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Early Learning and K-12 Education Policy Manager

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), a statewide children's advocacy organization located in Harrisburg, PA has an immediate full-time opening for an Early Learning and K-12 Education Policy Manager.

PPC's vision is to be one of the top ten states in which to be a child and raise a child. Today, Pennsylvania ranks 17th in the nation for child well-being. Our early learning and K-12 education policy work is focused on ensuring all children enter school ready to learn and that all children have access to high-quality public education. Current initiatives include increasing the number of children served in publicly funded pre-k and implementing a fair basic education formula along with sustained, significant investments in education funding.

The successful candidate for this position will be key in advancing our early learning and K-12 education policy agenda and will be an integral part of PPC's policy team, which is led by its President and CEO and supported by the Vice President of Public Policy, the Government Affairs Director, related policy staff, the Vice President of Communications, and the KIDS COUNT research director.

Applicants should have strong content knowledge in early learning and education policy in Pennsylvania and will work closely with other policy and government affairs staff to develop PPC's agenda in these areas. The position reports to the Vice President of Public Policy.
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from persons of color are encouraged.

Primary duties include:

  • Review and utilize data and research to assist in the development of the organization's early learning and K-12 education policy agenda.
  • Monitor and analyze current state and federal public policy efforts related to these policy areas and coordinate with pertinent staff, including the President and CEO, Vice President of Public Policy and the Government Affairs Director, on adapting PPC policy priorities accordingly.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with program staff within the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education; the State Board of Education; and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (dual deputate within the Departments of Education and Human Services).
  • Engage strategically with key early learning and education stakeholders on an ongoing basis, including advocacy partners and grassroots and grasstops leaders, with a goal of advancing aligned policy initiatives.
  • In coordination with other PPC staff, participate and represent the organization in early learning and education coalitions, task forces, and advisory groups, both inside and outside of government, as appropriate.
  • Mobilize education and early learning advocates and build the organization's advocacy base in part through our e-advocacy and social media tools.
  • Develop ideas and content for communications materials, including policy briefs and data reports, factsheets, presentations, blogs, infographics and other mediums in consultation with the Vice President of Communications. Provide relevant information and updates for inclusion in regular PPC publications.
  • Assist in grant application and reporting requirements. Build strong relationships and maintain regular contact with pertinent funders.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Special Qualifications Necessary:

  • Bachelor's degree in public policy or related field required; advanced degree a plus.
  • 5 to 10 years of progressive work experience in a public policy setting; experience focused on education policy is preferred.
  • Content knowledge in applicable policy areas and strong data analysis skills a must, as is the ability to utilize this knowledge in formulating and advancing policy change.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to multi-task across a variety of ongoing projects.
  • Contribute in a team environment, as this position will require close coordination with other PPC staff in related areas.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.

Salary and benefit package are highly competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Send resume and salary requirements to:

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children
Attn: Kari King
116 Pine Street, Suite 430,
Harrisburg, PA 17101
 or e-mail to kking@papartnerships.org