• Senior Director, Strong Start

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Posted Date 4 days ago(12/7/2018 12:08 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Community Impact
  • Overview

    United Way of Metropolitan Dallas tackles complex social problems by surrounding North Texans with local programming in the areas of Education, Income, and Health – the essential component of a thriving community.  We understand that these three areas are connected and correlated with community success.  We also believe that our lives are interrelated, when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.  When we’re healthy, we’re able to enjoy life, provide for our families, realize our dreams and contribute to our communities. At United Way we are solution seekers and agents of change.  Our goal is to ensure that all North Texans have access to nutritious food, quality healthcare and the chance to lead healthy, productive lives. 


    The Senior Director of Strong Start is responsible for leading programming, volunteer management, reporting, and partnerships that ensure the safety, well-being, and academic growth of children ages 0-8. This role provides leadership and supervision for multiple programs, including: The Department of Family and Protective Service’s HOPES (Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support); the Health and Human Services Commission’s THVP (Texas Home Visiting Program); Once Upon a Month, Start Smart TX, and First Five. Work will include assessing, analyzing, and aligning existing resources; identifying gaps in services and establishing strategic alliances with service providers, and volunteers.  The Senior Director Strong Start will also play a key role in our Community Impact Grants processes (application review, selection, working with service providers, etc.).




    Core Competencies

    • Mission-Focused:  Create real social change that leads to improving lives in our community.
    • Relationship-Oriented:  Is able to communicate effectively to develop, grow and sustain productive relationships.  Knows how to capture and record relevant information and how to interpret and utilize the information to forge partnerships, collaborate, cultivate, grow, sustain and strengthen internal and external relationships.
    • Results-Driven:  Dedicated to shared and measurable goals; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad impact.
    • Stewards:  Our actions, behaviors, and decisions on behalf of our donors must be transparent, meet the highest ethical standards, and align with organizational goals.


    Key Responsibilities

    The following responsibilities are integral to successful performance:


    Provide oversight to and ensure successful execution of Strong Start Programs

    • Manage contracts with all HOPES and THVP subcontractors, including data collection; timely reporting; and revising program plans, budgets and contracts as necessary
    • Work with TexProtects to develop and manage the HOPES Advisory Council
    • Develop a sustainability plan for HOPES Program and integrate the project within broader Child Abuse Prevention framework
    • Work with coalition partners and evaluation partners to develop and implement a comprehensive evaluation strategy for HOPES, THVP, and other key programs
    • Work with HOPES Program team, CAPCO, Dallas County HOPES Advisory Council and subcontractors to develop and implement a comprehensive outreach plan in targeted communities to promote HOPES programming
    • Participate in Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) process alongside THVP Manager & Early Childhood Comprehensive System consultant
    • Oversee development/execution of the new First Five Program, and support PepsiCo relationship
    • Provide thought leadership, supervision, and fundraising support to strengthen current programs/initiatives (OUAM, Start Smart, special events, etc.), and to develop new opportunities


     Leadership, development, and management of internal and external relationships:

    • Development of strategies to align programs, resources, and partners to foster collective impact, including oversight, process development, strategic planning and implementation
    • Identify and respond to community needs and partner with cross-functional members of the Community Impact team, community leaders, service providers, corporations, funders, public sector, health institutions, educational institutions, coalitions, and other stakeholders to collectively implement strategies
    • Actively participate and support the development of investment decisions by reviewing grant proposals, attending relevant meetings, and sharing knowledge and expertise with grant staff
    • Work with Finance on Budget planning, Financial reporting, and contractual compliance (for public grants)
    • Recruit, hire, train, coach, and supervise the Strong Start team and interns
    • Develop and sustain relationships within the Early Childhood, Family Violence and Child Abuse Prevention areas
    • Represent United Way as an issue expert in the community and serve as a member on applicable external coalitions and collaborative projects
    • Ensure that United Way is at the forefront of the latest trends, funding and policies in early childhood education, home visiting, parenting education and child abuse prevention
    • Other duties as assigned


    Job Scope

    • This position has the responsibility for complying with public grants
    • Senior Director must be able to develop new initiatives, systems, and procedures
    • Frequently, new and varied work situations are encountered due to the complex nature of this role
    • Decisions are sometimes made by a group process format and sometimes on an independent basis
    • This role works with United Way staff from Community Impact and other departments as well as leaders, staff, and volunteers from the non-profit, government, business, and faith-based sectors



    EDUCATION:                  Master’s degree in early childhood education, social work, nonprofit management, or related field strongly preferred. 


    EXPERIENCE:                  At least 5 years of experience in non-profit / social services preferred.    


    Program Development and Content Knowledge:                                             

    • Knowledge of current thinking in the early childhood education (i.e. developmental milestones for children 0-8, kindergarten readiness, parental support, etc.), health, poverty, social innovation, advocacy, community development, and policy
    • Strong ability to develop, implement and evaluate strategies to affect change
    • Demonstrated commitment to low-income people, equity, economic justice, intersectionality, structural bias and other social justice concepts
    • Strong knowledge of the interconnectedness of education, health, and financial stability
    • Demonstrated familiarity with several of UWMD education grantmaking areas, including: early learning, literacy, parent engagement, and teacher and leadership professional development
    • Familiarity with Southern Dallas communities, schools, service providers, and businesses
    • Demonstrated experience overseeing execution and compliance with public funding


    Fundraising Acumen

    • Ability to identify and capitalize on strategic points for philanthropic engagement
    • Ability to provide thought leadership on UWMD work both internally and externally
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills and interpersonal skills
    • Communicates effectively and with passion “the story” of the organization’s work to engage donors, volunteers, and advocates.
    • Develops relationships to enhance and contribute to organizational effectiveness.


    Functional Competencies:

    • Exceptional reasoning and strategic problem-solving abilities, and proven track record of success in solving complex and dynamic problems.
    • Excellent project management skills and the ability to chart one’s own direction
    • Strong skill in coaching and developing others, including peers, without having a direct management relationship
    • Desire to help others achieve their goals by sharing ideas, time and resources.
    • Promotes an open-mind, innovation, creativity and is willing to take calculated risks
    • Develops relationships to drive results
    • Commitment to personal learning and development and openness to feedback
    • Adaptability and flexibility, with ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, results-oriented culture with limited guidance
    • Responsive, service-oriented attitude
    • High degree of emotional intelligence


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