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Vice President of Policy & Field Building

All Our Kin

All Our Kin

Connecticut, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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Position Title: Vice President of Policy & Field Building

Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer

Position Status: Full-Time

Location: Remote; up to 30% travel required

(Remote 1: Employee can work from any location in the US and come into All Our Kin’s New York or CT offices as their role requires)

Target Start Date: August 1, 2024

Salary Range: $120K-147K, pay commensurate with experience

About All Our Kin

All Our Kin is a national nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains family child care educators. Through our programs, family child care educators, who nurture our youngest learners from their own homes, succeed as small business owners and early childhood specialists. In turn, parents have access to high-quality, affordable child care, and infants and toddlers gain the enriching experiences that prepare them to succeed.

All Our Kin is recognized as a national model and has been proven to raise the quality, availability, and sustainability of family child care. Today, we serve over 1,100 family child care educators in Connecticut and New York. In addition, we have worked with agencies in more than 25 states through training and technical assistance, reaching 45,000 children a year, and through our policy initiatives, we are shaping a new vision for family child care in the U.S.

At All Our Kin, we use a strength-based, high-touch approach to support educators through the licensing process, business and educational coaching, and much more. As we approach our 25th anniversary, we are seeking to hire dedicated innovators who share our vision of a family child care workforce that is supported, fairly compensated, and treated equitably.

We live by our mission, and extend the same support to our staff as we do our educators. We seek to build a team that reflects the diversity we celebrate in our communities. We strive to grow as individuals and as an organization to end systems of oppression and promote justice. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.

What You Will Do

The Vice President of Policy & Field Building will lead All Our Kin’s efforts to promote its policy and field building agenda with federal and state governments and among leading policy organizations, in addition to leading, promoting, and collaborating with our specialized site-level and technical assistance work. This position will advance All Our Kin’s mission and core values by providing strategic leadership for a policy, field building, and advocacy agenda that influences positive change in national and state level public opinion, engagement, policy and regulation that helps shape the future of family child care. The VP of Policy & Field Building will report to and work closely with the Chief Strategy Officer and will oversee all components of All Our Kin’s field building and policy work. This work has four major strands:

  • Local/State: In the communities in which All Our Kin operates our networks, staff engage with local and state level partners and policymakers to influence the policies, programs, practices, and attitudes that impact the day-to-day lives of family child care providers and the children and families they serve.

  • National: As All Our Kin gains recognition with our national model for increasing supply, quality, and sustainability of family child care, we are often called on to contribute the family child care perspective in national conversations about early care and education, women’s economic empowerment, and workforce development through engagement with earned and social media, participation in public forums, and partnerships, among other approaches

  • Policy Advising: Through All Our Kin’s technical assistance work, we offer advice at the nexus of policy and practice to states and localities across the country on how to create the conditions necessary for family child care to thrive.

  • Field Level and Movement Building: Support and lead the Director of Field Building in advising and providing input on national movement focused on family child care education within child care systems

Key responsibilities of the VP of Policy & Field Building include but are not limited to:

Strategy

  • Craft & execute a vision and implementation plan for All Our Kin’s policy and field building work that ensures a strong family child care provider voice in setting policy and field building priorities and ensures that all efforts are aligned and contribute towards a set of measurable goals

  • Collaborate with the CSO, All Our Kin staff, family child care providers, families, and community partners to create and update local, state and national policy and field building agendas related to the supply, compensation, quality, and sustainability of family child care and the viability of All Our Kin’s model in the communities in which All Our Kin has a presence

  • Identify, monitor, and communicate key opportunities and challenges in the policy and arena and determine how All Our Kin can contribute, respond, and adapt to them

  • Work closely with the Vice President of Communications and executive leadership team in designing and executing a plan for elevating the public visibility and value of family child care and the child care field.

  • Lead vision for field building initiatives in collaboration with the Director of Field Building

  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team, assuring that policy and field building perspectives contribute to creative solutions to programmatic questions; establish a close, collaborative working relationship with other Leadership Team members, and provide timely communications within the organization on all significant public policy and field building developments.

