Early Childhood Project Manager - United Way of Central Indiana
- 01-Jul-2019 to 30-Jul-2019
- - United Way of Central Indiana
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Mid to upper $40,000
- Full Time
- Complete Benefits Package Available
Granted Funded through July 31, 2020
United Way of Central Indiana recognizes that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. Early Childhood Project Manager will manage implementation of selected early childhood strategies adopted by UWCI's Board and Leadership Team. The position is responsible for planning and managing to completion projects assigned by the Community Impact Senior Director. This position will work closely with internal partners, including other members of the Community Impact team, and with external partners, including childcare providers, quality improvement experts and advocates for early childhood education.
Position Duties & Responsibilities
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Under the direction of the Community Impact Senior Director the Project Manager will manage and implement early childhood strategies and programs related (but not limited to) United Way's Child Care Quality Improvement strategies. Specific duties include:
1. Implementing assigned elements of the UWCI's Early Child Education Strategy for childcare (early childhood and out-of-school time - OST) quality improvement including:
a. Working with childcare providers advancing on Paths to QUALITY;
b. Managing all elements of providers' attainment of the state's minimum health and safety standards, including allocation of capital funds for improvements (this includes working with architects and general contractors and Indiana Family & Social Services Administration);
c. Securing, monitoring and reporting on commitments from childcare providers to advance on Paths to Quality and/or accreditation;
d. Identifying partners to provide services to assist in attaining and retaining high-quality provider status;
e. Reporting regularly on progress of childcare providers toward becoming high-quality providers.
2. Managing contractors and volunteers working with participating childcare providers in the Child Care Quality Improvement strategies.
3. Managing, monitoring and maintaining program grants and budgets.
4. Writing and reporting on proposed and received grants for applicable programs.
5. Communicating with current funders and managing the partnership between UWCI and other organizations contributing to the programs.
6. Cultivating and managing various community partnerships with other organizations, agencies, schools, etc. that contribute to the success of early childhood programs.
7. Assessing and evaluating the outcomes, efficiencies and effectiveness of UWCI early childhood strategies.
8. Familiarity with the coaching process to support early child development centers to improve their quality.
9. Writing and presenting reports detailing outcomes and results for programs.
10. Participating in planning and implementation of outreach efforts locally and regionally to promote high-quality childcare.
11. Attend and actively participate in relevant UWCI internal and external meetings and provide regular reports to staff and volunteers on the progress of the projects.
12. Work with UWCI staff to track results, measure performance and develop periodic progress reports. Maintain accurate and up-to-date data for Early Childhood Education work.
13. Work cross functionally to ensure early childhood initiatives are integrated with UWCI's community impact work.
14. Work cross functionally to ensure that early childhood initiatives are integrated with UWCI's goals for donors to Give, Advocate and Volunteer.
15. Perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily and be present in the office while performing those functions. The requirements listed are representative of the basic knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The individual in this role must display the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. United Way also values innovative thinking, and a successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work within the team to achieve goals and objectives. The individual should have effective communication skills, attention to detail and organization, and flexibility and adaptability. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues.
Excellent project management and public relations skills required. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. A demonstrated interest in early and elementary education and the ability to effectively manage a multifaceted project in multiple environments is required.
Must have effective organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to work independently, a talent for forming and maintaining external relationships, and an attitude toward achieving outcomes. Initiative, detail and team orientation are essential.
Must have the ability to analyze and synthesize information from a variety of sources and make recommendations to Community Impact Senior Director to inform current and future work.
Must have the ability to work independently with little-to-moderate oversight, while providing consistent and complete communication to ensure the Community Impact Senior Director is informed and engaged.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor's degree or significant work experience in social work, education, child development or other related discipline with 3-5 years' relevant experience in early childhood or elementary education institutions, programs or services. Familiarity with state childcare licensing and registration standards, Paths to QUALITY, and accreditation programs and previous project management experience is required.
The physical demands described here are general representations of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to touch and handle objects. The employee frequently stands or walks.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Office setting, with sustained use of a computer.
• The noise level in the work environment is minimal to moderate.
• Maintains personal/professional competency and works to create an environment of courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in all interactions both internal and external to the organization.
United Way of Central Indiana's team is evaluated on the following core competencies:
• Thinking Strategically
• Stakeholder Experience
• Effective Communication
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