Focus Areas and Key Responsibilities

Focus Areas and Key Responsibilities

Strategy

  • Strategically deploy all the Foundation’s philanthropic resources – grants, convening, research, technical support, community capacity and more - to inspire, instigate, and leverage change on behalf of rural children, prenatal to age 8 in Oregon and Siskiyou County;
  • Serve as a thought partner on the Children, Youth and Families’ team to develop program strategies, work plans, and budgets for initiatives in early childhood and the early school years;
  • Work across Foundation practice areas to support cross-sector work in early childhood education, K-12 and, health and social services;
  • Build and maintain a high level of knowledge (current research and best practices) in early childhood development in rural communities; and,
  • Champion the importance of early childhood development in rural communities.
  • Develop the Foundation’s strategy around improving kindergarten readiness for children in Douglas County, Oregon working in close partnership with diverse stakeholders including:
    • early childhood education and care providers, social service agencies, health partners, local schools with an interest in P-3 opportunities, and the Educational Service District;
    • regional, state and national partners such as Oregon’s Early Learning Hubs, the Early Learning Division, Oregon Health Authority;
  • Represent the Foundation in communities and forums statewide as a champion of early childhood development in rural communities;
  • Serve as a Foundation liaison to current strategic partnerships; and,
  • Engage with Foundation peers working on cross-cutting issues to develop collaborative approaches to improving outcomes for early learners, their parents and caregivers.
  • Coordinate complex projects and develop, execute, manage and evaluate strategic community programs; and,
  • Partner with evaluation experts to design a method for monitoring, checking and adjusting the effectiveness of the Foundation’s investments; create and maintain systems to track the progress and ensure that timelines and benchmarks are met.

Relationship building and collaboration

  • Develop the Foundation’s strategy around improving kindergarten readiness for children in Douglas County, Oregon working in close partnership with diverse stakeholders including:
    • early childhood education and care providers, social service agencies, health partners, local schools with an interest in P-3 opportunities, and the Educational Service District;
    • regional, state and national partners such as Oregon’s Early Learning Hubs, the Early Learning Division, Oregon Health Authority;
  • Represent the Foundation in communities and forums statewide as a champion of early childhood development in rural communities;
  • Serve as a Foundation liaison to current strategic partnerships; and,
  • Engage with Foundation peers working on cross-cutting issues to develop collaborative approaches to improving outcomes for early learners, their parents and caregivers.
  • Coordinate complex projects and develop, execute, manage and evaluate strategic community programs; and,
  • Partner with evaluation experts to design a method for monitoring, checking and adjusting the effectiveness of the Foundation’s investments; create and maintain systems to track the progress and ensure that timelines and benchmarks are met.

Grant development and management

  • Build and manage a portfolio of strategic ($7M) and responsive ($1M) grants;
  • Oversee and conduct due diligence for all portfolio grants;
  • Prepare grant recommendations for review at the appropriate staff, committee, or board level;
  • Coordinate complex projects and develop, execute, manage and evaluate strategic community programs; and,
  • Partner with evaluation experts to design a method for monitoring, checking and adjusting the effectiveness of the Foundation’s investments; create and maintain systems to track the progress and ensure that timelines and benchmarks are met.

To Be Considered

Candidates must have a minimum of 5 to 7 years experience in the fields of early learning and/or child health/welfare. A current understanding of rural contexts, issues, and challenges is essential.

A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree in a relevant subject is preferred. Candidates will be considered from diverse backgrounds that might include foundations, nonprofits, or public sector programs or agencies.

The position is based in Roseburg, Oregon and residency in Douglas County is required without exception. Approximately 30% of time will involve travel within Oregon and Siskiyou County, California.