Washington, D.C. (temporary hybrid schedule: in office Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and as needed)

About First Five Years Fund

At First Five Years Fund* (FFYF), our mission is to ensure that all children, especially those from low-income families, have equitable access to a continuum of affordable, comprehensive, high-quality early care and education (ECE) to support their healthy development and help them reach their full potential. To achieve our mission, we work to sustain and expand bipartisan support for early learning, while identifying and advancing new and innovative ways to increase access to high-quality early childhood education for children from low-income families. With so many children from birth through the age of five living in poverty, there is a tremendous need for greater investments and policies that expand access to high-quality opportunities that lay the foundation for a healthy and productive future.

FFYF was founded to be singularly dedicated to early childhood issues – and, more specifically, federal ECE advocacy. FFYF is unique and effective because of our:

  • Integration across the work
    We employ three core divisions of labor – communications and public relations, policy and partnerships, and government relations and outreach – that are intentionally integrated, each playing a central role.
  • Proactive, bipartisan consensus-building
    We engage in strategic consensus-building and seek to guide productive conversations to protect the issue from polarization. We identify areas of agreement, as well as where to engage and push. We lead conversations with what is persuasive to entry in the moment, considering all relevant context. We meet people where they are and help them get to where we want them to be.
  • Simultaneous short- and long-term approach
    We create opportunities for strategic victories – great and small – that build toward our long-term goal, while employing careful discipline to ensure short-term political or policy victories do not compromise long-term support and funding for early learning and care from birth through age five.
  • Proactive advocacy while responsive to Washington’s current/changing agenda?
    We strategically account for, and take advantage of, the external environment including the realities of the legislative schedule and the political environment.

To learn more about FFYF, please visit www.ffyf.org.

*FFYF is an independent project of Start Early.

Position Summary

Reporting to FFYF’s Executive Director, the Communications & Marketing Director sets and guides the strategy for all communications, website, social media, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate FFYF’s mission. The Communications & Marketing Director works to ensure that FFYF is viewed as the primary inside-the-Beltway source, disseminator, and conduit of information on early care and education issues.

The Communications & Marketing Director directly supervises FFYF’s Press Secretary and Communications & Outreach Manager.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate an integrated strategic marketing and communications plan to advance FFYF’s brand identity, policy goals, and public demand/will for change
  • Oversee the implementation of a marketing/public relations strategy that allows FFYF leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media, FFYF funders, and key influencers
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action
    • Decide who, where, and when to disseminate
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, polling, social/digital ad campaigns, talking points, toolkits, videos, newsletters, social media assets, and website
  • Provide input on overall design and content for marketing and communications materials
  • Ensure that branding elements are uniformly and consistently applied in all marketing and communications efforts
  • Track and measure levels of audience engagement over time
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the communications function (i.e., budgeting, planning, staff management and development, consultant management)


FFYF is seeking an accomplished Communications & Marketing Director who:

  • Is equally strong in marketing and communications.
  • Has at least 10 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a federally-facing non-profit entity, and covering areas such as website and social media content, newsletters, and grassroots communications.
    • Brings creativity and analytical skills, business acumen and strategic thinking, along with initiative and superb problem-solving skills.
  • Is comfortable working on projects that are well-defined, as well as ones with ambiguity/limited direction.
  • Takes knowledge and transforms it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminates it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.

Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, communications, or a related field
  • Experience on Capitol Hill preferred
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in marketing and communications, as well as at least 3 years of experience leading teams or managing others
  • Highly collaborative style
  • Experience developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups (i.e., staff, consultants, funders, advocates, supporters)
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Strong passion for FFYF’s mission, with a desire and ability to learn about issues relevant to children and families
  • Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day
  • Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals
  • Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand, and finger movements to operate computers and mechanical equipment regularly
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 20 lbs. in weight
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function

We recognize that few candidates might meet every single piece of knowledge, experience, or education listed here. Research shows that women and people of color, among many other historically excluded groups, are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. FFYF/Start Early is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your qualifications don’t perfectly align with everything in the job description, we still encourage you to apply!

Work Environment

General office conditions, with exposure to moderate noise levels.



Please use this link to apply.

FFYF/Start Early is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by creating an inclusive environment for all staff.