Early Care and Education Program Manager

Vital Communities
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Location: Remote, Windsor County,
About the Job

Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks a full-time program manager for our three-year Early Care & Education (ECE) initiative, which aims to increase the availability and affordability of high-quality ECE in the Upper Valley.  The Program Manager will work with our bi-state networks of businesses, municipal leaders, and other economic development stakeholders as we partner with the ECE sector in developing and implementing a coordinated approach to addressing the region’s childcare crisis.


Working under the direction of Vital Communities and collaborating closely with a consultant and the Early Care & Education (ECE) Steering Committee, the Program Manager will orchestrate the ECE initiative, ensuring that it is achieving measurable objectives that advance the Initiative goal. This includes driving internal and external functions, including strategy, communications, community engagement, and data functions. All activities will be carried out in alignment with a Collective Impact approach and will be centered on the core values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.


Successful candidates will have ECE expertise, experience with Collective Impact models, and outstanding facilitation and project management skills. The full job description is at vitalcommunities.org/join-our-team. Email resume and cover letter to hr@vitalcommunities.org  Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

We actively seek diverse candidates who share our mission and values. To do so, we:

Review job descriptions for implicit bias and gendered terms
Value lived experience as well as or in lieu of formal education
Apply a standardized hiring process and objective metrics that are applied equally to all applicants
Explicitly encourage a diverse pool of candidates through targeted referrals and job postings
Our JEDI commitment extends beyond the hiring process as we seek to provide the best possible experience to our employees. We:

Incorporate JEDI principles both internally and in our work in the community
Present substantive learning opportunities and sessions on JEDI to provide information and resources to staff, Board, and community members
Offer all staff professional development opportunities
Empower staff to fully engage in their work, employing creative solutions and contributing to the strategic direction of the organization
Challenge systems and policies that create inequity, oppression, and disparity throughout our organization and our work
We seek to continuously improve and, at a minimum of annually, review our policies and procedures to apply new learning.

Wage or Salary
$50,500-$55,000 per year