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 the Ounce of Prevention Fund, one of the nation’s most energized, future-focused organizations 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.

Working for the First Five Years Fund (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.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Participate as an integrated member of the FFYF leadership team in managing the strategic growth and development of the organization. This includes:
    • Coordinating and facilitating annual strategy and planning meetings and working with the team to translate those plans into annual operating and project management plans.
    • Supporting the Executive Director in coordinating and communicating internal workflow between various FFYF sub-teams and consultants.
    • Leading and engaging cross-divisional teams, external partners and consultants to gather information and supports for strategic initiatives, including FFYF’s goals and plans around diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Overseeing infrastructure and IT improvement activities.
  • Partner with the Ounce finance and development staff to develop an annual budget that supports FFYF’s strategic plans and proactively manage FFYF’s activities and related expenses to balance the budget. In addition, implement processes with finance and development staff to meet the financial reporting requirements of private grants and comply with federal requirements for 501c3 organizations regarding reporting onlobbying activities.
  • Partner with FFYF’s Executive Director and the Ounce’s Managing Director of Foundation Relations and support supervision of the development team’s Manager of Foundation Relations to co-develop strategy for annual donor prospecting, cultivation and ongoing stewardship. This includes:
    • Providing guidance on funder meeting agendas, reviewing prep and follow-up materials, and contributing content and talking points as needed.
    • Reviewing all FFYF funder reports and proposals and contributing content and impact data as needed.
    • Serving as the program lead on the development of grant budgets in partnership with finance and development staff, and proactively monitoring project budgets to inform reports to funders.
  • In partnership with FFYF senior leaders, plan and oversee the execution of FFYF’s annual funder meeting by serving as a project manager for the event and contributing to the development of the meeting agenda, presentation and strategy content (i.e. annual goals and strategies).
  • Supervise the Executive Assistant to set the overall strategic direction of the Executive Director’s calendar, prioritizing meetings and overseeing the coordination of prep materials for meetings, events and speaking engagements.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Communications, Business, or Organizational Management (or related field). Master’s Degree in Business or Organizational Management (or related field) is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 to 10 years of experience with progressive responsibilities in various aspects of administrative capacity and management of teams, preferably in a nonprofit development function, interacting with senior staff members, donors, and key stakeholders.
  • Ability to function effectively leading and managing teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of or experience with grant or funder proposal development processes preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact with senior staff leadership, donors, and other key internal and external stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Organized, strategic thinker with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to promote and maintain effective internal and external communication between divisions, offices, and staff
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to efficiently manage and prioritize multiple tasks and meet often competing deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Proven experience in budget development and effective budget management.
  • Knowledge of state and federal policy preferred.


  • Tuition reimbursement, competitive salary and benefit packages, employer contribution towards your 401k, and much more.
  • Work from home options for qualified employees plus flexible hours

The Ounce is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by creating an inclusive environment for all staff.