Under the supervision of the Program Manager, Community Impact, the Community Impact (CI) Coordinator is responsible for identifying and coordinating shared approaches to promote enrollment and retention in early learning programs in communities throughout Chicago. The CI Coordinator will provide specific consumer education and resources to local collaborations about early childhood programs, and engage families and providers to access early childhood services in their community. The CI Coordinator will organize and develop relationships with key and diverse community stakeholders to galvanize support for early learning and early childhood programs, especially through local early childhood collaborations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Build relationships with early learning collaborations in Chicago and support them in implementing best practices for enrolling young children in early learning programs, including preschool.
- Support existing collaborations to identify strategies, develop workplans, and conduct community needs assessments to implement community systems approaches to enrollment and retention of young children in early childhood programs – specifically preschool.
- Identify potential partners to start-up collaborations to develop strategies to enroll, engage, and retain young children in early learning programs. Support start-up collaborations to develop sustainable strategies and long-term campaigns that build support for early learning.
- Understand community dynamics, stakeholders, and local needs to align with early childhood issues. Support collaborations to engage with families to connect with early childhood programs.
- Able to organize the community, connect with stakeholders, and build relationships to improve community systems development and address system issues locally.
- Build a base of leaders/parents and community organizations to support early childhood community mobilization efforts
- Coordinate and attend community activities/events, including faith-based opportunities, and help build relationships among a variety of community stakeholder groups to support early childhood and preschool programs.
- Identify, regulary attend, and speak at various community meetings to share resources and early childhood services, including universal preschool programs.
- Identify root causes associated with under-enrollment in local communities and work with CI Trainer and collaborations to adopt targeted enrollment strategies.
- Work closely with CI team, including CI Trainer, to strategize and coordinate presentations and/or trainings in Chicago’s communities on community systems approaches.
- Support local collaborations with local strategies to advance community systems strategies, such as streamlining social service supports that support enrollment in early learning programs(health, etc), engaging families in assessing need and designing strategies, and building a referral pipeline for early childhood programs with community parties.
- Must be able to communicate (written and verbal) in English.
- Must be able to work evenings and weekends associated with community events and meetings.
- Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in social service related field, early childhood or public health.
Minimum of three years of relevant experience in early childhood or related field working with families with young children.
Knowledge of preschool, child care, Head Start, and basic early childhood development programs strongly preferred.
Knowledge of community engagement and community organizing strongly preferred.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Excellent communications and community organizing skills
- Ability to travel throughout city and state
- Ability to work independently
- Access to reliable personal transportation, insurance, valid driver’s license and good driving record required.
Location: Chatham, IL
Illinois Action for Children is an AAP/M/F/D/V Employer