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Policy and Program Director

Policy and Program Director

About the position

Building Bright Futures works to improve the well-being of children and families.  The Policy and Program Director will focus on systems improvement and policy development utilizing BBF’s data, research and network of regional and state public and private stakeholders. The Policy and Program Director will join a collaborative team dedicated to strengthen and align the BBF Network Infrastructure to achieve the goals, strategies and objectives outlined in the Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan. By strengthening partnerships, identifying gaps and assets, promoting family leadership, and developing and implementing innovative financing, health, and equity strategies, Vermont will improve policies, service provision, and outcomes for children and families.

The Policy and Program Director position is full-time with a competitive salary and flexible work schedule. Candidates would need to be available for regular meetings and events during the workday and occasional evenings and weekends. When in-person meetings resume, they must have the ability to travel regularly to support the work of the BBF statewide network. This is a home-based position with the option to work in BBF’s Williston headquarters. The Policy and Program Director receives supervision from the Executive Director.

About Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) mandated by Vermont’s Title 33 Chapter 46 and the federal Head Start Act. BBF serves as a statewide backbone organization, bringing early childhood stakeholders together to work collectively toward a coordinated, collaborative, and integrated early childhood system. BBF maintains the vision and strategic plan for Vermont’s Early Childhood System. Vermont’s vision for the Early Childhood system is to be an integrated continuum of comprehensive, high quality services that is equitable and accessible and will improve outcomes for each child in the prenatal period to age eight and their family in Vermont. BBF has a multi-tiered infrastructure consisting of 12 Regional Councils and seven committees that move the Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) forward; both of which inform the priorities and recommendations from the SAC. This network links community-based and state level planning and program development with the SAC. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Strengthen and align the BBF Network Infrastructure to achieve the goals, strategies and objectives outlines in the Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan to improve the well-being of children and families
    • Support Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) Committees in staffing committees and data-informed decision making
    • Provide consistent and effective communication to the BBF network and opportunities for each layer of the network to connect between and among themselves (I.e. SAC, VECAP Committees, Regional Councils)
    • Support the development of policy guidance/recommendations, reports and publications
  • Function as BBF’s content expert on state and national early childhood policies
    • Identify and monitor state and national priorities and policies
    • Work with leadership to develop strategies to raise the profile of these initiatives
    • Collaborate with leadership to update and implement the strategic plan and provide strategic advice to leadership on ways to incorporate state and national issues and priorities
    • Identify data and trends to support key priorities and policies
    • Represent BBF in role as advisor to Vermont’s Governor and General Assembly
    • Support BBF’s public presence through forward facing presentations and meetings
    • Develop and maintain cross-sector partnerships
    • Support testimony & discussions with National Delegates
    • Promote and model data informed decision-making 
  • Promote understanding and utilization of the BBF Network
    • Increase awareness of BBF’s mission and role within Vermont’s early childhood community among target audience  (legislators, policy makers, State Advisory Council, Regional Councils, other stakeholders and staff.)
    • Work with BBF leadership team in soliciting and applying for grants 
    • Write and edit content for communications materials and tools, including but not limited to website, social media channels (Youtube, Facebook, instagram, etc.), press releases, advisories, statements, reports, emails, legislative testimony, meeting promotion, etc.  
    • Support consistent messaging and broad communications on key issues

Desired Expertise

  • Expert experience in public speaking, facilitation, verbal and written communication skills
  • Expert level knowledge and mastery of public systems that serve people, preferably children and families.
  • Expert knowledge and experience with strategic planning and systems change
  • Masters Degree in social policy, public health, maternal and child health policy, epidemiology, child development or related field preferred.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of progressive experience in policy, public affairs, maternal and child health, early childhood, or program development.
  • Communications expertise (strategy, social media, integrate technology as virtual convener)
  • Experience building relationships and convening diverse stakeholders and underrepresented populations, encouraging collaborating and implementation of strategies that maximize the impact of resources and supporting strategic planning efforts.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to create positive, trusting, professional relationships with diverse colleagues internal and external to the organization
  • The ability to think strategically with a high degree of creativity, initiative, self-directed problem-solving and independent judgement.
  • Experience with policy analysis, evaluation and data collection preferred
  • Experience with technology that supports collaborative and virtual work including Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Slack and Zoom.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references by Sunday, June 27th at midnight. Please send application materials as one pdf labeled: lastname_firstname_PolicyandProgramDirector to: kmobbs@buildingbrightfutures.org. Position is open until filled. 

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