| Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) is a powerful nonpartisan voice for Maryland’s children and youth. ACY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1987 by a group of prominent child advocates in Maryland who saw the need for an independent organization to advocate for the needs of the state’s children and families in the community, the media and the public policy arena. |
OUR MISSION ACY’s mission is to identify problems, promote policies and programs that improve results for Maryland children in measurable and meaningful ways, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and policies for the state’s children and youth.
WHAT WE DO We believe that all children in the State have the right to the basics – education, health, safety and economic security. We advocate for children and youth in Maryland by: • Researching issues affecting children in Maryland in our core areas of health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare, applying the lens of economic sufficiency and racial disparities to each issue; • Responding to trends and new information and decisions by policy makers; • Publishing Issue Briefs and other publications that bring to light policies and policy decisions that affect children; • Communicating with agency department heads, legislators, and elected officials to address policies and decisions affecting children in Maryland; • Speaking out to mainstream and other media to identify issues and solutions, build consensus, and promote decision making that beneficially affects children; • Maintaining our website (www.acy.org) as a vehicle and medium to raise awareness of issues affecting children and identify and advance solutions; • Building effective solution-centered coalitions to advance policies in the best interests of children and youth.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. This is a multi-year, full time position, some evenings may be necessary for community- based work 2. Conduct a full scale Impact Analysis, which would establish baseline indicators for social and emotional well-being of children ages zero to three (0-3) both nationally and in Baltimore City. This will focus on collaboration- e.g.- meet with local and national leaders in the field of early intervention 3. Based on the Impact Analysis, create an Action Plan for Baltimore City 4. Develop an implementation strategy for the Action Plan 5. Work with researchers and public interest lobbyists on staff to advocate for systems and/or policy reform based on needed regulatory or legislative changes to current policies 6. Educate stakeholders, coalition members, and providers regarding best and/or promising practices in Baltimore City 7. Provide technical assistance for consistent data collection by providers participating in the action plan 8. Identify and cultivate investors (both locally and nationally) for service providers in Baltimore City 9. Support the coalition’s collaboration with providers’ acceptance of new practices 10. Establish an evaluation tool for providers’ practices and analyze data outcomes 11. Represent ACY on 0-3 related task forces, committees and public relations events. 12. Produce written materials – issue briefs, letters to the editor, op-eds, testimony, media advisories, etc – necessary to support our 0-3 strategic action plan.
Please submit cover letter, including salary requirements, resume and a research and/or writing sample to Becky Wagner at email@example.com
No calls please.