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Position Title: Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Position Status: Regular Full Time

Reports to: Vice President of Strategy

Work Location: The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s Richmond office. Remote work from another location could be considered, though presence in Richmond will be a priority especially during Virginia General Assembly legislative sessions. 

One sentence role description: Coordinates and supports policy and advocacy efforts across VECF’s related initiatives including the Virginia Promise Partnership (VPP) and the Virginia Business Roundtable for Early Education (VBREE), striving to achieve access to quality child care for all Virginia families and drive significant positive impact on children’s school readiness, families’ workforce participation, thriving businesses and a strong economy in Virginia. 

Organization: The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) is a statewide non-profit public-private partnership with the vision that every region in Virginia will ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. Its mission as the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success is achieved in partnership with key state agencies and regional partners. VECF’s primary goal is to support the work of Virginia’s nine Ready Regions, a network of public and private partners responsible for coordinating and integrating critical services and resources to strengthen their regions’ early childhood systems. The Foundation provides competitive grants and technical assistance to the Ready Regions to build capacity and infrastructure for delivery of high-quality early childhood programs and services. In 2021, VECF launched the Virginia Promise Partnership, a coalition of 30 leading organizations working together with parents, child care providers, and grassroots advocates to achieve a bold goal of ensuring all Virginia families have access to affordable, quality child care by 2030. Two years later, VECF founded and convened the Virginia Business Roundtable for Early Education, comprised of executives in business/employers, local and regional chambers, and economic development agencies representing all Ready Regions in Virginia to promote investment and innovation throughout Virginia’s early childhood care and education system. 

Description: The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation seeks an experienced coalition, policy, and advocacy leader with a solid track record of success to coordinate and support VECF’s policy and advocacy efforts including the Virginia Promise Partnership and the Virginia Business Roundtable for Early Education. The candidate will coordinate a range of efforts across initiatives —including policy development, communications, grassroots organizing, and strategic federal, state, and local advocacy—to achieve an equitable, accessible, and affordable child care system in Virginia. The Policy and Advocacy Coordinator will work in partnership with a broad coalition of early childhood advocates and stakeholders (across national, state, and local levels), including associations of providers, families, schools, business, local and state government, and philanthropy. With coalition management and grassroots/grasstops organizing experience, the Coordinator will cultivate and manage partnerships with VPP and VBREE members, Ready Regions and like-minded and aligned interest groups, as well as assist in the development of advocacy and communications strategies to promote VPP, VBREE, and VECF policy priorities. 

Job responsibilities: The candidate will need to be facile in coordinating and leading a range of activities including: 

  • Day-to-day coalition and partner coordination 
  • Coordination of standing and ad hoc committees 
  • Development and implementation of communications strategies 
  • Development and management of grassroots and grasstops advocacy efforts, including Lobby Days
  • Collaborative development of policy and budget priorities
  • Communication and promotion of VPP and VBREE goals to various audiences, including the legislature, executive branch, Ready Regions, business, local government, media 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Minimum Bachelor Degree in related or specialty field 
  • 5+ years proven track record of successfully working in coalitions, advocacy, communications, and/or policy 
  • Experience in grassroots and grasstops organizing, electoral campaigns, and legislative advocacy 
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; including confidence and assertiveness in public speaking 
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to meet strict timeframes 
  • Ability to successfully work with diverse populations, including those economically at-risk 
  • Willingness to travel throughout Virginia with possibility of some overnights 
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and customer relationship management platforms (e.g., EveryAction/Bonterra) 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • 10+ years of proven success in state and national politics 
  • Coalition management, advocacy, and communications 
  • Experience as a lobbyist 
  • Familiarity with early childhood and education policy 
  • Experience with social media content management and curation (organic and paid) 

Position is salaried, commensurate with experience and anticipated to be in the $95,000-125,000 range for total compensation including salary and benefits. 

VECF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

VECF maintains a drug free workplace.

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VECF is seeking an expert/contractor for a significant role: VQB5 CLASS Contractor. We anticipate the responsibilities can be addressed in an average of 10-15 hours per week and have budgeted for an hourly rate of $80/hour. The term of contract is immediately through October 31, 2024 with possibility of renewal. 

Scope of Work: Working closely with VECF, contractor will provide technical assistance to Ready Region (RR) partners, supporting RR capacity and plans to recruit, monitor, and provide professional development to the bench of CLASS observers who conduct CLASS observations as part of VQB5 in their region and build capacity of RR to integrate Score Replacement data into workflow and planning for quality improvement. 

Specific deliverables include: 

  • Review and analysis of 9 RR Observer Inventories describing CLASS observers who serve their region,submitted twice each year. Inventories include data such as certifications, race/ethnicity, and whichregions the observers work in, etc. Following review and analysis, including comparison to past reports,the contractor will produce bi-annual summary reports about Virginia CLASS observers, highlighting stateand regional changes from Fall to Spring, growth over time, trends, needs, etc.
  • Working with VECF/VDOE, produce recommendations regarding RR composition of adequate bench ofCLASS observers per # classrooms, per type of site
  • Review and provide written feedback regarding each region’s submitted CLASS Observer QualityImprovement plans, twice a year. Feedback will ensure the regional plans address:
    • Recruiting and supporting CLASS Observers adequate to meet regional needs
    • Activities to support CLASS Observers in the region to be consistent, reliable, andeffective. Planned activities should be based on CLASS data, reflect best practices, and align withVQB5/VDOE requirements.
    • Processes to periodically and equitably review quality of CLASS Observations in region (randomreview of teacher feedback forms, score sheet notes, etc.)
  • Collaborating with VECF/VDOE, produce RR Quality Improvement plan template
  • Plan/lead a monthly 60-minute Community of Practice (CoP). CoP participants are RR staff withresponsibilities to support CLASS observers/observations in their region. CoP agendas are collaborativelydeveloped with CoP members and focus on offering opportunities for peer learning, support/acceleratelearning of new staff, sharing challenges and successes, and best practices in supporting RR observers.
  • Meet w/VECF regularly, and with VDOE team once or twice monthly to integrate VQB5 priorities into CoPplanning, and feedback for RR in designing CLASS observer training and professional development.

Interested applicants should indicate your interest, confirm alignment with the very specific and technical skills involved with this role, and provide three professional references by contacting us at jobs@vecf.org by April 15, 2024. Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis until the contractor role has been filled. 

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