Project Director Practice & Policy Outcomes
WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service agency, works with health, development, education and other related systems to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, young children, youth, and adults. While WestEd serves the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah as one of the nation’s Regional Educational Laboratories, our agency’s work extends throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd has multiple offices nationwide, from Washington and Boston to Arizona, Southern California, and its headquarters in San Francisco.
WestEd seeks a unique individual who can lead and develop projects that influence and support the development of state and local early intervention policies, programs, and practices that positively affects development, learning, and outcomes for young children, youth, and their families/caregivers. The ideal candidate for this position brings a passion for addressing equity of opportunity and outcomes for infants, toddlers, young children and youth, values research as a key influencer and input to effective policy and practice, understands and has experience engaging stakeholders in development and decision-making processes, and has a proven track record of informing and influencing the development of policies and practices that align to WestEd’s value and commitment to positively impacting outcomes for young children and youth.
The position will collaborate with the D2 Senior Program Director, CPEI, and other WestEd leaders, to lead work to inform a long-term plan for California’s, and other state’s, high-quality, inclusive early childhood development and learning systems with a focus on early intervention support and family engagement. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, leading and organizing project planning and implementation activities; managing client needs and expectations; contributing to business development through pursuit of new funding and project opportunities; encouraging innovation with attention to continuous improvement and performance; and contributing to the assessment and design of the California early intervention system including, but not limited to, workforce development, professional learning and training, sustainable funding, access, and systems of accountability to ensure positive outcomes for all children.
This position must stay current with research and information that has policy and practice implications for WestEd’s work as well as have a deep understanding of the political context in which this work takes place. The ideal candidate is a recognized leader in the practices, policy and/or management of early intervention, development under IDEA, early learning and care in community settings, is knowledgeable of systems and systems change research, exhibits strong communication (written and verbal) skills to diverse audiences, and can attend to multiple priorities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of interesting and challenging projects within a forward-thinking, impact-oriented environment.
- Engage WestEd colleagues, clients, and partners in the analysis, creation, and/or implementation of state and local policies that reflect research and an understanding of effective early childhood practices.
- Provide leadership to projects related to early intervention, health, development, early learning and care, and interagency partnerships that focus on systems change, continuous improvement design, equity, access, family engagement, quality.
- Engage state, regional, and local key stakeholders including families, early intervention and early childhood practitioners, associations, institutes of higher education, regional offices of education and other stakeholders to inform, design, and support implementation of system changes.
- Collaborate with CPEI Program Director and WestEd leadership to create and manage a vision for long-term planning for WestEd’s broader early childhood portfolio of projects and other policy-related areas.
- Support strong systems of communication and coordination among colleges, partners, and clients. This includes, but is not limited to, planning and management of project meetings, WestEd team meetings, and stakeholder engagement management.
- Ensure that project-required deliverables are provided on time and of high quality.
- Maintain relationships and knowledge of key federal and state policy landscape and provide leadership and recommendations to WestEd leaders that contribute to the positive impact and influence of projects on outcomes for young children and youth.
- Persuasive Communication: Plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade intended audiences and priorities.
- Written Communication: Excellent written communication skills and ability to articulate a compelling case for programs, present organizational objectives persuasively, and translate strategic concepts into compelling business cases and proposals.
- Initiative: Proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies.
- Thoroughness: Ensure that one’s own and others’ work and information are complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
- Project Management: Identify and think through all necessary aspects of a project, set appropriate deadlines, move seamlessly between prioritized tasks, identify required participants and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines. Ability to manage large, complex projects to meet deadlines and budgets.
- People Management: Provide supervision, feedback, and guidance that contributes to achieving project objectives and stretches colleagues to reach their full potential; build capacity in others through mentoring and coaching.
- Education: Advanced degree, PhD preferred, in health, specialized education, public policy, or related field.
- Alignment: An abiding commitment to excellence and equity, and having an impact on the lives of children and their families through alignment of policies and practices promoting positive outcomes.
Compensation is competitive depending on experience.
*Note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Successful candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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Job posted: 2020-07-17