The Ounce of Prevention Fund is one of Chicago’s most energized, future-focused organizations devoted to early childhood development.
Our mission is to give children in underserved communities the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest-quality care and education from birth to age five.
We are recruiting individuals who want to join us in this mission and share a commitment to our core values of appreciation & respect, empowerment, diversity, excellence, learning and communication.
Working on the Educare Learning Network (ELN) team, you will be part of a network of 25 best-in-class schools providing center-based care and education to young children across the nation. We enhance the knowledge, capacity, and skills of local staff to develop, implement and sustain the Educare model through implementation assistance, training and peer learning.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Educare Learning Network you will:
Provide strategic support and staffing to the division’s senior leadership to further the work of the Educare Learning Network and to support the Ounce’s work to influence change in early childhood practice, research, and public-private investments for at-risk children ages birth to five years.
Staff the Educare Governance Council which includes relationship building with Council members, scheduling, note taking, synthesizing information, developing materials, templates, and power point slides including graphic presentations of materials.
Coordinate and manage meetings, workgroups, committees and special events with both internal and external audiences. Includes agenda creation, planning, research, development of meeting materials, communications and some meeting facilitation.
Provide timely and effective operational support. Work with senior leadership to proactively anticipate and problem-solve challenges.
Assist senior leadership with follow-up tasks related to their job responsibilities and the growth and development of the division.
Compose, edit and distribute written products, materials and resources including presentations, memos, reports, briefs, etc.
Assist in conceptualizing and coordinating strategies to support the division’s work with key external and internal stakeholders.
Build, implement and maintain systems to support leadership staff and teams in achieving strategic goals and priorities
In partnership with the Administrative Assistant, review and prioritize calendars.
Screen communication, determine priority and respond appropriately.
Make recommendations as needed regarding appropriate action and follow up.
Perform administrative duties as required to ensure assigned staffs’ administrative needs are met.
Required - Bachelor’s degree in social work, human/social services, English, education, or business/public administration with a minimum of 5 years of experience in program and/or non-profit administration, including at least three years’ experience writing materials for external audiences
Preferred - Master’s degree in social work, human/social services, English, education, or business/public administration with a minimum of three years of experience in program and/or non-profit administration with experience writing materials for external audiences.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex issues to a variety of diverse audiences, both internal and external.
Knowledge of early childhood and social service programs, research, policy issues and/or nonprofit organizational issues, with the ability to readily acquire knowledge of program, policy, research, and communications critical to the Ounce’s work.
Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing needs and priorities.
Demonstrated timely follow-through and ability to organize complex tasks, work at a rigorous pace, and prioritize competing deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences in a manner which consistently demonstrates respect, concern, and responsiveness.
Ability to process and protect confidential information in a professional manner.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Highly organized, ability to multi-task and develops strategies and systems to manage a complex work environment.
A collaborator who takes initiative to begin and create work and guide and support a variety of teams.
Last but not least we offer some great perks:
Flexible work arrangements for qualified employees plus flexible hours, if eligible, after 90 days of employment.
Tuition reimbursement, competitive salary and benefit packages, employer contribution towards your 401k, and much more.
The Ounce is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to our core values by creating an inclusive environment for all staff.
About Ounce of Prevention Fund
Here’s what we do:
We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.
We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.
We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.
We advocate for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
We partner with advocacy organizations in 23 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.
We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.
We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.