Program Manager, Basics Principles

Job Locations US-MA-Boston
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/10/2021 6:07 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Children and Youth
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
The Basics, Inc.


The Basics Boston, a project of The Basics Inc. ( was created to change the way the city supports early childhood parenting and caregiving. We mobilize existing social and organizational networks to embed The Basics Principles – five simple, evidence-based parenting practices – into routine interactions that parents and caregivers have with their infants and toddlers. This helps ensure that all children are equipped with a solid developmental foundation and are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.


The Basics Boston is the local chapter of the Basics Learning Network. Both are staffed by The Basics, Inc., which is a fiscally sponsored organization of TSNE (



The Program Manager will be responsible for  helping to facilitate use of The Basics Principles among staff and volunteers of Children’s Services of Roxbury (CSR) and other organizations in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan that serve families with young children.


The position is full-time (37.5 hours per week) and is currently funded through September 30, 2024, with the expectation of renewal. The position will be based at CSR on Dudley Street and 50% of the staff person’s time will be working with CSR personnel.

  • Serve as trainer and coach for family service providers to help facilitate use of the Principles in their everyday interactions with client;
  • Oversee day-to-day management of efforts to familiarize families with The Basic Principles;
  • Support the Program Director in promoting The Basics and managing relationships with local provider agencies;
  • In cooperation with the Program Director, facilitate the development and testing of professional trainings;
  • Assist with development and implementation of additional organization-level strategies to support staff and volunteers to share The Basics Principles directly with parents and caregivers;
  • Promote widespread adoption of The Basics strategies and practices through effective use of The Basics Community Toolkit, Basics Insights text messaging services, and other proprietary material;
  • Activate and maintain partnerships with nonprofit service providers and other stakeholders who share a commitment to providing support and guidance to parents and caregivers on child development during the critical 0-5 age range;
  • Prepare administrative reports that document evidence of the impact of this work and the outcomes experienced by families and service providers who practice The Basics Principles;
  • Perform other duties as appropriate and assigned.


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

  • 5-7 years experience in adult learning, coaching, early education and/or community outreach;
  • Knowledge of African American and Latinx communities in Boston and surrounding localities;
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting diverse groups including low-income households and families of color;
  • Experience preparing course materials and delivering professional development trainings;
  • Ability to regularly assess the effectiveness of training materials and delivery modalities and make adjustments as necessary;
  • Familiarity with e-learning or other forms of virtual instruction in addition to in-person trainings is a plus;
  • Ability to motivate staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders to collaborate successfully;
  • Extensive knowledge in early childhood development or public health;
  • Bilingual Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Cape Verdean Creole preferred;
  • Must have vehicle, driver’s license and ability to travel regularly to sites around Boston;
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written;
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Must be self-directed and able to take initiative;
  • Competent in Microsoft Office Suite and virtual meeting platforms.

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 in and around the Boston area. Work is eligible for some remote work.

Compensation: The starting salary for this position is $50,000.00/yr 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/The Basics Inc. 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/The Basics Inc. 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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