Supervision and Internal Collaboration

  • Supervise and support all policy and field building staff focused on site-based, federal initiatives and technical assistance efforts

  • Build relationships and strengthen a high functioning team with a high degree of commitment to maintaining core values, goals, and objectives.

  • Support site-based teams in identifying and navigating regulatory and legislative challenges and opportunities, and be a conduit for sharing learnings

  • Collaborate with site-based teams to enhance advocacy, policy, and field building efforts at the state levels

  • Support the technical assistance team in implementing the policy and field building advising initiative, and help determine future locations for both site-based and policy and field building advising work

  • Work closely with the development and finance teams to secure, implement and manage resources and budgets related to policy and field building work

External Representation

  • Build All Our Kin’s presence at the national level by representing All Our Kin in national conversations about family child care, early care and education, women’s economic empowerment, and workforce development. This may include but is not limited to:

    • Promoting and elevating the impact of family child care in spaces that relate to families, policymakers and the general public

    • Building relationships with local, state, and federal policymakers

    • Building and strengthening relationships with key national partners and bringing the family child care perspective to their work

    • Fielding inquiries from stakeholders across the country who are interested in learning how to strengthen family child care-supportive policies, programs, and practices in their communities (together with the technical assistance team)

    • Leveraging All Our Kin’s work with states and localities across the country to transform the national narrative around family child care

  • Contribute to grant proposals and reports related to All Our Kin’s policy and advocacy work and share updates with key funders and other stakeholders

  • Seek opportunities for family child care providers themselves to contribute to national conversations and share their stories

Who You Are

Deeply committed to

  • All Our Kin’s mission, core values, and model

  • Policy and field building change as a mechanism to dismantle systemic racism and achieve equity in early care and education

  • Making high-quality early care and education available to all children

  • Collaboration, and is eager to partner with family child care providers, All Our Kin staff, and key stakeholders

Experienced in

  • Influencing legislative and administrative policy at the local, state and national levels and understanding the political process

  • Leadership and project management, including significant supervisory experience ● Analytical and critical skills to formulate advocacy and field building campaigns, policy recommendations, and manage complex programs

  • Setting priorities and managing multiple, multifaceted projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, deadline-driven environment

  • Working sensitively with staff and other stakeholders representing all areas of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs/faith practices

Able to

  • Display superior writing and presentation skills demonstrated in authoring position papers, reports, and communications materials, which includes speeches, presentations, and publications

  • Communicate complex information persuasively in writing and speaking, and tailor communication for different audiences

  • Build long-term, strength-based relationships with diverse stakeholders

  • Be organized and detail-oriented in strategic planning and program implementation

  • Engage in creative problem-solving around complex issues

  • Offer, receive, and respond to regular feedback

  • Balance accountability with emotional intelligence when interacting with staff at all levels

  • Operate various software and computer systems and learn to use new technology

  • Travel to All Our Kin sites, technical assistance locations and national conferences and forums (as needed)

  • Work evening and weekend hours, as needed

Eager to build on

  • 8 - 10 years of experience in policy, field building and systems building

  • Strong supervisory experience and complex program development

  • Considerable experience engaging in equity and social justice work

  • A deep knowledge of early care and education (ideally family child care), workforce development, or a related field

  • A history of demonstrated discretion with confidential information

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Early Childhood Education or other relevant field

What You Can Expect

When you join All Our Kin, you join the best community - game-changers who care passionately about creating equitable outcomes through thriving child care programs. As we scale All Our Kin’s reach, we strive to maintain the collaborative, values-centered environment that is our hallmark, and to continually invest in the backbone of our organization: our talented, mission-driven team.

We know that you can only give your all when we give ours. All Our Kin is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes that diversity and opportunity are fundamental to children’s lives and to our work. We offer competitive salaries and benefits, a flexible schedule, and the opportunity to work with a team of skilled, motivated, and committed professionals.

When you commit to All Our Kin, we commit to you. Some of the benefits we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • PTO- Over four weeks of annual paid time off as well as federal holidays, a December holiday (typically December 24 – January 1), and Summer Friday half days.

  • Retirement Plan- All Our Kin offers a 403(b) plan with employer matching up to 3%