Director, Government Affairs

Full Time
Washington, D.C, US


FFYF advocates for a greater federal investment in quality early childhood education, and seamlessly and purposefully integrates policy, communications and government relations in all aspects of its work. The Director of Government Affairs will oversee the government affairs work in service to the organization’s annual goals and long-term strategy. This position will primarily focus on identifying, building and maintaining strong connections on Capitol Hill, in strategic coordination with the FFYF team and consultants. The Director of Government Affairs will work closely with the Policy Director to advance robust policy and legislative initiatives to be advanced with the federal government (or on Capitol Hill) and will also collaborate with the Communications Director on efforts aimed at elevating or influencing policy decisions through communications efforts.

Essential Job Duties
  • Serve as First Five Years Fund’s (FFYF) top strategist for federal government relations’ work; work will be in partnership with the policy and communications leads.
  • As part of the leadership team of FFYF, the Director of Government Affairs will be able to educate policy makers, other organizations, and the general public about FFYF’s key objectives including: policy rationale to support and expand access to high-quality early childhood education and care at the federal level, and what specific policies and funding opportunities would benefit children from birth to age five.
  • Develop and implement legislative strategy and tactics to advance FFYF’s agenda at the federal level. Specifically
    • Build out relationships with potential allies sharing similar positions and educate other organizations with a view to encouraging support and strengthening our coalition.
    • Identify, build and maintain strong connections on Capitol Hill in strategic coordination with the FFYF team and consultants
    • Represent FFYF in key Hill meetings and hearings.
  • Works in partnership with the leadership team to coordinate advocacy efforts and partners in alliance-building efforts with others in the early childhood field and beyond.
  • Generate new ideas and opportunities for FFYF to capitalize on using its resources to further early education efforts.
    Research, write, and edit fact sheets, speeches, policy memorandums and other communications and publications.
Required Qualifications

Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)

  • 8+ years experience in public advocacy, public policy or policy analysis required.
  • Must have significant Capitol Hill, political campaign, federal and/or state government and/or issue advocacy experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Expertise on the federal legislative and regulatory processes and congressional committee structure.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically as part of a team and within broad coalitions.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

  • Passionate about the FFYF mission and driven by organization outcomes.
  • Works well on a deadline and as part of a team.
  • Passion for policy and a strong understanding of the federal legislative process.
  • Is an eager, entrepreneurial self-starter, particularly on larger projects.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Ability to articulate, persuade, engage and listen effectively.
  • Skilled at strong and compelling presentation.
  • Keeps up with news that could affect the legislative landscape.
  • Strong management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong sense of ethics.
Work Environment

Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
  • Travel time of 20%.
Physical Abilities

Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • 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 type regularly.
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 5 lbs. in weight.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.