Child Care Systems Analyst

Posted on: August 12, 2021

Position Status:

Full Time


Remote or Minneapolis, MN

Reports To:

State Systems Coordinator

Anticipated Start Date:

Open until filled, but prefer start date of September 2021

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive with positions in public affairs, research, and program coordination for comparable nonprofit organizations in the states where FCF operates (Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan). First Children’s Finance honors candidates’ time and effort in job-seeking by providing transparency regarding compensation. Creating transparency regarding salary information reduces the gender pay gap, and eliminates salary negotiation, which rarely benefits people of color or women. It is a value of our organization to support equitable hiring practices. The salary for this position is $75,000. Benefits include medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, holidays and paid time off.
position purpose

FCF is seeking a highly skilled systems thinker, with experience and commitment to using data to advance equitable child care businesses and strengthen systems of support for child care providers. The Child Care Systems Analyst will assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of the national programs and services created and provided by the FCF National Team. This work includes supporting cities, counties, states, Native Nations, and other entities as they seek to address the business side of child care in through collecting, generating, organizing, and analyzing policies, practices, funding streams, and trends. The work of this role is also to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of the ECE Business Collaboratory, an initiative of FCF that aligns and improves state systems to strengthen the child care business ecosystem, the First Children First Nations Child Care Collaborative partnership, and other consultations and interventions. The Child Care Systems Analyst works with the FCF National Team to represent, promote and ensure the effectiveness of FCF’s national initiatives including coordinating research, supporting outreach, contributing to program design and program implementation, managing technical assistance, facilitating evaluation, and engaging in other areas as needed.    

The Child Care Systems Analyst will work with state teams throughout the United States and native nations who share the same geography as the United States, requiring some travel and work occasionally on evenings and weekends. 

duties and responsibilities

ECE Business Collaboratory Data Analysis (45%) 

Conduct, coordinate, and promote the use of data in the ECE Business Collaboratory, serving state teams to align and leverage existing resources and assist systems to address each state’s child care business needs, including but not limited to:   

  • Conducting research and outreach to better understand the unique aspects of each state’s and native nation’s child care businesses ecosystem, child care markets, and policies which shape those ecosystems and child care markets.  
  • Coordinating in-person and virtual convening events to discuss data 
  • Building the capacity of state teams and their partners to advance their ability to collect and understand data, to generate their own data, and to collect data to answer their questions about state-level interventions to address the business side of child care.  
  • Conducting data collection and running analysis on state-level child care supply/demand gaps; writing memos, producing materials, and giving presentations for internal and external audiences to disseminate this research.  
  • Supporting the partnerships and collaboration with other national, government agencies, and funders which emerge from the ECE Business Collaboratory to ensure that state outreach and consultation is relevant, timely, and impactful.  
  • Assisting with fund development initiatives, such as grant writing and reporting.   
  • Overseeing electronic platforms to ensure a responsive, supportive, and engaging ECE Business Collaboratory experience for all participants. 
  • Developing engaging activities and resources to support state teams as they seek to create state-level strategic financing plans and supporting the implementation of these plans through technical assistance and consultation.  

National Programs and Services (55%) 

Collaborate with the National Team to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate relevant and responsive projects to address the business side of child care on a systems-level, with a specific focus on supporting evaluation capacity-building. This work includes: 

  • Supporting the development of new projects and clients through contributing to proposals. 
  • Produce accurate and user-friendly reports, charts, and graphs for both internal and external audiences that conform FCF and client guidelines and standards as well as best practices. 
  • Respond to internal and external requests for reports and dashboards, which may include unplanned request requiring quick turn-around time. 
  • Create, maintain and update user documentation on data definitions, dashboard use, reports, etc. 
  • Create, provide documentation and follow processes to ensure the highest possible level of accuracy. 
  • Learn and use new technologies, techniques, software, data types, tools, etc. as needed 
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with ECE leaders in both the public and private sectors, industry leaders, and allied organizations. 
  • Conducting analysis on policies, programs, funding streams, and practices to assess the child care business landscape. 
  • Providing training, consultative, and technical assistance support regarding data collection, analysis, dashboards, evaluation, and reporting to systems-change efforts in the ECE field. 
  • Overseeing some aspects day-to-day project management including facilitating meetings, scheduling, creating and implementing project plans, and ensuring deliverables are produced on time. 
  • Creating and disseminating promotional materials and opportunities that effectively communicate FCF National’s mission and impact to engage potential and current partners. 
  • In all work, represent FCF’s reputation as a national leader on the business side of early care and education. 
  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts throughout the organization in enhancing performance and providing increased functionality. 
  • Provide training to agency staff related to data collection, analysis, and interpretation/application of findings. 
  • Support FCF’s relationships with a diversity of stakeholders. 
  • Provide leadership to FCF’s National Team whenever it is needed.  
  • Accurately enter and manage time reports and client/partner/funder data. 
  • Assist with grant-writing, proposal-writing, prospect research and project management. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired Education and Experience

A bachelor’s degree or higher in sociology, education policy, evaluation, business, finance, community and regional planning, community or economic development, management, public administration/public affairs; or a bachelor’s degree or higher in another field with at least 3 years of experience in a similar position.  

ReQuired Knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Working knowledge of politics, policies, and funding streams at the local, state, federal, and tribal level 
  • Ability to understand, analyze, and explain both historical and current early childhood care data, trends, ideas, and proposals 
  • Written communications; including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Research skills, both document review and data collection methodologies  
  • Strong skills in consulting with state and local government agencies, tribal governments, small businesses, nonprofits and/or schools 
  • Abilities to visualize, observe, interpret, think strategically, plan, implement, problem-solve 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse staff, customers, partners and stakeholders and to work effectively as part of a team 
  • Performing detailed work under changing deadlines and on multiple concurrent projects 
  • Maintaining confidentiality of sensitive business data and information 
Desired attributes
  •  Open-minded, welcoming, accepting, and asset-based approach to all work 
  • A team player, partner, coach, and networker 
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, with a can-do attitude 
  • A systems thinker, able to maintain a big-picture focus while attending to detail 
  • Open to learning and accepting constructive feedback 
  • Organized, self-starter, multi-tasker 

Applicants may live anywhere. The option to telecommute (office out of your home) is available. All employees are expected to report to the FCF National office in Minneapolis, MN for occasional meetings and travel regularly for in-person work across the country with states, tribes, and territories.  

To Apply

Attach the following to a single email to with “Child Care Systems Analyst Application” in the subject line: 

  • Cover letter  
  • Résumé  
  • Sample of previous work that you feel demonstrates your capacity for analytical thinking and how that analysis can be communicated to non-analysts 

Include your full name, phone, email and address on the cover letter. Questions may also be emailed to