White Center Promise Director
The White Center Promise (WCP) Director is responsible for the oversight, coordination and implementation of a neighborhood-based effort to transform the educational and developmental outcomes of children in White Center, closing gaps in achievement, creating cradle-to-career supports for all youth and families, and ensuring a thriving community. The White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA) serves as the convener of this collaborative process consisting of multiple partners including residents, community service providers and large public systems. While this is a staff position of the WCCDA, the WCP Core Partners (WCCDA, Southwest Youth & Family Services, Highline Public Schools and King County Housing Authority) provide strategic direction with substantive input and guidance for the project. The WCP Director will ensure ongoing success of the WCP effort by providing leadership and consistent quality and accountability of programs, partnerships, community leadership, sustainability strategies, policy and system change, communications, and data use.
Position/Classification: Salaried, Part-time (36 Hours), Permanent, Program Director
(The position will become full-time as funding allows.)
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Family Development Manager, Data and Evaluation Manager, and Foreclosure
Customers: WCCDA board, staff and partner agencies, prospective funders and donors, White Center families
Essential Job Functions
The Director will be responsible for the oversight of the entire White Center Promise effort including:
- Ensure the sustainability of WCP through a thorough understanding of short-term and long-term cost projections, implementing new strategies for attracting and braiding various government, institutional and foundation resources, and ensuring the alignment of funds within the community;
- Guide the evolution of effective data driven decision making that will ensure the overall quality of the project aligned with specific indicators, results areas and targets;
- Create and utilize communications tools geared to many different audiences about WCP, both within the neighborhood, and across the county, state and the country, in order to garner positive interest, recognition and publicity for the WCP story and successes;
- Deepen existing partnerships, develop relevant new ones, nurture effective collaborative relationships among partners; and develop mechanisms for ensuring partner accountability to meeting performance goals and milestones;
- Ensure residents in the community are actively engaged in the project at all levels of decision making;
- Work with staff and partners to expand existing strategies, and implement new strategies within a Continuum of Solutions that create a seamless experience for the youth and their families as they progress through their education from cradle to career;
- Work with partners and regional leaders to affect policy and systems change that will increase access and opportunities for White Center residents;
- Coordinate all aspects of federal Promise Neighborhoods grant application and submittal;
- Manage relevant WCCDA staff including the Family Development Manager, Data and Evaluation Manager, and Foreclosure Prevention Specialist;
- Coordinate and facilitate WCP-coordinated meetings and efforts, such as the WCP Core Leadership Team, and the White Center Network for Integrating New Americans; and
- Participate in the national Promise Neighborhoods community of practice, and other relevant local, state and federal workgroups and committees as necessary.
- Have 5+ years in a leadership role managing complex projects working collaboratively with private sector and public partners;
- Proven ability and a record of success in leveraging and braiding funds from a variety of government, institutional, and corporate resources;
- Strong marketing and communications skills to build stakeholder awareness of the WCP story and to catalyze new support of WCP throughout the region;
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse organizations to build a collaborative, strengths-based team environment to create shared vision and goals, clear action steps, attainable yet ambitious expectations and performance goals, and accountability measures to ensure they are met;
- Strong understanding of the complexities of systems change work around educational reform and community empowerment, and the vision and skill to address them effectively;
- Experience coaching and leading staff in an environment that fosters creativity, teamwork, accountability, a commitment to excellence, and mutual respect;
- Previous experience writing and/or coordinating large federal grant applications;
- Deep commitment to social justice and a personal approach that emphasizes diversity and inclusion principles and practices, and values differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance;
- Superb interpersonal skills, and equally comfortable with diplomacy and advocacy;
- Excellent project management skills to meet timelines on a diverse range of projects and initiatives;
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office and CRM databases), with a recognized ability to manage and interpret data;
- Demonstrated experience working within a low-income community with high need youth and families;
- Strong knowledge and understanding of the K-12 public education system.
- Prefers a grassroots environment, yet comfortable navigating within larger institutional structures and hierarchy as well.
- Commitment and ability to work collaboratively with staff, residents and partners across multiple programs, functions, and organizations, to solicit and incorporate feedback.
- Must be flexible and able to work evenings, weekends and holidays, as necessary.
Education & Experience
The ideal candidate will be a skilled senior nonprofit leader and manager with experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in education, public administration, community development, nonprofit management, or a closely related field plus 4 years of experience. Familiarity with White Center, and local and regional non-profits, education and human services sectors is desired. However, any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required qualifications and skills set will be considered.
Pay Rate: $30 per hour, plus pro-rated health and dental benefits
Application submittal: Application must be received by Monday, August 17th at 5:00pm PST for first review. Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume. Complete application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the White Center CDA, 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, WA 98146.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions: Work is performed in an office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to read, speak, stand, walk, sit and use a computer keyboard and monitor. Some heavy lifting and physical labor is required during special events. This position requires occasional travel to meetings and conferences. Some evening meetings and/or weekend events will be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
Equal Opportunity: The White Center Community Development Association prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities or in employment and application for employment as protected under state or federal law. We are an equal opportunity employer.
People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.