improve early learning programs throughout the state. Early Edge’s priority is to ensure that the early childhood workforce has the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high-quality, developmentally-appropriate care and instruction to our state’s youngest residents. Our focus is on improving the preparation, support, and compensation for the workforce and building its capacity to support children’s dual-language development.

For more information on Early Edge, please visit https://earlyedgecalifornia.org/and for more information on New Venture Fund, please visit www.newventurefund.org.

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. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 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.

Job posted: 2021-11-10