Position Title: Early Education Program Manager
Supervised By: Director of Community Impact
FLSA Status: Exempt Salaried Position
Last Updated: May 25, 2023
The Early Education Program Manager will be responsible for the Birth to 5 Initiative overseeing the Mission: Ready Early Education Program, The Basics, and Camp United. Their key function is to manage the daily operations of these programs, develop and supervise the implementation of educational programs and strategies, provide training and support to staff, and childcare workers, collaborate with community partners, evaluate program outcomes, ensure compliance with regulations and policies, develop and manage program budgets, and maintain strong communication with program stakeholders.
The Program Manager will work with local stakeholders to continually develop an intervention for one of the most critical issues in our community, education and school readiness. The role will constantly assess the current landscape and continue to strategize and oversee UWHC’s approach to the issue that enlists working directly with local childcare centers in the solution.
EDUCATION PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
- Ensure recruitment, enrollment, and training of local childcare centers for training and implementation of the Heggerty Curriculum;
- Provide leadership and supervision of the Heggerty Curriculum to all participating childcare centers;
- Conduct program evaluation at sites, and use the information to improve the program continuously;
- Train childcare workers in the importance of early education Heggarty Curriculum and foster a spirit of teamwork and partnership between the program and sites;
- Create and implement training with site supervisors;
- Track student enrollment, schedules, attendance, and tutoring hours to ensure students reach required hours of service and reading levels. Report data to stakeholders and use the information to improve program outcomes continuously;
- Assist the Director of Community Impact and Finance Coordinator in writing the annual budget to present to the CEO for approval;
- Conduct on-site visits and provide feedback to local childcare center leadership;
- Submit quarterly narrative reports to the stakeholder and advisory committees;
- Ensure fiscal responsibilities for all program revenue and expenses;
- Attend local or regional collaborative meetings regarding early childhood education;
- Collaborate with the Director of Community Impact to assess the needs of nonprofit organizations and childcare centers to build capacity and action plans;
- Work with childcare center Supervisors to establish the support needed to implement a successful program.;;
- Ensure recruitment, training, and community support for The Basics;
- Lead the implementation of The Basics, a public health campaign emphasizing early childhood education for families and communities;
- Monitor and collect student progress toward kindergarten readiness;
- Work with Horry County Schools on the planning and implementation of Camp United Pre-K Summer Learning Program;
- Collaborate with the Director of Philanthropy and President & CEO on funding opportunities for Mission Ready, The Basicss, and Camp United;
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- The manager will coordinate and facilitate:
- The development of a shared vision for change that includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving the problem through agreed-upon actions;
- An agreed-upon way success will be measured and reported;
- A coordinated set of activities through a mutually reinforcing plan of action;
- Continuous Communication to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and create common motivation;
- Coordinate efforts with local and national evaluators and data partners;
- The identified opportunities to strengthen current services (through training, funding, or capacity building) while developing science-based programs that may be funded or fortified with volunteers.
- Assurance, throughout the whole process, that the community is a key component of the initiative; the manager will coordinate community meetings, engage stakeholders, and fulfill a community communications plan for complete transparency.
- Build long-term sustainable support through advocacy, policy change, and coordination of funding to assure every child in Horry County have access to equitable learning opportunities and high-quality childcare.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree preferred or equivalent work experience. Necessary job skills and attributes include excellent communication skills and time/project management. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Must have valid driver’s license, vehicle, and state-required personal vehicle insurance or consistent access to same.
- Flexibility when needed, as the job involves some evenings and weekends
- Must have a cell phone or consistent access to a phone.
- Confidently facilitating public speaking events and engagement as an Ambassador of the United Way of Horry County
- Must adhere to UWHC workplace principles and values.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies:
Qualifications and Education Requirements
- Relevant experience in one of the following areas: community development, community health, or early childhood education
- Experience in bridge-building with different groups and stakeholders.
- Demonstrated understanding of policy and systems change framework.
- Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team and ability to work in a complex environment requiring significant collaboration.
- Strong planning and organizational skills, with the ability to think strategically in the design, integration, and execution of programs through the utilization of different kinds of capital.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in written and oral communication; ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
- Familiarity with Horry County and understanding of the local community.
- Exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills.
- Knowledge of grantmaking and philanthropy is a plus.
- Previous experience supervising teams or individuals.
- Able to develop and execute recruitment strategies for volunteers
- Skills in facilitation and experience in conflict resolution.
- Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Constant Contact, WordPress, Canva, and all social media platforms.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, advanced interpersonal/relational skills, and presentation skills.
- Experience in building, developing, and retaining strong relationships.
- Demonstrable effective written and oral communication skills and ability to establish effective working relationships.
- Ability to plan, prioritize and implement multiple assignments and projects simultaneously and maintain deadlines.
- Superior problem-solving skills as evidenced by the ability to work independently with minimum direction.
- Able to function in a stressful, fast-paced, multi-task environment.
ADA PROFILE: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; repetitive finger and wrist movement; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The office environment may be hectic at times.
DISCLAIMER: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
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