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Regional Early Childhood Council

Project Coordinator

Essential Functions

The Project Coordinator will be the primary point person responsible for the management of an all-volunteer collaborative working to create systems change for young children in the St. Louis region. The Project Coordinator’s primary functions include project planning, implementation, coordination and tracking. The Project Coordinator will work with volunteer leadership of the Regional Early Childhood Council (RECC) and the backbone support organization to develop, prioritize and implement project activities, coordinate partnership activities, manage volunteer committees, and seek funding for operating expenses and project activities. The Project Coordinator will maintain and report an updated status of action items, maintain a high-level and detailed project schedule, raise potential issues (proactively) with leadership and stakeholders, suggest and implement solutions as needed, and prepare and deliver project reports and briefings. The Project Coordinator will be housed in the offices of Vision for Children at Risk as the backbone support organization. VCR will provide the coordinator with office space and administrative and logistical support.

Brief Project Description

The Regional Early Childhood Council (RECC) works to build a coordinated system promoting educational readiness and healthy development of young children ages 0-8 in the St. Louis region, especially those in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The RECC brings together over 500 child-serving organizations, funders and businesses.

The primary goals of the RECC are:

  • Develop the necessary infrastructure so RECC can build, facilitate and sustain coordinated early childhood systems in the St. Louis region.
  • Enhance the quality of care provided by those addressing the health and developmental needs of young children, including parents, caregivers, individual providers and programs.
  • Create a regional data collection system that informs development of a comprehensive coordinated system of early childhood development in the St. Louis region and aligns with data required by key state partners.
  • Ensure that early childhood policy issues are recognized on local and state levels as critical to the well-being of individual children and the broader community.

The RECC has five working program committees consisting of volunteers: Data Systems, Public Awareness & Advocacy, Early Childhood Care & Education, Early Childhood Health and Mental Health, and Community Resources & Family Engagement. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Planning & Administration

  • Create, working with leadership, an annual budget.
  • Staff the meetings of RECC Committees, including preparing agendas, sending invites, taking minutes and actively providing follow up support on activities.
  • Identify and prioritize system building strategies and set benchmarks to measure progress, in collaboration with RECC members and leadership and the backbone support organization
  • Collaborate with leadership and backbone support to develop a comprehensive fundraising plan.
  • Work with RECC members to advance strategies in pursuit of a coordinated system.
  • Collaborate effectively with staff members of key partnerships (i.e. Ready By 21, Forward Through Ferguson, For the Sake of All, Flourish Collaborative).
  • Develop internal protocols that enhance the overall operations of the systems change work. 
  • Write grant proposals and funding requests in conjunction with RECC leadership and the backbone support organization.

Public Relations

  • Work with the Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee to promote comprehensive communications to build awareness and support of early childhood needs and RECC goals and activities to the public and funders.
  • Build relationships with key community leaders, business community and stakeholders to advance the mission of RECC.
  • Represent RECC at events and meetings.
  • Project Finance Monitoring
  • In coordination with RECC leadership and the backbone support organization:
    • Monitor and track all budgeted expenditures against the budget
    • Monitor project cash flow projections and report actual cash flow and variance to management on a regular basis
    • Ensure that all financial records for the project are up to date
    • Draft financial reports and supporting documentation for funders
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum five years’ work experience in project management, consulting or leadership.
  • Mastery of basic computer software such as Microsoft Word, Spreadsheets, PowerPoint, E-mail and Internet.
  • Proficiency in finance and budgeting.

Critical Skills and Expertise

  • Ability to work independently under overarching guidance.
  • A self-starter with the ability to move from concepts to action for projects and events. This includes determining/refining strategies to move the project forward, setting goals, creating and implementing action plans, and evaluating the process and results.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. This includes the ability to prioritize tasks, develop a work schedule, monitor progress, and track details, data, information and activities.
  • Excellent collaboration skills.
  • Cultural competence and respect and appreciation for diversity of all types.
  • Effective communication skills: This includes the ability to speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
  • Experience with developing and using spreadsheets and databases to track a variety of data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Work experience in an early childhood setting; grant writing skills.

Position Type: Contractor

Reports to: RECC Co-Chairs and backbone support organization

Hours: Not to exceed 40 hours per week

Compensation: The annual contract for the Project Coordinator will be in the range of $65,000, depending on education and experience.

Application Procedure

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume electronically to Richard Patton at rhpatton@visionforchildren.org

The application deadline is May 12, 2017

The St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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