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Government Relations Representative II in Cincinnati, OH at Kindercare

Date Posted: 3/14/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At KinderCare Education, we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of our centers. As the nation’s leading private provider in accredited early childhood education, we’re committed to delivering the highest-quality child care and educational opportunities for families and the dedicated professionals who serve them. 

We see the greatness in each child, and we believe teachers can change the world. Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy, and adventure for more than 158,000 children. Whether you’re in one of our centers or providing support from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, being a part of the KinderCare family means that you care deeply about positively impacting the lives of children and families through the power of education. 

KinderCare Education has three brands to meet the needs of busy families wherever they need us:
  • We’re in neighborhoods with our KinderCare Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
  • We’re at offices with KinderCare Education at Work, our suite of family-focused benefits for organizations to offer to their employees, including on-site and near-site early learning centers, Back-up Care for last-minute child care and Care Select
  • And we’re at schools with our Champions before and after school programs

Position Overview

KinderCare Education (KCE) seeks a Government Relations Representative II to perform several aspects of the company’s state policy and advocacy functions with the possibility of additional responsibilities to be assigned. The position reports to KCE’s Government Relations Manager. 
The position requires a detail oriented professional with a high degree of accuracy, impeccable written and oral communication skills who works proactively. The successful candidate in this position must be flexible, a team player, and able to re-prioritize his or her workload to respond to changing needs or new developments.
Responsibilities and Duties
Major Responsibilities
Policy and Advocacy
  • Track legislative and other policy initiatives/proposals and strategies regarding specific issues of interest to KCE at the state level in the assigned region. Emphasis is on advocating KCE positions through multiple means that include direct meetings, letters, testimonies, legislative proposals, public comments, grassroots mobilization, social media, other relevant means.
  • Identify opportunities and develop and execute strategies for engagement, participation, information-sharing, advocacy, and relationship-building by KCE.
  • Work cooperatively with other relevant stakeholders, including allied organizations.

  • Serve as a liaison for KCE with state governments and counterparts from other non-governmental organizations. This includes representing KCE at relevant meetings, briefings, events, and other policy venues. 
  • Arrange and lead targeted meetings with state government leaders throughout the year that include key members of KCE leadership. 

Research and Information Gathering
  • Provide leadership with timely information on relevant policy decisions and activities at the state level. 
  • Research issues and trends facing early childhood education and child care and incorporate these findings into briefing and communications materials. 

  • Responsible for communicating to leadership important state trends, issues, and developments that impact early childhood education and child care. 
  • Identify strategic opportunities to position KCE in the local media. This may include drafting op-ed pieces and other ways to garner media attention for KCE. 
  • Regularly updates, interprets, and advises KCE leadership about relevant policy activities and decisions. 

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.

Experience and Knowledge
  • Experience in policy or advocacy, ideally related to state and local government issues.
  • Candidate should have an understanding of state governments and a general understanding of local government. 
  • Experience managing multiple priorities, deadlines, and objectives at the simultaneously.
  • Knowledge of early childhood education, child care, and state/local prek initiatives is preferred. 

Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good organization, prioritization, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as with a team.
  • Ability to think critically and act strategically.
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of people and entities.
  • Personal integrity, professionalism, and good judgment.
  • Negotiation and facilitation skills.

  • The position requires travel up to 40% of time. 

KinderCare Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.