Founding Executive Director, New Orleans Early Education Network
New Orleans Early Education Network
March 14, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
The founding Executive Director of the New Orleans Early Education Network will be responsible for executing on a set of aligned strategies to dramatically improve children’s access to high-quality ECE programs in New Orleans. The Executive Director will report to an independent, volunteer Board of Directors and will have the opportunity to build a small team of staff within the first two years.
Landscape analysis and assessment of ECE programs and services for families
In partnership with the OPSB, the RSD, Head Start/Early Head Start grantees, Independent and School-Based Providers, assess the greatest obstacles and opportunities to providing enough high quality ECE seats for families;
Collect program accountability data and ensure that the citizens of New Orleans understand the early childhood sector, its challenges and opportunities;
Provide a regular report on program quality, supply and service gaps throughout the city.
Gather and lead a high impact group of individuals to launch NOEEN
Recruit, hire, train, and retain a hardworking team aligned to the priorities identified above;
Support the current, 4 person Board of Directors and collaborate with them to execute on the identified strategic priorities and goals;
Work with the board to expand the number of board members to represent a cross-section of the community;
Collaborate with the Board of Directors to secure additional funding aligned to the strategic plan; and
Manage the day-to-day start-up activities of the organization.
Expand supply of and access to high quality early childhood education (ECE) programs
Lead efforts to expand the number of quality ECE programs;
Lead efforts to create talent pipelines;
Capitalize program expansion by accessing all available public funding streams and by attracting local and national philanthropic funding; and
Advocate for the policies necessary for quality ECE programs at needed scale, including policies related to funding streams, accountability, and coordination.
Manage delivery of Lead Agency core functions under Act 3
Ensure coordination of CLASS observations, program enrollment, and funding for publicly funded ECE programs in the network.
The ideal Executive Director will passionately believe that every child, regardless of background, has potential and therefore deserves an excellent start to achieve success in school and in life. This person will have proven leadership skills that promote excellence in the ECE and allied sectors such as K-12 and human services. S/he will prioritize building relationships and connections with providers and stakeholders in the ECE community as well as with the business, civic, and philanthropic communities. S/he will also possess the confidence to be a strong advocate for young children and ECE.
Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following knowledge and skills:
knowledge of, and existing relationships within, the political, philanthropic, and early childhood education and K-12 landscape in a city or local community;
the ability to identify and build authentic relationships with stakeholders who are critical to achieving the organization’s mission;
the ability to develop effective strategies and execute them successfully;
the ability to coordinate, prioritize, and manage a variety of diverse and challenging tasks and systems while maintaining a high level of attention to detail; and
exceptional communication skills.
Next, the successful candidate will have the following professional experience:
at least 10 years of professional experience as a leader in early childhood or K-12 education including ultimate accountability for planning and execution experience as well as making resource allocation decisions;
demonstrated success working in a high-poverty community;
organizational development and public policy;
building, leading, managing and inspiring a high-performing staff toward results;
demonstrated fundraising success to create a sustainable nonprofit organization;
working in the start-up phase of an organization; and
building and collaborating with a board of directors.
Finally, the successful candidate must possess the following personal attributes:
demonstrated commitment to the mission of the organization, including a deep commitment to improving outcomes for young children in New Orleans;
a self-driven, entrepreneurial work ethic and a productive and engaged leadership style;
an interest in challenges and opportunities associated with staffing a new organization; and
authenticity and humility.
About New Orleans Early Education Network
The New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) is an independent, intermediary organization with the capacity to bring together stakeholders across the New Orleans early education sector, identify opportunities for improvement, attract new supports and funds, and work aggressively towards a unifying vision for early childhood education excellence citywide.