Director for Educare Public Affairs

 

Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach 

Public Affairs Director 

 

Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach (ELALB) is an early development and education demonstration school, funded through a public-private partnership focused on uplifting best practices in the LA region and across California. Educare Los Angeles at Long Beach is part of the National Educare Learning Network (ELN). Collectively, the ELN schools and national evaluation partner use data on the implementation of best practices to advance quality early learning, lift the existing quality work and serve as a platform to drive change among policymakers, business leaders and early childhood education providers. 

Position: 

The Public Affairs Director’s principal function is to lead ELALB’s fund development efforts. The Public Affairs Director will cultivate local, state and national partnerships and with the support of the Educare Advisory Board, work towards raising operational resources. The Public Affairs Director will serve as liaison to the Long Beach Education Foundation (Foundation) and the ELALB Advisory Board. Director will work in close partnership with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and UNITE-LA, to effectively execute ELALB’s mission. 

UNITE-LA shall serve as employer of record for the Public Affairs Director and will report to both the Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at UNITE LA and LBUSD Director of Head Start Program. The Public Affairs Director will coordinate recurring team check-in meetings to support the implementation of ELALB’s goals and objectives. In addition, the Public Affairs Director will also report to the Educare Advisory Board. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), exempt-level position. Benefits include: Vacation Time; Sick Time; Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); Long Term Disability; Life Insurance, 401(k) and commuter/transportation benefits (Metro TAP and Metro-Link Corporate Program). 

UNITE-LA is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. 

We will consider for employment all qualified applicants in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. 

Responsibilities include: 

Resource Development 

The Public Affairs Director shall engage in various fund development activites to ensure that the Educare quality gap funding is secured ($1.5-2M). The Public Affaris Director will track all private (non-LBUSD) grant funding sources and prepare proposals and reports required by funders, cultivate funders through networking and secure prospect funders. The Public Affairs Director will work with the Director of Head Start, Educare Principal, LBUSD Fiscal Officer and LBUSD Head Start Accountant to develop and monitor the operating budget. The budget will be shared with the EAB. 

The Public Affairs Director will research and identify potential private and public sources of funds and, with the support of partner agencies and the Foundation’s Board, support the fundraising strategies for ELALB, including grant writing, major donor campaigns and special events. 

Policy and Advocacy 

Work to position ELALB as an influential stakeholder in early childhood education at the local, state and national level. This includes: 

Local Policy: Representing Educare within the L.A. County Policy Roundtable, L.A. County Child Care Planning Committee, the Long Beach ECE Committee, and other County and Long Beach-wide ECE efforts that could be influenced by Educare. 

State Policy: In partnership with Educare CA Silicon Valley, develop statewide policy priorities, investments and system change opportunities. 

Federal Policy: Actively participate in Policy Work Group for the Educare Learning Network. Participate on national policy calls, provide comments on federal policies impacting 0-5 programs. 

Promote Educare best practices with other local education agencies and work with mixed-delivery system leaders across Long Beach, L.A. County and CA to elevate partnerships, leverage resources and create solid relationships that will be mutually beneficial to Educare, external partners and the overall ECE priorities that align across Educare and other stakeholders. 

Represent ELALB within the early childhood stakeholders and the broader community through social media, web page, and newsletters. 

Collaborate with the Local Evaluation Partner (ELP) and school leadership to develop an annual report. 

Leadership 

Develop working relationships with Educare teachers, staff and parents in order to help inform a genuine narrative of the programmatic success and effectiveness at Educare. Facilitate the development of a culture of excellence, collaboration, quality assurance and continuous improvement across the various partner agencies and programs on site through a visible and passionate focus on the children and families served by ELALB. 

In collaboration with the Educare Advisory Board Chair, School Principal, and Director of Head Start, support the governance activities of the Board, coordinate the quarterly EAB meetings (include agenda 

development, logistics, announce and keep minutes), promote successes via social media, web page and newsletters. 

Participate in Educare Learning Network (ELN) activities, support ELALB partner agency utilization of ELN resources, and represent the needs and concerns of the ELALB to the national network. Serves as a liaison between the ELN, school leadership and Educare Advisory Board of Directors. 

In collaboration with partners, help develop and promote ELALB as a teaching laboratory for public and private early childhood education and care providers, support the programmatic research, documentation and dissemination of ELALB’s best practices. 

Qualifications: 

ELALB Advisory Board seeks a seasoned, responsible, focused individual, with outstanding, verbal and written communication skills and high level of accuracy. Experience in and knowledge of fund development and or grant writing is required. The successful candidate will be highly organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented, creative, strategic, professional and able to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines. Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Candidates must have a high level of computer literacy, including experience using online databases and other sources to locate financial and philanthropic information, and possess exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, Board members, donors, and prospective donors. The ideal candidate understands and embraces a diverse community (race/ethnicity, income levels, etc.), and carries first-hand experience and a passion for supporting vulnerable communities. 

Bachelor’s degree required, Master preferred or 10 years of experience in development. 

Salary: $75,000-$110,000 annually. 

How to apply: 

Please email your resume and cover letter to earlyed@unitela.com, with the subject heading Educare Public Affairs Position. 

UNITE LA is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 

Resumes/Cover letters will be accepted until 6 pm (PST) on September 1, 2020. 

 

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