Government Affairs Manager
Regular Full-Time

Washington, DC, US

Posted: March 1, 20201

The First Five Years Fund (FFYF) advocates for a greater federal investment in quality early childhood education (ECE), and seamlessly and purposefully integrates policy, communications, and government relations in all aspects of its work. FFYF is an independent project of Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce of Prevention Fund), one of the nation’s most energized, future-focused organization devoted to early childhood development, whose mission is to improve the life chances for low-income children through programs, training, research, and advocacy.

We are recruiting individuals who want to join us in this mission and share a commitment to our core values of appreciation & respect, empowerment, diversity, excellence, learning and communication

Become part of our rewarding, mission-driven culture! We want our employees to feel empowered, motivated, energized, and passionate about the work they do. 

Working for FFYF, you will work at the federal level to expand support for all early learning and care opportunities for children from birth through age five that are high-quality and focused first on serving those children most-at-risk.

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, March 12th.

About the Position: Government Affairs Manager

Reporting to FFYF’s Government Affairs Director you will:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of FFYF’s legislative agenda and congressional activities related to federal early learning and care programs, including, but not limited to, annual appropriations and authorizing legislation.
  • Track, analyze, and develop federal legislation in conjunction with the FFYF Policy Team. On an ongoing basis, lead the tracking of relevant articles and mentions by Members of Congress.
  • Develop congressional resources, such as letters, one-pagers, and toolkits, and manage quick turnaround research assignments to support Government Affairs Director.
  • Provide Government Affairs Director with research and written content ahead of meetings and events, and assist with educating lawmakers and staff through meetings and resources.
  • Collaborate with national organizations, coalitions, and groups.
  • Manage the use of Quorum to support FFYF’s government relations and legislative affairs efforts.
  • Support FFYF’s federal advocacy goals, manage attendance of webinars, events, briefings, Hill meeting, and calls related to early learning and care.


  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Early Childhood Education, Law, or a related field; experience with public policy, advocacy, government relations, legislative affairs, or related field preferred.


  • Bachelor’s in related field and 3 or more years of related experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; proven track record to articulate sophisticated ideas, thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.
  • Knowledge of legislative process and how the Hill functions required; knowledge of early childhood education is a plus.
  • Ability to organize complex tasks, prioritize multiple assignments, exercise independent judgment, and to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence.
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically with an ability to see the big picture while managing details.
  • Ability to process and protect confidential information in a professional manner.
  • Ability to travel independently and alone (to locations that may not be handicap accessible) and manage travel arrangements, when it is safe to do so, per CDC guidelines.

Last but not least we offer some great perks!

  • Flexible work arrangements for qualified employees plus flexible hours, if eligible, after 90 days of employment.
  • Tuition reimbursement, competitive salary and benefit packages, employer contribution towards your 401k, and much more.

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.