Development Manager

Merage Foundation and their private nonprofit operating foundation, Early Learning Ventures (ELV),  is seeking a Development Manager to provide high-level, strategic support to ELV’s efforts to secure funding from Foundations and other donors for both unrestricted and restricted purposes, and government agencies for public-private partnerships. The ideal candidate will have a track record of fundraising success, and a passion for the ELV mission of improving the quality of Early Care and Education. The Development Manager will play a critical role in executing the organization’s national scale and sustainability strategy and under the direction of the Executive Director, is responsible for establishing, planning, directing, and coordinating all fund development and strategic partnership activities.  The performance of this role will be assessed on the results of the development and aggressive growth strategy of revenue generation.

Early Learning Ventures is dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable child care. To that end, the organization focuses its efforts on improving the quality of early child care programs offered at the nation’s center- and home-based child care facilities.  Early Learning Ventures has developed a unique model of shared services to streamline business functions and make managing a financially stable, high-quality business attainable. Working with a network of partners and through an online, cost-effective business platform, Early Learning Ventures is supporting providers to strengthen their businesses, save time and money, and, most importantly, offer quality care to more children.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of the organization’s fund development strategy
  • Prospect for potential new partnerships, joint ventures, and strategic alliance opportunities; analyzing their feasibility, shaping specific opportunities, presenting recommendations internally, and negotiating funding agreements
  • Continually seek out opportunities for stewardship and cultivation of both current and potential funders, including arranging and leading site visits
  • Conduct research and maintain knowledge of the Early care and Education sector, current trends, publications and key data, as well as a deep understanding of the ELV model, evaluation and effectiveness
  • Oversees continuous research, development, and up-to-date knowledge on social investment strategies and works to increase the connections to foundations and other funding organizations
  • Ensures compliance with prospect management guidelines for tracking and maintenance of contact and progress reporting
  • Increase awareness of ELV in the public sector to support national expansion
  • Develop and execute ELV’s government relations efforts to educate policy makers on issues related to the delivery of high quality child care, and serve as an effective high-level advocate at both the state and federal level
  • Prepare summary reports, legislative testimony and other assigned communication to support ELV public-private partnership efforts
  • Organize VIP visitor events at our programs, speak at conferences, work with Congressional leaders and Executive Branch officials in leveraging new financial and technical resources, and serving as the ELV spokesperson in the policy and fund development arenas
  • Strengthen relationships with strategic allies (industry groups, advocacy groups, legislators, and executive branch officials)
  • Build relationships with local, state, and national foundation leaders so they are aware of ELV, its impact in the community, and its position on issues related to ECE

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (Marketing or Sales Preferred)
  • At least three years of developing and/or closing strategic partnerships in the six and seven figure range
  • At least five years of experience writing grants for a nonprofit organization with proven track record of securing six- and seven-figure grants preferred
  • Graduate (Master’s Degree, JD or Ph.D.) preferred
  • Experience or interest in the Early Childhood Education sector, or related sector preferred
  • This position will require flexibility to travel frequently (25%+) with the possibility of little notice, and the flexibility to work evenings and weekends for special events

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, FSA, 401(k) and bonus. ELV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click here to apply or send your cover letter including salary history and resume to humanresources@ciginvest.com.

Early Head Start Education Coordinator

Do you complain about the state of education today?  Are you looking for a role where you can make a difference and have your voice heard?  Do you dream of having an influence on the education of kids today?  If so the Education Coordinator role is perfect for you.  This position is responsible for the development, evaluation, and curriculum implementation of the Early Head Start program.  In conjunction with all stakeholders and in partnership with each Child Care Partnership, this position will oversee the development of structures, systems, and procedures to execute a strategy for meeting EHS teacher credentialing requirements, implement a common curriculum in all classrooms, and tracking child outcomes in the four designated counties.  

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversee development, implementation, and monitoring of a comprehensive training plan for center-based and family child care home staff to include topics such as: EHS Performance Standards, Colorado Child Care Licensing, TS Gold, child development, developmental milestones, and effective teaching strategies
  • Partner with EHS-CC Partnership Director and ELV Alliances to develop, manage, and maintain a portfolio of MOU’s and/or contracts, with community service agencies, geared toward teacher training, ECE credentialing, and supporting teachers in working with children with IFSP and various challenging behaviors

  • Oversee development and oversee implementation of program policies and procedures guiding teacher credentialing, to include the annual service plans, school readiness, and working with child challenging behaviors

  • Oversee plan for supporting classroom staff in obtaining required EHS credentialing requirements

  • Ensure adequate systems are in place to effectively deliver a common curriculum and maintain steady progress for meeting school readiness indicators

  • Track, monitor, and analyze program data and prepare regular reports on status as well as recommendations for modifications in service delivery

  • Assumes an active role in program self-assessment and in preparing annual EHS Grant Application and Program Information Report as it relates to EHS
  • Analyze child outcomes data to identify patterns and themes that will guide implementation and modification of program approach
  • Develop and manage annual budget for curriculum, training, and teacher credentialing 
  • Supervise, coach and evaluate job performance of up to six direct reports to include; the development of a professional development and training plan

Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, social welfare, public administration, or related discipline required Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in directing education programs
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience with four plus direct reports
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Head Start or Early Head Start administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of theories and practices of Early Childhood Development and systems development
  • Experience using data to drive planning and program improvements
  • Proven leadership ability, including facilitating relationship building and community collaboration

Travel 

  • Local Travel in Colorado 30-50 %

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Early Head Start Family Coordinator

The Early Head Start Family Coordinator is responsible for the development, evaluation, and oversight of family and community engagement as well as ERSEA (Enrollment, Recruitment, Selection, Eligibility, and Attendance) in relation to the Early Head Start program. In conjunction with all stakeholders, this position will oversee the development of structures, systems, policies and procedures to facilitate family and community engagement and ERSEA in the four designated counties.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop and execute a family engagement program that assesses family needs and strengths and leverages community resources, via a referral process, to meet identified family needs
  • Partner with EHS-CC Partnership Director and ELV Alliances to develop, manage, and maintain a portfolio of MOU’s and/or contracts, with community service agencies

  • Develop and execute a parent education program to include; family literacy and leadership development

  • Develop, revise, and oversee implementation of program policies and procedures guiding family and community engagement as well as ERSEA to include; the annual service plans, eligibility criteria and enrollment, child transition, and parent participation in program governance

  • Develop, execute and monitor a child recruitment plan to ensure 100 percent funded enrollment

  • Execute a monitoring and reporting structure, with direct reports, that ensures full compliance of EHS Performance Standards as well as meets the needs of families; to include completion of a Family Partnership Agreement and appropriate follow-up on all referrals

  • Establish process to facilitating parent committee, policy committee

  • Track, monitor, and analyze program data and prepare regular reports on status as well as recommendations for modifications in service delivery

  • Assume an active role in program self-assessment, preparation annual EHS Grant Application, and preparation of Program Information Report as it relates to EHS
  • Develop and manage annual budget for family and community engagement as well as ERSEA
  • Supervise, coach and evaluate job performance of up to six family support specialists to include; the development of a professional development and training plan

Educational Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Human Development, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, public administration required, Masters preferred
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in child / family case management
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience with four plus direct reports
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Head Start or Early Head Start administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of theories and practices of case management and community engagement
  • Experience using data to drive planning and program improvements
  • Proven leadership ability, including community collaboration and parent involvement

Travel -

  • Local Travel in Colorado 30-50 %

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Early Head Start Quality Improvement Coordinator

The Early Head Start Quality Improvement Coordinator is responsible for the development, evaluation, and oversight of the early childhood development and health services as well as quality improvement in relation to the Early Head Start program, including all program mandates and standards being met, oversight of record-keeping and monitoring systems, and development of community partnerships. In conjunction with all stakeholders and in partnership with each CC-Partnership, this position will oversee the development of structures, systems, and procedures to execute a strategy for ensuring classrooms and family child care homes in the designated four counties are safe and healthy for all children.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversee development, implementation, and monitoring of the quality improvement program, inclusive of state and federal regulations, that assesses teacher and classroom needs and results in a written plan for improvement to include evaluation of teacher training needs, classroom observations, and regularly scheduled reflective supervisions
  • Partner with the EHS-CC Partnership Director and ELV Alliances to develop, maintain, and manage a MOU’s and/or contracts, in relationship to Colorado Shines

  • Develop, revise, and oversee implementation of program policies and procedures guiding early childhood development and health services to include the annual service plans, health and safety, nutrition, health services, and effective classroom management strategies

  • Track, monitor, and analyze program data and prepare regular reports on status as well as recommendations for modifications in service delivery

  • Assumes an active role in program self-assessment and in preparing annual EHS Grant Application and Program Information Report as it relates to EHS

  • Establish and maintain relationships and collaborations with ELV Alliances, CDHS, public health entities, and other pertinent community agencies

  • Execute a monitoring and reporting structure, with direct reports, that ensures full compliance of EHS Performance Standards as well as meets the needs of families; to include completion of all required timed activities such as pertinent developmental screenings and home visits

  • Establish process for coaching teachers in their development and effective implementation of QIP strategies

  • Develop and manage annual budget for quality improvement and early childhood development and health services

  • Supervise, coach and evaluate job performance of up to six quality improvement specialists to include; the development of a professional development and training plan

  • Oversee development and execution of plan for working with leadership at CC-Partnership sites to support implementation and compliance with EHS Performance Standards

Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, social welfare, public administration required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in directing quality improvement
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience with four plus direct reports

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Head Start or Early Head Start administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of theories and practices of adult learning and systems based quality improvement
  • Experience using data to drive planning and program improvements
  • Proven leadership ability, including facilitating relationships with classroom staff and community partnerships

Travel -

  • Local Travel in Colorado 30-50 %

Click here to apply today.