The Senior Manager, Education Research & Family Engagement is a member of the Education and Research (EDU) department. EDU develops, tests, and supports programs, curriculum, training, and research that advances Jumpstart's priorities in the areas of early childhood education. The primary responsibility of the Senior Manager, Education Research & Family Engagement is to support development, improvement and maintenance of Jumpstart’s family engagement programming. The Senior Manager also engages in broader program improvement and development work. This position also collaborates with both national and field staff to advance Jumpstart’s programming.
The Senior Manager, Education Research & Family Engagement reports to the Director of Workforce Training and Professional Development.
Build and manage systems for program development, including areas such as feedback collection and synthesis, ongoing research, and communications.
Develop and maintain project plans for program improvements and development of new programming and resources.
Manage the posting, organization, and monitoring of documents and resources in online systems.
Design and manage feedback collection mechanisms.
Build and manage systems for communicating program development plans, tests, and implementation decisions.
Gather, review, analyze, and compile current literature related to family engagement and other relevant topics in early childhood education.
Support initial research phases to inform new programming and other strategic choices.
Update existing research reports and create new reports with relevant and recent findings.
Contribute to ongoing revisions of Jumpstart’s family engagement guidelines and revisions based on external research and data and internal trends and feedback.
Support efforts to ensure Jumpstart’s materials are developmentally appropriate, anti-biased, culturally competent, and integrate all elements of Jumpstart’s instructional approach and family engagement philosophy.
Support planning, development, and implementation of resources and tools for new programming.
Author, edit, and facilitate training and professional development for a variety of audiences, in both online and live venues.
Manage and develop content for the at-home learning/family engagement section of Jumpstart’s website.
Contribute to development of external education-related content, such as classroom and family activities and social media content.
Collaboration and Partnership
Provide appropriate support to Jumpstart’s program staff, such as resource distribution, consulting, and collaboration.
Support cross-departmental collaboration on projects, as needed.
Partner with external partners and vendors on various projects ranging from staff professional development to managing materials ordering.
Represent Jumpstart at local or national conferences.
Support Education and Research’s work and other partnerships as needed.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience in an education related field
Commitment to furthering Jumpstart’s core values: learning, community, social justice, joy and inclusive leadership
Experience and skills related to family engagement, including culturally competent programming
Demonstrated knowledge in a variety of family engagement approaches and a working knowledge of early childhood theory and approaches
Demonstrated commitment to family engagement including advocating for families and young children
High level of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and communities
Demonstrated record of strong oral, written, and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate systems with a focus on details
Ability to perform independently with minimal guidance
Ability to work collaboratively with a team comprised of individuals from across the organization
Ability to prioritize, work at a high capacity and multi-task in order to meet key tasks as scheduled
Ability to be flexible and accommodate shifting priorities
Demonstrated ability to use advanced functions of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) the internet and web-based platforms
Preferred or Ideal
Degree and/or experience in early childhood education
Prior experience/interest in social justice or diversity, equity, and inclusion work
Experience with project planning and management
Demonstrated ability to value, consider, and bring a variety of perspectives into work
Solid proficiency in Spanish language, including ability to read, review, and edit English to Spanish translations
Must be able to work full time in one of the Jumpstart offices in New York, Boston, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.
Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging over 25 years of experience serving over 150,000 children with the support of more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these three objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America. Learn more at www.jstart.org and join us in transforming the lives of young children!