About the Organization Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do. To learn more about ZERO TO THREE, please visit our website at www.zerotothree.org.
About Safe Babies Court Teams The Safe Babies Court Team program is a systems and capacity building framework for strengthening families and communities so that every baby and toddler is nurtured, protected, and healthy. We are driven by the vision that every child and family, in every community, experiences the social and environmental conditions that promote early childhood developmental health and empower families to flourish. To achieve our vision, we work with states and communities across the nation to build capacity across the many systems including the judiciary, child welfare, early childhood and health systems to embrace their integral role in promoting child and family well-being and interrupting the intergenerational cycle of maltreatment and early childhood trauma. This changes the child welfare system to one that supports families rather than separates families.
Summary The Director of Policy and Financing will serve as the key subject matter expert for Federal and State child welfare policy. The Director will also identify potential public and private financing and sustainability mechanisms for the Safe Babies Court Team™ work and will work to develop strategies for how those financing mechanisms can be used to support the growth and expansion of an innovative program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Director of Policy and Financing will support the National Center’s efforts to identify, develop and promote the implementation of policy and practice change across the child welfare community.
Research Federal policy and promote the alignment of that policy with our work including the Family First Prevention Services ACT.
In coordination with the Safe Babies Court Team/ Infant Toddler Court Program research and evaluation team, use interviews and/or surveys to collect information about how current program sites are financed.
Utilize the evaluation data from our sites to develop messages around the policies and practices that are changing the child welfare system for infants, toddlers and their families.
Conduct research on current policies and practices that support healthy development of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system and promote dissemination to the broader field.
Conduct training sessions with staff regarding Federal policy direction and explore all connections that can be made with the work of the court teams
Conduct research on financing and sustainability mechanisms and identify all possible funding pathways that could ultimately support program growth and expansion.
Develop a series of memos on the most promising financing mechanisms and any needed changes in laws, regulations or other policies to support program sites.
Conduct necessary research and information analysis to support training content development around Policy and Financing topics.
Identify and build or strengthen relationships with key organizations and stakeholders in areas related to the program’s purpose.
In coordination with ZERO TO THREE’s policy and advocacy staff, develop and implement federal, state and/or site-specific advocacy strategies to support the most promising policies and funding mechanisms.
Provide policy, financing and sustainability technical assistance to the sites in the Infant Toddler Court Team program and other outreach sites via e-mail, phone, webinar, and on-site in-person meetings.
Garner visibility for the program through presentations at conferences, meetings, and on webinars.
Work directly with Congressional leaders on the Hill in conjunction with the Federal Policy Team staff
Develop Policy and Financing briefs for dissemination to sites, other national partners and interested stakeholders.
Meet with other national partners working on child welfare issues to develop coordinated messages.
Actively coordinate with and participate in regular meetings of the National Resource Center Leadership team working on different aspects of this program.
Performs other duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the department.
Skills and Experience
At least ten years of experience related to public and private child welfare financing and policy.
Clear and concise writing skills; effective verbal communication and presentation skills.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; successful experience working and communicating with diverse people.
Ability to work independently as well as in a team structure; ability to manage multiple tasks and be flexible.
Encourages and practices critical thinking
Is self-reflective and empathic
Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results
Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others
Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior
Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization
Ability to travel
Education Graduate degree in public policy, social services, or a related field.
Physical Requirements While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is occasionally required to perform repetitive motions and use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also may need to remain seated for long periods of time. Employee is occasionally required to walk, and frequently required to utilize a writing instrument and have the ability to communicate verbally and receive detailed information through oral communication. The employee may be required to grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach, stand or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for data preparation or analysis, and frequent expansive reading.
Working Conditions The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. The employee will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during travel. The incumbent typically works indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels.
ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities
Telecommuting is allowed.
About ZERO TO THREE
Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.
OUR CORE VALUES STATEMENT
We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do.
By embracing our values, every member of the ZERO TO THREE community contributes to a healthy and positive culture, a more successful organization, and better outcomes for infants, toddlers and their families.
Passion and persistence in helping infants and toddlers thrive
The centrality of healthy positive relationships, including:
A commitment to family in our work and in staff work-life balance
Consistent and authentic collaboration
Respectfulness, inclusiveness and diversity
The highest standards of excellence in our work, including:
Integrity, openness, honesty and transparency
Opportunities for leadership and professionalism
Evidence-based learning and reflection
The freedom to make and learn from mistakes