Thursday, September 4, 2014

Apply to Join the CSSP Community Change Team as an Associate Director

The Center for the Study of Social Policy is looking for a talented individual to join our team as an Associate Director for Community Change. Do you know someone who might be interested? Is that someone you? Read more below.

Organization Overview
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), with offices in Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit public policy and technical assistance organization. We work in partnership with federal, state and local governments and communities to shape new ideas for public policy and develop and support networks of innovators. All CSSP’s work centers on increasing the chances that vulnerable children and youth will thrive and have developmental supports, access to a quality education and other opportunities that lead to a brighter future, and on helping families experience the support and financial stability they need to rear healthy and successful children.

Job Description
CSSP is seeking an Associate Director to lead major portions of CSSP’s Community Change (neighborhood and community revitalization) work and to help lead the organization in its mission to improve results for children, families and communities.

The incumbent will provide overall direction and management for specific Community Change initiatives, projects and contracts. This includes supervision of major federal, state and foundation grants and contracts. In this role, the incumbent will provide supervision and guidance for staff responsible for:
  • Helping communities implement results-based approaches to community change;
  • Identifying and documenting best practices in neighborhood and community development; cradle-to-career pathways for children from birth through young adulthood; safe, stable and affordable housing; community and resident engagement and leadership development; and other dimensions of community change;
  • Designing technical assistance strategies, tools and materials to support communities engaged in efforts such as Choice Neighborhoods, Promise Neighborhoods and the federal Building Neighborhood Capacity program (BNCP);
  • Developing communities of practice, or learning communities, among leaders engaged in an initiative;
  • Developing and supporting high quality technical assistance provision;
  • Preparing written materials summarizing site progress as well as other technical assistance products as needed.

The incumbent will also lead a process for establishing the future direction for CSSP’s Community Change work and for securing resources for this work. In this role, the incumbent will:
  • Lead a strategic planning process to establish goals, desired results and strategies for the next five years of CSSP’s work in this arena;
  • Identify the resources that will be necessary to carry-out this work and work in concert with senior management to secure those resources from public and private funders;
  • Establish the federal, state, local and other partnerships that will help accelerate the improvement of results for children, families and neighborhoods, at scale.

In addition, the incumbent will supervise, mentor and develop the professional skills of CSSP staff on the Community Change team; ensure that CSSP’s community change work achieves greater equity in results for children, families and communities, based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and identification, language capacity and culture; work with others at CSSP to develop a federal, state and local policy agenda related to Community Change; work with others at CSSP to ensure integration of the Community Change work with CSSP’s systems and policy work; and serve on CSSP’s Senior Management Team.

For more information, including required experience, skills and knowledge, and application instructions, click here!

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