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Overview:

Soar’s mission is to elevate community voice to influence policies and practices that impact children, youth, and families. We do this by convening coalitions, aligning strategies, and engaging communities in partnership, and developing family and youth leadership through strength-based approaches. School’s Out Washington serves as the host agency, fiscal sponsor, and employer of record for Soar staff members.

 

Position Summary:

Soar is looking for a skilled leader to direct and lead the organization’s work around early learning advocacy and coalition-building in King County and at the state level in our Director of Early Learning position. The Director is accountable for Soar’s early learning strategic planning, with a broad scope of functional responsibilities including community relations, fundraising, grant-writing, planning, and project management. The position requires the ability to develop and nurture significant strategic external relationships in order to influence others for the benefit of our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) early learning community. It involves a high degree of complexity in order to balance the interests of various constituencies, with an ability to integrate new practices, manage broad responsibilities and multiple partnerships, and to provide leadership in cross-system integration all while centering racial equity.

Major areas of responsibility include managing the King County Early Learning Coalition to advance community driven objectives while moving to advance and inform local and statewide initiatives. The Director will navigate decision making on priorities sometimes made by group process and sometimes independently using a racial equity lens, a broad interpretation of applicable laws, and government guidelines. To succeed, the Director will be creative, flexible, collaborative, comfortable with the changing nature of initiatives, and respectful of its roots in the community.

Title: Director of Early Learning

Reports to: Soar’s Executive Director

Location: Remote during COVID; 801 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington

Key Areas of Responsibility

King County Early Learning Coalition (KCELC) Facilitator

●    Lead the collaborative work of the KCELC meetings, including the development of agendas and meeting materials. Facilitate and document monthly and quarterly work group meetings. Provide timely follow-up notes, resources, or other documentation as determined during meetings. Ensure strategic documents such as action plans are kept up to date.

●    Partner with community members, leaders, networks, and organizations to increase the voice and engagement of parents in collaborative work groups, with a focus on communities of color

●    Within collaborative work groups, identify trends, surface challenges, and problem-solve proactively. Identify emerging advocacy opportunities for workgroups and facilitate collective actions to advance priorities.

●    Maintain relationships with key groups and partners with goals that are aligned to those of the early learning work groups. Leverage connections with additional key stakeholders, groups, and initiatives to support collective work.

●    Serve as a liaison for the KCELC at various early learning tables around the region and state

●    Lead effective communications within and across collaborative work groups, and with key external stakeholders; participate in regular meetings with external stakeholders and partners.

●    Ensure strategy implementation outcomes and/or milestones are achieved and measure progress towards achieving goals using the principles of continuous improvement. Collect and analyze data to ensure project goals are met.

KCELC Washington Community for Children (WCFC) Regional Lead

●       Represent King County at the WCFC leadership table and be responsible for implementation of the WCFC framework locally.

●       Serve as the primary WCFC contact for King County and hold the network's collective purpose at the center.

●       Maintain the big picture landscape (community, local & state government), and help identify priorities and opportunities to advance the work of the Coalition 

KCELC King County Help Me Grow (KC HMG) Initiative Lead

·  Integrate KC HMG data and learnings back to the state landscape to address the gaps for KC families; Working in partnership with the KC HMG Core team to provide information on early learning data and system building within the King County HMG Partnership to share learnings to the state landscape

 

●    Inform KCELC partners on state-to-local communication and collaborations that would enhance KC HMG network

●    Bridge KC HMG system to KCELC collective action, sharing mutual learning make more accessible for family & communities of color led CBOs

Manage the King County Early Learning Community of Practice including:

●    Coordinate meeting logistics, agenda setting, co-facilitation, overseeing note taking and follow-up activities for 6-8 convenings over the course of the year

●    Develop and disseminate outreach communications Outreach and recruitment to home-based practitioners for participation and solicitation of input in meeting design for community of practice participants

Administrative

●    Participate with the SOAR leadership team in ongoing strategic planning, partnership development, and capacity building.

