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POSITION: FAMILY ADVOCATE

*Preference given to Bilingual applicants

POSITION SUMMARY:

Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) is committed to improving outcomes for children, families and youth living in Durham. Our long-term vision is to have all youth affiliated with DCI successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. We work to achieve this vision by providing a continuum of high-quality services for children and youth extending from birth through college and career. DCI collaborates with over 40 local organizations and community members who share our vision to provide these needed resources and supports to Durham children and families.

DCI is seeking to fill the position of Family Advocate. This full-time, benefits-eligible position will report to the Advocate Program Director. Our Family Advocates work with parents, students, community partners; and DCI staff and school personnel to ensure youth and families are engaged and have knowledge of strategies to ensure student success.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Follow all Policies and Procedures (DPS and DCI)
  • Maintain knowledge in all DCI programs, make referrals, and services to families.
  • Assist families in utilizing community resources, including medical, dental, social, emotional educational, and occupational.
  • Connect students with DCI pipeline services and external resources
  • Recognize and identify each family’s needs and assist in goal setting
  • Establish professional roles and boundaries in working with families
  • Keep accurate and updated documentation on all families and children, including emergency information.
  • Document all family contacts and home visits in COACH
  • Build relationships with community organizations
  • Assist families in scheduling of appointments
  • Complete the Family Needs/Goals Assessment twice a year
  • Conduct Parent Café Meetings with families monthly or as needed
  • Conduct phone calls and home visits on a regularly scheduled basis based on the needs of the family and document
  • Manage a caseload portfolio of at least 125 scholars
  • Demonstrate respect of families with diverse values and cultures
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Program Advocate Director

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successfully pass background check
  • Have respect and empathy of families with diverse values and cultures
  • Have moderate to advanced knowledge of social media
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)—bicultural preferred
  • Background in health care, social work, mental health, disability care, substance abuse recovery, geriatric care, and long-term care.
  • Demonstrated experience within a customer service environment.
  • Excellent, organization, detail and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outcome-focused with the ability to manage competing demands.
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast paced environment
  • Desire and ability to serve the community
  • Flexible working hours- Nights and weekends as required and or needed to address the needs of families.

POSITION: COMMUNICATIONS AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

About The Role

DCI is seeking to fill the position of Communications and Volunteer Coordinator. This full-time, benefits- eligible position is responsible for coordinating key communications and volunteer functions for the Durham Children’s Initiative. Reporting to the Vice President of Partnership, Evaluation, and Development, the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator will develop and execute communications, marketing, and branding projects, engage volunteers to support DCI’s mission, and provide support to DCI’s fundraising efforts.

The Communications and Volunteer Coordinator must have a passion for DCI’s mission and thrive in a nonprofit environment with limited supervision and be flexible and adaptable to change.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary responsibilities of the Communications and Volunteer Coordinator content development for all forms of communications, social media presence, website management, attending and supporting special events, interview and story writing, volunteer management, and providing support to the DCI leadership team.

EXPECTATIONS

Social Media and Website

• Develop and execute a social media plan and calendar to increase traffic to social media and website
• Manage DCI’s social media presence, including on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
• Regularly update website with new content
• Monitor and present relevant data, trends, successes, and best practices Marketing Publications
• Manage or assist in composing and editing newsletters, appeals, invitations, annual report, takeaways, posters, tickets, and other collateral materials within budget and on time
• Develop storytelling framework that centers family/youth empowerment and equity
• Update DCI general and project/program one-pagers, media kits, and fact sheets
• Manage vendor bid process and quality service delivery including design, production, and mailing if needed

Internal Responsibilities

• Work with Vice President of Partnership, Evaluation, and Development to establish and publish timelines for communications projects and an editorial calendar
• Write, produce and edit marketing communications materials for internal departments as requested, including PowerPoint presentations
• Help create, maintain, and uphold style, logo and brand guidelines. Work with DCI team across departments to support quality and integrity of branding on all output, internal and external
• Maintain graphics, photograph files, and press clippings files Volunteer Engagement
• Creating, implementing, and maintaining DCI’s volunteer engagement strategy
• Engaging internal and external groups to plan and coordinate volunteer opportunities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public or Media Relations, Mass Communications, Marketing, Journalism, or related field or related experience in digital media/storytelling
• Excellent technology, writing, and oral communication skills
• Experience using social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as a marketing tool
• Graphic design experience is a plus (Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher, or comparable program)


Benefits and Salary: The DCI Communications and Volunteer Coordinator is funded by DCI and will receive a comprehensive benefits package. Salary for this position is competitive and is commensurate with prior experience.

