Mount Helena

Early Childhood Public Policy & Advocacy Director- Zero to Five

Job Description

Job Posting for Zero to Five Montana: Early Childhood Public Policy & Advocacy Director
Title: Early Childhood Public Policy & Advocacy Director
Organization: Zero to Five Montana (statewide office)
Location: Helena, Montana (due to COVID-19, position will be temporarily remote)
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Benefits: Health, pension, personal leave and holidays
Applicants: Please submit a resume and cover letter through the Intermountain job portal. Position open until filled. Applications received prior to 11:59pm MST 11/8/2020 will be prioritized for initial review.
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About Zero to Five Montana
Zero to Five Montana is a dedicated early childhood organization, working to improve the health and well-being of children prenatal to age 5. Through local community and statewide efforts, we work in partnership and collaboration to address systemic barriers and optimize opportunities for children across Montana. In collaboration with statewide partners and local Zero to Five community partners, the Zero to Five Montana statewide office leads early childhood policy and advocacy strategies across the state to elevate access and equity towards healthy pregnancy, resilient parenting, and school readiness. The Zero to Five Montana statewide office and local collaboratives work together to achieve outcomes outlined in our co-created Theory of Change. Zero to Five Montana Statewide Office is fiscally sponsored by Intermountain, a Helena-based 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about the work of Zero to Five Montana, please go to:
Position Description
Do you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and families through early care and education policy, advocacy, and government affairs? Are policy issues such as preschool, childcare, home visiting, health access and early childhood workforce development aligned with your personal and professional areas of expertise?
The Zero to Five Montana Statewide Office seeks an Early Childhood Public Policy & Advocacy Director to lead policy strategy design and development, coordinate cross-sector coalitions, actively engage in the legislative process, and engage key constituency groups in the policy process. This position will be responsible for developing and leading the Zero to Five Montana policy and advocacy strategy, which includes legislative education and awareness, as well as providing training for local community partners on policy action and early childhood policy leadership. This position is part of a highly collaborative team and will primarily work with the Zero to Five Montana Executive Director and Public Relations Director to drive a coordinated policy strategy. The ability to both develop and drive plans through implementation will be critical to this exciting and innovative role in the statewide office.
The Policy & Advocacy Director must have previous experience in developing a statewide policy agenda and advocacy plan, experience working with members of the legislature and committees to drive bipartisan legislation, as well as experience leading community and state-level public policy campaigns and mobilization efforts. This is a new position and is an area Zero to Five Montana’s statewide office is dedicated to expanding. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about equity, early childhood, the legislative process, community-driven policy solutions, sustainability, systems-change, and positive outcomes for all children across Montana. This position will also be responsible for linking and coordinating early care and education policy with advocacy drivers at the community, state, tribal and federal levels of government, and will be engaged with national policy organization and leader.
The Policy & Advocacy Director should have previous experience in, or an ability to:

  1. Develop and implement an annual policy strategy
  2. Experience working with the Montana legislature and state government preferred
  3. Experience providing effective public comment
  4. Experience coordinating public awareness events and engagement strategies, such as legislative action days, trainings and strategic outreach
  5. Strong background and knowledge of early childhood policy issues across early care and education (i.e. preschool, childcare, and home visiting) and knowledgeable about the three focus areas of Zero to Five – school readiness, healthy pregnancies, and supported families
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement advocacy campaigns
  7. Excellent writing skills with ability to quickly absorb and explain complex information and interpret ideas for a variety of audiences
  8. Experience developing and delivering trainings in small and large group forums
  9. Demonstrated experience collaborating and convening diverse voices and organizations to work collectively toward a single goal
  10. Experience tracking, analyzing and communicating state and national legislation
  11. Excellent verbal communication and listening skills with demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with a range of stakeholders including elected officials and partner organizations
  12. Demonstrated ability to write policy briefs, bill drafts, and cost/benefit analysis for key issues 
  13. Superior organizational, analytical, planning, and strategic thinking skills.
  14. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be accountable, and be a thought partner with senior leadership and to work effectively as part of a team
  15. Ability to facilitate outcome-driven meetings and trainings
  16. Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment with the ability to adjust to position flexibility and adaptations over time
  17. Skills in active listening and/or coaching 
  18. A passion for the Zero to Five mission and vision

Education: Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in public policy, law, public affairs, political science, social work, education, early education, human development, early childhood, public health; or a related field. Masters-level degree preferred.
Experience: Preferred 5-10 years in policy, advocacy, and/or government relations with a strong preference for candidates who have a demonstrated background in the early care and education system and collaboration (i.e. child care, preschool, Head Start/Early Head Start, parent/family & community engagement, early intervention, workforce development, home visiting, maternal and child health, etc.).
Position is full-time with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Intermountain offers excellent benefits, including health insurance, pension, generous personal leave, and holidays.
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