Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative
A project of The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy
Position Description—CT ECFC Executive Director
ABOUT THE COLLABORATIVE
The Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (CT ECFC or the Collaborative) is a broad and diverse coalition of members of the Connecticut philanthropic community committed to bringing the collective voice and resources of philanthropy to build and sustain a comprehensive early childhood system that works for all children, families, communities and the workforce in Connecticut.
The CT ECFC comprises 20 funders from around the state who bring many years of experience in supporting and operating programs that serve the needs of children and families. Members of the Collaborative believe a partnership between government, other key stakeholders and philanthropy is essential to achieve a common goal of a comprehensive statewide early childhood system. The flexibility with which the philanthropic community can provide fiscal and programmatic resources, coupled with state government's access to data, federal policies, and public-sector resources will lead to the best thinking and outcomes for young children and their families.
Annually, CT ECFC members craft a work plan aligned with its focus on systems change, reflective of its guiding principles and guided by a decision framework that includes readiness, opportunity for impact, other partners’ commitment and available resources. Currently, CT ECFC’s priorities include:
- Building stronger community and parent voice in state and local policy decisions
- Restructuring the state’s childcare financing system
- Lifting up and addressing inequities, particularly those that impact historically marginalized communities
The ECFC is a project of The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (Council) that serves as the fiscal sponsor.
The Collaborative Executive Director will support the efforts of members in advancing the CT ECFC’s mission of “building and sustaining a comprehensive early childhood system that works for all children, families, communities and the workforce in Connecticut.” The primary focus of this position is to advance early childhood systems change with an equity lens. Working with state government and other entities on policy and systems change, supporting the individual and collective knowledge of funder members and bringing national funder best practices and research to the Collaborative are the essential responsibilities of this position.
The CT ECFC Executive Director reports administratively to the president of the CT Council for Philanthropy. Day-to-day work is directed by the CT ECFC co-chairs. This is a contractual position requiring on average 20 hours per week.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
- Works closely with CT ECFC co-chairs and members in developing and implementing an annual work plan ensuring the active involvement of CT ECFC members through communication and issue specific work groups
- Facilitates CT ECFC’s efforts to move its equity work to the next level supporting members to improve their equity efforts both within their institutions and as a Collaborative
- Supports the development and implementation of a public policy agenda for CT ECFC
- Fosters engagement among members, including providing resources, encouraging participation, facilitating connections and maintaining regular communication
- With CT ECFC members and CCP, recruits and supports new members
- Facilitates convening state agencies and other entities to inform CT ECFC’s work; develops and maintains strong working relationships with key ECE policy leaders and other stakeholders
- Serves as the key liaison to external partners; represents CT ECFC on national networks including National ECFC and Alliance for Early Success
- Monitors progress on key work components and reports to CT ECFC monthly; prepares an annual summary of progress
- Conducts research and other analyses by national and state resource networks to inform CT ECFC’s efforts
- Works with CT ECFC members to secure funding for ongoing operations; manages grant activities related to funder contributions in partnership with CCP
- Performs initial review of any requests for funding from the Collaborative in preparation for full Collaborative review
- Manages CT ECFC’s budget
- Provides staff support for all Collaborative meetings, including preparation and distribution of agendas, member communication, scheduling and logistics
Skills, Abilities and Competencies
- Systems thinker able to assess/understand the ECE ecosystem as a whole and the power dynamics within
- Fluency in racial and gender equity and social justice; solid understanding of how systems can perpetuate inequities
- Ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders and function as part of a larger team
- Strong oral and written communications skills with the ability to accommodate multiple views, respect cultural differences with high value on confidentiality
- Ability to adapt based on evolving understanding of partners, political realities and opportunities
- Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, manage multiple responsibilities and prioritize tasks
- Working knowledge of the early care and education landscape
Preparation, Knowledge, Previous Experience
- At least 7 years of relevant experience, in systems change efforts including advocacy, policy development, community engagement or social/racial/gender justice reform
- Prior understanding of and a desire to continue to learn about the history and role of race and racism in the United States, Connecticut, and philanthropy and how it impacted the development of the current ECE system
- Knowledge of early care and education issues
- Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, social services, education or related field
- Knowledge of early care and education issues in Connecticut
- Familiarity with the philanthropic sector and its role in systems change
Annual compensation for this contractual position (average 20 hours/week) is $75-85,000 based on reported hours.
Compensation To Apply
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (no more than 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note “ECFC Executive Director” in the subject line.
The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy believes diversity and inclusion are drivers of creativity, innovation, and high-quality work. Therefore, we seek candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, experiences, and perspectives for this position.