Employee Acknowledgment: The job description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the position. It is not all-inclusive. DCI may require other functions, duties or responsibilities not listed herein. Management, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to change, alter, and/or otherwise modify this job description at any time. Nothing in this job description is intended to create a contract of employment of any type or kind.
How to Apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references by email to Nick Malinowski at Nick.Malinowski@dci-nc.org (please indicate Communications and Volunteer Coordinator application in the subject line)

POSITION: CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

ABOUT THE ROLE

DCI is looking for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who is mission-focused, qualified, and strategic. This process-minded leader with experience linking vision to implementation will bring efficient and effective systems to increase the productivity of the organization. They will develop an inclusive culture among a group of diverse and talented individuals in order to maintain the creative spark that drives outcomes for DCI families, children, and youth. Our COO reports to the CEO and will lead the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Primary Scope of Work


Finance: Lead budget adoption and auditing processes, maintain accounting and finance systems; work with externals accounting and audit firms to maintain healthy financial structures

Organizational Culture: Instill a learning culture within DCI where team members will feel valued and included; help create a talent pipeline that ensure growth and skill building across all divisions.

Operations: Maintain 501(c )3 and mandated records and processes including charitable solicitation licenses, operations audits, and leases.


Additional Responsibilities

Support Development/Fundraising volunteer Strategy: Support the Vice President of Partnership, Evaluation, and Development in aspects including proposal preparation and granting writing, budgeting, development, and implementation of systems for reporting, measurement and supporting revenue generation

Co-lead and manage the organization’s team leads including VP of Programs; VP of Partnerships, Development and Engagement; Academic Success Director, Business Operations Manager, and Preschool Manager.

Represent the organization during board meetings, fundraising events, and among partners.

Minimum Qualifications

The COO must:
• Believe in the core values and mission of DCI.
• Bring an asset-based framework and demonstrate a passion for breaking new ground to lead social change
• Be willing to go above and beyond
• Have previous nonprofit experience
• Have an ability to shift quickly and anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate those into the organizational plan
• Be able to communicate effectively internally and meet staff with compassion and grace to build a collaborative team

• Have strong desire to advance racial equity
• Have a Bachelor’s Degree. MS/MA/MBA or similar advanced degree highly desired or equivalent in years of experience
• Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred

Benefits and Salary

$85K and receive a comprehensive benefits package

Commitment to Child Safeguarding

DCl’s selection process reflects our commitment to keeping all children safe from harm. To this end, all DCI staff members who may be in direct contact with children and youth will be trained on their duty to report as well as DCl’s Child Safeguarding Policies. All potential applicants will be screened through both a state and national database of criminal offenses, sexual offenses, and for acts of terrorism.

Employee Acknowledgment

The job description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the position. It is not all-inclusive. DCI will review detailed functions, duties or responsibilities with candidates during the interview process. (Management, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to change, alter, and/or otherwise modify this job description at any time. Nothing in this job description is intended to create a contract of employment of any type or kind.)

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed immediately. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three references by email to David Reese, CEO (please indicate COO application in the subject line)

David.Reese@dci-nc.org

POSITION: FAMILY ADVOCATE

POSITION SUMMARY:

Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) is committed to improving outcomes for children, families and youth living in Durham. Our long-term vision is to have all youth affiliated with DCI successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. We work to achieve this vision by providing a continuum of high-quality services for children and youth extending from birth through college and career. DCI collaborates with over 40 local organizations and community members who share our vision to provide these needed resources and supports to Durham children and families.

