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  • Policy Fellow for Early Childhood

    Posted: 06/16/2022

    Policy Fellow for Early Childhood
    Job Description
    The Policy Fellow for Early Childhood at Texans Care for Children is responsible for engaging and
    educating major stakeholders, including administrative, legislative, provider, and family audiences, on
    policy opportunities to promote early childhood development. This portfolio includes helping to advance
    policies to strengthen access to quality early childhood education and services, such as pre-k and child
    care, particularly for children who are emergent bilingual, have disabilities or developmental delays, or are
    in families with limited resources.
    To meet this responsibility, the Fellow, in partnership with the Senior Policy Associate for Early Childhood
    and the Policy Director, will undertake data and policy analysis, write policy briefs and outreach materials,
    and coordinate related events to increase awareness of the early childhood needs of children and their
    families.
    This is a two-year fellowship opportunity with the possibility of continuation in a permanent
    position following the fellowship.
    Texans Care for Children is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan, multi-issue children’s advocacy
    organization based in Austin, Texas. We develop policy solutions, produce research, and engage Texas
    community leaders to educate policymakers, the media, and the public about what works to improve the
    well-being of Texas children and families.
    Texans Care for Children is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek to build an organization that
    reflects the diversity of the population we serve.
    Responsibilities:
    ? Lead projects supporting early childhood policy change in partnership with our Policy Director and
    Senior Policy Associate for Early Childhood;
    ? Participate in coalitions and forums related to early childhood issues;
    ? Research Texas communities to identify gaps in access to early childhood programs and
    services, raise awareness of racial/ethnic disproportionalities and disparities in early childhood
    education, and highlight communities implementing promising practices to improve the access
    and quality of services for children;
    ? Write policy briefs and reports on research findings;
    ? Educate key stakeholders, including policymakers, on opportunities for effective policy change at
    the agency and legislative levels;
    ? Attend informational meetings in person and online (hearings, webinars, conferences, summits,
    etc.) to understand the national, state, and local promising practices; and
    ? Advocate for effective policy improvements in the 2023 legislative session.
    Preferred Qualifications:
    ? Bachelor’s degree with a focus on public policy, social work, or other relevant field and a
    minimum of one year of experience in public policy or an early childhood-related field. A graduate
    degree in public policy, social work, or other relevant field may substitute for work experience.
    ? Knowledge of policies and programs for families and children related to early education and child
    development.
    ? Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple tasks with
    initiative.
    ? Strong writing, research, and data analysis skills.
    ? Demonstrated ability to work successfully with a diverse group of stakeholders.
    Policy Fellow for Early Childhood
    Job Description
    ? Experience participating in coalitions and developing and executing strategies for moving a policy
    agenda forward.
    ? Experience communicating and understanding diverse concerns of people of varied economic,
    geographic, racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds.
    ? Commitment to the mission of Texans Care for Children and passion for improving the well-being
    of Texas children.
    Salary and Benefits: Salary is $50,000. Texans Care for Children offers excellent benefits to full-time
    employees, including:
    ? Employer-paid health, dental and vision insurance,
    ? Employer retirement matching contributions, and
    ? Paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time leave.
    Application Process:
    Please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to hiring@txchildren.org to apply for this
    position. Only complete submissions will be considered.