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First Things First (FTF) is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5.

FTF is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader capable of spearheading and managing this statewide early childhood organization with budgeted annual expenditures of about $150 million.  FTF has a staff of 160 professionals and more than 300 volunteers engaged across Arizona.

The successful candidate may come from a host of backgrounds including health or policy organizations, foundations, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other sectors.  This candidate should be conversant in early childhood policy and practice but does not necessarily need to be an early childhood expert.  Demonstrated success in leading and managing a complex organization is essential, as are the collaborative and interpersonal skills to inspire and engage colleagues and partners in a diverse environment.

See the full position description here. 

Confidential inquiries from highly qualified candidates can be directed to Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor, Strategy + Action/Philanthropy, at or 480.794.0871.  

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy has been engaged by First Things First to assist in the search for their new CEO, in coordination with Colleen Neese at the Duffy Group.