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Vice President of Policy & Government Relations

Vice President of Policy & Government Relations

Reports to: CEO

Category: Full-time, salaried, exempt employee

Location: Greater Nashville, TN

Compensation: Salary $115,000 – $140,000 commensurate with experience, plus a generous benefits package



TQEE is a nonpartisan coalition of Tennesseans working to ensure our children get the quality early care and education they need to power our state’s future.

We’re looking for a savvy, driven, collaborative team player to lead our policy development and government relations work. Like our coalition, our staff team is dispersed statewide – operating remotely long before it was the order of the day!  We’re a small, entrepreneurial, high-performance, results-driven team; and we’re passionate about ensuring state policy and practices support high quality early care and education for economically disadvantaged, historically marginalized, and otherwise at-risk children in their first 8 years of life.

The Vice President of Policy and Government Relations leads the organization’s policy development and lobbying work and directs TQEE’s affiliated political action committee, Tennessee Advocates for Early Learning.


Government Relations
  • Serve as TQEE’s chief lobbyist and manage TQEE’s contract lobbyists.
  • Work with senior team in the development of briefing materials for legislators and administration leadership.
  • Coordinate with senior team to organize advocate engagement with legislators such as through expert testimony, day on the hill, virtual town halls, constituent meetings, legislative receptions, etc. during legislative session and throughout the year.
Policy Development
  • In close coordination with President & CEO and senior team, lead the development of TQEE’s annual legislative and administrative policy agenda – conducting research and analysis, engaging stakeholders and experts, reviewing voter survey data, and building fact-based and politically responsive arguments for the policies.
  • Monitor and conduct research into state legislative and administrative policy that may have bearing on TQEE’s policy agenda.
  • Lead the development and revision of bill language for TQEE supported legislation.
PAC: Tennessee Advocates for Early Learning
  • Lead development and implementation of the PAC’s investment strategies.
  • Manage PAC vendors.
  • Participate in PAC fundraising.


  • Track record of successfully lobbying legislators and deep knowledge of government and legislative processes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state-level politics in Tennessee.  Experience participating in election campaigns preferred.
  • Experience with policy research and analysis and writing policy briefs and reports.
  • Strong organizational and management skills.
  • Strong relationship-building and human-centered skills.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.
  • Good public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of early education policy (high level of knowledge preferred).
  • Strong commitment to advocate for policies that support early learning birth to 3rd grade.
  • A results-focused and disciplined self starter.
  • Proven track record in successfully working across lines of difference, and with a diversity of stakeholders.

To Apply

We sincerely appreciate your interest in TQEE. To apply for this position, you may submit your resume and a cover letter to 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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