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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org