2Gen Education Director - United Way of Central Indiana
- 22-Mar-2021 to 21-Apr-2021
- - United Way of Central Indiana
- Indianapolis, IN, USA
- Low $70s
- Full Time
- Complete Benefits Package Available
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. The 2Gen Education Director leads a portfolio of work related to the development and scale of practices and processes to increase access to education for children, youth and adults, with emphasis on leveraging a two-generation approach. The 2Gen Education Director will develop and support efforts to ensure children and youth have access to a pathway of educational opportunities that prepare them later for the workforce. These may include but not be limited to early childhood education, K-12 programming, out-of-school-time programming, and experiential learning or internship opportunities. The 2Gen Education Director will also manage efforts to engage education institutions, government, education-related community-based organizations and other education providers in support of connecting children, youth and adults to foundational and ongoing learning opportunities. This position works in collaboration with all departments to ensure UWCI's Impact Strategies are realized and significant progress toward meeting poverty-reduction goals is achieved.
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.
• Strategy Conceptualization, Execution and Analysis: The 2Gen Education Director will draw from a keen and thorough understanding of the overarching, multi-faceted priority areas to conceptualize and then lead the build-out and execution of education-based strategies supporting children, youth and adults. The 2Gen Education Director will participate in joint community-wide efforts and represent UWCI on funding collaboratives, working groups, and meetings or community convenings and work in cooperation with nonprofit organizations, foundations, collaborative groups, and government agencies. The 2Gen Education Director will extract and leverage system-level collaboration to inform and shape UWCI's execution of education-based initiatives and investments by analyzing and synthesizing information across a variety of sources to make recommendations to UWCI's Impact Team Leadership and Executive Team.
• Leadership and Support: The 2Gen Education Director will oversee and provide guidance, support and leadership to select members of the Family Opportunity Team who are implementing education-based project work and programming.
• Portfolio Design and Management: The 2Gen Education Director is responsible for leveraging existing relationships with trusted colleagues and cultivating new partnerships to develop a portfolio of grants, contracts, and programs or initiatives related to the assigned strand of work. The portfolio must either directly lead to an increased number of families moving out of poverty or facilitate a change in conditions that will likely lead to the increase number of families moving out of poverty.
• Grantmaking Support: The 2Gen Education Director will assist in UWCI's grantmaking processes including: reviewing and assessing grant proposals, conducting site visits to grantees and potential grantees to assess program relevance and organizational integrity, and assessing organizational stability and scalability. Additionally, the 2Gen Education Director will assist in reviewing and approving funded grantees' evaluation reports and monitor grantees' progress in achieving key objectives. Lastly, the 2Gen Education Director will assist in providing technical assistance to grantees and potential grantees to develop strategic approaches to systemic issues.
• Integration and Collaboration: The 2Gen Education Director will collaborate in an intentional and forward-thinking way with external partners and stakeholders, and internal partners within and across the organization to maximize the impact of the UWCI's resources.
• Convening and Engaging with Partners: The 2Gen Education Director will regularly convene and engage with education-based partners, community-based organizations, system-level intermediaries, and other stakeholders to uplift best practices, and identify new solutions that inform and shape components of the Family Opportunity strategy.
• Research and Evaluation: The 2Gen Education Director will constantly stay abreast of key issues, evidence-based best practices, and research to inform and shape current and future investments, initiatives, and programs that support education-based outcomes for children, youth, adults and families throughout Central Indiana.
• Performs special assignments and other work, on an as-needed basis.
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, flexibility, adaptability and the ability to multi-task and be open-minded in a fast-paced environment. The individual will also maintain knowledge of trends in his/her area of responsibility and reviews literature to understand key issues.
Education and/or Experience
• Bachelor's degree required; master's degree preferred. Work experience may substitute for education requirements on a case-by-case basis.
• At least eight (8) years of experience working in a relevant field.
• Experience working within and across systems and intermediaries to advance education-based outcomes is strongly preferred.
• Significant and demonstrated experience leveraging systems-level partnerships and opportunities to identify systemic barriers and levers for change.
• Significant and demonstrated experience building and managing diverse networks that support efforts to produce systemic change.
• Ability to acquire a baseline level of knowledge about UWCI's other strategic priorities so that education efforts can both build upon and contribute to the success of other areas.
• Project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well.
• Ability to make decisions and advance work with incomplete information and to thrive in an outcomes oriented, continuously evolving work environment.
• Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
• Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
• Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences.
• Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect UWCI's work to broader discussions within the relevant landscape.
• Must possess excellent interpersonal, writing and oral communication skills, as well as a sense of humor, diplomacy and discretion, critical thinking and judgment.
• Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups.
• Knowledge of the Central Indiana region highly desirable.
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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