Press Secretary

02 Oct, 2021


Press Secretary

First Five Years Fund
Washington, DC

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) advocates for a greater federal investment in quality early childhood education (ECE), and seamlessly and purposefully integrates policy, communications, and government relations in all aspects of its work. FFYF is an independent project of Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce of Prevention Fund), an energized organization devoted to providing quality early learning and care across the country.

We are recruiting individuals who want to join us in this mission and share a commitment to our core values of appreciation and respect, empowerment, diversity, excellence, learning, and communication.

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The Press Secretary promotes FFYF’s position in the media as the leading federal advocacy voice in the early education field, overseeing a robust earned media strategy with an eye toward maintaining and growing child care as a popular bipartisan issue among voters and elected officials alike.

Based in Washington, DC, and reporting to FFYF’s Communications Director, the Press Secretary will:

  • Drive FFYF’s position in the media as the leading advocacy voice in the early childhood education space and help further promote FFYF’s Executive Director’s brand as an expert and leader with vision on the issue nationally.
  • Produce and/or oversee production of press materials, including releases, op-eds and letters to the editor, reports, fact sheets, and memos.
  • Coordinate, prepare, and staff FFYF’s Executive Director and other senior staff for interviews, press events, and speaking opportunities.
  • Create and distribute talking points, messaging and other innovative communications based on research and policy analysis.
  • Maintain regular engagement with relevant reporters and proactively identify earned media opportunities for FFYF or ECE in general for national and other media markets in key Congressional districts.
  • Monitor media coverage and implement a skilled rapid response operation.
  • Assist the communications director with projects as necessary.


  • B.A. in communications, public relations, or related field.
  • 4+ years of experience in communications, including external and crisis communications.
  • Must have experience working directly with the media.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically, particularly related to a policy advocacy agenda.
  • Capitol Hill experience would be beneficial, but not required.
  • General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
  • Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the  majority of the day.
  • Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
  • Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to operate computers and mechanical equipment regularly.
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 20 lbs. in weight.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.

Our generous benefit plan includes:

Comprehensive Health Plans, Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Holistic Wellness Program, Professional Development Program, 401k Contribution, Paid Volunteer Days, 6 months paid parental leave and much more.

Start Early is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by creating an inclusive environment for all staff.

Job posted: 2021-10-02