Director of Family Strengthening & Community Engagement

Maryland Nonprofits
Baltimore, MD
Sep 22, 2021
Sep 24, 2021
Full Time
Director of Family Strengthening & Community Engagement The Center for Urban Families (CFUF) seeks a highly experienced Director of Family Strengthening and Community Engagement, responsible for the operational success of programs that accelerate social and economic mobility (SEM) using a two-generation (whole-family) approach, and provide innovative solutions to sustainably lift families out of poverty. The Director of Family Strengthening and Community Engagement will play a key role in ensuring that these programs are aligned with CFUFs existing programs that help our clients achieve long-term family stability and economic success. THE ORGANIZATION Purpose and Mission Founded in 1999, and anchored in West Baltimore, CFUF strengthens urban communities by helping fathers and families achieve stability and economic success. As a pioneer in the responsible fatherhood, family strengthening, and workforce development fields, CFUFs programs help clients fully exit poverty and sustain themselves and their families. CFUF serves Baltimores most marginalized populations living in high crime and high poverty communities. Our members (the term we use when referring to our clients) are 95% African American and 68% male. While many of them possess a strong work ethic, resourcefulness, ingenuity, and creativity, they also experience multiple barriers to self-sufficiency, including: 27% lack a diploma or equivalent; fewer than 6% have postsecondary education; 24% of women and 67% of men have a misdemeanor and/or felony conviction; 61% experience housing instability; 22% report clinically significant alcohol abuse; nearly 21% indicate moderate-to-severe depression; and the vast majority access income assistance. Our ALL In strategy therefore focuses on enhancing members strengths, removing their barriers, and positioning them to become stable and economically successful. Launched in 2019, ALL In accelerates social and economic opportunity and advocates for policies that promote equity and racial justice. Leveraging 20 years of positive impact and applied learnings, ALL In targets chronic unemployment and family instability by linking individual accountability, person-centered case management, and supportive networks, with workforce development training, education, and civic engagement. ALL In dismantles poverty and builds long-term social and economic prosperity that results in brighter futures for members, their families, and the communities in which they live. Culture and Practice CFUF is an organization committed to excellence and quality service to all of its stakeholders. Our organizational values emphasize professionalism, respect, integrity, accountability, and an unwavering focus on supporting our members. Our culture thrives from a transparent, reflective, and creative environment. We maintain a highly autonomous workforce, and our staff embraces humor, food, fun, and a passion to serve our members. We believe in recognizing and rewarding high performers. All of these qualities and attributes make CFUF a premier employer of choice. Staffing and Governance CFUF is governed by a 19-member board of directors. The organizations current budget is approximately $4.3 million, with 73% allocated to program services. CFUF maintains a staff of 26, and our leadership team is comprised of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Programs, Director of Development, and Director of Finance & Administration. THE POSITION Project Overview The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative is a new initiative anchored by the Center for Urban Families, in direct partnership with a targeted group of Baltimore-based service providers and families who receive services from one or more partner provider. Funded by the Robin Hood, Kresge, and Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundations, the goal of this initiative is to create a vibrant network of community organizations, service providers and West Baltimore residents, ensuring that families have access to a seamless network of services and opportunities that enables adults and children to thrive. This initiative aligns a two-generation approach to advancing social and economic mobility for adults and their children (Baltimore 2Gen), with a place-based approach to building next-generation organizational leaders (Baltimore Communities Assisting and Advancing Neighborhoods, or BCAAN). The Baltimore 2Gen framework supports children and their parents, including fathers (two generations), simultaneously, to move the whole family toward educational success and economic security. Current participants in Baltimore 2Gen include Union Baptist Head Start; Judy Center at Dorothy I. Height Elementary School; Baltimore Healthy Start; Center for Urban Families; and a group of parents whose families are involved with one or more of the participating providers programs. It is expected that the Ecosystem partners and participants will grow significantly after the initial phase of implementation. As part of the initial design process, the current 2Gen Ecosystem partners identified opportunities to better coordinate services and programs on behalf of the families they serve, as well as a set of shared outcomes they hope to achieve for families through the partnership, including increasing access to safe and affordable housing, access to mental health services, access to secure employment that pays a living wage, and access to effective academic supports. The BCAAN initiative supports residents to access economic and social pathways, and gain leadership and advocacy skills, in order to co-create new solutions to sustainably lift themselves and their neighbors out of poverty and create a pipeline of next-generation leaders of local community-based organizations. Focused on residents living in Baltimores Greater Penn North community and local community-serving organizations, BCAAN will facilitate residents access to pathways to economic mobility and leadership and advocacy training, and encourage active civic and community engagement. BCAAN will also support local organizations by leveraging resources to expand their service delivery capacity, and by creating a pipeline of residents with knowledge, skills and abilities to assume leadership roles within the organizations. Both projects have completed their initial planning and design phases and are moving towards implementation to take place immediately. With the support of the Director of Family Strengthening and Community Engagement, this initiative will create a vibrant network of community organizations, service providers and West Baltimore residents, ensuring that families have access to a seamless network of services and opportunities that enables adults and children to thrive. Position Overview The Director of Family Strengthening and Community Engagement will oversee the strategic vision and direction, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of this multi-year project. S/he will supervise three direct reports: Outreach Coordinator, Community Navigator, and Partnership Coordinator. The position requires high levels of interpersonal and influencing skills, proficient facilitation, and the capacity to work across disciplines of policy, systems, service delivery and community change. The Director will be a passionate, innovative, and dynamic leader focused on achieving results for families, their children, and the community organizations that support them. Responsibilities and Duties The Director will be part of the Center for Urban Families team and will be responsible for advancing the vision of the project and immediately moving the work from the design to the implementation phase. The Director will work as part of an interdisciplinary team, working together to grow the movement for social and economic mobility in Baltimore. The main focus of this role will be supporting key functions for the sustained operation of the project, including the following: Manage, lead and facilitate The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative. Build-out, formalize and document The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaboratives programming models, strategic frameworks, processes, practices, procedures and protocols. Identify, engage and maintain relationships across multiple stakeholder groups, including government, public systems, community leaders, philanthropy, business, and CBOs. Provide high-level strategic advice, knowledge and facilitation to the Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative partners so that they can develop and implement their plans according to the project design plan. Co-design, implement and assess appropriate and effective community engagement strategies. Identify and facilitate access to relevant population level data to inform decision making and support the initiative to set up and embed shared measurement at performance level. Support the initiative to gather, collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data across partner organizations, and to communicate results back to local leaders and stakeholders. Support The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative to identify, access and secure funding and other resources. Manage The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative budget and resources. Strategic Learning and Movement Building: Provide expert-level knowledge of family strengthening and community engagement strategies that interrupt the cycle of poverty. Contribute to the identification and development of opportunities to strengthen the Social and Economic Mobility movement in Baltimore City. Facilitate the disbursement of many grants per recommendations of the Advisory Council. Develop and maintain connections with Social and Economic Mobility initiatives to inform practice and promote the work of The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative. Oversee the design of tailored training and workshops for a range of audiences including the design and implementation of supporting tools and resources. Build capacity across The Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative through facilitation, training, coaching, advising and providing specialist advice. Relationship & Collaboration Building: Work in partnership with the Center for Urban Families Senior Leadership Team and the Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaboratives Partnership Coordinator to establish, develop and maintain strategic relationships. Represent the Baltimore Social and Economic Mobility Collaborative across a range of public forums. EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES The ideal candidate must have a passion for, commitment to, and understanding of CFUFs values and principles regarding the plight of urban fathers and families, and demonstrated skills in managing programs and delivering services to them. S/he will have substantive knowledge of innovative interventions that promote family stability and economic success. Highly qualified applicants will bring a variety of other experiences and attributes to CFUF, including: Bachelors degree in a related field such as: community development, community engagement, education, or social sciences. Minimum 5 years of impactful work experience directing one or more large, public sector programs and/or projects, concurrently. Demonstrated ability to lead, coach, and supervise a team of professionals. Strategic thinker with proven analytical skills, such as an ability to draw insightful conclusions from large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data from research related to early education, job readiness, housing and community development. Demonstrated ability to manage the scope, requirements, deliverables, timeline, and resource needs of complex, multi-stakeholder projects. Experience applying results-based accountability tools. Demonstrated ability to facilitate diverse groups of stakeholders to achieve a common outcome. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be an effective and open communicator with multiple audiences, including residents, community-based organizations, all levels of government, philanthropic foundations, researchers and educators, health professionals and service providers. Advanced problem-solving skills to work through and resolve key challenges. Self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to take initiative and work with limited supervision. APPLICATION PROCESS Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing the applicants fit with the positions requirements with salary requirements, and a rsum. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package. There is more to running an ethical, accountable, and transparent nonprofit than just legal and accounting requirements. Boards of directors can set the tone for the organization by conducting regular reviews of core governing and operating policies and procedures. Check out these four things your board of directors can do to embrace ethical, accountable, and transparent values in the new year. As an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins, I am still new to the world of nonprofits, and the Legislative Preview was very eye-opening to me. 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