ECCS Searches for New Executive Director

Posted on April 26th, 2016





Reports to:                 Early Childhood Collaborative Chairperson

Status:                        Part-time (20 hours/week, 12-months, flexible hours), position does not offer benefits

Salary:                        $35,000–$40,000, depending on experience

This is a one-year, grant-funded position that may be extended beyond one year depending on funding.


Position Summary:  The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) is a town-wide group of community stakeholders committed to ensuring that all Southington children from birth to age eight will enter kindergarten “ready to learn.”  The ECCS also supports families and caregivers with the growth, development and academic success of their children. The ECCS includes parents, educators, government officials, healthcare professionals, childcare providers, business owners and other representatives from the community who are deeply vested in the overall well-being of young children and their families. The ECCS is seeking a passionate and entrepreneurial Director to advance the Community Plan for Southington’s Young Children through facilitative leadership and community partnerships. The Director will be a visionary and dynamic leader who: values partnerships and collective efforts, is a consummate communicator comfortable with varied audiences, and is comfortable managing the many facets of the ECCS. The Director will drive the Collaborative’s internal and external functions, including strategy development and implementation, communications, community engagement, fund development, and data functions.




  • Support the Collaborative by organizing, leading and attending Collaborative meetings, working with the ECCS Chairperson(s) to continually build trust and paying attention to group dynamics to ensure work is progressing. The Director will also ensure that the Action Items in the Community Plan for Southington’s Young Children are being addressed and moved forward with the support of the Collaborative members.


  • Create and manage an annual ECCS budget, with support from the ECCS Fiduciary, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Continually track all ECCS funding and expenditures.


  • Identify potential funding sources to support the Collaborative’s goals and priorities by writing grants and/or solicitations to private funders (with support from the Southington Public Schools District Grant Writer and Town of Southington Grant Writer).


  • Utilize Results-Based Accountability (RBA) to develop ECCS performance measures: collect, analyze and report data using the Results Scorecard


  • Engage stakeholders, including parents and caregivers, in the Collaborative’s work, including developing content for the ECCS website, relationships with local newspapers, and social media.


  • Manage relationships with ECCS partners and represent the ECCS at community- and state-wide meetings and forums.


  • Prepare and submit mid-year and end-of-year reports to grant funders.


  • Build capacity of Collaborative leadership by recruiting and orienting new ECCS members and helping bring these members along into leadership roles.


  • Responsibility for facilitating outreach to local Southington community organizations, businesses and daycare centers, family childcare providers and nursery schools and gathering feedback as to how the ECCS can best help the children and families in Southington.


  • Supervise (any) additional ECCS staff and/or consultants.




  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred


  • Experience working with community based organization(s) and familiarity with the Southington community preferable


  • Proven leadership and management skills


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task


  • In-depth knowledge of early childhood development and education preferable


  • Ability to work independently, flexibly, and collaboratively


  • Experience with data collection, utilization and Results Based Accountability (RBA)


  • Proficient technology skills


  • Experience with fund raising, grant writing and fiscal management preferable


  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings


  • Valid driver’s license required


**The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is the Fiduciary of the ECCS and as such is an equal opportunity employer.  This position is recognized as an independent contractor/consultant.**

**A Pre-Employment, Post-Offer Criminal/Financial Background Check and Drug Screening is required.**

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by May 25, 2016 to Dr. Mary Yuskis at .