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, a nonprofit in Durham, N.C. focused on expanding opportunity, reducing poverty, and promoting equity, particularly in the South, seeks a program manager to provide local leadership and program support to Great Expectations
. A major initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Great Expectations works to ensure that children in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life.
MDC serves as the activating agency for this initiative, leading the implementation of Great Expectations in close partnership with Trust staff. In this role, MDC works closely with grantees of the Trust, key organizations supporting the early childhood system in the county, and other community leaders in implementing the Great Expectations strategy and emphasizing equity within the early childhood system. Strategic areas of focus include improving supports for informal caregivers, preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences, strengthening birth-third grade alignment, and supporting access to universal pre-K.
The Program Manager will be an integral member of MDC’s Great Expectations team, making critical contributions to the initiative’s strategies and goals. The position provides a tremendous opportunity to contribute to a place-based, funder-led systems change effort designed to improve early childhood outcomes. MDC is headquartered in Durham, NC, and this position will be based in Forsyth County, NC. Travel most days a week to Forsyth County will be required for candidates who live in surrounding areas. This position reports to MDC’s Great Expectations Director.
- Partner Relationship Development: As the Forsyth County-based team member, a primary role of the Program Manager will be developing and strengthening relationships with key members of the early childhood community in Forsyth County. The Program Manager will organize and facilitate groups of stakeholders to inform Great Expectations strategy and grantmaking. The Program Manager will also serve on a number of advisory committees to track the work of other early childhood initiatives, identifying opportunities for alignment and capacity-building.
- Writing and Research: The program manager will be responsible for research, writing and analysis related to Great Expectations strategic areas of focus, emerging and established national best practice in the early childhood field, scans of existing services, and demographic data in Forsyth County.
- Project Management and Support: The program manager will be involved in all stages of program work. This may include developing project plans, organizing and facilitating meetings, contributing to evaluation plans, and drafting reports and recommendations.
The Program Manager should have at least four years of experience related to early childhood education and development. A BA or BS degree is required. A Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health/maternal and child health, early childhood education, public policy) is preferable, though work experience can substitute for a graduate degree in some cases. The strongest candidates will have established knowledge of and relationships within the Forsyth County early childhood system.
In addition, candidates must have:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Capability to interact with and foster collaboration among a wide variety of individuals, including representatives of government agencies, community-based organizations, foundations, community networks, and parents and caregivers
- Strong meeting facilitation and follow-up skills; demonstrated ability to manage community design processes preferred
- Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to work in a team environment
- Experience managing a complex initiative, with multiple constituencies
- A commitment to creating equity and racial equity across the South and the nation
- An ability to work independently; this staff person will travel to MDC’s offices at least twice monthly but will otherwise work in the Triad
MDC enjoys strong financial support from national and regional partners in private philanthropy, business, and government. Our operating principle is: Education + Work + Assets = the Pathway to Opportunity, and our strategy is to:
- Frame a progressive Southern agenda through presentation and dissemination of data and analysis in the State of the South report, blog, and website, and by hosting conferences at the regional, state, and local levels
- Organize leaders to create the will to act by helping them understand the Infrastructure of
- Opportunity and the ways communities can and are building them based on their unique situations.
- Demonstrate promising solutions, often through creation of broad-based community partnerships
- Scale/Sustain what works by making systemic changes that strengthen the infrastructure of opportunity
MDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and equity it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. For more info about MDC, go to www.mdcinc.org.
Application deadline is March 30, 2019 at 11:59pm.
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Forsyth County, NC