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Early Learning Alliance

Director

Early Learning Alliance

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Job Summary

THE EARLY LEARNING ALLIANCE (ELA) OF TARRANT COUNTY IS SEEKING TO ENGAGE A HIGHLY QUALIFIED DIRECTOR – AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TO GUIDE AND FOCUS THE WORK OF THE MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS.

The ELA is comprised of a wide range of nonprofit organizations, businesses, educators and government leaders, across Tarrant County, who work together across systems to develop and sustain a coordinated, aligned and results-oriented system of services that promote early learning for young children and support for their families. ELA has over 50 organizations that are partnering across systems to improve early learning in our community, and 32 due-paying members.

Candidates must have the ability to engage the community, support membership, be a catalyst for the development of programs, and provide organizational leadership in alignment with local, state, and national early childhood initiatives. The successful professional candidate will be able to work closely with the ELA Leadership Team and oversee the finances of the Alliance. The ability to motivate others, communicate effectively and to move conceptual ideas to viable projects are needed on a regular basis.

A thorough and complete scope of work can be found on the ELA WebsiteDownload the Statement of Work here.

  • Submit a Letter of Interest, along with a current resume to ELA@earlylearningntx.org.
  • Submission deadline is Thursday, July 30, 2020.
  • Anticipated contract implementation date is August 24, 2020.

Job Responsibilities

THE POSITION
The Early Learning Alliance (ELA) Director (independent contractor) functions in at a senior level supporting the ELA. This professional serves the broad Alliance of partners and reports to the ELA Chair and/or Vice-Chair.  The Director works closely with the Chair, Vice Chair and ELA Leadership Team to establish the vision, priorities, work plan and policies of the Alliance. Chairs of ELA’s Internal and External Affairs Committees as well as ELA’s Guidance Councils, Racial Equity and Parent Leadership, work with the Director in support of meeting the responsibilities and commitments of the Alliance.

Performance is evaluated and discussed annually with input from the Alliance members. Working relationships will be broad, varied and changing and the contractor will need to be flexible to meet urgent, changing or unanticipated needs.  The Director is a visible lead for the Alliance in the community, helps lead Leadership Team and quarterly Alliance meetings and promotes an environment of racial equity, cultural competency and responsiveness for children, parents, staff, membership organizations and stakeholders. The Director is active in local, state, and national networks while assuring that the Alliance is kept current and informed of early childhood priorities.

ALLIANCE AND LEADERSHIP TEAM COORDINATION & PROJECT MANAGEMENT:

  • Coordinates the community Alliance and partnership among membership organizations;
  • Coordinates the community Alliance and partnership among membership organizations;
  • Promotes and administers the membership opportunities, benefits and dues to Tarrant County organizations, agencies and schools;
  • Builds on the principles of collective impact and movements and work to support ELA decisions, actions and priorities support ELA values;
  • Facilitates the agenda development for the ELA Leadership Team and planning meetings and administers to the details of the meetings;
  • Facilitates the development of ELA’s quarterly Alliance meetings among partners and member organizations and administers to the details of the meetings;
  • Supports the active use of an equity, diversity and inclusion lens at ELA and among partners;
  • Acts as a spokesperson for ELA on an as-needed basis.
  • Moves key strategies forward for accomplishing short-term objectives and long-term results by “all means necessary” including facilitating community decisions, activities, plans and actions;
  • Connects regularly with the priority areas and committees to ensure sufficient progress towards shared goals and to provide needed support and guidance.
COMMUNICATIONS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS:
  • Oversees the development and distribution of clear and professional materials that define and promote the coordination of the Early Learning Alliance including:
    • Early Childhood Action Plans, as requested by Leadership, for Tarrant County that incorporates ELA priorities, captures community need, represents research and “what works” to be built upon, and provides clear measures for the work;
    • Quarterly updates to the ELA website that ensures content is fresh and relevant;
    • Quarterly updates that summarize progress towards results to be used and presented at the quarterly Alliance meetings;
    • Final read and preparation of grant proposals and performance reports to funders that ensure aligned and accurate content.
  • Engages technological platforms and supports to ensure partners are connected and aware of the work of ELA including:
    • Active use of social media platforms that keeps ELA connecting with partners and community at least 3 times weekly;
    • Email subscription service for ELA updates;
    • Maintenance of an online collaborative project management platform to ensure work products are accessible and partners can comment and advise online;
    • Network to build parent and community-level support and interest of ELA goals.
  • Builds trust and commitment among ELA partners to work together for a common vision and shared priorities;
  • Builds relationships of trust and respect among executives and mid-level staff of ELA member organizations and community partners;
  • Stays abreast of early childhood research and system change developments that may inform ELA’s work and promotes such research and information through shared content with partners and thought leaders;
  • Builds the attendance at quarterly Alliance meetings through targeted promotional and communications;
  • Builds an environment of transparency and open communication among ELA partners;
  • Develops presentations and materials and helps represent ELA in the broader community;
  • Ensures standards of excellence are met for written and interpersonal communications from ELA staff and contractors.
FISCAL COORDINATION & GRANTS MANAGEMENT:
  • Supports sound financial practices in partnership with ELA’s project funder and with the ELA Leadership Team and Chair;
  • Supports sound financial practices in partnership with ELA’s project funder and with the ELA Leadership Team and Chair;
  • Works with Leadership Team and Chair to prepare a budget and ensure ELA operates within budget guidelines to carry out its work;
  • Seeks out and develops grant funding applications, performance reports and communication with funders;
  • Develops sound contracts for talent including clear deliverables and works with contractors to ensure deliverables are fully met on time and on budget.
RESEARCH, POLICY & INNOVATIVE PRACTICES:
  • Supports and builds connections with other collaborations and leaders to ensure ELA has an active and connected voice in the community;
  • Supports and builds connections with other collaborations and leaders to ensure ELA has an active and connected voice in the community;
  • Fosters innovation and creativity at all levels of ELA including promoting shared leadership, shared best practices, the ability to “fail fast,” and to establish a safe environment for risk-taking and innovation;
  • Stays abreast of early childhood research, policy and system change developments that may inform/impact ELA’s work.

Qualifications

COMPETENCIES & QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in early education, education, public administration, business or nonprofit management or a related field;
  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in early education, education, public administration, business or nonprofit management or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in early childhood system frameworks and organizational change;
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader in guiding change, building community collaborative and/or achieving collective impact;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work collaboratively in a collaboration with a small team of executives and managers with an ability to communicate professionally and positively to help drive ELA performance;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management that involves establishing and managing strong community partnerships with nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, underserved populations and/or community stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to keep a searing focus on results and can effectively communicate goals and impact, is willing to take risks when appropriate, think strategically and foster creativity;
  • Proficiency in English; Spanish proficiency is desirable;
  • Ability in the necessary business, organizational and administrative skills to implement a business model;
  • Demonstrated experience with budgets, procurement and grant writing;
  • Proficiency in use of computer and Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Additional Information

Benefits

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

How to Apply

A thorough and complete scope of work can be found on the ELA WebsiteDownload the Statement of Work here.

  • Submit a Letter of Interest, along with a current resume to ELA@earlylearningntx.org.
  • Submission deadline is Thursday, July 30, 2020.
  • Anticipated contract implementation date is August 24, 2020.

Details

  • Date Posted: July 22, 2020
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth