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Early Childhood Program Manager (Bilingual) (Long Beach Forward)

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Position: Early Childhood Program Manager (Bilingual)
Reports to: Children & Families Program Director Long Beach Forward
Employee of: Community Partners (fiscal sponsor)
Hours and compensation: Full-time, exempt employee with an annual salary of $55,000-58,000 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 Early Childhood Program Manager plays a significant role in coordinating and tracking the implementation of the Best Start Central Long Beach (BSCLB) Community Change Agenda (CCA)–a community-created plan to improve the lives of children (prenatal to age 5) and their families. The Early Childhood Program Manager will facilitate meetings and committees related to achieving the goals of the CCA, coordinate and track evaluation and reporting for BSCLB, and serve as an engaged representative for this area of Long Beach Forward’s work in related coalitions and external initiatives, including All Children Thrive (ACT) and the Long Beach Early Childhood Education Committee (LBECE).

Responsibilities
● Participate in and support the development and healthy functioning of multiple teams, including participating and collaborating in the internal Children and Families Team and Best Start team.
● Facilitate committees and processes related to the refinement and implementation of the BSCLB Community Change Agenda.
● Represent Long Beach Forward in related coalitions and external initiatives by supporting policy, research, and community engagement while connecting the work of those coalitions back to relevant staff, partner organizations, and community members.
● Guide and track the evaluation and reporting of the BSCLB initiative in collaboration with funders and external evaluation specialists. Coordinate with relevant consultants, organizational partners, and staff to ensure both meaningful evaluation and contract compliance.
● Assist in planning of, and in some cases facilitate or co-facilitate, BSCLB Community Partnership and Leadership Team meetings and committees.
● Embody community-identified priorities and organizational positions and practices in interactions with residents, partner organizations, key decision makers, and funders.
● 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 Children & Families Program Director.

Qualifications
● Bilingual in English and Spanish or English and Khmer.
● Highly skilled at meeting and group facilitation, including community engagement.
● Basic understanding of and experience with community organizing and related skills.
● Strong community/union organizing or outreach experience is a plus.
● Ability to build productive relationships with people of all backgrounds and professional experiences, including residents, organizational staff and leaders, and decision makers.
● Basic understanding of and experience with program evaluation and grant reporting. Successful grant or other technical writing experience is a plus.
● Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, both in writing and verbally, relaying complicated information in a straightforward, culturally, and linguistically appropriate manner.
● Ability to build new relationships and work with diverse groups, especially in communities represented in Central, West, and North Long Beach.
● Alignment with Long Beach Forward’s mission and vision, especially as they relate to children and their families.
● Familiarity with the political landscapes and dynamics that impact early childhood policy.
● 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, the Google Suite, 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. Applications are due by the end of the day (11:59PM) on Sunday, May 17, 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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