• Program Associate

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/9/2018 11:28 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Children and Youth
  • Overview

    The Basics Inc. was created to implement the Boston Basics Campaign (BBC) whose mission is to change the ways that whole communities support early childhood parenting and caregiving. We mobilize existing social and organizational networks to embed the Basics — five simple, evidence-based parenting practices — routinely in their normal operations and interactions with parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers. This will help ensure that children build solid developmental foundations and are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. The Basics is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.


    This Program Associate (PA) position is part of a team charged with instituting widespread use of the Basics in all sectors in Boston. The PA reports to the Program Director. The PA will help create and execute strategies that share the Basics with staff and volunteers in the healthcare, early childhood, and social sectors. This position will work closely with community based organizations, agencies, and businesses that interact with and serve families of young children. This position is for 25 hours per week and will end on September 30, 2020.

    • Support efforts to teach the Basics to staff and volunteers at organizations working directly with parents and caregivers. Support the socio-ecological saturation of the Basics messages and practices throughout Boston through effective use of the Basics Community Toolkit;
    • Activate and maintain key partnerships with public agencies, nonprofit service providers, and other stakeholders who share our commitment to providing parents and caregivers with support and guidance on how to most effectively promote learning during the critical period of 0-3 years;
    • Document, in a clear and timely manner, the ongoing work to engage professional staff and volunteers who work directly with families;
    • Assist with efforts to collect and share data that communicates the urgency of this work and the outcomes experienced by families and service providers who practice the Basics;
    • Assist with efforts to secure funding needed to support the work of the Boston Basics Campaign;
    • Contribute to the development and testing of training protocols and elements of the Basics Community Toolkit;
    • Perform other duties as appropriate and assigned.


    • Bilingual Spanish highly preferred;
    • Experience as a trainer and facilitator in the nonprofit sector;
    • Ability to motivate staff, volunteers and other stakeholders to collaborate successfully;
    • Ability to develop and maintain partnerships with public agencies, nonprofit service providers, and other stakeholders;
    • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
    • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;
    • Knowledge of early childhood development preferred;
    • Competent in Microsoft Office Suite.

    TSNE MissionWorks/The Basics Inc. envision a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks/The Basics Inc. actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employee, TSNE MissionWorks/The Basics Inc. will not discriminate in their employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.


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