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This is a collection of job openings relevant to early learning policy.


Director, Networks and Investments - Venture Philanthropy Partners + RaiseDC
The Director of Networks and Investments will work with the Partner(s) to set and manage the scope of network and capacity building investments including management of collaborative action networks, investment landscaping and selection, and supporting thought-leadership and field-building. The position reports to a Partner for overall direction, day-to-day management, operations, and administrative matters.


Executive Director — Early Childhood Research Alliance of Chicago (EC-REACH) at Northwestern

The Executive Director will work directly with Faculty Directors at IPR as well as key partners and stakeholders outside of the university (e.g., EC-REACH Steering Committee, Alliance Partners; Research Advisory Council; Northern Illinois University’s (NIU) Research Data Collaborative) to develop and implement EC-REACH’s research agenda and mission. The Executive Director also is responsible for identifying funding sources, cultivating relationships with foundations and funders, and developing grant proposals to support the research and public informing agenda. This is a full time benefit eligible research faculty position at the assistant or associate research professor level.


Federal Policy Senior Program Manager — SchoolHouse Connection

SchoolHouse Connection, a fast-paced, results-oriented national nonprofit organization working to overcome homelessness through education, is seeking a Federal Policy Senior Program Manager to advance our federal policy agenda. This is a full-time, salaried position with generous benefits, and opportunities for advancement. The Federal Policy Senior Program Manager will work remotely, as do all of SHC’s employees. However, regular in-person meetings in Washington, DC are required. For this reason, only applicants living in, or willing to relocate to, the DC Metropolitan area will be considered.


Georgia State University invites applications for a non-tenure-track faculty position in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies to start in fall 2023. The primary appointment will be to the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) to support and grow a maternal health policy research and evaluation agenda as part of its population and global health portfolio. We seek faculty candidates with expertise in public policy/health policy analysis, including evaluation of health services, and/or public health programs focused on pre-natal health and pregnancy outcomes. The candidate should also have expertise working within a participatory research and evaluation environment allowing them to secure extramural funding to build upon the ongoing research at GHPC. This is a 12-month research faculty appointment. Rank will be at the assistant or associate level, commensurate with experience.


Assistant Professor Tenure Track – The Lynch School of Education and Human Development

The Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology Department in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Counseling Psychology at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 2023. The ideal candidate will contribute to our mission of training in the scientist-practitioner model.  Our program emphasizes a developmental contextual perspective, the psychological impact of social oppression and marginalization, and a firm commitment to social justice and community-based practice. All areas of research will be considered; however, we are particularly interested in those whose research addresses topics related to health disparities and/or the mental health consequences of oppressive conditions such as poverty and discrimination.

Job Boards

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Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center Job Openings

The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center aims to be the go-to resource for actionable evidence for state policy leaders as they develop and implement the most effective policies that ensure children get off to a strong start and thrive. We seek an energetic and experienced person to provide data management and analysis expertise and leadership to a team of research associates responsible for collecting and analyzing data to support work products, track data updates, and promote the use of data internally and to external partners.


Alliance for Early Success Careers

The Alliance for Early Success is a national nonprofit that works with early childhood policy advocates at the state level to ensure that every child, birth through eight, has an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.


Learning Policy Institute Careers

The Learning Policy Institute conducts and communicates independent, high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Working with policymakers, researchers, educators, community groups, and others, the Institute seeks to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the Institute connects policymakers and stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels with the evidence, ideas, and actions needed to strengthen the education system from preschool through college and career readiness.

Internships, Fellowships, and Post-Docs

Apply for these fellowships in early learning policy.


Fellowship at Strategic Data Project (SDP), an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University

Round II application cycle for the Strategic Data Project Fellowship with Early Childhood Policy Network is now open with an upcoming deadline of March 23, 2023. Apply here:


Fellowship at Pathwaves WA

Pathwaves WA Accepting Fellowship Applications! Pathwaves WA (formerly the WA Early Childhood Policy Fellowship) is now accepting applications for its inaugural cohort of Fellows! Our mission at Pathwaves WA is to transform early childhood systems so that every child and their community thrives. Our Fellowship is an employment-based Fellowship opportunity for leaders of color to build leadership skills, expand their knowledge of early childhood policy, and develop policy solutions using antiracist approaches. Learn more here:


Collaboration Fellow at Research-to-Policy

This opportunity allows junior scholars to gain hands-on experience with practicing and/or studying the cutting-edge of research translation for policy audiences. Trainees join the team as interns, becoming involved in at least one project. After interning for at least 150 hours, interns are promoted to fellows and given the opportunity to participate in a broader array of activities and may take on leadership positions relative to interns. Our trainee program is entirely remote, with meetings through Zoom and tasks discussed via project management software and Slack. If you reside in the DC area, however, there may be opportunities to attend in-person meetings with federal staffers, as public health guidelines allow. Trainees generally join one of two teams: Policy/Implementation or Evaluation/Data (see descriptions below). Opportunities to either join both teams simultaneously or switch between them may be available based on trainees’ skills and goals. When applying, applicants will be asked to indicate which team(s) they would like to join.


The Children's Equity Project (CEP): Start with Equity-Fellowship Program (closed for 2022 — check back in Fall for 2023 deadlines)

With funding from the Heising Simons Foundation, the Children’s Equity Project (CEP) is proud to offer the Start with Equity Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship program to prepare the next generation of changemakers in early childhood policy and research. The fellowship is for advanced masters-level or doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career professionals. The Start with Equity Fellows will work with CEP network members (and their mentors at their current institution, if appropriate) to conduct, review, and translate cutting-edge equity research that is applicable to early childhood education and informs state and national policy. As part of the year-long fellowship, Fellows will serve as summer interns at a policymaking organization in Washington D.C. (COVID-permitting), or remotely, to develop a better understanding of how research becomes policy.

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