Literacy Inc. (LINC) mobilizes resources in high-need communities to surround children with a literacy-rich environment at home, school, and in their neighborhood. Our 2-Gen holistic approach fosters early literacy development to nurture generations of lifelong learners. LINC’s vision is to harness the power that exists in every community to make literacy a value and a right of all children.
A pioneer in the field of early literacy, LINC leads several collective impact initiatives in addition to its comprehensive programs, and was honored as a finalist for the 2018 & 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards in recognition of its high level of overall organizational management and won the 2018 award for Excellence in Financial Management and the 2019 award for Excellence in Resource Development and Fundraising.
Title: Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Reports to: Director of Strategic Initiatives
Position summary: Literary Inc. (LINC) collaborates with and engages numerous partners to amplify our message and to anchor our work in the community. We are a direct service provider delivering early literacy programming and we are the facilitating manager of neighborhood and city-wide initiatives that coordinate the work of literacy organizations across NYC in order to alleviate the early literary crisis. In particular, we are the manager of the New York City Council’s Early Literacy Initiative, City’s First Readers (CFR). CFR is a coalition of 15 non-profit organizations including the three New York City library systems that work together to ensure that all children, regardless of their social economic backgrounds, have a solid foundation to start school successfully, thrive academically, and have the opportunity to succeed beyond their school years.
The Manager of Strategic Initiatives will play a key role managing the CFR program. At a high level this includes: working with partner organizations to identify and implement referral strategies, planning and executing educational and advocacy events that raise the profile of CFR in New York City, and coordinating collaborative programming informed by evaluation activities that will increase CFR’s impact. In addition, the Manager of Strategic Initiatives will work in partnership with the LINC program teams to support recruitment and engagement of families in LINC target communities and will support relationship building with partners at the citywide level. As a member of the LINC team the Manager of Strategic Initiatives may be called upon to lend support to programs and operations in other organizational areas. This position has the potential for growth and opportunities may arise to become involved in additional strategic initiatives.
Initiative Management and Partner Communications
Develop and manage CFR work plan of goals and objectives to guide work and ensure success
Organize and participate in facilitating quarterly CFR meetings - follow up on items identified in the meeting to close loops and drive impact by fostering collaboration
Maintain communication with CFR partners and use these communications to further propel the mission and objectives of LINC and CFR
Coordinate CFR committees such as evaluation and communications, track work and lead the follow up steps from these meetings
Use data to effectively track progress and inform program plans, provide insights and suggestions for pivots and problem solving
Become an expert and go-to person for partners
Maintain well organized electronic files that promote sustainability of CFR and other work into the future
Have ideas and excitement about the work of CFR and LINC, bring those ideas forward, and execute for success!
Program Vision, Development and Implementation
Coordinate and execute events in collaboration with LINC and CFR partners to raise awareness about the early literacy crisis
Work with partners and LINC to envision the long term legacy of the CFR initiative and systemic change that CFR can contribute to, execute on those ideas
Represent LINC and CFR at community level and city wide committees and meetings
Explore agencies and organizations that would be good partners for CFR and LINC to engage families and as appropriate make connections with organizations
Manage CFR social media assets in coordination with LINC to ensure that CFR messages and programs are accessible to a wide audience, post regularly, track analytics, and support partners to implement a shared communications calendar
Identify conferences, webinars and committees that serve as opportunities for LINC and CFR to present their work, as appropriate participate in developing and delivering content at these opportunities
Develop standards for CFR partners to support strong promotion and brand awareness between organizations and the initiative
Support LINC staff to implement their CFR funded programs and as appropriate and aligned with skillset, deliver programs
Have a mindset of growth and sustainability.
Government relations and contracting
Meet and stay in contact with city council members regarding CFR success, collaborate with LINC staff, leadership and external consultants to ensure this is coordinated across the organization
Draft testimony and as appropriate represent CFR at oral testimony
Draft reporting documents to funder, collaborate with LINC data/evaluation team to gather data for reports
Manage LINC’s work scope and ensure LINC staff are aware of programs funded by CFR and DYCD, track and monitor calendar of events, and update in real time
Maintain clear documentation of work and ability to track updates
Support all aspects of DYCD contracting such as communicating with the program officer, document uploading to register contract, monitoring work plans etc.
Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and skills:
Interest and commitment to LINC’s mission and to solving the literacy crisis
Understanding of the intersection of early literacy with social justice and equity
3+ years of experience in program coordination and project management
Team player who appreciates collaboration
Diplomatic relationship builder
Willingness to pitch in where needed and to support projects and organizational initiatives that emerge
Organized and able to balance vision and details simultaneously
Able to move projects to completion
Solid public speaker who is comfortable in multiple settings
Strong writing skills and ability to communicate in written form for many audiences
Ability to learn from mistakes and approach missteps as opportunities for growth
Experience with city government and DYCD specifically a plus
Experience with early literacy organizations and understanding of the early literacy landscape a plus
Bilingual, particularly Spanish / English a plus
To apply submit a resume and cover letter to Suzette Soltero at email@example.com. Please
write Strategic Initiatives Manager in the subject line.
Literacy Inc. (LINC) mobilizes resources in high-need communities to surround children with a literacy-rich environment at home, school, and in their neighborhood. Our 2-Gen holistic approach fosters early literacy development to…
To apply submit a resume and cover letter to Emily Gertz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
write Strategic Initiatives Manager in the subject line.