Mount Helena

Zero to Five Policy & Advocacy Director

Job Description
Do you want to help protect the joy of childhood and incite change? Are you looking for a career that will give you a strong sense of purpose and is also meaningful and rewarding? Do you want to make a difference in a child and family’s life? Then we want to meet you.

Zero to Five helps caring Montanans make a lasting difference through local and statewide work, giving children a great start in life and a promising future.  We are seeking for a Policy & Advocacy Director.
Through community partnerships, advocacy, policy, and research, Zero to Five works to improve systems and connect families with the tools they need, from pregnancy all the way to through to kindergarten, and beyond. The Zero to Five statewide office serves as a resource and catalyst for creating change for Montana’s youngest children. With the growing number of local collaboratives and early childhood efforts, the statewide office provides community support while also pursuing statewide systemic work and forging a sustainable public-private partnership for the benefit of Montana’s children. Through collaborative strategies designed to address equity, reach, coordination and commitment, the Zero to Five Initiative strives to improve school readiness, healthy pregnancies and family support in our state.
Job Summary:
The Policy & Advocacy Director has a passion for working on policy issues that will have lasting impact for Montana’s children and families and has the skills and dedication to work in partnership with cross-sector partners on strategy development and coalition building.
This position will lead the development and implementation of a policy agenda and advocacy plan for this statewide advocacy and systems change organization. The position requires an ability to work at the level of vision and implementation, quickly learn new policy areas and issues, and lead policy and community engagement efforts in partnership and collaboration. The candidate also must have strong interpersonal skills to work with diverse partners, including legislators, partner organizations, early childhood providers, and parents. The candidate will work in close collaboration with the Zero to Five Statewide Office Executive Director, the statewide office team, as well as local community collaboratives to help support policy and advocacy efforts, tailored to community needs.
  1. Familiarity with 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.
  2. Experience working with the Montana legislature preferred.
  3. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful advocacy campaigns.
  4. Excellent writing skills with ability to quickly absorb and explain complex information and interpret ideas for a variety of audiences.
  5. Strong facilitation skills in large and small group meetings and forums.
  6. A passion for Zero to Five mission and vision.
  7. Strategic thinker with the ability to research and match state and national funder interests with Zero to Five work.
  8. Excellent verbal communication and listening skills with demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with a range of stakeholders including elected officials, partner organizations, early childhood educators, parents and Zero to Five team partners (local Zero to Five and statewide office).
  9. Superior organizational, analytical, planning, and strategic thinking skills.
  10. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be accountable, and be a thought partner with senior leadership and to work effectively as part of a team.
  11. Experience leading collaborative policy development and implementation work.
  12. A history of successfully convening diverse voices and organizations to work collectively toward a single purpose.
Bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree in public policy, public affairs, political science, social work, education, early education, human development, early childhood, public health or related. The Policy & Advocacy Director should have previous experience in, or an ability to, develop a policy agenda and advocacy plan, advocate with the members and committees of the legislature, support the mobilization of early childhood providers and parents, work in and lead coalitions, facilitate meetings, and provide policy and advocacy training, technical assistance and consultation to enhance local Zero to Five work. 
Preferred 5-10 years in policy and advocacy, with a strong preference for candidates with a demonstrated background or understanding of public policy and advocacy in early care and education.
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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