Charitable Advisors LLC
  • 08-May-2017 to 07-Jun-2017
  • - Edna Martin Christian Center
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

The Edna Martin Christian Center, as sub-grantee of the United Way of Central Indiana's Great Families 2020 initiative, seeks to hire a Project Director to manage its Great Families 2020 Near Eastside/Eastside two-generation effort. 

Great Families 2020 is a five-year initiative to improve family stability for vulnerable children and their parents living in four neighborhoods in Indianapolis.  Great Families 2020 is modeled from the promising practice of the "Two Generation" approach, where neighborhood networks in education, financial stability and health services are integrated to serve the whole family.  This is a federally funded effort by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)  through the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). United Way (Federal Award Number: 16SIHIN001 and CFDA No: 94.019) received a sub-award of  $7 million to implement the initiative by contracting with local not-for-profit entities.  More information regarding Great Families 2020 can be found on the United Way of Central Indiana website: http://www.uwci.org/great-families-2020

The Project Director will be an experienced professional who will have a leadership role for the Great Families 2020 effort and ensure connection to program partners and allied community agencies.   Under the direction of EMCC, sub grantee and the members of the GF2020 Near Eastside Working Group, the Project Director will be responsible for the administration of the Working Group, convening the community around the goals of this Great Families 2020 plan and will provide leadership to execute collaborative strategies. The Project Director will build relationships among and speaking on behalf of a diverse community including civic and nonprofit leaders, executive directors, volunteers, philanthropists, foundations and funding organizations, early childhood educators, clergy and parents from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. The position will be the community liaison and link among all GF2020 sub grantees and contractors to ensure the goals of the program are met. The position will be included in the EMCC leadership team with shared responsibilities for program recruitment, maintenance, data oversight, and sustainability.

Position Summary
In partnership with the GF2020 Working Group, and with the support of the EMCC Board of Directors, the Project Director will act as lead convener mobilizing residents around a common goal to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed by being a part of financially stable and engaged household. This will include leading the development of innovative strategies to ensure the needs of children, from conception to age five, and their families are effectively met. This position was established to provide strategic direction to the implementation of the North-East Quality of Life plans focused on Education and Workforce Development.

Specifics of the position are below.

Community Leadership
• Build consensus and strengthen relationships among community organizations serving children, from conception to age five, and their families
• Support coordination efforts for workforce development options on the Near Eastside 
• Develop a customer menu of Family Economic Success (FES) services and course catalog of vocational training options offered on the Near Eastside through qualified vocational training centers
• Organize and sustain a cross-sector, collaborative network of stakeholders focused on improving outcomes
• Keep the community informed of NE GF2020 activities and achievement by coordinating outreach, media relations, and speaking engagements in conjunction with other neighborhood activities
• Serve as the key contact with United Way of Central Indiana for GF2020 and represent the NE GF2020 at UW GF2020 Leaders meetings
• Develop relationships with private childcare providers to build engagement and share strategies

Systems Change
• Improve the community's understanding of quality early childhood education programs by leading the collaborative promotion of Paths-To-Quality and the need for local improvement Systems
• Improve the community's understanding of economic empowerment
• Manage the process of building collaboration to ensure that early childhood programs and FES centers work effectively with other community resources (specifically social and health services, adult learner opportunities, and workforce development programs) to accomplish the goals of the NE GF2020 strategy
• Be an additional support to sub grantee childcare programs (in class or in community support)
• Encourage local, state and national advocacy for systemic improvement of early childhood education and family support needed for stable families
• Participate in the process for fundraising and grant writing specifically to advance the infrastructure and goals of the NE GF2020
• Participate in program meetings and individual professional development opportunities that broaden skills, knowledge and coordination of services In the Early Childhood Education and FES sectors
General Management
• Be the primary data oversight staff member for GF2020
• Establish communication systems between and among taskforces and action team at all levels to ensure adequate flow of information and ideas
• Manage strategic planning process, including data collection, analysis and reporting
• Develop and manage a process to respond to ideas and proposals from the community that fall outside the approved GF2020 Plan
• Participate in the process for fundraising and grant writing specifically to advance the infrastructure and goals of GF2020
• Participate in program meetings and individual professional development opportunities that broaden skills, knowledge and coordination of services throughout the early childhood sector
• Take leadership in developing reports, presentations and data interpretation
• Coordinate and facilitate meetings
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Requirements

Education and Experience   
• Bachelor's Degree in education or related field required, graduate degree preferred, with at three years of supervisory, leadership and administrative experience in a program management capacity.
• Knowledge of family economic stability and early childhood education
• Knowledge of the early childhood system
• Management and leadership experience
• Demonstrative initiative
• Grant writing and management experience

Specific Job Requirements
• Self-starter with exceptional organizational skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated skills in data oversight, project planning and evaluation
• Ability to interpret and communicate data to the community in a meaningful way
• Proficiency with technological skills and software
• Ability to maintain confidentiality in all aspects of the job

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