Director, Young Children and Their Families

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national, nonprofit, public policy, research, and technical assistance organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with a satellite office in Los Angeles. Our staff of approximately 50 people, works to achieve a racially, socially, and economically just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. 

CSSP strives to accomplish its mission by developing and advancing effective public policy; helping to transform public systems to be more preventive, results-oriented, accountable, and caring; and supporting local leaders to create the community opportunities, supports, services, and environments in which all children, youth, and families can thrive. All our work reflects a long-standing organizational commitment to being anti-racist and promoting equity and social justice.


CSSP seeks a senior leader to guide and manage community, systems, and policy strategies to promote improved well-being for young children and their families.  The Director will manage multiple efforts underway and work with CSSP staff, national and community partners and parent leaders to advance innovative and practical strategies to undo systemic racism and oppression in public policy and public systems that impact the lives of families with young children. This person would primarily be responsible for setting the strategic vision for this work and managing a staff as well as developing and sustaining funding to carry out a national agenda for promoting integrated anti-racist early childhood and health systems that ensure equitable outcomes for young children and their families. 


$135,000 to $150,000


Click here for more information or to apply. ( Qualified applicants should send cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and writing sample to [email protected] (subject: Your Name—Director YCF). In your cover letter, please be sure to indicate where you found this position announcement. The interview process may include phone screening, panel style interviews over Zoom video, a writing exercise, and final interviews over Zoom video.

Due to the anticipated large number of applications, emails and phone calls to CSSP will not be accepted.

Applications accepted until June 06 or until position is filled.

CSSP is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status or caregiver status.

Please note: CSSP requires that all staff be fully vaccinated as a term and condition of employment. Employees are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing primary vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine, with, if applicable, at least the minimum recommended interval between doses. Employees may request an exception from this vaccination policy if the vaccine is medically contraindicated for them or they have a religious exemption. If an applicant is contacted for an initial interview, they will be required to share their vaccination status and could, if they advance in the interview process, be required to provide proof of vaccination status.