Director, Oakland Promise Brilliant Baby Program

Director, Oakland Promise Brilliant Baby

Reports to: CEO

 

About Oakland Promise

 

Oakland Promise is available to young learners (from newborns to college students) and their families who reside in Oakland. OP offers every child financial resources, educational programming, mentorship, and a supportive community to help them and their families, to seek out and thrive in higher education and the career of their choosing. The mission of the Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic mobility through cradle to college and career achievement. The Oakland Promise includes four programs: Brilliant Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), College Access, and College Completion. Our program strategies touch the lives of children and families in early childhood (ages 0-5), elementary, middle and high school; and culminate in multi-year scholarships and support for students in college.  

 

Brilliant Baby is the early childhood program of the Oakland Promise. Brilliant Baby supports families with new babies who are Medi-Cal eligible, for the purpose of  advancing children’s early learning and healthy development, improving families’ financial wellbeing, and reinforcing an early expectation of college and career success for all children. The program helps parents set up a 529 College Savings Accounts seeded by Oakland Promise with $500 for their babies before their first birthday. Through this early investment in their child’s education, our goal is to support parents’ sense of optimism and determination about their baby’s college future.  With the goal of mitigating the negative impacts of parental financial stress on children, Brilliant Babies offers Financial Coaching services which includes the opportunity to work 1:1 with a financial coach, workshops and stipends to help parents achieve their financial goals and improve their financial well-being.

 

To support parents’ role as their children’s first teacher and ensure they have the information they need to make informed choices about school for their children, Brilliant Baby increases access to high quality early learning content for parents while their children are ages 0-5. To build a community of support around and among BB families and reinforce parents’ college expectations for their children, Brilliant Baby promotes awareness of the Oakland Promise Brilliant Baby College Savings Accounts, connects parents to resources, and creates opportunities for parents to build relationships with one another. Brilliant Baby has a $1.6M program budget, six in-house staff and seven contracted financial coaches.  To date the program has established college savings accounts for more than 900 infants and growth goals are set as part of the Oakland Promise Strategic Plan.

 

Position

Oakland Promise, an Oakland-based non-profit organization, is seeking an outstanding and exceptional Director of its Brilliant Baby program. This executive team member is charged with the responsibility for all strategic and operational aspects of the Brilliant Baby program. Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Officer, the Brilliant Baby Director formulates, implements, evaluates and communicates all aspects of the Brilliant Baby program. The Director will be responsible for the operations of the Brilliant Baby program including delivery of services and resources to families, leadership of the program staff and contractors, relationships with external partners, communications about the program, evaluation of service quality and impact, oversight of two randomized control trial evaluations of the program, cross program collaboration and integration within Oakland Promise.  

 

Duties & Responsibilities

A successful Director of Brilliant Baby will have the ability to: 

 

  1. Provide strategic leadership to the Brilliant Baby program. 
  2. Work with an exceptional team and be a creative thinker and a problem solver with a systems perspective. 
  3. Set Brilliant Baby program goals objectives, and ensure alignment of program strategies and staff work plans.
  4. Monitor progress and impact of Brilliant Baby program; Set priorities for administrative data gathering and oversee analysis.
  5. Develop and maintain external partnerships in the early childhood, financial capability and college savings account fields as needed to meet program objectives.
  6. Supervise and support BB staff, set work plans, complete performance reviews, troubleshoot challenges
  7. Manage all Brilliant Baby contracts collaborating with external service providers
  8. Support and/or lead cross program collaborations within Oakland Promise
  9. Prepare and manage $1.6M program budget
  10. Review and approve all program related payments
  11. Work closely with Development Dept in fundraising, including seeking new funding sources, maintaining Brilliant Baby funder relationships and assisting in the writing of grants and grant reports
  12. Provide guidance to the Brilliant Baby randomized control trial (RCT) evaluations of its impact.
  13. Represent Brilliant Baby and Oakland Promise more broadly to external stakeholders and the media; present at conferences, panels, and other forums.
  14. Generate written communications about Brilliant Baby
  15. Represent OP in the CSA and financial capability fields
  16. Represent OP in Early Childhood field
  17. Other duties as required.

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have: 

  1. Any combination of training/education and experience equivalent to a masters/graduate degree from an accredited college/university with an emphasis in public administration, nonprofit management, education, or related field 
  2. 5-10 years of successful experience in nonprofit management, program implementation and/or oversight 
  3. Exemplary communication skills and demonstrated ability to write and present orally 
  4. Experience supervising diverse staff, building team buy in
  5. Demonstrated strategic thinking and organizational skills needed to develop and execute strategic plans
  6. Experience setting up program operations systems, including piloting, assessing and improving systems
  7. Knowledge of and experience related to early childhood development, parenting, financial capability, and/or asset-building through child/college savings accounts.
  8. Strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with people both inside and outside of the organization 
  9. Commitment to supporting a diverse, inclusive, transparent, and equity-centered organization 
  10. Preferably, experience managing a budget of at least $1 million
  11. Preferably, experience in fundraising and funder relationships

Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics

 

Application Process:

We are looking for candidates with availability to start immediately, and encourage you to apply if you are interested in and qualified for the position.

 

To apply: Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] with “Director, Brilliant Baby Program – [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF containing your resume and cover letter.

 

Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review of your application. Applications will be reviewed immediately and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

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