Organization: Early Edge California

Location: California (Sacramento, Bay Area, or LA preferred)

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About Early Edge:

Early Edge is a network-powered advocacy initiative that learns from and partners with a network of implementers and researchers to collaboratively advocate for changes and investments in early childhood programs that support high-quality teaching and caregiving for children from birth to age eight.

The mission of Early Edge is to create a California in which early childhood educators have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate care and instruction—ultimately resulting in better outcomes for kids. Early Edge does this by advocating for policy changes and investments that increase opportunities for early childhood educators to receive high-quality, evidence-based, culturally and linguistically competent preparation, certification, and ongoing professional learning.

Early Edge has led early childhood advocacy efforts since 2003, and over the past nine months, has undergone an intensive planning process to determine the focus of its next phase of work. While the organization will continue to be a strong voice for increased access to quality early childhood experiences, moving forward it will use its advocacy leadership and capacity in this broader context to drive an agenda focused on helping California attract, develop, and retain effective early childhood educators as the lynchpin of quality.

This is a full-time position located in California (Sacramento, Bay Area, or LA preferred). Early Edge is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The Executive Director will report to the President of New Venture Fund.

For more information on Early Edge, please visit Early Learning Lab and for more information on New Venture Fund, please visit

Candidate Profile:

Early Edge is hiring an Executive Director (ED) to launch the organization’s next phase of work, and to lead and grow the organization in a way that capitalizes on its strong brand and history to pursue its new mission and strategies. In doing so, the ED will have the opportunity to significantly shape the organization’s direction and work. Responsibilities will include hiring staff, building an advisory board and steering committee, planning programmatic activities, and building networks that drive Early Edge’s advocacy. The leader must be highly regarded in the field, with strong networks and experience in education policy, practice, and dual language learners.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to:

Organizational Leadership & External Communications

  • Build and collaborate with the advisory board to create and implement Early Edge’s strategic plan.
  • Build, manage, and grow relationships and partnerships with diverse coalitions of organizations and leaders across early education research, policy, and practice.
  • Represent Early Edge in high-level public and private forums with decision makers, the media, organizational leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Identify and implement opportunities to leverage and build Early Edge’s brand and extend its reach among key influencers and the public.

Fundraising & Development

  • Represent Early Edge to a wide array of current and potential funding partners and other key stakeholders by effectively conveying the organization’s mission and vision to external audiences.
  • Work with the advisory board to identify, reach out to, and follow up with potential funding partners. Develop and execute associated fund development strategies.
  • Develop a three-year growth plan to fund work in future years, and manage day-to-day organizational fundraising activities.
  • In collaboration with previous leadership development efforts, contribute to raising $1.7M for first year operations (~$1M of which is already committed).

Organizational Management

  • Build and manage a team of policy advocacy and communications staff and consultants.
  • Collaborate with operations manager to recruit, hire, and manage staff.
  • Manage compliance and work with the New Venture Fund to ensure proper structure and oversight for administrative, HR, legal, and financial functions.
  • Ensure Early Edge’s activities and deliverables are in direct response to the needs of the field.


  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of Early Edge.
  • At least 10 years of experience in leadership-level positions in public or non-profit early childhood or K-12 focused entities, or related organizations.
  • Proven track record of building coalitions.
  • Extensive experience leading and overseeing local, state, and national policy and issue advocacy campaigns.
  • Proven record leading a dynamic organization with a diverse staff and high-level leadership structure.
  • Extensive experience public speaking and representing issues and organizations in a range of public settings and in the media.
  • Expertise leading multidimensional strategic communications efforts.
  • Proven record of strong organizational management, including staff development, financial management, and administrative operations.
  • Proven ability to think innovatively and strategically in a campaign-like setting.
  • Ability to work effectively and in collaboration with diverse partners.
  • Experience with taking an organization to the next stage of its growth.
  • Existing relationships in relevant policy, political, governmental, or media circles preferred.
  • Some travel required—mostly within the state of California.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

This position is considered exempt for federal overtime purposes.


New Venture Fund has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here .

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT individuals.

New Venture Fund:

Early Edge California is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit