Policy Analyst

Date Posted: September 27, 2022

Job Description

The Policy Analyst serves as a staff member at will of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In that capacity, the Policy Analyst works closely with Team Members across the Colorado Children’s Campaign and leads a cross-cutting portfolio of policy work including advocacy and support for early childhood, child and family health and resilience, youth success, and family economic prosperity. This position will be primarily focused on the early childhood portfolio but will include opportunities to work across all the Children’s Campaign’s focus areas.

To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to apply@coloradokids.org. Please use an Email Subject Line of “Policy Analyst Application.” Please include in your cover letter where you heard about this position, what interests you about working at the Children’s Campaign and why you think you would be a good fit for the position. We review applications on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. The Colorado Children’s Campaign encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Policy Analyst 9.27.22

Our Story

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, K-12 education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive statewide network of dedicated child advocates.

As the leading voice for Colorado’s children at the State Capitol and in communities across the state, the Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids. Among the numerous laws and programs we’ve helped establish are the Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus, and the Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act. The Children’s Campaign is committed to integrating values of diversity, equity and inclusion into daily work with intention, action and humility in order to advance racial and economic equity within our organization, our networks and partnerships.

Job Responsibilities

  • Enhance the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s capacity to develop and advance policy change by assisting in the development and management of various coalitions, communicating with diverse partners, and coordinating policy advocacy strategies in partnership with internal Team Members and external organizations.
  • Support the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives and other staff members in the execution of strategies that advance the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s agenda through legislative and regulatory pathways, including research and analysis of state and federal policies, and the development of policy briefs, fact sheets, and other publications.
  • Participate with coalitions advancing child well-being issues, including planning convenings, communicating with coalition members, taking and sharing notes, and providing relevant updates to staff and community members.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of community sessions designed to inform, vet, and shape policy proposals.
  • Attend coalition and stakeholder meetings to collect data and represent the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s perspective.
  • Elevate the sharing of stories from those most impacted by policy decisions, including growing relationships in the community, and deepen connections between policy conversations and lived experiences.
  • Assist with drafting presentations for the KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report.
  • Draft KidsFlash stories for the blog post.
  • Cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with key stakeholders in relevant policy areas, including community and advocacy partners, and, in partnership with the Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs, policymakers at various levels.
  • Work collaboratively with the Research Team to collect, review, organize and interpret local, state, and national data, research and policy trends and identify emerging issues that affect the well-being of Colorado kids.
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications Team to develop stories for our electronic newsletter, social media content, policy and strategy updates to key partners, and public facing communications related to specific policy priorities and related state and national trends, including KIDS COUNT collateral.
  • In partnership with the Advocacy Team, assist in the development and delivery of presentations to our grassroots network, It’s About Kids, and other supporters.
  • Support the Development Team by providing policy and program information as requested for grant proposals and reports and, in partnership with relevant staff, fostering relationships with funders and donors.
  • As needed and assigned, support our bill tracking process and Policy and Strategy Team discussions by assisting with agenda development and the taking of minutes.
  • Other Duties/Responsibilities: Other assistance, as designated by the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, to support the overall goals of the department and organization. The Colorado Children’s Campaign retains the right to add or change duties and/or responsibilities at any time.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities: None.
  • Budgetary/Fiscal Responsibilities: Acts as a good steward of the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s resources.
  • Responsibility for Confidentiality: The nature of this position requires safeguarding against the release of confidential and proprietary information of the Colorado Children’s Campaign.
  • Contact with Others: This position will interact with managers at all levels and staff members across the organization, in addition to members of external organizations and the public.
  • Work Location: Hybrid.

Job Requirements

  • Education: 2-year degree required, 4-year preferred, in Political Science, Public Policy, Education, Early Childhood, Health, Social work, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
  • Experience: 2-years of experience in public policy, research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, advocacy, or communications on the state and/or federal level, project management and working in a nonprofit are strongly preferred, or any equivalent combination of experience, lived experience, and/or special skills.
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and knowledge of virtual platforms are preferred.
  • Organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.
  • Adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-task and changing environment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • The ability to embrace, support, and integrate the Colorado Children’s Campaign’s philosophies to promote and demonstrate its commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism.
  • Schedule Availability: Days.
  • Licences/Certifications: None.
  • Please view the Job Posting PDF above to read through the Physical Requirements of this position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual (Spanish-English, Dari-English, or other languages) preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt position. The position is located in Denver with a hybrid office environment. The salary range is $54,000 to $58,000.
  • Paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits
  • Paid short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Option to participate in the Children’s Campaign 403(b) plan with a company match of 100 percent of the first 3 percent employee contribution
  • Option to participate in the Children’s Campaign flexible spending account
  • Option to participate in the Children’s Campaign Aflac supplemental insurance plan
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) to begin accruing at a rate of 14 hours per month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 10 Weeks of Paid Medical and Care Taking Leave

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Children’s Campaign is an equal opportunity employer. We value, honor, and celebrate all forms of diversity. Our organization is committed to pursuing its mission in a way that centers equity and the inclusion of voices and experiences of those most impacted by the inequities of our social institutions and systems. To do our best work, we seek to hire and retain staff that reflect the racial diversity and changing demographics of our state.

The Children’s Campaign does not and shall not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital, pregnancy or parental status, physical or mental ability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, military service, or another non-merit factor under applicable federal, state, or local laws in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to: advertisements for employment, hiring of staff, compensation, promotions, termination, and other conditions of employment; selection of volunteers, interns, and vendors; and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors, community partners, donors, funders, and other supporters. Our policy reflects and affirms the Children’s Campaign’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.