Senior Policy Analyst - Early Childhood

  • The Hunt Institute
  • Durham, NC, USA
Full Time Education Nonprofit OTHER

Job Description

The Hunt Institute’s mission is to secure America’s future through quality public education.  Since its establishment in 2001, the organization has emerged as a recognized and credible leader in the movement to transform American public education and a go-to source for reliable, objective, and timely information.

The Senior Policy Analyst – Early Childhood will work with the Institute’s policy analysts as well as Leadership to support the Institute’s policy work and programming related to early childhood. The Senior Policy Analyst – Early Childhood serves as the lead project manager for all early childhood convenings/summits and other policymaker convenings, designing and executing agendas, identifying and preparing speakers, developing materials, and managing the project timeline. As needed, the Senior Policy Analyst supports the development of curriculum for the Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellows and other Institute programming around Early Childhood.


  • Serve as a key subject matter expert and oversee all early childhood policy matters;
  • Interpret potential implications of key state and federal policy and finance changes related to Early Childhood policies;
  • Participate in research projects, either in a lead or supporting capacity, to produce policy briefs, memos, event related materials as required by grants/funders;
  • Lead development of responses to requests for information on early childhood (birth to eight) received from policymakers and partners;
  • Represent the Hunt Institute at national conferences, stakeholder meetings, and in discussions with potential partners;
  • Develop reports for funders and the Institute as needed;
  • Participate in special projects as directed; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree required in related field (MBA, MHA, MPH, MPP);
  • Minimum of five years’ work experience; 2+ years’ relevant experience in early childhood policies and programs strongly preferred;
  • Ability to synthesize information and present findings or recommendations to high-level executives and stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently and conduct research on Early Childhood policy topics;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience with using data to support policy development;
  • Knowledge of research methodology, evaluation and statistics to be able to understand and interpret the validity and significance of findings;
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • General knowledge of states early childhood programs a plus;
  • Ability to travel (anticipated between 20-25%);
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and good judgment;
  • Hands-on, leads by example;
  • Values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives;
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to details;
  • Integrity/ethics beyond reproach;
  • Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results;
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization;
  • Willingness to work collaboratively and consider new ideas; and
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission, financial stability, and success.


Early Childhood Education

Education Requirements

Master's Degree


Commensurate with experience. The Institute also offers a comprehensive benefits package.