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Children First currently has the following (2) positions open:

K-12 Education Policy Director

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Position Summary

Children First plays a leadership role in setting and advancing local and state policy priorities that improve the quality of education available to students attending public schools, particularly within the lowest wealth school districts in the state; these school districts educate a majority of the state’s Black, Hispanic and low-income students who benefit from our advocacy. To advance our priorities, Children First builds new narratives for education reform, sets a strategy to put those reforms in place, and strategically engages leaders, residents, and youth to advocate for reforms. Our work is built on the premise that we must improve racial equity as we reform public schools and that to do so requires building bi-partisan support for reforms among the lawmakers in southeastern Pennsylvania in ways that enable lawmakers in other regions of the state to support these efforts.  We have a forty-year track record of success and a highly effective staff to which we are eager to add a highly motivated, experienced professional with advanced policy development and advocacy skills to lead our Education Team.

Key Duties:

  • Lead the development and implementation of advocacy strategies to advance state and local level K-12 policy priorities
  • Craft compelling messaging documents including reports, briefs, commentaries, and fact sheets and regularly make public speeches/presentations to increase the public discourse to support the policy reforms
  • Draft and present testimony to legislative bodies on key k12 policy issues including privatization, school finance/funding, racial equity, and teacher quality,
  • Recruit and inform community leaders, parents and youth and engage them to build support for our policy priorities among local, state, and federal lawmakers and appointed officials
  • Create, expand, and lead broad-based coalitions focused on K-12 policy goals
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local school leaders that engage them in efforts to influence state elected officials and other key decision-makers throughout the region.
  • Generate ideas for innovative initiatives or projects that build public support for our k-12 policy priorities.
  • Community organizing experience preferred

Position Description:

  • Regularly hold effective meetings with key policymakers regarding K-12 priorities
  • Monitor trends and collect and analyze data on K-12 policy in order to identify unmet needs and persistent challenges, and establish priority issues
  • Create and implement strategies to maintain engagement of new and existing partners in Children First’s advocacy efforts
  • Oversee and write research and reports, issue briefs and other publications on K-12 issues; this work involves data review, analysis, and presentation of data
  • Create and execute plans for report dissemination and popularizing report findings on social media and news platforms
  • Work in partnership with the Development Team to craft proposals and reports that increase the resources supporting our education policy/advocacy efforts
  • Supervise county-based outreach staff in their work on K-12 issues
  • Recruit and supervise interns who assist with K-12 research and outreach

Qualifications, Education, Experience & Skills:

  • Knowledge of major PA state K-12 policy issues including school finance, governance models, racial equity, school board politics and teaching and learning
  • Experience understanding and advancing legislative goals
  • Advanced skills leading coalitions and implementing processes needed to support effective relationships and operations with coalitions
  • Familiarity with local and state news sources and experience/ability creating relationships with reporters
  • Ability to organize, mobilize and facilitate widespread community participation and engagement at rallies and other events
  • Proficiency in data analysis associated with school finance, demographic analysis and related data-related research
  • Track record of effective collaboration and work with organizational leaders such as superintendents, school board members, non-profit executives, and business owners
  • Advanced written and oral communication skills
  • At least three years management experience with supervisory responsibilities
  • Experience using social media tools to boost advocacy impact
  • Strong desire to lead the K-12 team with a spirit of collaboration and empowering your team to help achieve team goals

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Educate communities about important K-12 policies and initiatives
  • Attend and present information at Children First board and board subcommittee meetings as requested
  • Plan, orchestrate and assist with outreach events which occur in the evening and/or weekends
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and staff committees
  • Actively support Children First fundraising efforts

Important Skills:

  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Works well under pressure
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects
  • Ability to collect, interpret and simplify large datasets
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to travel to communities across the region – must have driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Proficient in excel, word, google and social media platforms

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: $85,000 plus benefits and generous paid time off

Apply: Resume and cover letter to info@childrenfirstpa.org.


Grants Officer

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Position Summary

Children First’s Grants Officer is a leadership position responsible for connecting the philanthropic community to the high impact work of Children First. We are recruiting a persuasive, clear writer who can engage and inspire foundation staff to invest their resources in Children First’s myriad of initiatives for children. To do this the Grants Officer must have a passion for our work that comes through in our letters of intent, proposals and reports to foundations and corporate funders. Children First’s grants portfolio currently includes more than 40 foundation and corporate funders that collectively account for approximately 60% of revenues. We are always looking to connect new philanthropies to our work and expand the impact and reach of our initiatives. A highly motivated, engaged writer with development experience can make that happen. The Grants Officer will also engage with the policy leadership on staff to design and improve programs, the communications staff to development new tools to show our impact and tell our story and, most fun of all, be an advocate for kids.

Key Duties:

  • Prepare high-quality letters of inquiry, grant proposals and reports to foundations and corporate funders.
  • Assist in design of programs and initiatives to ensure high level of specificity of work and impact.
  • Develop and maintain systems to track all grant activity deadlines and prepare powerful reports and proposals.
  • Identify new opportunities for seeking new funding from regional, state and national funders.
  • Cultivate relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors.
  • Work closely with the Major Gifts Director and Events Director to ensure foundation and corporate leaders are engaged in other fundraising activities.

Position Description:

  • Manage all foundation relationships for Children First and respond to all foundation-related development opportunities including grant applications, public engagement opportunities and reporting.
  • Work with Children First’s financial officer on budget planning and cash flow projections.
  • Collaborate with Children First’s program staff on proposals and reports. Build staff capacity on effective proposal development and report writing.
  • Strengthen relationships with funders by:
    • Ensuring on-time submission of all required information and reports
    • Preparing quarterly written updates on program developments and Children First accomplishments
    • Identifying opportunities for funders to get involved in Children First’s work (in person)
    • Identifying special opportunities for funders to attend high profile events
    • Participate in ongoing program planning to stay current on Children First’s actions on the implications for fundraising as well as offer feedback and suggestions

Other Duties as assigned by Executive Director:

  • Attend and present information at the Children First Board meetings and subcommittee meetings as requested
  • Stay abreast of the work of local and state partners/allies and national organizations involved in policy and advocacy
  • Support Children First events and fundraisers, including recruiting attendees
  • Assist when asked in Children First outreach and advocacy events which may be during evening or weekend hours
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and staff committees
  • Conduct spot research including under tight deadline
  • Serve as a sounding board for staff to discuss new program ideas and strategies

Experience & Skills:

  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Works well under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple deadlines
  • 5+ years experience in grant writing or related activities
  • Working knowledge of K-12, Public Health, Early Childhood, and Juvenile Justice policy issues preferred
  • Detail oriented with strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to travel to communities across the region

Reports To: Executive Director

Salary: $80,000 with generous PTO time and health benefits.

Apply: Resume, cover letter and a sample proposal to info@childrenfirstpa.org.

Remote employment possible.


Internships

PCCY interns gain knowledge and experience in child advocacy and public policy. Interns participate in all aspects of PCCY’s work including attending rallies, conducting research on children’s issues and creating materials to support PCCY’s mission of providing better lives and life chances for children in southeastern Pennsylvania.  For more information, contact:

  • Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy Internship: maim at childrenfirstpa.org
  • Education Policy Internship: tomeas at childrenfirstpa.org
  • Picasso Project Internship: carolynm at childrenfirstpa.org
  • General information: info at childrenfirstpa.org

Children First is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring.