Coalition Director

Full time, permanent

Washington, DC (Chinatown)


About the Birth to Three DC Campaign

Under 3 DC is a coalition of local organizations, families, and advocates dedicated to ensuring all children have the resources they need to fulfill their potential. Each child’s opportunity to thrive is affected profoundly by what happens during the first three years of their life. The District recently adopted a bold plan to give every DC child a strong start beginning at birth—the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act—and now it needs to move forward with full funding. The first three years of a child’s life are critical years of social, emotional and cognitive development. Comprehensive investments in our system of care and education for infants and toddlers will strengthen our entire city. The coalition is co-chaired by DC Action for Children, Jews United for Justice, and Spaces in Action

Birth to Three DC Campaign Seeks a Coalition Director

Under 3 DC is seeking a full-time Coalition Director to help set strategic direction and manage its coalition activities. Reporting to the Campaign Co-Chairs (i.e., the other organizations within the coalition), the Campaign Director will work to leverage communications, polling, field organizing, community participation, policy, and program expertise to increase public investment of the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act

The Coalition Director will lead the campaign design and execution, with a lens toward racial and gender equity, and be responsible for coordinating the activities of the campaign’s work through active committees and working groups. Through organizing and coalition building, creative communications and digital media efforts, and strategic legislative tactics, the Coalition Director will work closely with coalition leaders and members of the Under 3 DC team to drive action by key DC-elected and appointed leaders to implement the Birth-to-Three for All legislation.

**The Under 3 DC Coalition Director will be an employee of campaign Co-Chair, DC Action for Children**

Job Description

  • Build and engage diverse networks of Under 3  DC validators, supporters, and advocates, including community partners, parents and caregivers, health care professionals, business leaders, elected officials, members of the faith community and others

  • Work with campaign leadership, staff and outside consultants to ensure our coalition and working groups are functioning at the highest level, meetings are well-organized, facilitated and prepared, and that key knowledge and decisions are effectively communicated to all relevant supporters

  • Represent Under 3 DC with key stakeholders & partners, and in coalitions, conferences and key events

  • Lead the campaign planning process, with input and buy-in from a wide range of actors both internally and externally, including campaign leadership, community partners, funders and leaders in the coalition

  • Develop a clearly written living campaign plan that lays out the arc of the campaign so members of the coalition can act and coordinate/align their projects 

  • Work with Campaign Co-chairs to build and implement decision-making process that is both inclusive and efficient to accomplish goals

  • Identify and resolve challenges as they arise, to ensure projects stay on track and deadlines are met, framing and messaging and procedures are followed, power is shared, and more

  • Adjust the scope and capacity of the campaign’s communications, organizing, and other components to meet the changing and growing demands Under 3 DC as a whole

  • Hire and supervise a full-time Campaign Assistant

  • Build trusting relationships with key organizational partners and ensure that coalition members’ work aligns with the campaign’s

  • Build and maintain alignment amongst the key staff assigned to the campaign

  • Act as overall campaign liaison with key funders, including weekly check-ins, and other meetings, as needed


The most competitive candidates will possess the following skills and experiences: 

  • Experienced movement-builder. Your previous work includes at least 10 years of conceptualizing, building and playing a leadership role in transformative organizing campaigns, field expansion efforts, and/or collaborations designed to make strategic interventions in a field or sector. 

  • Issue fluency in our core issues. Experience and expertise with at least one of Under 3 DC’s component areas: early learning, health, behavioral health, and systems integration. 

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion. You have a strong commitment to anti-racist principles and can comfortably lead a diverse and inclusive coalition and manage diverse stakeholder relationships.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and connections in the community. You have a strong set of relationships in the DC Community, ideally including community-based organizations, direct service providers, and policy, advocacy and grassroots organizing groups along with the ability to cultivate new relationships.

  • Proven success as a manager. You have demonstrated management experience, managing projects and teams with diverse skill sets in a campaign-oriented advocacy environment. 

  • Facilitation experience. You are a skilled facilitator with the ability to build trust and enable diverse groups to find alignment. 

  • Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment. 

  • In it for the long haul. You are not just looking for a one year engagement, but have a long-term vision for the campaign and looking to stay for a few years to see the fruits of your labor; and see the Campaign through to winning full funding for the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act. 

  • Excellent project management skills. You empower others to act and hold yourself and others accountable.


Compensation: The Under 3 DC Coalition Director will be an employee of DC Action for Children. Salary is competitive, along with excellent benefits and a flexible, collaborative workplace. 

How to Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to In the subject line please note “Coalition Director.” Applications are being considered on a rolling basis, but for priority consideration, submit by January 17, 2020.


DC Action for Children is committed to building a diverse team that draws on the strengths of people with a variety of identities, backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to economic, racial and social justice. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses.