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The work that we do here at SFTA is a reflection of our mission, vision and purpose. Each member of our team, whether staff, board, or volunteer, works within their area of expertise to contribute to our success. If your skill set, commitment, and enthusiasm for building and sustaining effective support systems for Wisconsin’s youngest children match ours, please stay tuned to our website for updates in available job opportunities. Meanwhile take some time to browse our site and learn more about SFTA and what we do. We encourage you to also explore job openings for our member Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) and Family Resource Centers (FRCs)

SFTA looks for certain attributes and experiences in candidates for employment, so if you’re interested in employment, here are a few things to consider:

  • People are the cornerstone of our work. Interpersonal skills demonstrated through effective decision-making, discretion and good judgment are a must
  • Effective partnerships are essential to our success. This requires excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • SFTA values linguistic diversity and aim to serve every individual in their preferred language. Bilingual capacities are a major plus
  • We are highly productive. This means we all have to know when and how to collaborate effectively and work independently
  • Our work evolves. This means that our team members manage and prioritize competing demands and shifting timelines and priorities
  • We are a nonprofit. An understanding of how nonprofits operate and thrive supports our mission and vision
  • We are here for Wisconsin’s youngest children. Staff hands-on experience matched with education, training and knowledge related to the earliest years maximize our impact

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Co-Director, Programs and External Relations

Posted 3/22/2019

Supporting Families Together Association 
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711

Purpose: Our purpose is to optimize the developmental window of opportunity that early childhood presents for building a strong foundation for life.

Mission:  We cultivate a system of organizations and professionals across Wisconsin to promote quality, strengths-based, early childhood services in all communities.

Vision:  In every Wisconsin community, all children have the opportunity to reach their highest potential and all adults embrace their role and responsibility to children

Values: Our strong and responsive relationships are vital. Our work mirrors our passion. Curiosity inspires our innovation and growth. We believe true wisdom means lifelong learning.

Job Description:

100% FTE – The Co-Director serves as one of two members of SFTA’s Executive Team, leading the organization in the achievement of its mission. The Co-Director of Programs and External Relations is responsible for the oversight of the development, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programming. The Co-Director serves a primary role in fund development, grant writing, communications and advocacy, and as a public face of the organization. The Co-Director represents SFTA membership and the broader field of early childhood and family support on various collaborative and cross sector work groups, committees and teams on both the state and national level. The Co-Director collaborates with the Co-Director of Operations on contract management, systems development and financial controls. The Co-Director is responsible to the SFTA Board of Directors.

Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) is a responsive and nimble organization, serving Wisconsin’s youngest children and their families through collaborations with local community-based organizations. SFTA has a strong track record of innovation and growth evidenced by its consistent acquisition of diverse resources, expansion of programming and increase in staff. The Co-Director of Programs and External Relations is in a position of influence to observe the strengths, priorities and gaps across the state and translate them into program outcomes and policy changes. The role is dynamic in its day-to-day tasks and responsibilities and while the work and objectives are diverse, a common thread is the incredible workforce of individuals at SFTA, among its members and more broadly in the fields of family support and early care and education. The position is relationship-based in nature, drawing upon the dedication, passion and energy inspired by the industry. SFTA is a forward momentum organization, and this position has the defining component of being able to see full circle an idea become a statewide outcome. Requiring a big picture perspective, this position reaps the great opportunity to create change by drawing upon, analyzing and translating the local successes and priorities across Wisconsin into statewide initiatives, policies and progress.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Represent SFTA to stakeholders, funding agencies, and other interested parties in a strength-based, principled, and collaborative way.
  • Understand and advocate for SFTA’s mission using a systems perspective.
  • Consistently demonstrate ability to anticipate challenges and opportunities and address them appropriately.
  • Ability to communicate needs, identify resources, and secure support for efforts.
  • Understand and contribute to efforts in a culturally competent way.
  • Assist the Co-Director of Operations and an independent auditor in the agency audit, as needed.
  • Support the SFTA board regarding agency vision and policy and keep the board informed of programs and external relations activities.

External Relations

  • Engage a variety of key stakeholders in collaboration with SFTA’s board, staff and members to promote early childhood priorities.
  • Maintain and cultivate appropriate relationships with members, funders and other early childhood systems
  • Work with members, both in subcontracting relationships and other partnerships, to advance SFTA’s mission, strategic aims, and program priorities.
  • Maintain communication with members via quarterly meetings, regular teleconferences, annual site visits and other ad-hoc avenues.
  • Advance advocacy efforts by developing timely responses to public policy issues affecting the organization, its members and the field of early childhood and providing professional development, technical assistance and guidance to members in the form of issue campaign plans, talking points, and support material.
  • Collaborate with the Co-Director of Operations and SFTA’s board to create and implement fund development campaigns.

Program – Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

  • Lead grant writing efforts, coordinating the Agency and membership to identify and respond to appropriate
    funding opportunities that align with SFTA’s mission, strategic aims, program priorities, and capacity.
  • Support program managers and staff in partnering with funders and members to achieve program objectives, meet and exceed deliverables and sustain existing funding.
  • Work with the Co-Director of Operations to assess SFTA and member capacity to act on opportunities for
  • Collaborate in building program and agency budgets by clearly articulating grant requirements, program design and outcome goals.
  • Provide oversight from a programmatic perspective about compliance issues with partner organizations, support development of corrective action plans, monitor progress, and contribute to quarterly progress reports per grant requirements.
  • Oversee and contribute to the preparation of external program reports that comply with funder requirements and disseminate reports to key audiences.

Staff Management

  • Provide guidance and support to managers and staff. Co-facilitate staff, board, and membership meetings.
  • Support professional development of staff and organization per professional development goals.
  • Support transparency in programming and external relations through education at staff meetings, including
    information dissemination, decision making, planning and progress updates.
  • Advance the agency mission and ethics through reflective and relationship-based supervision.
  • Support HR activities including but not limited to review of staff timesheets and reimbursement forms in
    compliance with the organizational budget and policies and government reporting/procurement requirements.
  • In partnership with the Co-Director of Operations, make personnel decisions including compensation,
    promotions, hiring, and firing decisions in compliance with state and federal law as well as agency mission, aims, and priorities.

Key Qualifications

  • A BA or BS with core knowledge in early childhood, early education, social work or other related studies is required. A related Master’s degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience in a leadership or managerial role. Five or more years of related professional experience preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to present complex information in an understandable and persuasive way across audiences (including grant writing).
  • Strong analytical skills that support the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and the building and maintaining of early childhood systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood systems, early childhood service delivery, and ability to advance SFTA’s mission with external stakeholders through principled and collaborative relationships.
  • Experience in public relations, including the development and execution of issue, media and communications plans.
  • Experience in fund development strategies and campaigns.
  • Supervisory experience encompassing employment law, hiring and termination, benefits, direct supervision, effective evaluation.
  • Ability to use technology and data systems to accomplish goals. Experience with Office 365, Salesforce, Canvas and/or other systems is highly valued.
  • Understanding of legislative and other policy processes and ability to effectively advocate.
  • Experience with project management including experience with design and development of proposals, budgets, work planning, establishing clear deliverables, and goals and objectives, and evaluation.
  • Ability to work with a board to develop and support agency strategic planning efforts and implementation of agency priorities including short, mid, and long-term programmatic goals.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals and disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Understands agency mission and represents same to public Willing to travel regularly within the state of Wisconsin and occasionally outside of the state Must pass criminal background check/s prior to final employment offer Perform other duties as assigned This position is contingent upon grant funding


  • Annual Salary ranges from $80,000-96,000 (1.0 FTE) depending on experience
  • Generous paid time off policy
  • Benefits available

Agency is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

To apply, forward resume and cover letter to erik@supportingfamiliestogether.org

Apply to be a Board Member

The Board of Directors is the organization’s governing body. It is entrusted with the authority to establish policy for the governance of Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA). Its members are trustees who act on behalf of SFTA and have the principle responsibility for setting and fulfilling the mission. The board forms the strategic plan to accomplish the mission and oversees and evaluates the plan. The board hires the executive directors, provides support and supervision to the directors, is responsible for the financial solvency and sustainability of the organization by providing proper financial oversight and ensuring adequate resources; and establishes and oversees the organization’s policies and procedures for human resource management.

Board members serve three year terms. The make-up of the board as determined by the organizational by-laws, must include a representative elected by the Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and the Family Resource Centers (FRCs); and should include such consideration as geographical region, community and public and private business leaders, early care and education professionals, and the diverse communities served by the organization.

Each board member must:

  • Be committed to SFTA’s mission, vision, and purpose
  • Be a current member of Supporting Families Together, on the staff of a current organizational member organization, or be the elected representative of a CCR&R or FRC
  • Approach board service to SFTA in a way that serves the organization as a whole, rather than any segment of the constituency
  • Have no financial or personal interest, direct or indirect, that may pose a conflict of interest or may be otherwise incompatible with proper discharge of fiduciary duties as a Board member

Each board member is expected to:

  • Review agenda and materials prior to meetings
  • Attend quarterly board meetings
  • Attend one day and a half long retreat/planning meeting each year
  • Actively participate on one board committee via teleconference bi-monthly
  • Participate in new board orientation at the start of the term on the board
  • Make a financial commitment to SFTA at a level comfortable to the individual member
  • Keep up to date on developments that may affect the organization
  • Inform others about the work of SFTA
  • Suggest potential nominees to the board

Think you are interested in becoming a board member? Take a look at the detailed job descriptions for an SFTA Board Member at Large and an SFTA Board Core Member Representative (only available to SFTA Core Members). Then take our SFTA Prospective Board Member Interest Survey and drop it off at the SFTA offices, or send it via, e-mail, fax or mail:

Supporting Families Together Association
Attn: Jody Bartnick, Board President
700 Rayovac Drive, Suite 6
Madison, WI 53711
Fax: 608-441-5399

Volunteer with SFTA

If you want to get involved in Supporting Families Together Association’s efforts, volunteering is a great way to get started! Check out our Volunteer Page.


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