State Services Liaison

Job Locations US-Remote
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/15/2021 11:58 AM)
Job ID
2021-1912
# of Openings
1
Category
Children and Youth
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
BUILD Initiative

Overview

The BUILD Initiative (buildinitiative.org) envisions a time when all children reach their full potential; race, place, and income are no longer predictors of outcomes. The BUILD Initiative partners with state leaders to promote equitable child and family-serving systems that result in young children thriving and learning.

BUILD is a national effort that advances state work on behalf of young children (prenatal-five), their families, and communities. BUILD staff partners with early childhood state leaders focused on early learning, health, mental health, nutrition, child welfare, and family support and engagement to create the policies, infrastructure, and cross-sector connections necessary for quality and equity. BUILD provides consultation, planning, tailored implementation assistance, learning opportunities, resources, and cross-state peer exchanges. These efforts help state leaders improve and expand access to opportunities and promote equitable outcomes for our youngest children.

 

BUILD recognizes that young children’s wellbeing is developed and sustained in the context of family and community. Therefore our approach to systems building is grounded in these principles. The organization is deeply committed to racial equity and the creation of policy, practice, and research changes that shift narratives and increase opportunities, remove barriers, and/or distribute resources to intentionally benefit each and every child and family. BUILD promotes qualitative and quantitative data analysis to determine who programs and services impact and the places and people excluded from opportunity and benefit. BUILD works to facilitate state actions to remedy marginalization and under-resourcing in specific communities and populations. BUILD is state-focused, but we embrace the significant role of families, community, regional, and state leaders. We understand the potential positive impact of federal funding such as CCDBG, ARPA, Title V, and TANF as well as the importance of the investment of state funds to support young children and families. BUILD intentionally promotes cross-systems collaboration with government leaders across divisions, departments, and sectors. BUILD supports systems building, including public and private sector stakeholders. Broad ownership is critical to addressing complex systems issues that undergird inequities and wellbeing. BUILD is an organization that assists state leaders in doing the “hard” things, testing new strategies, and innovating.

 

BUILD is a virtual organization. Staff members work from home offices. BUILD is a fiscally-sponsored project of TSNE (tsne.org) in Boston, MA.

Responsibilities

BUILD’s State Services program area is focused on BUILD’s partner states. Currently, these are: DC, IL, MI, MN, OH, OR, SC, and WA. BUILD works with state leaders in building comprehensive equitable state early childhood systems. With our partner states, our liaisons provide intensive and responsive technical assistance and work with leaders across systems to advance outcomes for young children, their families, and communities. We do this through establishing relationships with multiple leaders in each state, embedding equity in all that we do, providing timely consultation and technical assistance, and offering peer learning and support.

Successful candidates will have a current understanding of early childhood and have a history of work in or with states regarding policy, services, or practice. They will be to multi-task and switch between responsibility. Have a high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and work with and receive direction from the two Directors of State Services. They will have the ability to implement and monitor short- and long-term plans and will seek the opportunity and have the ability to seek and include people from diverse cultural, social, ethnic backgrounds.

Essential Functions 

  • Builds relationship with and identifies/establishes key strategic goals with up to three partner states;
  • Operationalizes BUILD’s principles in our work with states, including but not limited to cross-system, multi-division/department leadership, equity, beneficiary voice;
  • Tracks and balances between long-term vision/plans and immediate needs/concerns when working with partner state teams;
  • Works to develop and increase the capacity of leaders, always seeking to transition BUILD’s work to competence in multiple state leaders within a state;
  • Practices active listening and reflection skills;
  • Is Responsive to the pace and interests of each partner state’s work;
  • Collaborates and coordinates with the BUILD Team and with the partner state team to advance the work;
  • Aligns meeting the interests of young children and their families with state roles, responsibilities, and authority;
  • Utilizes existing or builds a cross-sector infrastructure within states with the authority, responsibility or influence over shared policy and practice development, implementation, and cycle of improvement for young children and their families;
  • Supports a continuous improvement approach to systems building;
  • Assists and supports the Co-Directors of State Services by creating the processes and operations to deliver effective services to BUILD’s Partner States, a network of eight to ten states;
  • Creates a support system for state leaders that offers consistent, high-quality interactions with states:
    • Active participation in two cross-state meetings and three cross-state calls per year to provide a learning community and peer support among the states;
    • Support liaisons with specific projects or meeting facilitation with states on an as needed basis;
    • Works with Communications to develop and distribute communications to members of state teams;
    • Tracks regular communication with partner states;
    • Manages state team and essential contacts for assigned states;
  • Participates in internal processes to promote learning across liaisons, feed a cycle of improvement and inform peer learning activities offered to states by:
    • Participating in two liaison conference calls per month;
    • Connecting with Co-Directors regularly;
    • Attending liaison retreats and other meetings scheduled;
    • Working with evaluation and research on cross-state documentation and evaluation processes;
  • Contributes to the knowledge and skills of the state services team and helps extend the BUILD work in at least one core area such as health, child welfare, or family support.

BUILD Team Participation

  • Actively participate in meetings, retreats, and regularly scheduled conference calls;
  • Represent the BUILD Initiative at meetings or events as needed;
  • Regularly communicate significant learnings and challenges to BUILD staff;
  • Prepare reports as required.

Other

  • Complete all required paperwork, including time and expense reports, in a timely manner;
  • Participate in a performance evaluation on an annual basis, including a self-evaluation of work performed as detailed in the job description;
  • Perform other assignments as directed by the Co-Directors of State Services or the Executive Director that contribute to the mission of the BUILD Initiative.

Qualifications

We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Master’s degree, preferred;
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in at least one central child- and family-serving system such as health, early learning, or child welfare;
  • Strong facilitation skills;
  • Commitment to work with colleagues and partner with individuals and groups of leaders to advance to equity;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, time management, project management, and interpersonal skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability to think strategically with an ability to see the big picture while managing details; 
  • Travel expected – at least quarterly and could be once a month; 
  • 10-15 years in the field (early childhood, human services, health, etc.) and at least 5-8 years of managing multiple projects; 
  • State service experience.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be primarily performed virtual. Work is eligible for 100% remote work.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $90,000 and is commensurate with experience.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost MetLife Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

TSNE/BUILD envisions 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 actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

 

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/BUILD will not discriminate in its 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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