The Senior Project Manager for Expanded Learning manages the statewide afterschool network, a key initiative for United Way of Rhode Island, known as the Afterschool Leadership Circle (ALC). This role has a large external presence, both locally and nationally, and is responsible for managing relationships with local and national funders. Responsibilities include fiscal management, resource development, public policy activities, public engagement and awareness activities, and quality improvement activities. The Senior Project Manager is the primary representative to the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks. This is a grant-funded position, and continuation of the position is dependent on continued grant funding.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Planning and Organizational Development
- Serve as the network lead for the Rhode Island Statewide Afterschool Network, including representing the network to the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks.
- Manage the network executive committee, which helps provide direction and support for the efforts of the statewide afterschool network.
- Work with the executive committee as well as the community investment department to develop operational plans for the statewide afterschool network role and report to those groups periodically about progress toward goals in the plans.
- Apprise the executive committee and community investment department of important information related to afterschool programs and policies.
- Recruit, train, and develop new executive committee members.
- Staff committees and work groups of the statewide afterschool network as needed.
- Manage relationships and seek new relationships with foundations, state agencies, and other funding organizations to grow the capacity of the statewide afterschool network and United Way to accomplish its goals.
- Write grants and work with the resource development department to identify additional funding opportunities from United Way’s current pool of donors that might support the work of the statewide afterschool network.
- Connect the expanded learning work to UWRI’s other areas of work, including other education initiatives such as summer learning and grade level reading, workforce development, housing, and health.
- Assist in the development of departmental budgets, specifically related to the budget of the statewide afterschool network.
Policy and Systems Change
- Serve as a bridge between practice and policy by communicating the benefits and needs of direct afterschool providers to policymakers in collaboration with United Way’s public policy staff.
- Build and grow the membership of the statewide afterschool network to include additional afterschool programs across the state.
- Coordinate professional development systems and opportunities for the expanded learning field that aligns to quality systems and standards.
- Work with United Way staff to develop and implement common data systems and outcomes measurement tools for expanded learning programs in the state.
- Conduct policy and field research as needed to support the development of ALC’s initiatives, including legislation, state budget requests, and school-community partnership initiatives.
- Educate key stakeholders on the key role that afterschool and expanded learning programming plays in student success.
- Foster innovation through piloting and sharing of potential best practices.
- Facilitate partnerships between schools and community partners to help create engaging learning days for children and youth.
- Serve as the state’s point organization for the national Afterschool Alliance to support national policy efforts.
- Develop and advocate for policies that establish a sustainable statewide funding base for afterschool programming in collaboration with other United Way staff.
Public Awareness / Engagement
- Establish and maintain working relationships with local, state and national governmental entities, community organizations and policymakers regarding afterschool issues
- Serve as official spokesperson for the statewide afterschool network.
- Represent the statewide afterschool network on boards, committees, task forces, regional and national meetings
- Promote the focus of the statewide afterschool network and the services it provides to the public.
- Develop and implement communications strategies that better connect expanded learning programs to professional development, research, and other resources that improve program delivery.
- Work with United Way’s Communications department, consultants, and community investment staff to produce communications for the expanded learning field in Rhode Island.
- Manage United Way’s portfolio of out-of-school time initiatives.
- Develop grant funding opportunities that align with ALC’s goals in out-of-school time initiatives.
- Serve on United Way internal committees that help support the growth of the organization’s work and the work of the statewide afterschool network.
- Provide support for other community investment initiatives as needed.
- Bachelor’s Degree Required (Master’s Preferred)
- Knowledge of and experience in field of education and youth development required
- Strong grant-writing skills with proven experience in successful grant writing and relate well to funders.
- A minimum of 3-5 years of experience as manager or project leader involving significant responsibilities.
- Proven experience in relationship building, problem solving, negotiation and facilitation skills.
- Proven experience in community development, organizing and engagement strategies.
- Excellent organizational skills
- Effective listening and strong verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking
- Strong people skills and an ability to relate to diverse groups and individuals.
- Flexible and self-directed
- Ability to move projects forward in a timely and responsive manner
- Experience working with a board of directors and/or steering committees
- Familiarity with professional development systems, data, and measurement.
- Management skills, with an emphasis on team building and a collaborative approach
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