Jumpstart - Policy & Government Relations Manager


About the organization

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. Learn more at www.jstart.org and join us in transforming the lives of young children!


Jumpstart seeks a skilled and passionate Policy & Government Relations Manager to be an integral member of the Policy & Government Relations (PGR) Department. PGR is responsible for implementing Jumpstart’s policy advocacy agenda via thought leadership, bipartisan strategic relationship building with key federal, state, and local officials, and activation of Jumpstart alumni, partners, donors, and other constituencies throughout its national network. By leveraging Jumpstart’s 25 years of experience at the intersection of early education and higher education, PGR drives policy solutions to:
•Ensure that the systems, training, post-secondary affordability, and compensation are in place to support a thriving, high-quality early education workforce;
•Provide equitable opportunities for children to enjoy the life-altering benefits of high-quality early education;
•Bring more federal, state, and local public funding to bear in support of Jumpstart’s impactful programming.

Has responsibility for launching and spearheading the department’s activities in California and supporting the department’s work in other states, cities, and in Washington, D.C.


•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant professional experience
5 years of professional experience in the public policy, advocacy, or government sector, including employment or engagement with the California State Senate, Assembly, or California state agencies
•Strong understanding of the California legislative process and existing relationships with California state elected officials and staff
•Excellent relationship-building skills with an ability to work diplomatically with a wide range of viewpoints while maintaining fidelity to Jumpstart’s values and principles
•Comprehensive analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to plan and implement short- and long-term projects
•Maturity and judgment necessary to best represent Jumpstart in public policy settings
•Strong communication skills, including written, public speaking, and persuasive presentation skills
•Experience and commitment to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities
•Ability to be adaptable and flexible; a reliable comfort level with shifting gears when priorities change
•Commitment to Jumpstart’s core values: learning, connection, determination, joy, and kindness
•Energetic, enthusiastic team player eager to contribute to meaningful change in the world
•Competency in Microsoft software, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, and Power Point
•Ability and willingness to undertake travel within California and occasionally within the U.S.


$60,000 - $65,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Approximately 50% of time traveling to/within Sacramento, CA and the Bay Area to attend meetings and events; along with occasional wider regional or national travel. Travel expenses provided.

July/August 2020 (desired start date; position open until filled)

Sacramento, CA (100% remote work) or Bay Area, CA (Jumpstart office located in San Francisco, CA)

Salary - $60,000 - $65,000 commensurate with education and experience; along with excellent benefits and a great mission-driven work environment

Please complete an online application at https://www.jstart.org/about/careers/. Both a cover letter and resume are required to complete your application. Applications without a cover letter may not be considered. Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Please upload/attach your resume to your applicant profile as well as your cover letter.

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