The Director of Education & Resiliency is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that advance United Way of the Midlands’ community goals for education and youth success including our work to develop resiliency, early literacy and STEM. The role oversees the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a signature initiative of United Way of the Midlands (UWM), that supplements and enhances shared reading experiences to ignite a love of reading for elementary students. MRC offers a library of services that includes: one to one tutoring; book donations; book nook sponsorships; at-home libraries for students through the Be a Book Bunny program; parent engagement events; guest reading volunteer opportunities; and summer reading camps. MRC is a partnership between United Way of the Midlands, school districts within UWM’s 6 county footprint, local colleges, universities, and community partners serving over 1,000 children each year in across 27 schools. The role also oversees UWM’s Resilient Midlands work to prevent and mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences. The position oversees funding and initiatives of our Two-Generation approach to stabilize families experiencing financial or housing instability. The position is a member of the UWM’s Community Impact Department leadership team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Partnership & Team Development
- Lead UWM’s advancement of learning, resiliency, and youth success.
- Lead UWM’s work in education.
- Lead Resilient Midlands initiative to address Adverse Childhood Experiences.
- Lead UWM’s Two-generation approach to family stability.
- Lead for community partnerships such as school districts, local governments, and other educational and youth serving leaders.
Research, Planning and Evaluation
- Develop and lead plans with evaluation strategies for education, resiliency, and youth work.
- Collect, manage, and analyze data including best or promising practice research to support development and implementation of UWM education and youth strategies.
- Manage UWM grants awarded to education and youth serving organizations.
- Engage donors, corporate partners and volunteers to solicit public and private sources of grants, gifts, in-kind goods to support education and youth strategies.
- Write or oversee submission of private and federal grants to support education and youth initiatives.
REQUIRED & PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree in human services field or a bachelor’s degree in another area with relevant experience.
- Skills with data analysis, program evaluation and design.
- Experience in recruiting and managing volunteer committee members.
- Strong skills in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Teams.
- Experience in community building and implementation of community-based initiatives, collaborating with and convening diverse community partners in efforts that produce measurable outcomes.
- Ability to work independently and lead a team.
- Master’s degree in education field.