We're Hiring - Parent Ambassador Manager

Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP (WSA)

Seeks Parent Ambassador Manager

About the Position

The Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP is a statewide early learning advocacy organization based in Bellevue. We represent the interests of Head Start and ECEAP providers, staff, and parents and bring their collective voices to key policy makers. We are seeking someone for a newly created position of Program Manager for our award-winning parent leadership and organizing initiative called Parent Ambassadors.

The Parent Ambassadors Program is now in its 11th year and has successfully organized more than 200 Head Start and ECEAP parents from across Washington State. Each year we provide intensive training to 20 to 25 parents with children enrolled in Early Head Start, Head Start, ECEAP, Working Connections Child Care, and give them the skills to advocate on behalf of issues impacting their families. Parent Ambassadors often travel to Olympia to testify, meet with their lawmakers, and attend rallies and other campaign events.  Each year, a handful of Ambassadors have the opportunity to meet their congressional delegation in Washington DC. Since its founding, Parent Ambassadors have played a key role in expanding ECEAP, stabilizing childcare, and increasing funding for Head Start. Now the Parent Ambassadors Program is ready to take the next step with the help of a dynamic and strategic Program Manager.

What we are looking for

  • Someone who shares our passion and commitment for social, economic, and racial justice. 
  • Someone who believes in partnering with and empowering parents.
  • Someone who has demonstrated experience in strategic planning.
  • Someone who is familiar with Olympia and coalition work.
  • Someone with a background in organizing and policy development.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead the planning process for Parent Ambassadors 2.0.
  • Support the advocacy work of the Parent Ambassadors Program including setting up Hill meetings, building testimony, and assisting parents as they participate on key task forces, coalition activities, and advisory groups.
  • Serve as the lead representative for the Parent Ambassadors Program at coalition meeting and events.
  • Refresh Parent Ambassadors curriculum and training modules.
  • Support the Parent Ambassador Parent Coordinators.
  • Develop an alumni engagement initiative.
  • Work with the Parent Ambassadors Program team to design a communications and marketing plan.

Compensation and Work Life

We are looking for someone to serve for 15 to 20 hours per week for $3000 per month. This is a contracted position. While our office is in Bellevue our expectation is that this The Parent Ambassador Manager would work from home and only come into our office as needed for team meetings. Parent Ambassadors also meet four times per year and the manager would be expected to attend these meetings. Finally, we would also expect this person to be available to support Parent Ambassadors in Olympia when needed during the legislative session.

We are a fun and fast paced environment with committed and smart staff. The Parent Ambassadors team consist of a Director and two coordinators as well as WSA core staff members. We look forward to adding a new member to our team!

How to Apply

To apply please email a cover letter explaining why you feel like you would be a great fit for this position and a resume to Katy Warren at Katy@wsaheadstarteceap.com by Friday October 4th COB. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage people of color to apply.



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