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Position Title: Accountability Liaison for Ready Regions 

Position Status: Full Time (grant funded) 

Reports to: Chief Accountability Officer (until the CAO position is filled, this position will report to VECF President) 

Location: Richmond, Virginia Office

This position supports the development and implementation of VECF’s Ready Regions strategy, focusing on incorporating improved data, IT, and precise measurement systems within operations and project design to address inequities in and increase access to early childhood success for children and their families. 

Position Description 

VECF is leading change in Virginia, building and sustaining a statewide system of Ready Regions to increase opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. To efficiently administer this change initiative, this position focuses on systemic problem-solving through exploration and implementation of data, IT, and measurement strategies and solutions. In particular, the Accountability Liaison will be responsible for coordinating Ready Regions’ implementation of these tools and strategies: family engagement/councils, coordinated enrollment, and gap measurement and analyses. The position will work with other VECF staff, partners, and contractors to build these accountability systems and to support all Ready Regions to successfully establish and implement them, with the goal of integrating equitable and seamless community networks for families and children. 

Job responsibilities 

  • Project Coordination – Support the development and successful implementation of a work plan to stand up and sustain the data-focused tools and systems that will increase VECF’s and Ready Regions’ precision in actionable insights increasing access to early childhood success. 
  • Technical Assistance 
    • Work with the Senior Learning and Engagement Officer to plan TA that builds the capacity of Ready Regions leads and VECF staff to use data to promote access to services and supports that meet families’ needs and preferences 
    • Identify and share clear guidance and processes for building, implementing, and succeeding with data-related strategies intended to address systemic barriers to families’ success. 
  • Developing Partnerships – Alongside other VECF/RR staff, support the development of high-functioning partnerships and peer learning among the relevant stakeholders across the state, such that Ready Regions are better able to sustain person-centered systems that help families thrive. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Previous work experience and a track record for successful project management and coordination 
  • Experience and interest in data, research, measurement of impact, and IT tools
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Ability to manage significant responsibility and to ask for help when needed
  • Collaborative approaches including genuinely listening to and working with stakeholders to implement solutions that work for each region/population
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail
  • Proficient in MS Office, including Word, Powerpoint and Excel, and data collection/analysis software and tools
  • Willingness to travel occasionally throughout Virginia with possibility of some overnights 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Strong track record implementing data/measurement tools and systems 
  • Facility with qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Familiarity with resources, programs, and key contacts for supporting children, families, and service providers across systems and sectors
  • Significant experience engaging with community stakeholders to promote access to needed services and systems for vulnerable families
  • 3+ years experience in project coordination
  • Bachelors or Masters in relevant field 

VECF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Position Title: Chief Accountability Officer (CAO) 

Position Status: Full Time 

Reports To: VECF President 

Work Location: Richmond, Virginia Office 

The CAO will be an integral member of Virginia’s team in the development of new knowledge and insights for delivering on the promise to improve opportunities and outcomes for all Virginia children and families. 

Organization 

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is a statewide non-profit public-private partnership with the vision that every region in Virginia will ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. Its mission is to serve as the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success. VECF has a rare and exciting opportunity to scale our efforts to support communities’ capacity to advance school readiness and improve early childhood success through the statewide spread and responsibilities of a new initiative, Ready Regions. The Ready Regions network is an effort to reimagine Virginia’s early childhood care and education (ECCE) system in the wake of the COVID crisis. Through public-private partnerships at the regional level, Ready Regions will allow every child and family to benefit from greater access to quality ECCE services. 

Position 

To ensure Ready Regions delivers the promise of ongoing quality, equity and sustainability of Virginia ECCE, VECF is in search of a Chief Accountability Officer who will report to the President, serve on VECF’s executive team, and lead a team of staff professionals, along with a cadre of contracted subject matter experts. The CAO will work with the President to establish and implement a powerful vision and accountability plan for VECF and our grant-funded initiatives. 

In this newly created role at VECF, the CAO will bring a fresh perspective to solve previously intractable and newly emerging challenges encountered by VECF grantees and programs and Virginia ECCE more broadly. The CAO will be responsible for internal evaluation and research efforts and will help shape how VECF leverages and boosts other research and evaluation efforts in Virginia to expand the collective sphere of innovation. The CAO will be expected to foster collaboration both internally and externally by providing high-level project management, strategic insight, and data intelligence on an array of research, evaluation, and other actionable data projects. 

The CAO will have a broad and seasoned skill set in data management and use (identification, collection, analytics, IT solutions), research, and evaluation and will facilitate the creation and, alongside their team, oversight of partnerships with state agencies and universities, contractors, Chewning Fellows, and others with specific expertise as relevant to grant opportunities and research questions. 

The CAO will bring an entrepreneurial perspective to VECF’s data-related strategies, including but sometimes extending beyond traditional academic research methods to identify applied research methods for discerning strategies to answer significant research questions. Our goal will be to uncover nuanced findings to inform VECF’s confrontation of inequities, fill elusive and emerging knowledge gaps, and increase impact in early childhood success for children, families, and communities. This will require the CAO to design and oversee efforts to collect, mine, analyze and utilize data from VECF’s and partners’ data solutions. The Accountability Team will support the fiscal, operational, and data-driven capacity of VECF and grantees to scale and study their efforts, and therefore build capacity to influence and improve impact.

