Public Policy Advisor

15 Jul, 2020


Public Policy Advisor

Association for Supportive Child Care
Phoenix, AZ

General Summary:  The Public Policy Advisor would act as a steward of the Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) mission in the Arizona landscape, representing ASCC and cultivating relationships in the public arena, developing a deep understanding of policies, partnerships, systems and networks that impact ASCC and early childhood education overall. The Public Policy Advisor provides strategic recommendations, is collaborative, a master communicator, innovative and experienced.  They possess expertise in bringing together diverse stakeholders to better understand when government can provide value, while building trust in the communities we serve.  The Public Policy Advisor serves as a role model to the ASCC core values, Relentless Pursuit of Challenge, Humility and Excellence.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 

1.  Inspire a Culture of Excellence:

  • Supports a continuous and consistent flow of communication regarding our mission with stakeholders.
  • Seeks to solve problems and create innovative ideas through collaborative teamwork.
  • Builds effective relationships with staff, thought leaders and community leaders.

2.  Provide Strategic Recommendations:

  • Assess any potential revenue opportunities or existing contract reductions, program service delivery implications and impact on those we serve.
  • Form strategic alliances with relevant community and non-profit agencies.
  • Provide recommendations to leadership about policy priorities to track and where strategic partnerships and relationships should be cultivated in advance.
  • Tracks the most effective government innovations and investments in education across the state and country.
  • Provides strategic perspective on policy through reports, briefings and presentations.

3.  Align for Success:

  • Attends community meetings and advocates on behalf of ASCC and early childhood issues.
  • Builds rapport and working partnerships with relevant local, state, and Federal government agencies.
  • Recruits, trains and oversees interns and volunteers to advance public policy initiatives within the organization.
  • Coordinates with the Communications and Brand Specialist to develop and execute media campaigns as part of applicable outreach programs.

4.  Communicate with Clarity:

  • Prepares and delivers persuasive oral presentations summarizing key elements of analysis and recommendations to the staff, executive leadership, ASCC Board, Funders, councils, government entities, strategic partners and community members.

5.  Metrics of Success Include:

  • Increasing public awareness of the importance of early childhood education.
  • Increasing revenue generating opportunities for the organization through strategic awareness and consultation.
  • Helping to shape legislation and policy for the benefit of the communities we serve.

6.  Other duties as assigned by the CEO.

Minimum Qualifications: 

1.  Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Government Relations or equivalent, preferred.

2.  3+ years of experience in a Public Policy advisory role.

3.  Prior experience in public policy making within P-20 education and at the municipal, state, and/or federal government systems.

4.  Ability to travel throughout the state, have a current and valid Arizona Driver’s License, current vehicle insurance and have reliable transportation by automobile, available at all times.

Knowledge and Skills: 

  1. Ability to communicate professionally and effectively both verbally and in writing.
  1. Ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and the community.
  1. Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  1. Ability to research, track and analyze data to identify trends, needs and to support strategic recommendations.
  1. Demonstrate a passion and commitment to the agency’s mission in early childhood.
  1. Proficient in Microsoft Office software including but not limited to: Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point.
  1. Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.

The Organization:

  • The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) is developing new ways to support the early care providers and educators and is known for the great care we take with clients and employees alike.
  • Our organization will offer you the opportunity to support the development of the work that we do that will shape the future of early care and education.
  • We believe in working with adults and supporting their development so that our youngest children have the best resources to learn and grow.

Organizational Benefits:

  • The Association for Supportive Child Care offers a rich benefit package to support our employees. Benefits include, but are not limited to, three medical plan options, two dental plan options, vision coverage, life Insurance, 401K, pre-paid legal services, pet insurance, generous PTO, two fully paid week long office closures each year, paid holidays, flexible work schedule with telecommuting options, continuous personal and professional development to support our staff in their day to day work but also in maximizing their career development potential.

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Job posted: 2020-07-15