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Policy Analyst - Child Care

Oregon Department of Education, Salem, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/20/2019

Policy Analyst - Child Care
Application Deadline: 10/20/2019
Agency: Oregon Department of Education
Salary Range: $5,454 - $7,982
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The Early Learning Division prides itself on supporting all of Oregon's young children and families to learn and thrive. When you consider a career with us, you will be joining a team who values equity, making a positive impact for children and families, dedication, integrity and collective wisdom to benefit Oregon children and families.

We are seeking a Policy Analyst (Operations and Policy Analyst 4) with our Salem Office of the Early Learning Division. This is a permanent, full-time position represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

What you will do!
As a Policy Analyst, you focus on the state’s Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan, with a focus on child care assistance policy. As the lead agency for CCDF, ELD is responsible for setting the vision for child care in the state in accordance with Federal and State requirements. You are a key member of creating that vision, as well as operationalizing it through the development of the CCDF State Plan, collaborate with Oregon’s Department of Human Services, who administers the state’s child care subsidy program, work closely with Federal Region X partners, and frequently engage with stakeholders across the state. You also collaborate with CCDF tribal child care administrators in the state. The Policy Analyst, CCDF, plays a key role on ELD’s policy team and exists to provide policy expertise and advice to Division leadership.

Duties include:
Policy Advice
Manage and coordinate work related to the study of CCDF and child care policy, including how such policy intersects with the broader early learning agenda of the state (i.e., Raise Up Oregon, the state’s strategic plan). Evaluate alignment of current state policy with larger policy direction for the state. Evaluate data from different state programs related to child care to evaluate program effectiveness and make policy adjustments. Recommend and formulate plans to adjust state policy. Lead external stakeholder groups towards collaborative decision-making around state policy direction. Integrate the voices of families affected by CCDF into the state policy agenda. Lead planning efforts between ELD and DHS on child care assistance policy, including serving as the lead developer of inter-agency agreements. Work closely with budgetary colleagues within the ELD and across state agencies to ensure the state is appropriately leveraging all available resources through its policy direction. Collaborate with tribal child care administrators to ensure alignment of state and federal resources and represent ELD at Government to Government Human Services cluster meetings. Represent the agency on national committees that develop policy, legislative, and systems-level proposals. Represent the agency and communicate policy direction at meeting of the legislature, the Early Learning Council, and cabinet-level meetings if needed. Recommend policy strategies and options and legislative positions to ELD leadership.

Legislative Coordination
Draft legislative proposals. Review and track state and federal legislation. Prepare testimony. Conduct bill analysis on child care and early learning related bills. Communicate the effect of proposed legislation to state legislators, legislative committee members, lobbyists, and task forces. Monitor implementation of child care-related legislation. Design strategies to maximize CCDF funding to state programs. Oversee preparation of briefing materials about Oregon programs for Governor’s staff, legislative staff, and other legislative partners. Assist in developing budgetary materials.

Early Learning System Improvement and ELD Organizational Improvement
Design cross-agency structures to implement CCDF. Evaluate current key collaborative relationships related to CCDF implementation, including the meeting and other collaborative structures across ELD and DHS. Work closely with the community systems, program, and Office of Child Care teams to understand the implementation of CCDF and any improvements to ensure cross-team implementation is effective.

Project Management
Plan research studies related to CCDF, including identifying project scope, required training, and resources. Recommend additional work or short-term projects related to CCDF. Develop project plans. Coordinate project activities with internal unites. Administer project contracts and monitor contractor performance as necessary.

Commitment to Equity
In addition to the cultivation of equitable practices across all aspects of your position description. Learn and apply knowledge and skills to interrupt systemic oppression. Participate and engage in efforts to further Early Learning Division wide efforts to develop and implement the Equity Breakthrough Team work plans. Have knowledge of and apply tools, such as the Equity Lens, Culturally Responsive Community Engagement tool, etc., to all the work to ensure that the shared vision and mission of the Early Learning Division is clearly articulated in all the work produced.

Working Conditions
Must be able to manage noisy work environments with possible interruptions. Some in- and out-of-state travel required. Possible weekend and evening work required.

What we are looking for:
• A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree related to public policy; and five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to public policy; OR any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to public policy.
• Knowledge of early learning policy
• Knowledge of child care policy trends
• Knowledge of state legislative process
• Knowledge of rule-making process
• Knowledge of statewide budget process, policy and practices
• Knowledge of policy analysis and decision making
• Knowledge of federal legislative process
• Ability to provide fiscal analysis of policy
• Demonstrated strategic thinking, planning, and execution
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully across units within an organization
• Demonstrate ability to work in a fast changing environment
• Must work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
How to apply:
To apply for this position, follow the “Apply” link above and attach a resume and cover letter, and answer the additional supplemental questions. For external candidates, please make sure to attach all required documents in the section titled Resume/CV. Internal candidates attach your documents in the section titled Resume/Cover Letter. Failure to attach a cover letter and resume may result in disqualification of your application.

For additional information you may contact us by e-mail at or call 503-947-5635.
The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce. The Department strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

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