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Children & Families Program Director (Long Beach Forward)

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Reports to: Associate Director, Long Beach Forward

Employee of: Community Partners (fiscal sponsor)

Hours and compensation: Full-time, exempt employee with an annual salary of $60,000-$65,000 plus benefits. Benefits include paid vacation and sick time; health, dental, and vision coverage; and life insurance and retirement options.

Organizational Background & Description
Long Beach Forward (previously known as the support organization for Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach) was established in 2010 to coordinate the collaborative efforts of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Long Beach. Long Beach Forward now also provides coordination support to Best Start Central Long Beach, We Count Long Beach, and other local and regional initiatives.

Long Beach Forward currently partners with over 50 community-based organizations and facilitates or participates in approximately 15 collaborative groups and campaigns in order to advance the vision that Long Beach will be a place where race and income do not determine one’s future—it’s a community where everyone is safe, connected, and healthy.

Long Beach Forward focuses on strengthening the power of organizations and community members by providing them with the tools and training necessary to be heard, be influential, and drive real change in Long Beach. We are motivated by the belief that everyone in Long Beach should be able to influence the decisions that impact their lives and the knowledge that oftentimes low-income communities of color are left out of decision making.

Role
Long Beach Forward’s Children & Families Program Director bridges multiple initiatives and drives our organizational strategy to improve the quality of life for children and families in Long Beach. Core to this position is a strong background in organizing skills and strategy and the ability to support the development of staff and high-functioning teams. The Children & Families Program Director serves as a representative for this area of Long Beach Forward’s work and embodies our community-identified priorities and organizational positions and practices in their interactions with residents, partner organizations, key decision makers, and funders.

Responsibilities
● Lead political education, issue identification, and campaign strategy for Long Beach Forward’s parent/caregiver organizing (includes distinct but related prenatal-age 5 & LBUSD campaigns through Best Start Central Long Beach and Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach).
● Train staff, organizational partners, and community members in core organizing and facilitation skills.
● Supervise and support the development of staff and interns.
● Participate in and support the development and healthy functioning of multiple teams.
● Track progress toward goals, including activities outlined in grants, and contribute to reporting requirements.
● Represent Long Beach Forward’s community-identified priorities and our organizational positions to funders; partner organizations; elected officials, systems leaders, and their staff; and the media as appropriate.
● Represent Long Beach Forward in related coalitions and external initiatives and connect the work of those coalitions back to relevant staff, partner organizations, and community members.
● Maintain knowledge of relevant government policies, practices, and strategic points of leverage.
● Ensure all work is performed in culturally and linguistically appropriate manners.
● Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director.

Qualifications
● A track record of leading successful community or union organizing campaigns.
● Strong community or union organizing skills including one-on-one organizing, coalition building, group facilitation, and training others in these skills.
● Experience managing and leading high-functioning teams, including training and directly supervising individuals.
● Success with fundraising and grant writing.
● Ability to build new relationships and work with diverse groups, especially in communities represented in Central, West, and North Long Beach.
● Passion for community organizing and social-justice issues.
● Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, both in writing and verbally, relaying complicated information in a straightforward, culturally, and linguistically appropriate manner.
● Familiarity with Long Beach’s political landscape (especially as it relates to city government and school board) and issues relevant to the Central, West, and North Long Beach.
● Success in prioritizing and meeting multiple demands and deadlines.
● Strong organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, manage own work and time, and be accountable for performance.
● Technologically proficient, especially with email, Internet, social media, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
● Reliable access to transportation (car not required).
● Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to James Suazo by emailing james@lbforward.org.
Although not a requirement of the position, please state your level of fluency in other languages as relevant and applicable. Applications are due by the end of the day (11:59PM) on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

For more information, please visit: www.lbforward.org. Community Partners® is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner
consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and seek to hire qualified staff who reflect the rich diversity of the community we serve.

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