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Project Manager for NH Early Childhood Region 1

Monadnock United Way

About MUW

This is an exciting time in MUW’s 65-year history. We are in the first year of a 5-year strategic plan aimed at addressing our region’s most pressing needs. Through research conducted by MUW, the NH Charitable Foundation and the NH Public Policy Institute, we learned that MUW and its partners are poised to create positive, measurable change in these areas:

  • Children:  Community children live in safe, nurturing, healthy homes and communities.
  • Education:  Community members receive an education that enables them to achieve their fullest potential.
  • Financial stability: Community members have the financial resources they need to live healthy, happy, and productive lives.
  • Basic needs: Community members have access to food, shelter, heat, and transportation. MUW believes these are foundational needs that support the focus areas above.

In addition, we learned that regions across the country have stronger, more lasting effects when communities come together to address social problems using evidence-based practices in a systems-based investment approach called “Impact.” MUW is embracing impactful investing to achieve long-term, lasting change for our region.

About the Monadnock Region of NH

The Monadnock Region is a beautiful, Currier-and-Ives corner of New Hampshire – known for its beauty, access to outdoor activities, vibrant arts culture, and excellent cuisine. This region is also known for its generosity and commitment to community. People in this region give freely of their time, talents and treasure to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive. As a result, the Monadnock United Way sits at the top of the scale nationally for funds raised per capita within the UW system. The Major Gifts Manager will be joining a vibrant and supportive community with opportunities to grow personally and professionally. 

Monadnock United Way is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Position Summary:

Monadnock United Way’s Impact Monadnock initiative (IM) has been awarded a grant to expand and support partnerships among schools, child care, early education programs, family support agencies, and families themselves in a region spanning Monadnock, Sullivan County and the Upper Valley. As one of seven regions across the state, the Project Manager will coordinate and inspire a regional approach among all parties that meets the needs of young children (birth to age 8) and their families, elevates the voices of caregivers and increases equity of access to early childhood services.

As a public-facing facilitator and collaborator, the Project Manager will lead the community at all levels in developing and maintaining an Early Childhood regional infrastructure for young children and their families across the 61 towns in Region 1. In addition to inspiring regional stakeholders and families, the Project Manager will collaborate and communicate with State partners and serve as a liaison between regional stakeholders, leadership in the other regions, and the NH Departments of Health & Human Services and Education. Internally, the Project Manager will coordinate, communicate and collaborate with Region 1 Co-directors, MUW President, and other project consultants and MUW staff as needed.

This full-time grant-funded position runs through December 2022 with plans to extend the initiative and position beyond the funding window.

Requirements:

Competencies

The Manager must model the competencies expected of all MUW staff:

  • Mission Focused. Employee’s top priority is to create real social change that leads to better lives and overall community well-being. This drives employee performance and professional motivations.
  • Relationship Oriented. Employee understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
  • Collaborator. Employee understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
  • Results Driven. Employee is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
  • Brand Steward. Employee is a steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.
  • Role Model. Employee is a role model for shared leadership and advocates for collective impact principles and processes.

Values

The Manager must model and support the values of the organization:

  • Commitment to Community Success: Make a positive difference and have a measurable impact of enduring consequence.
  • Co-leadership: Empower others and act as a catalyst for promoting positive change in our community.
  • Inclusiveness: Aspire to involve every segment of the community in every aspect of work.
  • Integrity and Accountability: Act with integrity that justifies trust.
  • Innovation. Value innovation in community building to affect positive change.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, early education, human services or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader, supervisor, and/or project manager
  • Well-developed communication skills, including oral, print, virtual, and/or social media
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to network with various stakeholders, such as funders, family supports agencies, schools, and early childhood care and education programs
  • Demonstrated capacity for facilitating coalition building efforts
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, create and follow action plans, manage project deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work and function with confidential information and data.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in education, early education, human services or related field
  • 5 years (or more) demonstrated experience as a professional working with young children or families
  • Familiarity with supports and services for young children and families in New Hampshire (including schools, early care and education, and family supports)
  • Knowledge of Collective Impact model and strategies
  • Experience with grants (e.g. writing, monitoring)

Able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The EC Region 1 Project Manager reports to the MUW President and collaborates with the EC Region 1 co-directors and project consultant . A Project Assistant will be available part-time to assist the Project Manager in scheduling, communication, and other logistical tasks.

Regional Lead Oversight:

Serve as the leader and point person for the EC Region 1 System
Develop systems to evaluate, maintain, and sustain the Region 1 System infrastructure
Support communication and feedback loops within the region and across the state

Meeting Responsibilities:

  • Preparation for and facilitation of monthly Leadership Team meetings and quarterly Accountability Team meetings
  • Communicate actively with representatives of Work Groups
  • Coordinate with Project Implementation team(s) as appropriate
  • Attend professional development workshops/training as assigned
  • Attend and report on monthly Community of Practice meetings, and other statewide meetings as appropriate
  • Attend and report on Technical Assistance sessions associated with the grant, as assigned
  • Update Action Plan with Co-directors, MUW President
  • Meet with co-directors, weekly at the outset, then bi-weekly as project continues
  • Meet with MUW President as needed, schedule to be determined as project unfolds

Supervision:

Oversee Project Assistant in scheduling, communication, and reporting on meetings

Communication:

  • Create regular regional communication system and content, in collaboration with MUW staff
  • Manage region wide communication efforts, bringing together existing groups and expanding networks
  • Manage social media platforms for region wide communication

Grant Responsibilities:

  • Attend and report on TA associated with the grant
  • Meet grant reporting requirements and deadlines
  • Complete timely invoicing for grant funds

Other duties as required.

How to Apply:

Benefits

MUW offers a complete benefits package including health insurance, group retirement plan, long and short term disability insurance, paid time off and holidays.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to careers@muw.org. The application review process begins the week of September 27. No phone calls, please.

MUW is committed to be a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to promote an inclusive culture where diversity is valued by everyone. Read our policy at: https://www.muw.org/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-policy

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary Range:

TBD

Job Location:

Keene

Date Added: September 15, 2021

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