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Job Description: Senior Policy Associate

Open until filled
Position Summary

Join a dedicated team of people researching and advocating for educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all in Washington! The Senior Policy Associate will lead EOI’s policy and advocacy portfolio in early learning and care, and be part of the family economic security policy team. This position reports to the Policy Director and will work primarily in downtown Seattle, Washington, with some opportunity for telecommuting. Some travel, mostly within Washington state, is required.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead EOI’s policy portfolio on child care and early learning, including helping set larger vision and goals, developing strategies and specific policy proposals, and representing EOI in a variety of settings.
  • Develop and maintain expertise on research and policy advances related to early learning and care, the well-being of young children and their families, and equitable opportunity. Conduct primary and secondary research in support of policy development and evaluation, using a range of qualitative and quantitative sources and techniques. Write policy briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, and other documents synthesizing findings, analyses, and proposed policy changes.
  • Convene, lead, and participate in coalitions, workgroups, and strategy teams to advance an agenda to provide all children in Washington state with access to culturally appropriate quality care and early education, that is affordable and accessible to their families, in a system that respects and adequately compensates its workforce and has high levels of public financial support.
  • Solicit community and stakeholder input on issues and policy solutions, and facilitate grassroots engagement in policymaking and evaluation, including in early learning and family leave.
  • Build and maintain relationships with policymakers, stakeholders, and organizational allies in order to further adoption and successful implementation of positive policy change.
  • Be EOI’s public and media spokesperson on early learning and care and related issues. Work collaboratively with EOI’s communications staff to develop and implement a strategic communications plan related to early learning and care vision and policy proposals.
  • Support EOI fundraising and development activities in collaboration with EOI’s development staff, including but not limited to supporting the solicitation and fulfillment of grants to support work on early learning and care.
  • Supervise interns. Participate as an EOI team member, including in our internal work to dismantle institutional racism and to remain a strong and successful progressive public policy institute.
Keys to Success


  • A commitment to progressive public policy issues and enthusiasm for EOI’s mission, policy goals, and organizational values
  • A commitment to racial equity, and the ability to establish and/or deepen a racial justice approach to organizational and/or campaign communications 


  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersections between poverty, racial inequities, and gender-based inequities
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Reliability in following through on commitments
  • Positive outlook
  • Creative mind with ability to take initiative and suggest improvements
  • Willingness to be a team player
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Regular practice of self-reflection and openness to growth
  • Commitment to contributing to EOI’s work culture (see ‘work environment, schedule, and culture’ section below)
  • Experience working in multi-cultural and multi-racial settings 

Skills, Experience, and Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years professional policy experience in some combination of government relations, policy research, coalition leadership, and/or other related work
  • Background in early learning and care policy or closely related field strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the policy making process
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated experience
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Willingness to work with diverse coalitions and partners
  • Ability to be present in EOI’s downtown Seattle office on a weekly basis, to be present in Olympia during legislative sessions, and to occasionally travel to other parts of the state and U.S.
Work environment, schedule, and culture
  • This job operates in an office environment.
  • Our office is open Monday through Friday during traditional business hours. We strive to keep the usual workweek to 40 hours, but occasional longer hours may be required, including evening and weekend work. Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options are negotiable.
  • EOI strives to create and maintain a work environment in which people are treated with dignity and respect. EOI will not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind.

This is a full-time, overtime-exempt salaried position that includes a generous paid leave package, medical and dental benefits, and a retirement plan. The salary range is $65,804 to $90,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

To apply

This position is open until filled.

No phone calls, please. Submit your application in PDF or Word Document format as one file named with your first and last name (for example: Tamia_Jones.pdf), to include:

  • A resume (1-2 pages) and cover letter (1-2 pages) that specifies why you are interested in this position and how your experience, background, and skills would help you succeed.
  • Three professional references (with daytime email and phone numbers). References will not be contacted without prior approval of the job candidate.

Applications should be addressed to John Burbank, at with “Application for Senior Policy Associate” in the subject line.