Deputy Director, Early Childhood Initiative

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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.  

The Deputy Director for Early Childhood is responsible for assisting the Director in developing program strategy, direction and growth of the Early Childhood Initiative including setting strategy for research and analysis, managing multiple relationships with stakeholders and experts, overseeing projects and managing and mentoring staff. Reporting to Director, the Deputy Director will work closely with senior advisors, consultants, and Project Leaders.


  • Develop consensus-driven early childhood policy recommendations through research, and stakeholder engagement, and policy analysis
  • Develop thought leadership around specific early childhood topics such as financing, parent engagement, business engagement and service delivery
  • Convene public events, issue-specific private roundtable discussions and other forums to assess current issues related to ECE and develop policy recommendations and other public facing reports and papers
  • Identify best practices from around the country to inform the BPC early childhood policy agenda and recommendations
  • Serve as a resource to national and state media on all issues related to early childhood Represent BPC at national and state conferences, professional associations and other public venues
  • Provide mentoring, coaching and other support for the BPC early childhood team.  
  • In partnership with the BPC Action, our 501(c)4 lobbying organization, promote the ECI legislative agenda and work with Members of Congress to build support for ECI policy recommendations
  • Meet with state and federal officials, partner organizations, ECE policy experts, to execute the national policy agenda. Prepare and provide briefings to national and state leaders interested in ECE, federal and state policy makers, philanthropic and other local and national audiences.
  • Work with project director and finance team to manage project budget


  • An advanced degree in early childhood education or related field and at least 10 years of experience in public policy
  • An in-depth understanding of federal and state early childhood policies and funding
  • Demonstrated leadership for program strategy, direction and growth
  • Experience briefing Members of Congress and their staff, federal agency staff and other national leaders in ECE
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide array of people at both junior and senior levels, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and from diverse backgrounds.
  • Outstanding verbal communication skills and the ability to defend /debate ideas without ego interfering. Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in organizational settings.
  • Excellent research, writing and policy development skills
  • Demonstrated success managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines, and supervising staff. Experience moving ideas from conceptual stages to completion
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, think creatively, express ideas in a non-partisan fashion, and work well in a bipartisan organization
  • Experience working with executive and/or legislative branches of government or a demonstrated understanding of congressional or agency operations

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references. Please submit materials as one file. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. BPC does not sponsor employment visas.

BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

This position is budgeted at 130k. Commensurate with experience.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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