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Policy Advisor - First Five Nebraska

Nebraska Children and Families Foundation Lincoln, NE
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SUMMARY:

 

Supports First Five Nebraska’s legislative and administrative early childhood policy agenda. All duties are carried out in a collaborative policy and communications environment with a minimum of individual supervision.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  • Cultivate strong relationships with policymakers in the Nebraska Legislature and staff at the Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and any other relevant state agencies that administer programs and systems germane to First Five Nebraska’s policy agenda and priorities
  • Represent First Five Nebraska in collaborative work on early childhood issues in both the legislative and executive branches of state government, and with other public and private sector stakeholders
  • Synthesize relevant legislation and research as it pertains to First Five Nebraska’s policy agenda, and regularly cooperate with the organization’s communications team to message that agenda across a variety of platforms
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of the Nebraska Unicameral legislative process and become familiar with the state’s political landscape, especially as it relates to child development and well-being, education, and economic development issues
  • Conceptualize and participate in developing First Five Nebraska’s strategic direction based on the state’s changing landscape
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of public administration, government operations, and systems, including budgeting and revenues
  • Possess or develop a substantial understanding of, and interest in early childhood policies
  • Monitor and document individual lobbying activity and contribute to regular organizational progress reports

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: There are no direct supervisory responsibilities.

 

WORK DIRECTION RECEIVED: Works with minimal direction.

 

SCOPE/NATURE OF DISCRETION: Delegated discretion; authority to initiate and carry out actions that are deemed essential.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

 

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, early childhood education, or a related field

Abilities:

  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong oral and interpersonal communication skills

Knowledge:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Office equipment and computer software

Preferred:

  • Five or more years of experience in public policy, government, or related field

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and take an active role in recommending approaches to early childhood policy
  • Comfort with networking and building new relationships with contacts in state government, and other public and private organizations
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with ability to draft content for issue briefs, legislative testimony and talking points
  • Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to compute, rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs
  • Ability to read and interpret demographic and statistical research data

 

REASONING ABILITY:

  • Working knowledge of early childhood development and education, state government programs, systems building and legislative processes
  • Working knowledge of Nebraska’s political context and the ability to promote First Five Nebraska’s agenda in a non-partisan manner
  • Ability to advance strategic vision for First Five Nebraska’s long-term policy agenda
  • Ability to define problems and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions and manage multiple activities at once
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret state legislation, statutes, professional journals, research and evaluation, state budgets, and government regulations pertaining to early childhood issues
  • Genuine interest in advancing public policy and improving the educational, social, and economic outlook for our state and its citizens.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear
  • The employee is frequently required to use hands
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Based in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Work hours commonly required outside of typical business hours during legislative session
  • The employee will sometimes need to travel to locations within and outside of the state
  • Some travel required, including some overnight stays

 

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Full-time Employee
Date Posted September 26, 2022
Date Closes October 26, 2022
Located In Lincoln, NE
Job Type Full-time Employee
Shift Custom
SOC Category 23-2092.00 Law Clerks
Zipcode 68508

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Dental
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Medical
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Vision
  • Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Vacations
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