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Manager or Senior Manager, Family & Community Engagement

Thrive Birth to Five

Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex counties, as well as the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.

About this role: This is a new role that supervises two Family & Community Engagement Coordinators. Family & Community Engagement is one of the building blocks of a strong early childhood care & education systems. As part of TB5’s work, this building block includes family voice, provider voice, public-private partnerships, coalitions among interested parties, and local engagement. TB5 will create a value exchange with parents, caregivers, and the community to ensure that all have the resources, opportunities, and relationships to enhance every child’s development.

Among the primary duties of the Manager, Family & Community Engagement:  

  1. Support Family Voice
  • Oversee the Family Council that includes representatives from 17 diverse localities
  • Work with families, childcare providers, school systems, Ready Regions Central staff, and partner organizations to elevate family challenges to policy level conversations in all venues where ThriveB5 has a voice: Board of Directors, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Promise Partnership, provider councils, etc.
  1. Build and Enhance Cross-Sector Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Identify, seek and foster collaborative relationships across focus areas and among service providers, early childhood organizations, school representatives and local government administrators.
  • Coordinate with other projects and coalitions in the early childhood and workforce development sectors to maintain a full understanding of the current landscape of local and regional activities.
  • Remain up-to-date on programmatic best-practices and opportunities to further engage stakeholders, partners and providers in systemic activities.
  • Connect and support partners and providers serving families with children from birth to age five within our region to increase coordination, collaboration, accountability, and family engagement to support families in accessing what they need and choose
  1. Build Shared Vision for Collective Impact
  • Create the framework, guide, and plan collective impact work in regional and local communities
    • Lead ThriveB5’s Early Childhood Care & Education Coalition
    • Share management of locality planning groups across a 17 county/city territory
    • Broaden the work in the Southern part of ThriveB5’s territory
    • Prioritize equity-centered family engagement for our partners
  • Use data for the region to drive long-term goals, recognizing patterns and challenges
  • Build public will for Early Childhood Care & Education and advance policy
  1. Kindergarten Registration
  • Connect with school divisions across Ready Region Central’s 17 county/city territory to maintain accurate and up-to-date information about Kindergarten Registration.
  • Promote preparedness for families and children by participating in school divisions’ Pre-K activities.
  • Support external communications through ECCE providers, media, and social media. 

Capabilities and Background:

A capacity builder focused on creating effective and equitable networks.

  • Seek out, foster, and sustain relationships that promote family voice
  • Engage in public/private partnerships in early childhood to ensure all children reach Kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Foster a regional culture of equity, trust, transparency, and shared accountability for documented outcomes that are driven by efficient and effective use of community resources.

A nimble collaborator who can navigate change effectively.

  • Effectively work with partners and community leaders to implement a clear vision for the rapidly changing field of Early Childhood Care & Education

An externally facing communicator

  • Communicate using a variety of methods to best suit the needs of varied audiences
Required Qualifications:
Education/Experience/Skills/Qualifications: • Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree is preferred and at least five years of experience, directly or combined, in public-private partnerships, advocacy, collective impact, family engagement communications, and/or early childhood education. • Entrepreneurial Spirit: Takes initiative and actively seeks to deepen provider relationships and to forge new ones. • Collaboration: Effective at working with partners in diverse and complex networks to reach common goals and objectives. • Relationship Building: Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships both internally and externally – including individuals, providers, and stakeholder groups. • Technology: Ability to use technology effectively (Microsoft Suites, communications platforms, other software)
Permanent position is eligible for a competitive salary and benefits package
Permanent position is eligible for a competitive salary and benefits package
How to apply:
To apply: email by September 30, 2022 with a cover letter with the title Manager, Family & Community Engagement, resume and salary requirements.
Posting Organization:
Thrive Birth to Five