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Position Title: Project Manager, Mixed Delivery

Position Status: Regular Full Time

Reports To: Vice President of Community Networks

Work Location: VECF office in Richmond

Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume, and professional references to jobs@vecf.org no later than August 31, 2022; we expect to begin interviewing potential candidates by the week of August 22.

Summary: 


As key lead for VECF’s Mixed Delivery program, the Project Manager will help the VECF team envision, plan, and implement strategies to coordinate with and support regional grantees to establish a scalable model program that successfully supports school-ready children, work-ready families, and strong communities.

Description:

VECF is leading change in Virginia, designing and scaling a family-friendly Mixed Delivery preschool program as part of a statewide Ready Regions strategy to increase equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. In partnership with VDOE, VECF provides, through a competitive grant process, funding and technical assistance to local/regional early childhood awardees who have demonstrated commitment to leading implementation of this public-private model of early childhood care and education delivery with a specific goal of increasing access for eligible children.

This position serves as lead coordinator, strategy developer, and a key contact with both state level strategy/implementation partners and with Mixed Delivery grantee organizations, supporting them with assistance in program design, enrollment strategies, relationship building and maintenance, and other systems-building efforts related to the initiative. The Project Manager helps identify needs for technical assistance and, along with other VECF staff, provides that support so that grantees can fulfill responsibilities of contracting with local private early education sites to enroll and deliver the services, particularly targeting underserved communities including children and families of color.

The Project Manager will also be responsible for assisting with the design and implementation of the application and award process, reviewing and contributing to reports for funders, leading communications with the Mixed Delivery grantee organizations, and providing input on the evaluation of the initiative. This role is crucial in ensuring the grantees know what they need to do and when they need to do it, and will serve as champion for the grantees with VECF, state implementation partners, and other stakeholders.

Job responsibilities:

  • Lead strategy/Connect: Work with VECF and state-level leadership to envision, plan for, and communicate about strategic growth of the Mixed Delivery program, increasing its reach, innovative approaches, and impact
  • Coordinate implementation: In collaboration with VECF staff, coordinate all grant-related obligations, commitments, and responsibilities including planning and development of grant lifecycle and pre-and post-award technical assistance
  • Manage grant processes: In collaboration with VECF staff, design and implement internal processes that support effective grant management
  • Communicate with grantees: Serve as VECF key point of contact for programmatic technical assistance regarding implementation for grantees/communities, overseeing all required activities; build strong and respectful relationships with grantee communities across Virginia
  • Listen and problem solve: Consistently assess grantee needs, challenges, and wins; troubleshoot and identify needed course corrections and/or technical assistance for successful implementation
  • Plan: Forecast for assisting grantees with implementation across growth phases and project periods, including the evolution of Mixed Delivery coordination from regional grantees to Ready Regions
  • Integrate: Be a proactive part of the VECF team working across various grant-funded areas of early childhood systems building

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Proven success (minimum 5 years of experience) in project management and working with a team
  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education/child development, related or specialty field or strong working knowledge of early care and education-related community systems
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; including experience with public speaking
  • Outstanding organizational skills and ability to meet strict timeframes
  • Ability to successfully work with diverse populations, including those who are economically at-risk and/or members of marginalized communities
  • Experience working with adult learners
  • Willingness to travel throughout Virginia with possibility of some overnights (occasional, infrequent)
  • Proficient technology skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 years experience in project management and working with a team
  • Master’s degree in early childhood education/child development, related or specialty field
  • Knowledge of early care and education-related community systems at the local, state and federal levels

Position is salaried, commensurate with experience; anticipated range for compensation package (salary and benefits) is $95,000-115,000.

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: 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.