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Project Director

General Information
Reports To: Collaborative steering committee
Schedule/Location: Flexible

  • Independent Contractor
  • Approx. 15-20 hours/week
  • One-year grant funded

Rate: $45-60 per hour
Anticipated Start Date: February-March 2019

About the N.C. Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

The Collaborative is a group of N.C.-based funders who bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy together to promote the development and sustainability of a comprehensive early childhood system that benefits all children, families, the workforce and communities in North Carolina. The Collaborative envisions a future where North Carolina’s children arrive to kindergarten healthy and ready for school and succeeding by the end of third grade.

Job description:

Role of the Project Director and Key Responsibilities

The Collaborative is seeking a part-time contractor to serve as Project Director. The Project Director will act as staff to the group and will be guided by a steering committee. Following are initial responsibilities of the Project Director:

  • Implement strategic direction by working with collaborative partners to facilitate efforts of working groups toward that end.

  • Facilitate goal-setting for the Collaborative and report progress toward those goals.

  • Design and facilitate meetings of the Steering Committee, including circulating minutes/notes.

  • Plan programs for the Collaborative, including meeting design, facilitation, securing guest speakers, etc. Membership meetings should include an educational component based on member feedback.

  • Collect and share the following with the Collaborative: Literature, research, state and federal legislative or policy actions, and other events of interest to the early childhood grantmaking field.

  • Manage administrative functions, including record keeping and expense tracking.

  • Facilitate the connection of collaborative members to one another, and to relevant individuals and entities with common policy, research, funding and advocacy priorities.

  • Represent the collaborative at state-level meetings and state and national conferences.

Key Skills

The Collaborative is seeking an individual with the experience and professionalism required to coordinate and manage a diverse group of foundation executives, while also managing the logistical and administrative details associated with meeting and program planning. These skills include:

  • Proven project management expertise, including management of administrative/logistical details.

  • Convening and group/meeting-facilitation skills.

  • Strong communication skills: Written/oral/presentation, as well as data collection/dissemination/storage.

  • Website management skills preferred.

  • General understanding of the early childhood landscape (key systems and players) is preferred.

Initial Activities and Work Products

The Project Director will work with the Steering Committee to produce the following initial deliverables:

  • Implement strategic direction for the Collaborative.

  • Maintain and update an inventory of early childhood practitioners and funders in North Carolina.

  • Develop goals for the Collaborative based on funding and advocacy interests, as well as needs in the field.

  • Plan/implement/facilitate quarterly knowledge-sharing and networking meetings of the Collaborative’s members.

  • Create communication processes and channels for Collaborative members.

  • Create a catalog of relevant research and resources.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume to by Jan. 24, 2019. No calls please.

$45-60 per hour

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