United Way of Southwestern Oregon seeks a Director for our Every Child Coos County program. If you are interested in being part of our exciting and meaningful work, please submit a cover letter indicating why you are interested in employment with Every Child/United Way of Southwestern Oregon, along with a resume listing all relevant experience, to firstname.lastname@example.org. This posting will remain open until filled.
Position: Director, Every Child Coos
Reports to: Executive Director
Summary: Under the backbone of United Way of Southwestern Oregon, the Every Child Coos Director will lead the Every Child Coos County initiative by mobilizing the local community to uplift children and families impacted by foster care. As the face of Every Child to the DHS office, foster parents, and volunteers, the Every Child Director is a warm, collaborative, communicative, administrative, positive and loving leader.
The Every Child Director will lead the local demonstration of the Every Child initiative. They are responsible for maintaining DHS relationships at the local level, recruiting volunteer and foster families in the community, coordinating volunteer opportunities, mobilizing local businesses and faith communities, engaging historically marginalized communities, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Every Child effort.
Every Child Initiative Description: Beginning in 2012, Every Child mobilized individuals, families, faith communities, and community partners to work in direct partnership with the State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) in the Portland metro area, to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Historically, the community at-large has had limited engagement with DHS, yet an unprecedented number of individuals and groups are now working synergistically with DHS through Every Child’s efforts.
Every Child Oregon’s statewide brand is owned and managed by The Contingent – including website, marketing materials, social media, data and data management tools, and operating collateral. It is established as an affiliate model, and the local county demonstrations of Every Child each include foster family recruitment, volunteer recruitment, coordination of various onramps, local DHS relations, and more, which are operated by independent backbone organizations in each county. The leaders of the Every Child affiliates make up a statewide learning community.
Primary responsibilities: The Every Child Director will lead the volunteer and foster family recruitment and engagement at the local level.
1. Community Engagement
- Create a plan for volunteer recruitment, including on-ramps for different levels of engagement (tangible needs, one-time projects, ongoing volunteer opportunities)
- Respond to volunteer inquiries within 72 hours, providing opportunities for them to engage with Every Child
- Prepare presentations to share about Every Child and foster partnerships with local businesses and faith communities inviting their participation
- Intentionally engage with historically marginalized communities
- Work collaboratively with community partners
2. Foster Family Recruitment and Support
- Create a strategy for foster family recruitment and retention
- Meet with potential foster parents and/or host recruitment events to recruit foster families for DHS
- Mobilize community volunteers to support foster families in the community through meeting tangible needs of children in foster care, providing respite, offering encouragement and appreciation
3. Organizational Development
- Participate in Every Child Coos Steering Committee meetings, UWSWO staff meetings, and UWSWO Board meetings
- Work with UWSWO Executive Director to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization with the resources planned or in place to meet current and projected program growth
- Work with UWSWO Executive Director to oversee and coordinate fund raising, grant writing, and reporting
- Participate in Every Child Statewide learning community calls, webinars, and trainings
- Track deliverables for statewide reporting, including:
- In-kind donations gifted to DHS
- Tangible goods or emergency needs met for DHS
- Welcome Boxes delivered, or equivalent
- Volunteers engaged
- Foster families, children in foster care, or DHS staff served through initiatives
- Oversee event planning and coordination for DHS staff appreciation, volunteer orientations, fundraisers, office tours and more
- Facilitate regular hospitality at DHS child welfare office
- Manage volunteer coordination and development of lead volunteer roles
- Oversee the storytelling and marketing communications strategy including newsletters and social media content
- As liaison for Every Child, connect with leaders at DHS at the district level to communicate about initiative’s progress, and make strategic requests to manage volunteer and foster parent inquiries
- Regularly reflect gratitude to DHS leaders, volunteer leaders, businesses and faith community leaders for partnership
Job Type: Nonexempt, part-time, 20-24 hrs/week, occasional evenings and weekends, occasional travel (mileage reimbursed per IRS guidelines)
Salary: $25,000 annually ($1,041.67 bi-monthly), overtime if >40 hours/week worked
Benefits: Employee-only health insurance at 20 hrs/week, vacation accrual, sick leave accrual
- Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public administration, or related field; equivalent education and/or work experience in a related field can qualify candidate
- Minimum two (2) years successful experience with nonprofit human service organization
- Strong organizational and time management skills, strong interpersonal and customer relation skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Desire to create solutions for foster parents, children in foster care, and DHS Child Welfare in our region
- Demonstrated initiative, positive attitude, ability to work independently with minimal supervision as well as in a team environment
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of applications
- Experience with public speaking, event management, and social media management
United Way of Southwestern Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We take the broadest possible view of diversity. We value the visible and invisible qualities that make a person who they are. We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our Coos and Curry County communities. We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems. We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work. We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities. Join us in embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion for every person in every community.