Vice President of Advocacy

Vice President of Advocacy

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Category: Full-time, salaried, at-will employee

Location: Nashville, TN

Compensation: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience.



The Vice President of Advocacy directs the organization’s advocacy program with state policymakers, advocacy partners, and coalition members across the state. S/he manages the organization’s advocacy team including lobbyists and field organizers, leads field operations and advocate training and recruitment, and oversees the organization’s PAC.  S/he is responsible for executive and legislative branch outreach and engagement, tracking executive and legislative action, and communicating regularly with lawmakers, policymakers and state advocates to educate, promote and advance TQEE’s policy agenda. The Vice President interfaces daily with the CEO to co-develop advocacy strategy and operations plans, and in short, is the leader for the organization’s crucial advocacy operation to ensure Tennessee’s youngest learners get the quality early education they need to power Tennessee’s future.


  • Leads development and execution of the organization’s advocacy strategies for advancing early education policies.
  • Leads development and execution of the organization’s state advocacy action plans annually; prioritizes and directs lobbyists, team members and advocate engagement for maximum effectiveness and impact; achieves state advocacy action plan outcome goals.
  • Provides strategic advice and support to CEO and team on policy development, adoption and implementation.
  • Recommends annual investments in paid advocacy strategies to advance the c4 and PAC organizations’ legislative agenda.
  • Oversees grassroots advocate activations and training activities.
  • Coordinates with the CEO and policy advisors to analyze legislation and administrative rules and provide expert testimony that advances the organization’s policy agenda.
  • Oversees lawmaker and policymaker engagement, including supporting the expansion and activation of the legislature’s Early Education Caucus.
  • Participates in donor outreach to maintain and strengthen relationships.
  • Represents TQEE at state and national events.
  • Manages the tracking of state advocacy outcomes, deliverables, and legislative impact for grant, board and organizational reporting.
  • Directs the development of briefing materials for state leaders, candidates, the Board Chairman, and CEO. Conducts briefings upon request.


  • Ability to speak publicly, often before legislators.
  • Strong organizational, management, relationship-building, and teamwork skills.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to advocate for policies that support early learning birth to 3rd grade.
  • General knowledge of early education policy (high level of knowledge preferred).
  • High level of knowledge of state-level politics in Tennessee and/or states with similar political composition.
  • Strong understanding of political and legislative processes.


The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least five years of experience in campaign management, state-level advocacy and/or working in the legislative or executive branch of government. A background in Social Science, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, and/or an associated subject is desirable.

To Apply

We sincerely appreciate your interest in TQEE. To apply for this position, you may submit your resume to info@tqee.org in confidence. While we can’t respond to every inquiry, we’ll contact you for further consideration if we think there may be a good fit.  And please, in the meantime, join our coalition!


TQEE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.

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