DCI is seeking to fill the position of Family Advocate. This full-time, benefits-eligible position will report to the Advocate Program Director. Our Family Advocates work with parents, students, community partners; and DCI staff and school personnel to ensure youth and families are engaged and have knowledge of strategies to ensure student success.

 ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Follow all Policies and Procedures (DPS and DCI)
  • Maintain knowledge in all DCI programs, make referrals, and services to families.
  • Assist families in utilizing community resources, including medical, dental, social, emotional educational, and occupational.
  • Connect students with DCI pipeline services and external resources
  • Recognize and identify each family’s needs and assist in goal setting
  • Establish professional roles and boundaries in working with families
  • Keep accurate and updated documentation on all families and children, including emergency information.
  • Document all family contacts and home visits in COACH
  • Build relationships with community organizations
  • Assist families in scheduling of appointments
  • Complete the Family Needs/Goals Assessment twice a year
  • Conduct Parent Café Meetings with families monthly or as needed
  • Conduct phone calls and home visits on a regularly scheduled basis based on the needs of the family and document
  • Manage a caseload portfolio of at least 125 scholars
  • Demonstrate respect of families with diverse values and cultures
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the Program Advocate Director

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Successfully pass background check
  • Have respect and empathy of families with diverse values and cultures
  • Have moderate to advanced knowledge of social media
  • Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish/English)—Preferred
  • Background in health care, social work, mental health, disability care, substance abuse recovery, geriatric care, and long-term care.
  • Demonstrated experience within a customer service environment.
  • Excellent, organization, detail and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outcome-focused with the ability to manage competing demands.
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast paced environment
  • Desire and ability to serve the community
  • Flexible working hours- Nights and weekends as required and or needed to address the needs of families.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please visit https://dcinc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=24  to apply.

Preschool Teacher Assistant (9-month Part-time)

Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) is committed to improving outcomes for children and families living in Durham County. Our long-term vision is to have all youth in DCI successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. We work to achieve this vision by providing a continuum of high-quality services for children and families extending from birth through high school. DCI partners with over 20 local organizations and community members who share our vision to provide these needed resources and supports to Durham children and families.

DCI is seeking to fill the position of DCI LEAP Academy Preschool Teaching Assistant. This part-time position, (not eligible for benefits) will report to Preschool Manger.

The Preschool Teaching Assistant must promote the well-being of children and their families through an engaging preschool experience, create and continue a foundation of parent engagement in their child’s education and growth; and foster a love for learning in children from a young age.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibility of the Preschool Teaching Assistant is to utilize evidence-based, developmentally appropriate practices to empower a classroom of English and Spanish-speaking children toward reaching their full potential.

The Preschool Teacher will carry out DCI and LEAP Program goals and objectives, adhere to DCI policies and procedures, and perform additional duties as defined by their supervisor and the DCI leadership team.

 

EXPECTATIONS

  • Teaching
  • Ensure that children are always supervised.
  • Maintain a daily schedule.
  • Be opened to learn and utilize current early childhood principles and methods when working with children individually and in small groups- following the teachers’ lead and staff development opportunities.
  • Create and maintain a safe, orderly, and engaging classroom environment (including some daily housekeeping such as wiping tables, vacuuming, washing, and sanitizing snack dishes, etc.)
  • Be physically able to fully participate in a preschool environment.

Parent Engagement

  • Develop strong relationships with families to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom with the support of DCI Early Childhood Parent Advocates

Program Leadership

  • Work as a part of a team and with direction from the Preschool Lead Teachers
  • Schedule and manage time effectively.
  • Participate in regular professional development with the program’s Teacher Mentor.
  • Attend weekly staff and planning meetings.
  • Participate in community events, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching at the preschool level preferred
  • Spanish/English bilingual fluency a plus
  • Pass Criminal background check.
  • Evidence of negative TB test
  • Must abide by EDCI’s Child Safeguarding Policies
  • Must be able to work some evening and weekends as needed.

