Community Impact Manager

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Leading on Opportunity is a collaborative, community-wide initiative launched to serve as the community champion to unite and propel efforts to positively impact economic opportunity for all children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Leading on Opportunity serves to amplify, aggregate and accelerate efforts across the community to create a more just and equitable Charlotte Mecklenburg for all children – regardless of income, race or zip code – creating a place where all children feel they belong, have big dreams and find the opportunities to achieve those dreams.

Housed under the Foundation For The Carolinas, Leading on Opportunity is organized as a backbone organization leading a collective impact effort across Mecklenburg County. We take a systemic approach to address three key determinants of early childhood education, college and career readiness and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on two cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital – implementing in partnership with the community recommendations of the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report.

Overview:
In order for Leading on Opportunity to achieve its ambitious goals, we are seeking a dynamic and detail-oriented Community Impact Manager. This candidate should have a proven track record supporting others in a fast-paced, constantly evolving environment and superior project management skills. The individual must enjoy challenging work and operating in a continuous learning, strong execution, action-oriented, high performing culture. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Community Impact Manager plays a crucial role among a value, vision, mission and outcomes-driven small team responsible for driving Leading on Opportunity’s bold work forward. In particular, this person will manage a large network of multi-sector community partners, lead and plan strategically to advance implementation strategies and achieve successful impact. This is a full-time, exempt position.

The Community Impact Manager will provide day-to-day support and facilitation of Leading on Opportunity’s work building a strategic network of community partnerships to achieve implementation impact. The individual must be passionate about addressing poverty and committed to improving economic opportunity. Under the direction of the Executive Director, below outlines key responsibilities of the Community Impact Manager.

Duties and responsibilities:
Manage network of community partners to drive towards transformative systems change

• Utilize systems-thinking and analysis to inform and direct execution of implementation strategies among a broad network of multi-sector, diverse community partners/stakeholders including educational partners, governmental entities, program providers, business/corporate leaders, grassroots organizations, communities of faith, community advocates and other partners throughout the community.
• Identify cutting-edge ideas, practices, strategies, programs and research to inform strategy development, implementation and planning.
• Organize outreach, plan, coordinate, manage logistics and proactively promote strategic community and neighborhood engagement activities, bringing community voices forward to listen to, learn from and inform work (e.g. community conversations/listening sessions, etc).
• Establish strategic strong cross-sector collaborations and partnerships to support the advancement of short-, middle- and long-term community opportunity dashboard/goals/metrics.
• Manage transformational network of community action implementation teams/working groups co-led by identified Opportunity Change Agents in following priority areas (e.g. meeting preparation, logistics, communications, convening, facilitation, follow-up actions between meetings, etc), early childhood, college and career access, child and family stability, segregation and social capital.
• Facilitate ongoing communication between community partners supporting engagement in work and continuous learning together (e.g. host regular conference calls, in-person meetings, coordinate regular email updates to ensure alignment of activity, etc.).
• Foster ongoing network coordination across cross-sector coalitions collaborating.
• Consistently identify ways to improve and strengthen networks.
• Anticipate, prioritize and manage the flow of activities, communication and coordination within and among transformational network of community action implementation teams/working groups to drive delivery towards measurable impact.
• Utilize data and key metrics to continuously improve and measure impact of current and future work.
• Provide timely, thorough updates to Executive Director on network implementation progress.
• Represent Leading on Opportunity at key community meetings and events as needed.
Ensure Strategic Coherence for Implementation Success
• Provide support to partner organizations deepening shared commitment and aligning their work to the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Recommendations and implementation strategies.
• Anticipate implementation challenges with stakeholders and develop comprehensive solutions to proactively address and resolve them.
• Act as a neutral arbitrator helping to resolve disputes or disagreements in direction among partner organizations.
• Identify potential policy and systemic changes needed to address barriers to effective implementation.
• Work collaboratively with Leading on Opportunity team to align work, messages and content.
• Create and manage summary reports of Leading on Opportunity progress for internal and external audiences, including providing information necessary for grant application and reporting deadlines.
Other
• Assumes other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Director.

To apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter to Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Executive Director, online, at www.fftc.org/careers. No phone calls or faxes accepted. Applications for this position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 29, 2018. In your cover letter include your salary requirements and address the following topics.
• Describe a time when you worked to solve a problem through partnership or collaboration with other people in another organization. Explain how you became involved in the effort, your role and responsibilities and how that experience would be useful in this position.
• Share your experience managing detailed,fast-moving projects. What is your approach to starting a complex new project with multiple moving parts? What do you need for project success? What are the major lessons you’ve learned about this type of work?
• Review Leading on Opportunity’s Task Force Report online. What steps would you propose to implement one of the strategies ensuring community engagement and utilizing a systems approach? Explain your recommendations based on your experience and evidence of past success of creating alignment towards shared goals.
• Describe how Leading on Opportunity’s vision and mission to improve economic mobility for children resonates and aligns with your values and experiences (personal and/or professional).

Leading on Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity Employer, welcoming people to flourish in an open, inclusive work environment. A diverse pool of candidates of all backgrounds is welcomed, applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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