Network Development Strategist

Job description

Position Title: Network Development Strategist

Reports to: Director of Network Development

Position Status: Full-Time

Location: New Haven or New York City or Remote

Target Start Date: By January 1, 2022

Salary: $70,000-$113,000

About All Our Kin

All Our Kin is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that trains, supports, and sustains family child care educators to ensure that children and families have the foundations they need to succeed in school and in life. At All Our Kin, we support family child care educators at every stage of their development – from parents and caregivers to professional educators and business owners – using a strength-based, high-touch approach. Through our programs, family child care providers succeed as early childhood educators and small business owners; parents have access to high-quality, affordable child care, making it possible for them to enter into and remain within the workforce; and infants and toddlers gain the enriching experiences that prepare them to succeed in school and in life. All Our Kin is recognized as a national model, and has been proven through studies to raise the quality, availability, and sustainability of family child care.

All Our Kin first opened its doors in a housing development in New Haven, Connecticut in 1999. Today, we serve over 850 family child care educators with networks representing five Connecticut cities and New York City, in addition to the surrounding communities.

All Our Kin recognizes that diversity and opportunity are fundamental to children's lives and to

our work, and we seek to build a team that reflects the diversity we celebrate in our nation and

community. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share our vision, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our work and this mission. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.

What You Will Do

All Our Kin’s Technical Assistance (TA) program expands our reach by training new communities in our model and best practices that have been developed over the 20 years of direct implementation. The TA Team is seeking a highly organized and skilled strategist to help us build out and implement our network development technical assistance offerings which support the development of staffed family child care networks with a variety of entities across the country.

Network Development Strategy (65%)

  • Coaches organizational partners through the network development process and differentiates support based on partner’s needs

  • Supports the Network Development Director in sharing resources with partners, project management, and relationship building

  • Iterates on the network development strand of TA by researching and documenting learnings from AOK Sites and TA engagements and inquiries

  • Designs and tailors virtual and in-person learning experiences and related resources for individuals and groups

Project Leadership for Kansas City Network Development Project (25%)

  • Refines key objectives, scope, roles and responsibilities for the project in partnership with the project partner and TA Team

  • Prepares, drives, tracks, and reports on outcomes related to key project milestones, workstreams, and activities

  • Oversees and coordinates project delivery, communications, budget

  • Coordinates and facilitates cross stakeholder relationships, meetings and communications

  • Has or develops an understanding of the Kansas City family child care landscape (e.g., stakeholders, regulations, supply and demand for child care, existing services and gaps)

Technical Assistance Team Member (10%)

  • Collaborates within TA team to learn from different approaches and strands

  • Supports hiring and training of network development staff internally and externally for TA projects, as needed

  • Gives input to strategy and evaluation efforts of the network development work of TA

  • Supports the organizational administration of the network development work of TA such as finance, budgeting, and HR

  • Supports in determining best fit of partners

  • Supports fellow team members in the the implementation of TA approaches and trainings outside of network development, when necessary


Who You Are

  • Hold deep beliefs in and commitments to
    • Making high-quality early care and education available to all children

    • Combating systemic racism and injustice

    • All Our Kin’s values and model

  • Experienced and able to
    • Build relationships with diverse stakeholders

    • Communicate well in writing and speaking

    • Set priorities and manage multiple, multifaceted projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment

    • Inhabit an entrepreneurial approach, flexibility, and drive

    • Solve tricky problems and make decisions well

    • Operate various computer systems and willing to use new technology

    • Offer, receive, and respond to regular feedback

    • Speak Spanish (not required, but nice to have)

    • Travel within NY, CT, KS and nationally when applicable and when safe to do so

  • Eager to build on
    • Experience leading a family child care network, or leading programming for family child care educators

    • Experience operating a licensed/registered family child care home

    • 5+ years experience with strategic planning, project management, systems or resource development, program implementation, and facilitating adult learning or coaching adults

  • Has knowledge and understanding of:
    • Family child care and family child care networks, and can articulate the unique benefits of home-based child care to a variety of stakeholders

    • The most pressing challenges and opportunities in early care and education, especially as they relate to family child care

  • Possesses strong:
    • Interpersonal and facilitation skills, and has experience building strength-based relationships with stakeholders of diverse backgrounds and experiences (including in a virtual format)

    • Written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex information and to tailor communication for different audiences

    • Organizational skills, and can set priorities and manage multiple projects

What You Can Expect

All Our Kin is an innovative, high-impact organization that empowers a growing number of family child care providers, children, and families to succeed. As we scale All Our Kin’s reach, we strive to maintain the collaborative, values-centered environment that is our hallmark and to continually invest in the backbone of our organization: our talented, mission-driven team. All Our Kin is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes that diversity and opportunity are fundamental to children’s lives and to our work.

Some of the benefits we offer to our staff members include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Vacation time- Three weeks paid annual vacation as well as federal holidays and a December holiday (typically December 24 – January 1)

  • Retirement Plan- All Our Kin offers a 403(b) plan

All Our Kin is an equal opportunity employer and recognizes that diversity and opportunity are fundamental to children’s lives and to our work. We offer competitive salary and benefits, a flexible schedule, and the opportunity to work with a team of skilled, motivated, and committed professionals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our team members are currently working remotely.

AOK complies with all CDC, OEC and ADA COVID guidelines and recommendations for educators, children, families and employees. Masks are required. COVID 19 Vaccination or approved exemption and exemption protocol is required for all new hires before a start date. Please feel free to contact the People Development and Equity Department if you have any questions.