 

Benefits and Salary: $14.53/hour. There are two positions available: approximately 21 hours per week and approximately 28 hours per week. This position is not eligible for benefits and is contracted for 9 months.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Durham Children’s Initiative prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, or age. DCI is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Employee Acknowledgment: The job description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the position. As such, it is not necessarily all‐inclusive, and DCI may require other essential and/or non‐essential functions, duties or responsibilities not listed herein. Management, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to change, alter, and/or otherwise modify this job description at any time. Nothing in this job description is intended to create a contract of employment of any type or kind.

How to Apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three references by email (megan.pender@dci-nc.org)

Bilingual Preschool Teacher (9-months Full-time)

Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) is committed to improving outcomes for children and families living in areas across Durham. Our long-term vision is to have all youth in the DCI successfully graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. We work to achieve this vision by providing a continuum of high-quality services for children and families extending from birth through high school. DCI partners with over 20 local organizations and community members who share our vision to provide these needed resources and supports to Durham children and families.

DCI is seeking to fill the position of DCI LEAP Academy Bilingual Preschool Teacher. This position will report to Preschool Manger.

The Preschool Teacher must promote the well-being of children and their families through an engaging preschool experience, create and continue a foundation of parent engagement in their child’s education and growth; and foster a love for learning in children from a young age.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The primary responsibility of the Preschool Teacher is to utilize evidence-based, developmentally appropriate practices to empower a classroom of English and Spanish-speaking children toward reaching their full potential through hands on experiences and strong, supportive relationships.

The Preschool Teacher will carry out DCI and LEAP Program goals and objectives, adhere to DCI policies and procedures, and perform additional duties as defined by their supervisor and the DCI leadership team.

 

EXPECTATIONS

  • Teaching
  • Implement and supplement curriculum with age- appropriate activities.
  • Ensure that children are always supervised.
  • Maintain a daily schedule.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current principles of educational techniques and methods.
  • Conduct formal and informal assessments.
  • Create and maintain a safe, orderly, and engaging classroom environment (including some light housekeeping)
  • Be physically able to fully participate in a preschool environment.

Parent Engagement

  • Develop strong relationships with families to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom with the support of EDCI Early Childhood Parent Advocates
  • Set up a minimum of 2 parent-teacher conferences per year.
  • Maintain formal communication with parents through a monthly newsletter.
  • Become familiar with resources available in the community to support families.

Program Leadership

  • Work with a minimum of direct supervision
  • Schedule and manage time effectively.
  • Provide direction and support to teaching assistants and volunteers.
  • Participate in regular professional development.
  • Maintain CPR and first aid certification.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in community events, as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

MINUMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related fields
  • Spanish/English bilingual fluency required.
  • Pass background check which includes national and state criminal databases, sex offender database, terrorist watch list
  • Evidence of negative TB test
  • Must be able to work some evening and weekends as needed.

 

Benefits and Salary: $16.50/hr. This position is not eligible for benefits.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Durham Children’s Initiative prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, or age. DCI is committed to recruiting, hiring, and promoting qualified minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Commitment to Child Safeguarding: DCI’s selection process reflects our commitment to keeping all children safe from harm. To this end, all DCI staff members who may be in direct contact with children will be trained on their duty to report as well as DCI’s Child Safeguarding Policies. All potential applicants will be screened through both a state and national database of criminal offenses, sexual offenses, and for acts of terrorism.

Employee Acknowledgment: The job description is intended to provide an overview of the requirements of the position. As such, it is not necessarily all‐inclusive, and DCI may require other essential and/or non‐essential functions, duties or responsibilities not listed herein. Management, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to change, alter, and/or otherwise modify this job description at any time. Nothing in this job description is intended to create a contract of employment of any type or kind.

How to Apply: Applications will be reviewed immediately. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, and three references by email (megan.pender@dci-nc.org)

DCI does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

The link below has community job postings and is updated on the 15th of every month. 
If you have any questions, as always, please contact Carlton Koonce (carlton.koonce@dci-nc.org).