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Prenatal to Three Policy Advisor

Nov 17, 2020
City of Seattle
Position Description

The Department of Education and Early Learning’s (DEEL) mission is to transform the lives of Seattle’s children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education. We believe equitable opportunities and access to high quality education services, support, and outcomes from kindergarten through postsecondary should be the reality for all children, youth, and families. Our staff is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps, advancing academic achievement, and ensuring students graduate prepared for a college and career path of their choice. In early learning, DEEL achieves these goals by investing in high-quality early learning services, increasing the capacity of programs in underserved communities, and increasing access to these programs for those furthest from opportunity.

To support the mission of DEEL, we are looking for a Prenatal to Three Policy Advisor who will provide strategic direction to the early learning division and manage city investments in programs with a prenatal to three (PN-3) focus from the City’s Sweetened Beverage Tax and General Fund. In this role, you will serve as a planner on new investments, such as a new prenatal to three community grant program funded by the Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT) that is slated for implementation in 2021. In addition, you will provide policy direction to the division for existing PN-3 investments across issues such as home visiting, developmental supports, professional development, and health supports. Reporting to the Early Learning Senior Policy Advisor, this position will provide you with the opportunity to act as an integral member of the early learning policy team.

The Department of Education & Early Learning strives to embed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.

Job Responsibilities

Here’s more about what you’ll be doing:

  • Providing strategic direction to the early learning division and managing some external contracts for DEEL's PN-3 investments from the Sweetened Beverage Tax and the City General Fund
  • Leading the planning and early implementation of a new City sponsored Community Prenatal to Three Grant Program, which includes developing and executing a project timeline and creating and facilitating a community-based planning team
  • Facilitating cross-divisional planning teams, preparing and presenting information to varied audiences and gathering feedback and new learnings from the field to synthesize for the early learning division
  • Developing, in conjunction with our Performance and Innovation Unit, a data collection and reporting framework across our PN-3 funded programs
  • Supporting the Early Learning Senior Policy Adviser as needed on other DEEL initiatives or issues related to child care and preschool
  • Meeting regularly with recipients of DEEL funding to review program data, discuss progress towards program outcome, and seek opportunities to provide support and connections that could enhance the goals of the PN-3 investments
  • Staying informed of local, regional, and national PN-3 initiatives through engagement in policy and learning communities to serve as a policy content expert to the department



You will be most successful if you have experience in strategic planning for new policy initiatives and have provided coordination and/or oversight to public grant programs and investments. You will also find success in this role if you have experience serving as an advisor to leadership and can effectively move complex projects forward independently while maintaining a focus on educational and developmental equity. A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, focus on young children and their families are critical qualities to guide the work. The ability to communicate at all levels to a variety of stakeholders responsively and effectively will also contribute to your success. Specifically, you’ll be prepared to take on this role if you have:

Experience in:

  • Planning the development of new funding opportunities in the non-profit or social sector fields
  • Researching and using qualitative and quantitative data to inform program and policy decisions
  • Managing contracts with external community-based organizations
  • Communicating to multiple internal and external audiences including leadership, internal work teams, community stakeholders, and local government partners to influence the direction of a portfolio of investments/work
  • Project management of multiple projects on different timelines with different stakeholders
  • Working and building relationships with community stakeholders in the early education field
  • Convening and facilitating effective meetings

Knowledge of:
  • Evidence-based and promising practices in prenatal to three, which includes but is not limited to policy areas such as home visiting, developmental supports, supports for families, parents and caregivers, and health
  • Racial equity frameworks and concepts, with a background in applying them in past roles in early learning
  • Outcome-based evaluation, developing and applying evaluation planning concepts such as theory of change
  • Project management tools and approaches to track progress through complex projects and initiatives

The ability to:
  • Effectively work independently in a fast-paced and political working environment
  • Bring humility, prioritize strong working relationships, and be a strong team player
  • Demonstrate excellent analytical skills
  • Think strategically about multiple approaches to achieving desired outcomes
  • Develop and monitor performance-based contracts
  • Develop program recommendations and policy options for senior management
  • Convene work teams and planning groups to collaborate on policy initiatives


Additional Information

This position is classified as a Strategic Advisor 1, Exempt and is exempt from the Civil Service System.

DEEL supports the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer.  If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.

The first round of interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18, with second interviews taking place on Thursday, January 7.

To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching a cover letter, resume, and writing sample, at no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 1, 2020Your work sample should be a work project you directly led. If not, please describe your contribution in your response to the corresponding supplemental question. 

This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Education & Early Learning values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences.

If you have questions, please contact Lindsey King at

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