ABOUT CHILDREN’S COUNCIL
For over 40 years, Children's Council has been at the heart of child care in San Francisco. Our mission is to connect families to child care that meets their needs and to work with parents, providers and community partners to make quality child care and early education a reality for all children in our city. We believe all families need access to quality, affordable child care. Parents need reliable child care so they can work, and children need nurturing care and early education to prepare them for school and for life. If you want to be a child care champion in our community, we want you on our team.
The Director of Public Policy Communication will raise the profile of early care and education in general, and Children’s Council in particular, to help state and local policymakers and influencers understand the role child care plays in our city’s vibrancy and shared prosperity, and to build our public and private base of support. S/he/they will orchestrate the organization’s legislative and administrative advocacy and, in close coordination with our Advancement Department, advance public communications strategies to achieve our policy goals. The Director will provide strategic thought partnership to a team of senior leaders, as well as to a self-governing chapter of Parent Voices, to ensure Children’s Council’s policy agenda is articulated, internally consistent and actionable.
Direct reports: Parent Voices Organizer
You are committed to our mission, the services we provide and to addressing the challenges faced by families and child care educators in San Francisco.
You excel at relationship-building and winning stakeholder buy-in internally and with policymakers, community partners and influencers.
You thrive on working in coalition with allies while maintaining a unique organizational perspective
You navigate between strategic and tactical day-to-day activities with ease.
Leads strategy development and implementation for our organizational advocacy efforts, driving the organizational policy agenda-setting process and alignment with our organizational strategic plan.
Lead proactive efforts to enact our agenda for change in partnership with other civic leaders and affinity groups, especially in relation to public investment in early childhood education.
Monitors and analyzes advocacy opportunities through organizational lens; recommends actions to executive leadership so that we can maximize windows of opportunity to achieve our policy targets.
Advances our agenda through strategic communication and positioning CEO and other senior leaders to influence policymakers via public testimony, civic appointments, legislative visits, coalition leadership appointments/involvement, etc.
Supports the synergy between organizing and advocacy efforts of Parent Voices SF parents and Children’s Council.
Maintains stakeholder relationships and monitors legislative/executive/administrative activity. This includes maintaining meaningful relationships with community leaders and organizations to ensure our work is grounded in community voice and connected to local and broader efforts.
Convenes internal cross-team advocacy workgroup by tracking/researching timely policy issues, developing agenda and facilitating action items.
Minimum five years of high-level experience in public affairs, public policy, advocacy, community organizing, strategic communications or similar roles. Bachelor's or master’s degree in public affairs or related field preferred.
Preferred familiarity with early care and education landscape at local, statewide and/or national level.
Ability to represent, hold, and be an influencer of our organizational position, in complex political environments. Demonstrated excellence in judgement, especially in relation to organizational positioning in a complex political environment.
Demonstrated ability to plan and execute legislative and administrative advocacy and campaigns, manage and influence stakeholder relationships, and build coalitions.
Thorough understanding of city/county and state policy-making processes, landscape and stakeholders.
Excellent public speaking—particularly on-the-spot speaking—presentation and strong writing skills
Ability to work effectively with senior leaders under tight or time-sensitive deadlines.
Ability to work—hands-on—with design and data staff to develop compelling data, infographics and collateral materials.
Expected to attend evening and weekend meeting and travel to meetings and conferences (approximately 10-20% of time, depending on the time of year) and ability to stay in close communication with home office.
Proficiency with Office 360, social media platforms and contact management systems.
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