Director of Community Impact for Thrive by Five Pinellas
Thrive by Five Pinellas (TBFP) is a countywide initiative to ensure an equitable, accessible, and accountable early childhood development system that will increase the percentage of children developmentally on track for kindergarten and are “ready” to succeed. In addition to having a clear focus on access to high quality early learning experiences, TBFP will address kindergarten readiness influencers such as family supports, special needs, and physical/mental health. The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas serves as the backbone organization.
To lead this important work, Thrive by Five Pinellas is seeking a passionate and entrepreneurial Director of Community Impact. The Director will be a visionary, dynamic leader with expertise in early childhood development, who will facilitate the collective success of this countywide effort, and serve as a public ambassador for the initiative. More specifically, the Director will also drive Thrive by Five Pinellas’ internal and external functions, including strategy, communications, community engagement, and data functions. Key responsibilities include:
- Providing direction and support to partner organizations in aligning their work to the common agenda (e.g., identifying opportunities for program work to support specific goals);
- Facilitate strategic planning, needs assessment, asset mapping and gap analysis;
- In concert with relevant workgroups, developing annual legislative agenda, policy and funding recommendations, strategies to improve cultural competency and equity in the early learning system, with guidance of the Thrive by Five Pinellas Steering Committee;
Supporting Steering Committee and Workgroup Meetings:
- Providing leadership to drive action in meeting project goals
- Providing support to Steering Committee and Action Committees to facilitate meetings, assisting in preparation of meeting materials, etc.;
- Providing regular reports on progress against goals and indicators; and
- Building and maintaining relationships with Steering Committee and Action Committee members.
Facilitation and Stakeholder Management:
- Coordinating research and other activities with initiative partners to minimize redundancies and to align strategies and actions, including conducting individual outreach and education as needed;
- Updating outreach strategy as new needs emerge;
- Coordinating with other projects and coalitions in the same field to maintain a full understanding of the current landscape of local and regional activities, and integrating their work into Steering Committee and workgroup processes;
- Cultivating excellent working relationships with senior education and community leaders involved in this initiative in a way that can inspire collective action without formal authority
- Help identify and recruit additional cross-sector stakeholders to participate in the Thrive by Five Pinellas work
- Communicating the objectives of Thrive by Five Pinellas to the community and potential partners, including sharing the common agenda, Blueprint, or other collateral;
- Facilitating communication between Thrive by Five Pinellas partners and local prevention and treatment agencies by hosting regular conference calls, in-person meetings, or coordinating regular email updates to ensure alignment of activity;
- Creating or managing creation of yearly summary reports of Thrive by Five Pinellas progress for Steering Committee, partners, and external audiences; and
- The following duties may be done in coordination with a communications consultant or staff:
- Developing communications materials as Thrive by Five Pinellas evolves, potentially including summary documents, brochures, FAQs, and other items;
- Developing web and social media strategy; and
- Creating press strategy, including drafting press releases, coordinating with media outlets.
Data Collection, Analysis, Measurement and Reporting:
- Coordinating indicator refinement with workgroups and Steering Committee;
- Ensuring all partners are aware of targets and indicators;
- Creating or managing creation of yearly summary reports of Thrive by Five Pinellas progress for Steering Committee and external audiences; and
- Assist in evaluation and reporting to communicate the impact of Thrive by Five Pinellas and the Coalition in the community.
- Oversee the development of a regional set of strategies that will drive transformative change in the region
- Oversee the development and implementation of a shared measurement system that will track common outcomes and indicators across the initiative and use results to inform learning and continuous improvement
- Identifying potential funding sources to support Thrive by Five Pinellas’ goals and priorities:
- Writing grants, as needed, or overseeing work of grant writers
- Working with implementing agencies to provide information to support their grant applications
- Overseeing Thrive by Five Pinellas grant reporting to funders as required.
- Providing support and guidance to partner organizations in aligning resources to Thrive by Five Pinellas agenda (e.g., supporting identification of grant opportunities that align to Thrive by Five Pinellas goals);
- Tracking all Thrive by Five Pinellas funding, including funds from partner organizations; and
- Developing relationships with potential funders and participating in relevant networks.
- BA/BS in early childhood education, public administration, social work, or related field; Masters preferred
- Minimum of 3-5 years successful related experience in early childhood education and collective impact or leadership.
To be the best fit, a candidate will need the following skills/experience:
- Experience and expertise in early childhood development and learning.
- Experience in applying culturally competent principles to convening, consensus building, marketing, system changes, public-will building, and advocacy.
- Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of external stakeholders and levels of management
- Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to convey the value of Thrive by Five Pinellas to all segments of the community.
- Strong interpersonal skills, in particular: empathy, patience, maturity, tenacity, and ability to hold difficult conversations.
- Knowledge of the Pinellas community, philanthropy, and nonprofit community a plus.
- Ability to work with people from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and skill levels.
- Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to work independently and with short deadlines
- Excellent computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, Publisher, and Constant Contact. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator a plus.
- Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner
- Interact as part of a team by exhibiting dependability, cooperation, initiative, and punctuality
- Ability to work occasional nights\weekends and travel.
Salary: $55,000 – $75,000
Hours: Normal Coalition Hours are Monday- Friday, 8am- 5pm. 40 Hours per week. Some travel may be required.
Qualified candidates please forward resumes directly to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 23, 2018.
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