Eco-Healthy Child Care ® Program Manager
Full Time Position
Exciting opportunity to help a national multi-disciplinary, 501(c)3 non-profit organization eliminate environmental hazards in child care settings. Based in Washington, D.C., the Children’s Environmental Health Network’s (CEHN) mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and to promote a healthy environment, and has been the leading voice for children’s environmental health for over thirty years.
CEHN’s Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) program strives to make child care facilities as safe and healthy as possible by supporting child care professionals in identifying and reducing environmental hazards within child care settings, both center-based and family child care. This work is accomplished via professional development and training, and embedding environmental best practices into national and state child care systems.
The Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program Manager position is an important and visible part of CEHN’s team.
- Support the strategic expansion of the EHCC program.
- Represent CEHN/EHCC at meetings with federal, state and regional partners, as well as national child care association partners.
- Ensure application of an equity lens to all related projects.
- Present at national and state conferences; conduct training for child care professionals on environmental health issues.
- Research and write environmental health related best-practice standards and policies for mandated and non-mandated child care systems.
- Draft grant proposals for private and federal funding; prepare grant reports.
- Develop user-friendly and science-based resources such as fact sheets and FAQs for child care professionals.
- Create blogs, graphics, and text for the Eco-Healthy Child Care® webpages and Facebook and Instagram platforms.
- Manage the development and work of Eco-Healthy Child Care® interns.
- Follow children’s environmental health research and ensure EHCC program materials are reflective of current best practices.
- Provide program management and ensure timelines are met.
- Conduct virtual technical assistance sessions with EHCC-endorsed child care providers.
- Travel up to 6-8 trips annually to offer or participate in conference presentations, training sessions, Board meetings, and/or demonstration projects to deliver technical assistance on site to child care facilities.
- Assist CEHN team as needed with priority projects.
- Master's degree in environmental health/public health/policy and/or sciences preferred.
- 5+ years experience with children’s environmental health issues preferred.
- Knowledge of or experience in the child care field within the U.S. – including: child care licensing, accreditation, state Quality Improvement Rating Systems (QRIS), Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies, etc. – preferred.
- Experience drafting and submitting proposals and reports for federal and private funding.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
- Demonstrated exceptional critical and strategic research skills.
- Proven track record of initiating and sustaining strong collaborative partnerships.
- A self-starter able to move and grow projects as needed.
- Confident with MS Office and Google applications.
- Experience with digital marketing and social media platforms.
- Familiar with, or willing to learn, WordPress for program-related webpage management and updates
- U.S. citizenship or legal right to work in the U.S.
- Experience working with a remote team and set of partners
- Detail-oriented, ability to multitask and manage time and responsibilities well.
- Self-starter with a proactive attitude who is efficient and can anticipate needs.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Team player and quick learner who focuses on high productivity and results.
- Adaptable to change and eager to engage in new projects and partnerships.
- Collaborative and outward personality.
$70,000-$75,000, dependent on experience. Position includes a competitive benefits package.
The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. A candidate in the Washington, DC area is preferred. However, applications will be accepted from outside of the DC area. Interviews will begin December 14th, 2023. Interested candidates should submit the following documents to Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover letter
- Resume with salary requirements
- References (3)
- Writing sample pertaining to environmental or public health, child care, or health equity as examples (maximum 5 pages)
Children’s Environmental Health Network has spent over thirty years as a leader for children’s environmental health in the nation’s capital. Interns gain experience with leading one or more projects related to children’s environmental health, networking with and being mentored by leaders in the field of environmental health with extensive experience and connections, and gaining valuable insight into the role of national nonprofits in public health and the environment.
We accept interns each fall and spring semester, as well as over the summer. CEHN offers the following internships, although they may not all be available every semester: 1) Communications, Design, and Marketing Outreach Internship:, 2) Carol Stroebel Policy and Health Education Internship, and 3) Eco-Healthy Child Care® Internship.
Summer 2024 Internship Opportunities:
Communications, Design, and Marketing Outreach Internship
Carol Stroebel Policy and Health Education Internship
Eco-Healthy Child Care® Internship
Apply by 11:59 pm ET on March 31, 2024
COVID-19 Update: All CEHN internships will be at least partially remote internship opportunities with the potential for in-office work when their CEHN supervisor is in the Washington, DC office.
A note about practicums: These internships may be used as a practicum experience for some graduate schools. CEHN asks that any practicum hopefuls apply for the internship that best aligns with their work and interests. Please complete all required components of the internship application.
About the Internships:
Communications, Design, and Marketing Outreach Internship:
Communications is a cornerstone of all of the work we do at CEHN. It helps us promote the development of sound national policy, educate health professionals, policymakers and community members in preventive strategies, and elevate public awareness of environmental hazards to children. CEHN is looking for applicants who want to hone skills in effective, equity-minded, non-profit digital communications. Interns will gain skills and confidence with basic graphic design, social media strategy, and digital communications tools. Any creatively minded candidates may apply, but this position is designed for individuals studying or with a background in communications, digital strategy or design, journalism, public health, environmental studies, public or nonprofit administration, public policy, or health sciences. A creative spirit, interest in children’s health and the environment, experience with creating graphics (Canva) and posting on social media, and strong writing skills are encouraged. Students will need to contact their school with regard to receiving credits.
