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Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives

Fort Wayne, IN, USA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 31 Jul 2020

Expires on 31 Jul 2020

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Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives

United Way of Allen County is looking for a full-time Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives to join their team! 

United Way of Allen County provides its employees with a generous benefit plan including insurance and retirement plans, paid holidays and time off programs. 

To be considered, the application must include full job history and be signed; attaching a resume alone is not sufficient.
Resume and cover letter are highly recommended

The Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives’ responsibilities will focus on the coordination and support of a portion of United Way of Allen County’s (UWAC) Childhood Success work, which will include providing leadership to the Allen County Focus on 5 Coalition.   The Manager is expected to learn about the pulse of the community with regards to the status of maternal-child health, early childhood development, and have knowledge of the impacts of health and education disparities.  Additionally, the Manager will identify opportunities to promote and market the vital importance of early education.


Allen County Focus on 5 Coalition 

  • Responsible for leading the Coalition’s efforts to address a holistic approach for 0-5 that include maternal-child health, early childhood development, quality and sustainable childcare, and early intervention strategies.
  • Incorporate knowledge of health and education disparities
  • Work in collaboration with the Coalition Advisory Team to ensure a sustainable coalition infrastructure that focuses on the management of collaborative programming and community education. 
  • Continuous evaluation and research of Coalition programmatic goals and strategies.
  • Build knowledge and network by relaying pertinent information from local, state, and national resources and making introductions to key contacts.
  • Champion the importance of maternal-child health, early education and intervention, and the work of the Coalition to stakeholders in the community.
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting appropriate representatives from all areas relevant to the Coalition’s work as members of the Coalition and future Advisory Team representatives.
  • Assist in identifying, recruiting, and encouraging participation from a broad base of early childhood, health, community, and business representatives in the work of the Coalition.
  • Manage collection, evaluation, and dissemination of data related to goals that evaluate the success of efforts, suggest activities that would further goals, and determine additional areas for collaboration.
  • Responsible for the coordination, meeting logistics, and facilitation for the Coalition and all associated Coalition work groups.  Manager will attend all related Coalition meetings.
  • Accountable for the regular communication with Coalition members and managing the Coalition’s project management software.

Kindergarten Countdown Coordination

  • Work with school districts and community partners for planning and implementation of annual Kindergarten Countdown program. 
  • Problem solve issues or challenges during the program.
  • Collect student data and work with Marketing Department to create program report at the completion of the session.

Paths to QUALITY™ Grant Management

  • Oversee United Way’s Paths to QUALITY™ grant process and timeline.
  • Ensures the grant dollars awarded are accounted for and used appropriately.
  • Work in collaboration with Allen County Focus on 5 Coalition to ensure grants are addressing the critical needs of childcare providers and children.
  • Follow-up with childcare providers and licensed coaches to ensure outcomes of the grants are being achieved.
  • Provide reports and success stories of outcomes to United Way’s Marketing staff to promote impact and success of efforts.

Lead Staff for On My Way Pre-K

  • Collaborate with On My Way Pre-K Project Manager to promote the program in Allen County.
  • Work with FSSA and other county lead agencies to evaluate program efforts locally and statewide

Education and Experience

  • BS/BA preferred in Early Childhood Development, Health Education, Nonprofit Administration, or related field or combination of education and three (3) years related experience.
  • Experience in program management preferred.
  • Will consider candidate with equivalent combination of education and related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent customer service, follow through, professionalism, and courtesy
  • Excellent reading comprehension and listening skills
  • Interact effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and meeting facilitation
  • Proven strong leadership skills and ability to be self-motivated and take initiative.
  • Strong understanding of the current landscape of programs for families and young children, with experience in community and grassroots development.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a variety of constituents and stakeholders; including community partners, United Way Board members, volunteers, staff and the general public. Represents United Way in the community in an appropriate manner.
  • Strong strategic planning and evaluation skills.
  • Demonstrates strong communications skills, both written and verbal, and assures the accuracy of all Women United Events communications.
  • Demonstrated project management, time management, and organizational skills, with the ability to manage details of multiple and complex projects within firm schedules, set priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of activities or job duties, and effectively carries out goals in a manner that enhances the image of the organization.
  • Willingness/ability to work under pressure, manage multiple projects and respond nimbly to changing deadlines without close supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to function as part of a team while providing leadership for event sponsors, volunteers and the general public.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare reports, and present data in an understandable form.
  • Individual must be able to work with data that is of a critical and confidential nature.
  • Ability to work autonomously with a minimal amount of supervision, and to excel in an entrepreneurial, self-starting and fast paced environment.
  • Must be proficient and comfortable with use of a computer and its applications including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), among other items; Customer Relations Management (CRM) experience preferred.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

  • Constant exposure to work environment is typically controlled, agreeable, and in a non-smoking office, though travel may occasionally expose employee to inclement weather conditions.
  • A person in this position needs to constantly move about inside the office and during frequent off-site meetings. 
  • Frequent activity associated with attending meetings within the organization and meeting external constituents. 
  • Frequently attend local meetings. Occasional annual United Way (UW) conference attendance is needed as determined by supervisor. 
  • Regarding meetings: observing the presenter or information being relayed, as well as detecting the message, and exchanging information is a requirement. 
  • The employee will occasionally be required to audibly address/convey information to large groups of people in an indoor setting.
  • Frequently communicate with others and/or express oneself via meetings, over the telephone, and through written channels.
  • Constantly recognize and discern written material.
  • Constantly operate typical office equipment (telephone, copier, printer, fax, computer, keyboard, etc.). 
  • Employee will seldomly need to position themselves to lower spaces or ground floor to reference objects/items or information such as literature.
  • On an infrequent/seldom basis, employee may need to move items up to twenty-five (25) pounds when preparing for meetings, events, or gatherings.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
  • Constantly ascend/descend stairs (while inside UWAC’s office building, an elevator is available for use).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, daily access to reliable transportation, and proof of current automobile insurance.
  • Frequently required to drive/operate a car.
  • Ability to periodically work evenings and weekends/outside the standard 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM timeframe

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  It is understood that the employee will also perform responsible related business duties if required by the immediate supervisor or by a person authorized to give instructions and assignments.  I understand the employer has the right to revise this job description at any time with or without notice.  The hired candidate understands that the job description document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship and that either the employee or the employer may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.

Equal Opportunity Employment Employer/Veterans/Disabled.