The Ounce of Prevention Fund is one of Chicago’s most energized, future-focused organizations devoted to early childhood development.
Our mission is to give children in underserved communities the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest-quality care and education from birth to age five.
We are recruiting individuals who want to join us in this mission and share a commitment to our core values of appreciation & respect, empowerment, diversity, excellence, learning and communication.
Working on the Quality, Solutions, and Impact (QSI) team, you will strengthen state and community professional development systems and connects families, home visiting professionals, and instructional leaders with high quality products and services through a framework of strong organizational conditions.
Reporting to the Vice President, Professional Services you will:
Manage a portfolio of customer engagements in multiple markets to help give children in underserved communities the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest-quality care and education from birth to age five.
Manage the processes, systems, and tools to support an engagement team in the effective provision of consultation and other deliverables for clients.
Create and oversee the systems, processes and operations needed for an engagement team to deliver policy, program and research consultation to educational system leaders, as well as the delivery of quality training, services, resources and tools for other early learning stakeholders.
Serve as a key liaison with external clients and partners, as well as staff in other divisions at the Ounce of Prevention.
Support the development of proposals and budgets for new opportunities, and draft reports for funders and partners on progress, budget, impact and lessons learned.
Develop, execute and monitor work plans, deliverables, timelines, and engagement team resource allocation & utilization for a portfolio of clients.
Manage project budgets to ensure effective stewardship of philanthropic, private and public revenue.
Manage the flow of information and sensemaking of key metrics for client engagements related to reach, quality, outcomes, influence and sustainability using a variety of databases and tracking systems.
Facilitate internal and external meetings with purposeful agendas that advance project work by resolving issues, assigning clear action steps, and documenting decisions.
Bachelors in Public Administration, Business, or related field required.
Minimum of 4-5 years of related experience required.
2+ years of client-facing work experience in a professional services or equivalent organization is preferred.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required for interacting with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders.
A proven ability to interpret and translate organizational and client strategy into a written proposal narrative and scope of work is required.
Past success in developing reports based on the progression of deliverables and client outcomes that resonate with intended audiences is required.
Demonstrated ability to organize and lead team projects, including the development and prioritization of complex tasks, and management of time by self and others is required.
Ability to analyze, interpret and make credible decisions with data from multiple sources is required.
Deep commitment to and experience in advancing diversity, racial equity, and inclusion into organizational routines and practice is required.
Ability to travel 20-30% required.
Experience working with Learning Management Systems (Cornerstone LMS preferred), Customer Relationship Management Systems (Salesforce CRM preferred), Video Conferencing and Microsoft 365 suite software is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of managing staff allocations and utilization in a consulting environment is preferred.
Familiarity with Early Education systems is a plus.
About Ounce of Prevention Fund
Here’s what we do:
We serve more than 4,000 children and families directly through birth-to-five programs we fund and operate in Chicago as well as through our network of voluntary home visiting programs throughout Illinois.
We integrate the latest research and best theories into our program development efforts.
We train nearly 3,000 community-based early childhood professionals in Illinois each year.
We advocate for state and federal funding for early childhood services that reach hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
We partner with advocacy organizations in 23 states and Washington, DC, to build their capacity to advance policy change and increase public investments in effective birth-to-five programs.
We communicate through publications and other resources to ensure that what we know is translated into understanding that leads to action—in homes, schools, board rooms, and on Capitol Hill.
We design and develop models, curricula, education materials and other programs that help prevent the academic achievement gap and the social problems it can create, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and chronic health conditions.