Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) is a collaborative effort to build a connected, innovative system of care for Guilford County’s youngest children and their families. Our focus is ensuring all children in Guilford County and their families get the resources they need for healthy development. We want every child born in Guilford County from 2022 and beyond to enter kindergarten developmentally on track in five key areas:
- Language and communication
- Approaches to play and learning
Family voice informs our work, and we share our learning with residents and community stakeholders. We also work with more than 100 community partners in Guilford County and North Carolina to create this system of care. As a backbone organization, our goal is population-level change.
The Network Director is responsible for developing strategy for leading, overseeing, and monitoring the collective impact progress of Ready for School, Ready for Life’s Evidence-based programs prenatal – 8. In addition, the Director is responsible for developing a plan for engaging community partners prenatal – 8 and tracking/troubleshooting gaps in services. Key responsibilities will include the development of strategy, implementation, facilitation, and completion of a variety of work plans to support each program’s efforts to deliver services including the facilitation of strategic resource mapping. The Network Director will work closely with the EBPs to establish impact measurements and monitor performance data in alignment with the established work plans.
Evidence-Based Program Support
- Manage, coach, facilitate, and provide technical assistance to Evidence-Based programs to achieve objectives and complete deliverables
- Oversee EBP network leaders and collaborate with each regarding agenda planning, meeting debriefing, and overall expansion program progress monitoring.
- Develop a strategic plan for ensuring EBP deliverables are met per timeline.
- Maintain appropriate documentation of progress for each EBP including, but not limited to, goals, action plans, work products, meeting minutes and relevant research.
- Accomplish team results by communicating network expectations to partners, planning, monitoring, and reporting network progress; coaching, counseling the “team”; developing, coordinating, and enforcing policies and procedures that support synergy among the “stakeholder team”
- Assist in establishing impact measurements that are developed and utilized in collaboration with our partners
- Assist in developing, monitoring, and revising annual, and quarterly work plans for the EBPs
- Foster a sense of synergy, ownership, and personal connection among the EBPs to Ready Ready’s work and the community we serve
- Provide regular updates to key stakeholders on EBP status
- Research and implement a Community Engagement operating model and governance structure to support the alignment needs of Ready Ready (prenatal – 8) based on feedback from community partners and families.
- Develop a strategic community engagement plan to target community engagement efforts based upon data reviewed by the alignment team
- Oversee the collection of successful client stories for Ready Ready Communications Director
- Develop priorities and goals for Community Alignment for each stage of the initiative (prenatal – 3, postnatal, Ages 3-5, Ages 5-8)
- Work with the IDS team to develop robust management systems and tools to ensure streamlined referral process, timely feedback from community partners, and effective reports.
- Support the design and implementation of Community Alignment to improve care coordination for specific populations, services and other community-identified issues
- Stay abreast of community initiatives and opportunities that have potential alignment with Navigation
- Oversee team community engagement efforts and data analysis support for addressing gaps
- Supervise the Network team
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development, public policy, or a related field such as social work, public health, public administration, business, communication. Masters preferred.
- Three or more years of experience working on community-based projects with multiple team members.
- Knowledge of the early childhood, education and/or health care systems is desirable.
- Prior project/program management experience is highly desirable.
- A commitment to Ready for School, Ready for Life’s Values and Principles.
- Supports the Ready ReadyEquity Statement and commits to implementation of the Equity Strategy Plan (to be completed spring 2022).
- Sound judgment and ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.
- Strong organizational, communication, and relationship-building skills.
- Ability to work autonomously.
- Intermediate to advanced skills with Microsoft desktop programs, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, and others.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and pass a criminal and driving background check.