Staff Openings

Director, Early Childhood and Health

First Focus is a national non-profit public policy organization dedicated to making children and families a greater priority in federal budget and policy decisions.

The Director for Early Care and Development will lead the organization’s efforts to identify and promote policies that improve child development and well-being of infant and toddlers at the national level. Topic areas include but are not limited to child care, Head Start, pre-K, dual language learning, child care workforce development, home visiting programs, and linkages between early childhood systems and early elementary programs.

The Director will also work in support and partnership with First Focus health policy staff on issues related to health screenings and early interventions, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, public health, home visiting, and efforts to improve racial equity and reduce infant and maternal mortality.

The Director will also coordinate and work with other First Focus staff on other issues of importance to young children, including child tax credits, family medical leave, child nutrition, child poverty, child abuse and neglect, homelessness, and immigration issues.

Duties will include:

  • Analyzing and tracking federal legislative and regulatory developments
  • Writing reports, policy analyses, briefs, fact sheets, congressional testimony, and blogs designed for target audiences such as policymakers, the executive branch, the media, or the public
  • Working with other policy staff and the communications team at First Focus to implement education and advocacy engagement strategies and in response to media requests
  • Participating in a variety of coalitions with other national and state organizations, particularly in the areas of early childhood and health care
  • Working with First Focus staff on Capitol Hill briefings to educate and raise awareness among policymakers and their staff on children’s issues
  • Educating policymakers, their staff, and agency staff on ways to improve public policy related to early care and education
  • Contributing to grants proposals and reports to funders and the Board
  • Working in a collaborative and supportive environment that places the lives and needs of children at the center of all we do

Education, Skills, Abilities: This position requires a general understanding of policy issues related to early care and health issues and a willingness to learn, excellent writing and oral communications skills, and strong research and analytical skills in order to understand both qualitative and quantitative analysis specific to public policy.

Candidates should have the ability to work as an independent leader and as part of a team. The position requires strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to manage multiple competing responsibilities efficiently and effectively. The ability to present technical information to a non-technical audience is also required.

This position requires a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree or a law degree with at least two to five years of experience in public affairs, government, education, early childhood, or related areas. Experience working on Capitol Hill is preferred but not a requirement.

Salary and Benefits: Compensation is commensurate with experience. Employment includes excellent benefits, including health insurance, life and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, transportation and technology support, flexible spending accounts and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please send a cover letter and resume to with the subject heading Director, Early Childhood and Health Position