The Foundation is seeking a part-time Project Coordinator to join a small team working to expand and grow projects related to a strategic grantmaking initiative, the Harris Professional Development Network (PDN). The PDN is an international network of grantees working to grow and disseminate cutting-edge infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) training and leadership development programs, develop and replicate innovative best practice and evidence-based models, and integrate IECMH principles and practices into systems serving very young children and their families. The Foundation supports the PDN by facilitating and managing five committees and their work products, leveraging expertise across sites and to the broader field, hosting an annual convening, and promoting the development and dissemination of the Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets (Tenets).
Under the direction of the Senior Program Officer and in partnership with the Program Officer – Special Initiative, facilitate and support the full range of PDN work and activities
Help to identify and develop optimal system(s) to track and analyze Tenets and other PDN Initiatives, including a system for tracking and analyzing all Tenets workshop assessment data, workshops requested and facilitated, usage and purchase of resources from Tenets online toolkit, and partnership development and management
Schedule and arrange for all logistical and administrative needs of the PDN’s annual meeting and monthly committee meetings (committees focus on policy advocacy, reproductive health and justice, child welfare, the Tenets, and potentially additional topics)
Help ensure work plans for various streams of PDN initiatives are consistently developed and adhered to
Produce work products as requested including, but not limited to: drafting memos and papers and conducting research
Work with Operations and Communications Manager to develop methodology for collecting anecdotes and case studies of successful PDN programs and other work, including Tenets use/implementation
Develop narrative and visual materials that highlight the reach and impact of the PDN
Perform administrative and other tasks developed by Foundation team to support the PDN
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree; work toward Graduate Degree preferred
Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing justice and equity, particularly in systems that work with infants, children and families
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet required deadlines
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Entrepreneurial, able to conceptualize projects and work well independently
Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work with networks of potential partners
Tech savviness - able to creatively navigate multiple platforms from Microsoft Office, to survey tools, basic web-design/updating, databases, social media platforms, etc.
Candidates with high levels of integrity, thoughtfulness and sense of humor will be prioritized.
Compensation and/or School Credit
Compensation is commensurate with experience. The Foundation is willing to support the receipt of school credit for graduate students. If applicable, please provide information on your school’s requirements to receive school credit for your work with the Foundation.
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume and two to three page writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with email subject line: Application for Project Coordinator.
About Irving Harris Foundation
Chicago-based Irving Harris Foundation enhances the quality of life for children, families and communities by advancing human potential, social justice and equity, and creative experience and expression. The Foundation is a strategic grantmaker, investing approximately $15 million annually in the fields of early childhood development, reproductive health and justice, arts and culture, violence prevention, environmental justice, civic engagement, and Jewish values in the U.S. and Israel. The Foundation’s grants aim to address root causes, leverage public and private resources, provide technical assistance and foster collaboration through public-private and funder partnerships.