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Work for the Leader in Early Childhood Education

Clayton Early Learning is one of the nation's leaders in early childhood education, dedicated to improving the quality of learning that children experience before they begin kindergarten. When we have positions available, we seek early childhood professionals who want to spread their wings, share their talents, work collaboratively with other leaders in early childhood and actively incorporate research-based strategies into improving their practice.



Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Department: Administration
Location: Denver, CO

POSITION SUMMARY

Clayton Early Learning, the Colorado Children's Campaign and EPIC share a grant from the Alliance for Early Success to work on early childhood policy advocacy and capacity building in Colorado.  Under this grant Clayton Early Learning established an Early Childhood Policy Specialist position to support the identification, review, analysis, and advocacy of key federal, state and local policies that impact child outcomes in the period of birth to age five, and children's transition to kindergarten. This position reports to the VP of Development, and serves as a member of the Clayton strategic planning team. The Policy Specialist will work closely with early childhood policy and advocacy staff at the Campaign, and serve as a subject matter specialist in support of EPIC's Executive Director. The Policy Specialist will also prepare grant progress reports, future renewal applications, position papers and other material under direction of the grant leadership team.

This is a grant funded position. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify, review, track, research, analyze and report on state and federal legislation and regulations and emerging policy and practice issues that may potentially impact the system of early care and education for the young children of Colorado.
  • Manage Clayton Early Learning’s policy agenda by evaluating early childhood policy options with particular emphasis on the implications for at risk children in Colorado.
  • Write policy reports, briefs, and any other collateral need to support policy initiatives.
  • Prepare and at times deliver testimony before councils, boards, commissions, legislative and other committees on issues related to effective early childhood policy and programs. 
  • Write periodic grant progress reports as required by the Alliance for Early Success, coordinating with and gathering information from grant partners including Clayton Early Learning, Colorado Children’s Campaign and EPIC.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of advocacy trainings for community members including the annual Speak Up for Kids Day in partnership with the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals and groups necessary for staying current on policy issues and completing projects, such as the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, the Early Childhood Summit, and the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership.
  • Support the Educare Network in policy efforts as needed.

MINIMUM EDUCATION: 

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in early childhood education, human development, public administration, public policy, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.

WORK EXPERIENCE IN POSITIONS SIMILAR OR RELATED TO THIS JOB:

Three years of increasingly responsible experience involving the development and implementation of early childhood programs, policies, and/or systems building initiatives.

SPECIAL TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE:

Deep interest in and passion about creating effective policies and systems to support positive child outcomes for young children. Strongly prefer demonstrated experience in policy analysis, development and advocacy, experience working with state or local governmental entities, knowledge of the Early Childhood Colorado Framework and demonstrated track record in collaborating with diverse stakeholders. Strong analytical thinking, writing and verbal skills required. Capacity and desire to initiate and independently pursue key aspects of the position responsibilities.  

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

• Background check, 
• Physical exam and current TB test,
• Valid driver’s license with evidence of auto insurance.

We seek to reflect the diverse community we serve EOE M/F/D/V

 

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