What do these interns do? There is ample room for intern-driven projects in this internship. Interns may assist with every-day and campaign-based social media analysis, research, and asset creation, community cultivation with key partners in public health and environmental education and advocacy. Interns may also assist with managing CEHN’s Google Adwords grant, website development, improvement, and maintenance, as well as digital newsletter content creation and design.
Carol Stroebel Policy and Health Education Internship:
Carol Stroebel, former Director of Training and Policy at CEHN, was a long time champion for children's environmental health who dedicated her career to promoting public health and public interest policies. Carol's invaluable contributions to the field included not only policy work but also leadership in education and practice. This is not a government relations or legislative position. For instance, we do not organize or participate in many direct visits with congressional offices, but we do occasionally organize Hill briefings.This internship will focus on public health and children's environmental health policy. Individuals studying or with a background in public health, environmental studies, public or nonprofit administration, public policy, communication/journalism or health sciences are welcome to apply. The position requires very strong written communication skills and proven leadership experience. Students will need to contact their school with regard to receiving credits.
What do these interns do? Interns will assist with drafting The Patron, a monthly newsletter dedicated to children’s environmental health policy at the federal level. Interns may also be invited to draft policy-related website and social media content. Interns may lead advocacy outreach to child health champions in states and cities with Children's Environmental Health Day Proclamations. Interns may also assist with policy and advocacy-related events like webinars and briefings. There are rare opportunities to draft or edit policy statements.
Eco-Healthy Child Care® Internship:
CEHN’s national Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) program strives to make child care facilities as environmentally healthy as possible by educating and empowering child care professionals to reduce toxicants within their child care facilities using free or low-cost measures. Those passionate about protecting our nation’s youngest from exposures to common environmental health hazards, and those interested in early education and care settings, training and educating programs, and initiatives that seek to effect change via the marketplace, will find this internship rewarding. Individuals studying or with a background in public health, environmental studies, public or nonprofit administration, public policy, communication/journalism or health sciences are welcome to apply. The position requires strong research, organization, and communication skills, attention to detail, and social media/social marketing experience. Creativity and graphic design skills are a plus. Students will need to contact their school with regard to receiving credits.
Volunteers are welcome as their schedule allows. Please email email@example.com with the subject line "Volunteering with CEHN."
Children’s Environmental Health and Healthy Housing Summer Fellowship
The environments where we live, learn, work, and play have a profound impact on our health. This paid summer fellowship program will give two students with an interest in environmental health an opportunity to intern with the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Children’s Environmental Health Network, two national organizations leading the fight for healthier environments. This opportunity is reserved for people of color, or those who identify as such.
The people selected as this year’s fellows will be invited to choose from a range of projects and/or submit their own ideas for projects related to a broad array of children’s environmental health and healthy housing topics and may take a variety of different approaches to addressing public health challenges (e.g., research, policy, training, awareness building, communications, capacity building).
Fellows are asked to commit to 320 hours of work (spread over 8-15 weeks) and will be compensated $7,500 ($15 per hour plus a $2,700 fellowship stipend to be paid in two $1,350 installments). For more information, please see: https://nchh.org/who-we-are/employment-opportunities/internships/childrens-environmental-health-and-healthy-housing-summer-fellowship/
As a fellow, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Contribute to or lead one or more projects related to healthy housing and children’s environmental health.
- Network with executive directors from two national organizations. Nse Obot Witherspoon and Amanda Reddy are both established leaders in the field of environmental health and healthy housing, with extensive experience and connections they are eager to share with the next generation of leaders!
- Receive mentorship from a Black nonprofit leader. Nse Obot Witherspoon has over two decades of experience leading a national nonprofit and is regarded as the nation’s key spokesperson for children’s environmental health.
- Gain valuable insight into the role of national nonprofits in the fields of environmental health and healthy housing and learn whether a future in nonprofit work is right for you.
- Contribute to concrete deliverables that both organizations will put into action and that will serve as examples of your work that you can highlight on your résumé.
- Present your work to other professionals.
- Gain work experiences with two national organizations for the time investment of one fellowship.
Depending on your individual interests and skill sets, you may be invited to work on projects related to policy, research, communications, training, awareness building, or community capacity building).
Examples of previous internship projects include:
- Drafting policy statements.
- Helping to organize a Hill Day.
- Developing an advocacy toolkit, promotional campaign, and webpages.
- Being a key member of a team convening other organizations to develop a national policy agenda on a specific topic area.
- Helping to shape and launch a policy-focused e-newsletter.
- Completing a literature review to brief the organization on the health effects of wildfire smoke and presenting findings with staff members at an environmental health conference.
- Developing a concept brief to present to funders for a new project.