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compensation: Dependent on education & experience: Full benefit package employment type: full-time non-profit organization
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Reports to: Executive Vice President for Policy & Stakeholder Engagement
The mission of United Way of Santa Fe County (UWSFC) is to engage the whole community, bringing together people and resources to create increased opportunities for children and families to achieve their dreams and aspirations. For the last 10 years, the vehicle for achieving this mission has been high-quality early childhood education and care. UWSFC's policy work is coordinated through the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP). NMECDP researches, develops and advocates for early childhood care and education policy and investment to support quality and accountability.
The focus of NMECDP has been to create the public awareness and political will for investments in high-quality early childhood education and care. This includes; home visiting, child care, NM PreK and direct services to children and their caregivers. This work is done through a myriad of ways; increasing education and awareness of early learning among a variety of stakeholders, pursuing innovative funding strategies, facilitating community conversations with policy makers, practitioners, and the business community, and influencing policy development.
NMECDP has engaged in the following work:
• Early Childhood Education Cost Analysis & Recommendation
• Developed in 2011; Updated annually
• Early Childhood Education Revenue Options
• Developed in 2011; Ongoing Updates
• New Mexico Early Care and Education Cost Model
• Developed in 2013; Ongoing updates
• Early Childhood Care and Education Act
• Passed by the NM Legislature in 2011
• Home Visiting Accountability Act
• Passed by the NM Legislature in 2013
• Home Visiting Education and Awareness
• Developed in 2012; ongoing effort
• Child Care and Education Accountability Act
• Passed by the NM Legislature in 2015/ pocket veto by Governor
• Economic Effects of Child Care in New Mexico
• Distributed June 2015
• New Mexico PreK Report and Policy Brief
• Distributed November 2015
• Early Childhood Governance Research and Analysis
• Developed in 2016; ongoing distribution
• Expand NM PreK Effort
• Launched in 2016
The Policy & Communications Analyst:
The ideal candidate has a strong interest in the NMECDP's core principles; is skilled at working independently and as part of a team; and is able to demonstrate initiative, professionalism, and attention to detail.
The Policy & Communications Analyst, working directly with the Executive Vice President for Policy & Stakeholder Engagement, will:
Assist in the completion of grant deliverables including:
a. Full pursuit of early learning funding opportunities;
b. Implementation of the 2018 New Mexico PreK tour;
c. Research and recommendations on suspension and expulsion of young children policy.
Engage in policy analysis
a. Develop specialized knowledge in relevant policy areas. Maintain working knowledge of policies in areas related to early care and education. Maintain resource library on relevant topics.
b. Monitor and analyze local, state, and/or federal early learning policies, programs and budgets.
c. Assist in determining cost estimates and statistical analyses for policy proposals.
d. Manage projects including development and implementation of timelines and tasks related to policy work.
Coordinate all communications tasks for NMECDP
a. Draft and distribute press releases
b. Develop content for NMECDP website
c. Develop content for social media
d. Draft fact sheets and other educational or advocacy materials
Assist in Grant Writing and Reporting
a. Serve as contact for policy priorities with elected officials and legislative staff at local, state and federal levels.
Develop and Foster Partnerships:
a. Develop on-going working relationships with organizations and coalitions relating to early childhood care and education. Attend, facilitate and staff meetings as needed.
b. Present at workshops, meetings and trainings to members and general public on policy issues in accordance with NMECDP goals and organizational needs.
c. Represent NMECDP at state advisory committees and councils charged with overseeing and crafting early care and education legislative and administrative policy.
At least three years' experience working in a public policy environment
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree preferred; BA or MA in public policy or administration preferred
Experience setting priorities and meeting deadlines
Excellent oral and written skills in an environment requiring diplomacy and good judgment
Ability to work well in culturally diverse setting and knowledge of local population served
Ability to work independently and within team settings
Computer knowledge including software applications for scheduling, record keeping and office management
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, drive and sit for long periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must be able to lift 40 pounds.