Career Opportunity: Project Manager, City of Alexandria's Early Care and Education Initiative
Please see below for information on an exciting opportunity to lead part of an ongoing effort to provide compreshensive early care and education in Alexandria.
Position Summary: The Project Manager will lead the development and implementation of an ongoing effort to provide comprehensive early care and education throughout the City of Alexandria, Virginia. The Director will be responsible for:
- Implementing initial strategies of The Common Agenda
- Guiding the initiative's ongoing strategy development
- Serving as the initiative's organizational ambassador and building public will
- Drawing connections across all key initiatives
The Project Manager will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, organizations such as early care and education service providers, Alexandria City Council, Alexandria City Public Schools, Department of Community and Human Services, private funders, the Alexandria Health Department, and service providers.
City of Alexandria's Early Care and Education Initiative Overview
Across the City of Alexandria, individuals and organizations work together to improve the city's early care and education system so its children, from pre-natal through 3rd grade, have access to a high-quality, comprehensive system of educational, health, socio-emotional, family, and community supports so that every child in the community thrives. The intent is to create meaningful and sustained impact with broad community buy-in.
This initiative is part of a larger Children & Youth Master Plan (CYMP), which was approved in the summer of 2014 by the Alexandria City Council and the Alexandria City Public Schools School Board. The purpose of the CYMP is to enable better outcomes for children, youth, and families by providing a common agenda for allocation of resources and actions.
While the CYMP is focused on the entire spectrum of children and youth needs from birth to age 21, achieving the goals laid out in the CYMP will require breaking the work down into more manageable pieces. In that spirit, an Early Care & Education Work Group ("the Work Group") has been meeting regularly over the past two years to focus exclusively on education strategy as well as educating and engaging the community about the importance of investing in early childhood services, sharing best practices, and highlighting promising research in the field.
The Project Manager will execute key "backbone" functions of this initiative. The overarching purpose of this role is to provide the connective tissue among the following partners involved in the initiative:
- The Early Care & Education Work Group, which is comprised of Alexandria leaders who help to guide the vision and overall strategies of the initiative
- Task Forces, which will be created in order to implement specific dimensions of the strategy, under the oversight of the Work Group. The task forces will be comprised of field practitioners who have relevant expertise within the specific task force focus
- Community partners, who are various government agencies and community members and organizations that will be critical to implementing the initiative's strategies
Coordinate with other Project Managers and other key leaders implementing the CYMP
The role of the Director is to perform the following functions:
- Provide strategic leadership
- Demonstrate early care and education knowledge and passion for child and family outcomes
- Build relationships with critical community partners
- Identify data to drive decision making
- Manage meeting and implementation plans
- Build internal infrastructure
- Develop and manage the initiative's financial sustainability plan
Ideal Experience, Education, and Traits
- 5-7 years of experience in a community nonprofit organization, goverment agency, or similar organization, of which 2-3 years should be at a senior or executive level
- Demonstrated success leading teams to achieve strategic goals
- Experience in the field of early care and education key issues and actors strongly preferred
- Dedication to improving outcomes for children and families
- Ability to think and solve problems at a systems level, as opposed to a program or organizational delivery level (e.g., identify strategies focused on increasing coordination or filling gaps in service)
- Experience fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Manage multiple priorities in a context of change and ambiguity and an ability to adapt to changing needs or momentum
- Ability to work independently, exercise appropriate action, and good business judgment
- Master's degree preferred
- The Project Manager will report to the Early Care & Education Project Steering Group. The Project Manager will be a consultant with ACT for Alexandria serving as the fiscal agent.
- This position is funded through a partnership of several different funders.
- Salary will be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Submit an application to Brandi Yee, Project Manager, ACT for Alexandria firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include a cover letter and your current resume including salary expectations no later than Friday, December 11, 2015.