●    Administer all Soar Early Learning Program logistics including budgets, timelines, project plans, tasks, and partnerships. Monitor budget expenditures, allocate resources and write reports.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

●    Strong understanding of, commitment to, and experience advancing racial equity in educational and human service systems

●    Demonstrated and proven experience in coalition building and facilitation, with particular knowledge and experience with Washington State and King County early childhood development systems and organizations highly desired

●    Demonstrated experience recruiting, building, and supporting diverse coalitions, experience in the early learning arena a plus including ability to: facilitate community dialogue and problem-solving; to listen; to summarize for the group; to think laterally and creatively to develop solutions and resolve conflicts - especially in virtual/asynchronous settings

●    Demonstrated ability to analyze group dynamics, anticipate challenges, and exercise independent judgment.

●    Proven project management skills and experience, including ability to be: highly organized; develop systems to manage multiple timelines and projects; meet internal and external deadlines; set and achieve goals.

●    Understand the complexity of effectively navigating systems, from both community and professional perspectives.

●    Exhibited ability to create an effective, positive workgroup culture; to relate well to a diversity of individuals.

●    Established ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including public speaking

●    Computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

●    Ability to independently travel between work appointments.

Education/Experience:

●    Demonstrated and proven experience in progressively responsible experience working in senior-level program management, systems development, community organizing, or as a change agent.

●    Expertise in early childhood development essential

●    Knowledge of and experience with Washington State and King County early childhood systems is desired.

Hours and Salary Range:

●    40 hours per week, Monday-Friday; occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

●    $72,000 to $82,000 annually, depending on qualifications.

●    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Full-time, Exempt

●    Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and Paid Time Off

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, including 3 references, to jobs@schoolsoutwashington.org with the subject line "Director of Early Learning"

Please send your resume and cover letter as one document. Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages and should outline how your professional background, experience, interests, and passions specifically correlate to the position and Soar’s mission and work.

Applications received by Monday, May 17, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by May 17th. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.

Soar, hosted and fiscally sponsored by School’s Out Washington, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Soar is committed to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

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ABOUT WASHINGTON COMMUNITIES FOR CHILDREN

The Washington Communities for Children (WCFC) is a network of coalitions with a mission to connect local and statewide efforts to improve the wellbeing of children, families, and communities. WCFC Regions have trusted relationships with over 750 local organizations and individuals, including early learning providers, social service agencies, early intervention services, child welfare organizations, libraries, juvenile courts, school districts, public health agencies, higher education, families, and many others.

There are 10 WCFC Regional Leads, each selected by their local community to represent and coordinate the work of their region. Together, these 10 Leads make up the governing body for WCFC.

 ABOUT KING COUNTY BEST STARTS FOR KIDS:

Best Starts for Kids (BSK) is an initiative to improve the health and well-being of King County by investing in promotion, prevention, and early intervention for children, youth, families, and communities. Best Starts for Kids is rooted in the fundamental belief – from within King County government and across King County’s richly diverse communities – that our county is a region of considerable opportunity, and that we all benefit when each and every King County child, youth, and young adult is supported to achieve their fullest potential. Lives of health, prosperity, and purpose must be within reach for every King County resident. With Best Starts for Kids, we will work to assure that neither zip code nor family income constrains our young people from pursuing lives of promise and possibility.

Best Starts for Kids will drive toward the following three results:

●    Babies are born healthy and are provided with a strong foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing.

●    King County is a place where everyone has equitable opportunities to be safe and healthy as they progress through childhood, building academic and life skills to be thriving members of their communities.

●    Communities offer safe, welcoming, and healthy environments that help improve outcomes for all King County children and families, regardless of where they live.

 

Overview:

Soar’s mission is to elevate community voice to influence policies and practices that impact children, youth, and families. We do this by convening coalitions, aligning strategies, and engaging communities in partnership, and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021

Salary

$72,000 - $82,000

Benefits

●    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Full-time, Exempt

●    Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and Paid Time Off 

●    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Full-time, Exempt

●    Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and Paid Time Off 

Level of Language Proficiency

Established ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including public speaking

Established ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, including public speaking

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
801 23rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
Suite A

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, including 3 references, to jobs@schoolsoutwashington.org with the subject line "Director of Early Learning"

Please send your resume and cover letter as one document. Cover letters should be no more than 2 pages and should outline how your professional background, experience, interests, and passions specifically correlate to the position and Soar’s mission and work.

Applications received by Monday, May 17, 2021 will receive full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by May 17th. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.

Soar, hosted and fiscally sponsored by School’s Out Washington, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Soar is committed to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply. 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume, including 3 references, to jobs@schoolsoutwashington.org with the subject line "Director of Early…

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