The CAO will support the Accountability Team in enhancing VECF’s internal data and evaluation & research capacity, including building out capacity around: 

  • Data identification (figuring out the right data for specified tasks or questions that need to be answered)
  • Data access (gaining access to or sharing already existing data)
  • Data collection (gathering new data that don’t already exist)
  • Data management (establishing effective, user-friendly solutions for matching/linking different data sets, cleaning data to improve accuracy, and organizing data so it can be more easily found, analyzed, and used)
  • Data analysis and visualization (generating meaningful, usable information from data)
  • Data use (applying statistical and qualitative findings to such purposes as informing innovations in VECF programs and more broadly in the ECCE field, garnering better understanding of and buy-in for initiatives or policies, writing more compelling funding proposals)
  • Data messaging (using data to convey urgency, need, value, and impact through narratives and visualizations)
  • Other data capacity elements. 

The CAO will excel at: 

  • Melding the best of academic and applied research methodologies within an entrepreneurial approach to generate actionable strategies for continuous programmatic, organizational and system-wide improvements
  • Implementing innovative equity monitoring tools for identifying and informing solutions to gaps in access to early childhood opportunities (e.g., an equity data dashboards or storyboards)
  • Overseeing meaningful approaches to data utilization, including robust data quality assurance measures
  • Developing a data sharing culture within stringent data privacy parameters to improve coordination, decision-making, generation of new actionable information, and accountability across the state’s complex ECCE system
  • Orchestrating longitudinal and latitudinal data integration to conduct intra- and inter-system analyses (e.g., downstream impacts over time and distinct counts across multiple services);
  • Guiding the development of data products via different media to support understanding and use of analytics (e.g., data visualizations, infographics, website content, reports, articles, white papers, etc.);
  • Monitoring and managing complex, high-stakes projects and completing projects within established deadlines
  • Specifically managing IT solution projects, including the design, development and deployment phases, to address programmatic and enterprise requirements related to data collection, storage, integration, analytics, and reporting. 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with concentrated research methodology studies required. Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Familiarity with/experience in early childhood field preferred but not required. 
  • At least 5 years of experience required in data analysis and reporting, including a strong command of quantitative and qualitative research methods & data analysis tools. 5 years of experience with designing, developing and deploying data solutions preferred. 
  • Strong track record of project management and completion of tasks within established deadlines required.
  • Proficiency required with:
    • Office suite software, including Excel and PowerPoint
    • Common data collection tools, such as Zoho, Qualtrics, SurveyMonkey, or REDCap
    • Data analytics tools (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R, ArcGIS, Dedoose, Qualtrics, or other quantitative & qualitative tools); 
    • Business intelligence and data visualization platforms, such as Tableau, Metabase or Power BI; 
    • Running analytics, including frequency distributions, correlational analysis, regression analysis, geospatial data analysis, and analysis of varying forms & types of datasets, including administrative quantitative data sets to qualitative interview data and ECCE to K-12 data
    • Common ECCE data solutions including frontend user interfaces [e.g., automated child care management systems (CCMS such as ChildPlus, ProCare, Wonderschool)] and backend databases (SQL or Excel databases and data warehouses)
    • Developing specifications for and implementing data integration strategies
    • Some familiarity preferred with applicable ECCE data regulations [e.g., Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Virginia Government Data Collection & Dissemination Practices Act (VA GDCDP Act – § 2.2-3800-3809)]. 

Position is salaried, commensurate with experience. 

VECF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

VECF maintains a drug free workplace. 

Position Title: Operations Associate

Position Status: Full Time

Work Location:  Richmond, Virginia Office

Position Description: The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation seeks a self-directed, detail-oriented candidate who is able to work across multiple projects to coordinate a wide range of customer service, administrative, outreach and operations tasks to support successful implementation of a portfolio of grant-funded initiatives in a fast-paced environment.

Organization: The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is a statewide non-profit public-private partnership with the vision that every region in Virginia will ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. Its mission is to serve as the non-partisan steward of Virginia’s promise for early childhood success. In partnership with key state agencies, VECF supports the work of local communities and regions in strengthening their early childhood systems. The Foundation provides competitive grants and technical assistance to local early childhood initiatives formed to build capacity and infrastructure in local communities for delivery of high quality early childhood programs.

Job responsibilities:

Constituent Services

  • Serve as point of contact for constituent inquiries (phone and email) by responding to any questions submitted Monday – Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm within one business day.
  • Provide guidance, assistance, and clarifications for grantees and partners regarding data reporting and other routine questions.
  • Keep online portals updated with project resources, updates, frequently asked questions, meeting recordings, and other helpful information for grantees and partners.
  • Send reminders to grantees and partners regarding report due dates, technical assistance opportunities, and other relevant updates and deadlines.

Information and Project Management

  • Keep project management systems updated with current status of project budgets, reports, and other operations related documentation.
  • Provide administrative and operations support for internal teams including contact management, meeting scheduling, registration coordination, and routing emails.
  • Update and develop project forms and processes in grants management system, as needed.
  • Assist with data entry, contract management, and invoice review, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years proven track record of successful high-volume customer service or operations roles
  • Ability to problem-solve, self-direct, and manage workload
  • Ability to balance multiple demands, exhibit strong task management skills, find efficiencies, and be flexible in handling last-minute needs and changes
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to meet strict timeframes
  • Proficient technology skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Ability to successfully work with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in related or specialty field

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

VECF is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

VECF maintains a drug free workplace.

Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter, and references to jobs@vecf.org.