The Hunt Institute’s mission is to secure America’s future through quality public education. Since its establishment in 2001, the organization has emerged as a recognized and credible leader in the movement to transform American public education and a go-to source for reliable, objective, and timely information.
The Senior Policy Analyst – Early Childhood will work with the Institute’s policy analysts as well as Leadership to support the Institute’s policy work and programming related to early childhood. The Senior Policy Analyst – Early Childhood serves as the lead project manager for all early childhood convenings/summits and other policymaker convenings, designing and executing agendas, identifying and preparing speakers, developing materials, and managing the project timeline. As needed, the Senior Policy Analyst supports the development of curriculum for the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows and other Institute programming around Early Childhood.
Serve as a key subject matter expert and oversee all early childhood policy matters;
Interpret potential implications of key state and federal policy and finance changes related to Early Childhood policies;
Participate in research projects, either in a lead or supporting capacity, to produce policy briefs, memos, event related materials as required by grants/funders;
Lead development of responses to requests for information on early childhood (birth to eight) received from policymakers and partners;
Represent the Hunt Institute at national conferences, stakeholder meetings, and in discussions with potential partners;
Develop reports for funders and the Institute as needed;
Participate in special projects as directed; and
Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements & Qualifications
Master’s degree required in related field (MBA, MHA, MPH, MPP);
Minimum of five years’ work experience; 2+ years’ relevant experience in early childhood policies and programs strongly preferred;
Ability to synthesize information and present findings or recommendations to high-level executives and stakeholders;
Ability to work independently and conduct research on Early Childhood policy topics;
Excellent oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated experience with using data to support policy development;
Knowledge of research methodology, evaluation and statistics to be able to understand and interpret the validity and significance of findings;
Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
General knowledge of states early childhood programs a plus;
Ability to travel (anticipated between 20-25%);
Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment;
Hands-on, leads by example;
Values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives;
Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to details;
Integrity/ethics beyond reproach;
Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results;
Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization;
Willingness to work collaboratively and consider new ideas; and
Commitment to the organization’s mission, financial stability, and success.
Additional Salary Information: The Institute also offers a comprehensive benefits package.
About The Hunt Institute
An affiliate of Duke University, The Hunt Institute is a recognized leader in the movement to transform public education. Working at the intersection of education policy and politics, the Institute empowers state leaders to drive sustainable reform and become audacious champions for public education. Marshaling expertise from a nationwide partner network since it was established in 2001, the Institute brings together leaders and resources to help build and nurture visionary leadership and mobilize strategic action to improve public education and student success. The Institute is unapologetic about the importance of equity—in educational access, quality, and opportunity—and it is at the core of the work they do.
Through its bipartisan, research-based approach, the Institute serves as a catalyst for collaboration across the political aisle and policymaking bodies. Its established series of convenings and publications are aimed at building the education policymaking-capacity of all senior-level state leaders. By addressing topics spanning the full education continuum—from birth to K-12, postsecondary education, and the workforce—the Institute works to ensure state policymakers have... a keen understanding of the major education issues, an astute political instinct, and a playbook of transformative state- and local-level efforts that are exemplars of what public education can and should look like for every child.
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