Posted: October 11, 2021

United Way of Southwestern Oregon has created a Coos County Relief Nursery Project Manager contract position to establish a new nonprofit Relief Nursery entity and complete initial program development. This contract position will establish a stakeholder committee, identify a location for the new Relief Nursery, establish the new entity as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, assist with hiring an Executive Director, initiate certification by the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries and state funding applications, and develop a funding pipeline to support the program going forward. The eventual goal is to enable 20-25 children and their families being served by Year Three.

This contract runs through June 2022; the applicant chosen to fill this contract position is not guaranteed ongoing employment with UWSWO and/or the new Relief Nursery.

Position: Coos County Relief Nursery Project Manager (Contract, Temporary Position)
Reports to: Executive Director

Summary: Established in 1961, United Way of Southwestern Oregon (“UWSWO”)’s mission is “to increase the organized capacity of the people of Southwestern Oregon to care for one another.” We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of Coos and Curry County residents.

Coos County has a history of prioritizing the wellbeing and safety of children. Over the years, programs including South Coast Head Start, CASA of Coos and Curry Counties, United Way’s Every Child Coos and Every Child Curry, South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub, Care Connections, Kids HOPE Center, and others have worked collaboratively to promote healthy, stable, and attached families. And yet, it is not enough. While we have strong community partnerships on the South Coast, we lack resources. The closure of the Relief Nursery in Coos County has left a tremendous gap in our community and has stifled our collective efforts to reduce entry into foster care and promote family resilience.

UWSWO has received grant funding to lead the development of a new Relief Nursery for Coos County using the Relief Nursery model supported by the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries (OARN, www.oregonreliefnurseries.org). The intended outcome of this effort will be a stand-alone nonprofit entity to carry this program forward in future years, with the long-term goals of strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment and unnecessary foster care for youth in Coos County.

A Relief Nursery provides easily accessible, comprehensive family support services to low-income parents with children up to five years of age who are at high risk for abuse or neglect. Research clearly shows that assistance in the first few years of a child’s life – before behaviors are indelibly imprinted – has the greatest success in breaking abusive patterns. The Relief Nursery model has a 45-year history in Oregon and is supported by OARN who provide replication services, staff support, statewide advocacy, and ongoing quality assurance monitoring.

Goals: This contract position will establish a stakeholder committee, identify a location for the new Coos County Relief Nursery, establish the new entity as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, assist with hiring an Executive Director, initiate OARN certification and state funding applications, and develop a funding pipeline to support the program going forward. The eventual goal is to enable 20-25 children and their families being served by Year Three. The applicant chosen to fill this contract is not guaranteed ongoing employment with UWSWO.

Primary responsibilities: 

  • Complete a community needs assessment
    • Review current gaps and compile data in support of establishing a new Relief Nursery
    • Present to community groups and community leaders to gather support from local public/private partners, including legislators
  • Establish a new 501(c)(3) Coos County Relief Nursery entity
    • Establish a new Relief Nursery Steering Committee/future Board of Directors; regularly convene and manage administration of Steering Committee
    • Identify new Relief Nursery location
    • Review by-laws of other Relief Nursery nonprofits, draft local by-laws
    • Complete IRS requirements to establish a new 501(c)(3)
    • Hire Executive Director
  • Complete OARN application process in partnership with OARN liaison and Steering Committee
  • Establish Relief Nursery funding pipeline for Year Two and beyond

Evaluation metrics: The success of this contracted position will be determined by a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Establishment of Relief Nursery Steering Committee by December 2021
  • Establishment of funding pipeline by March 2022
  • Identification of new Relief Nursery location by March 2022
  • Submission of IRS paperwork to establish a new 501(c)(3) by June 2022
  • Completion of OARN certification process by June 2022
  • Hiring of Executive Director by June 2022

Details regarding evaluation metrics will be discussed with applicants entering the interview process.

Compensation: Contractor fees shall not exceed $75/hour for the duration of the project. It is expected that this project will require 20-25 hours/week between November 2021 and June 2022. (Project funding allows for part-time local administrative/networking support, up to 20 hours/week for the duration of the contract, as needed.) Proposals must include all costs that will be necessary to successfully complete the activities described above. Contractor fees should be all-inclusive and structured as an hourly fee. Contractor will invoice and be paid monthly. Any additional terms of compensation are at the discretion of UWSWO and will be negotiated as needed with the selected applicant. Please note that the lowest/best bid will not be used as the sole basis for selecting a contractor for this position.

Timeline:

  • RFP published Monday, October 11, 2021
  • Proposals due Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 5:00pm PST
  • Interviews Monday, October 25, 2021
  • Offer extended by Friday, October 29, 2021
  • Start date ASAP after offer extension

Proposal Format: Please submit proposals to Jen Shafer, Executive Director of UWSWO, by email at director at unitedwayswo.org or by US Mail to PO Box 1288, Coos Bay, OR 97420. Interested parties should provide the following information in their proposal:

  • Individual contact information (name, email, phone number of person submitting proposal)
  • If applicable, company contact information (company web site, mailing address)
  • High level plan for accomplishing project goals, including approach and general timeline for outreach, engagement, and training for community partners and community at large
  • Budget, including compensation, travel costs, and any additional expected costs
  • Examples of past work that is similar to this project
  • References (3 or more, from similar projects)

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Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.