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Position: Workforce Development Manager
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 Workforce Development Manager (WDM). This full-time, benefits-eligible position will report to the VP, Programs. The Workforce Manager works closely with the senior leadership team, internal DCI staff, an external employer network, high school and college students. The Workforce Development Manager must thrive in a nonprofit environment with limited supervision. He/She/They must work creatively to leverage limited resources and external services, and function in a flexible work environment where priorities can shift quickly.
- Follow and Uphold DCI policies and values in all collaborations and interactions with clients, staff, volunteers, and community affiliates
- Serves on DCI Leadership Team
- Collaborate with DCI staff as an integral team member in implementing workforce development initiatives
- Maintain knowledge in all DCI programs, make referrals, and services to clients
- Carry out organizational vision as established in DCI’s Strategic Plan.
- Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence.
- Demonstrate consistent quality of administration, communications and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the program goals.
- Cultivate existing relationships and develop new relationships, as well as manage relationships with partner organizations.
- Work collaboratively with the senior management team to integrate cross program activities and functions.
- Ensure students have access to employment, opportunities, internships and apprenticeships.
- Serves as the primary contact to our youth serving business partners and the staff liaison for economic stability strategies and programming.
- Orient new clients to the purpose and expectations of the Workforce Development program
- Coordinate DCI’s workforce competency training with any trainers, facilitators or interns working with workforce development to ensure streamlined service delivery and to track clients
- Works with clients to complete individual training plans, engage employer placement contacts and counseling. Assists clients with job placement including job-search classes, and employment contacts
- Assess clients need and facilitates supportive services to assist in removing barriers that may prevent successful completion of the program
- Lead and evaluate student training and placement programs including site visits
- Recruit, train, and provide support for employers and community partners
- Stay up to date on changing local, state, and national workforce development trend and opportunities
- Represent DCI on local workforce and job readiness taskforces
- Monitor success through metrics and records participant and program data
- Maintain accurate case notes, referrals, cold call order, and employer contact/visits
- Maintain accurate records and protocols for workforce development, financial capability, and student savings program
- Facilitate group processes including testing, workshops and orientations
- Assist the clients with cover letters, resume, time management, job search and completing job applications
- Ensure accurate completion of time sheets, invoices, payroll forms for students.
- Make visits and calls to employers and spend 6-10 hours per week in the field building and maintaining relationships with employers
- Coordinate Durham VOICE
- Requires a BS/BA or equivalent human service-related Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years relevant work experience.
- Has experience with youth ages 14 to 24
- Has prior non-profit experience
- Has experience working in low-income communities and is dedicated to equity and inclusion
- Is patient, motivated, well-organized & dedicated to providing positive outcomes for clients
- Possesses penetrating insight and strong strategic & critical thinking
- Holds strong organizational and time management skills
- Ability to provide general assessment of mental health and health needs, literacy and job skill needs, and assess for other client barriers
- Works collaboratively, maintains communication and positive relationships with stakeholders
- Can navigate corporate, small business, and non-profit landscape for youth placement
- Is able to work some evening and weekends
Salary: The Workforce Development Manager’s salary range is $46,000.00-$56,000.00
Benefits: BCBS Medical, Dental and Vision
POSITION: FAMILY ADVOCATE
*Preference given to Bilingual applicants
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.
- 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
- 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: 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
- 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.
- Develop strong relationships with families to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom with the support of DCI Early Childhood Parent Advocates
- 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.
- 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 (email@example.com)
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.