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Job Details

  • Job ID: 4008805
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : August 16, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Job Goal:  The Prenatal - Early Childhood Services and Supports Unit of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative works to develop & implement a comprehensive, research-based strategy for prenatal to early childhood supports, ensuring alignment & coordination with early childhood through K priorities, putting children & families on a path toward school success.


General Description:  The Coordinator of Prenatal to School Entry Partnership Alignment and Grant Development is responsible for strengthening the early childhood programs and services available in Somerville. The Coordinator provides guidance and leadership to the First Five Somerville Steering Committee as it functions as a cross-sector group to coordinate and support dedicated prenatal-5 activities in Somerville. The Coordinator develops, manages, and monitors early childhood grants and initiatives; convenes, coordinates, and collaborates with the First Five Somerville Steering Committee; and works to support the evolving system of aligned and accessible of high-quality early education and care in Somerville.




Duties: Research, Policy, Alignment and Strategic Planning

  • Participate in local and regional meetings as required.
  • Manage research partnerships and maintain collaborative relationship with community and University stakeholders
  • Conduct strategic planning and ongoing early childhood community needs assessments
  • Support the design of Somerville’s mixed-delivery system that includes the Somerville Public Schools, SomerPromise and a strong, high-quality provider network.
  • Assess program needs and planning strategies for system/process improvement and/or development of early childhood education support to include disabilities and social-emotional health of students.
  • Support data collection strategies, including professional development surveys, as needed.
  • Effectively support the use of student performance data to guide program quality improvement

Duties: Grants Development and Management

  • Research and write grants to sustain and grow early childhood initiatives.
  • Develop, manage and monitor Early Childhood Initiatives, both regional and Somerville specific.
  • Align all SPS early childhood grants and programming from Birth to Five
  • Participate in grant-related meetings as required
  • Coordinate regular needs assessments to identify emerging child care needs
  • Identify potential regional collaborations to address child care workforce challenges
  • Oversee grant evaluation to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and that high quality services are provided
  • Establish and maintain fiscal accountability, planning, budget preparation and maintenance of financial systems in coordination with the SPS Finance Office and SPS and Department of Early Education and Care.
  • Develop program proposals and budgets for grant submission to EEC and other sources; comply with reporting requirements to funders
  • Develop and manage sub-contracts and consultant services arrangements

Duties: First Five Somerville Steering Committee Coordination

The following duties will be conducted in coordination with the SomerPromise Department and SPS Early Education and Care Department

  • Coordinate First Five Somerville Steering Committee
  • Streamline cross-sector outreach and communications, develop shared metrics of success, and support early childhood transitions
  • Conduct outreach efforts on behalf of all city and school early childhood programs
  • Ensure that families with young children in Somerville are aware of all of the programming and services available to them through the Somerville Public Schools, Somerville Partnership for Young Children (SPYC), Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, Department of Health and Human Services, and other community-based organizations through diverse and dynamic communication strategies
  • Ongoing implementation and assessment of prenatal-5 strategic plan
  • Develop programs and monitor alignment to School District strategic plan in order to meet these goals, along with managing short-and long-range planning for Early Childhood
  • Represent Somerville in local and state child care advocacy initiatives and efforts
  • Strengthen and align cross-sector mixed-delivery child care system
  • Identify and lead transition initiatives in collaboration with community partners
  • Remain current in best ECE practices, represent First Five in community initiatives and professional organizations (i.e. SomerPromise, Community Cabinet, etc.)

Education and/or Experience:

  • Three to fiveyears of experience in an early childhood administrative or policy role
  • Prior experience with grant writing and development work
  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Work or related field strongly preferred

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with direct service early childhood programs, family service support programs
  • Professional experience working in diverse communities with multiple stakeholders
  • Expertise in policy analysis, writing, editing, problem-solving and public speaking
  • Attention to detail and deadline-driven timelines, and a high standard of work product
  • A proven track record of working well as part of a team
  • Spanish and Portuguese speakers strongly preferred


  • Commitment to equity as demonstrated in the design and management of inclusive and accessible programs and supports
  • Strength in managing multiple, complex priorities often with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to contribute and support the contributions of teammates while working toward a common goal.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively in identifying problems, strategies, and solutions.
  • Strong communication skills through writing, speaking, and active listening.
  • Coordination of resources and tasks, delegation, negotiation, and time management.
  • Familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative data analysis and reporting.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft, Google Suite, and design/layout software.


  • Passion for ensuring that all children receive equitable early learning experiences, especially historically underserved students.
  • Self-starter, problem solver mentality and the ability to both work independently and to work well in a team setting.
  • Attention to detail and the desire to take learnings from one project to the next.
  • The intellectual strength and curiosity to understand and appreciate the varied and complex early childhood policy landscape.
  • An optimistic outlook and a flexible, innovative nature.

Terms of Employment:

Work Year: 12 months

Funding Source: Local


Position Reports to: Director of Somerville Family Learning Collaborative

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Employer Description

    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    Contact Information

    • Central HR
    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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