Announcing new opportunities!

If you believe that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and are inspired by the potential of making excellence in early learning achievable and sustainable for EVERY child in northwest Washington, read on!

We at Northwest Early Learning Coalition are happy to offer new and unique opportunities to fill key roles in our regional coalition of five county coalitions (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom) of northwest Washington.

Our work as a regional coalition is focused on connecting and aligning county, regional, and statewide efforts, around the Help Me Grow system model, as well as bringing together and growing critical resources, expertise, and cross-sector relationships throughout the northwest region.

Menu of Open Roles

A couple of notes to keep in mind:

  • All open roles are part-time independent contractor positions, and work is done remotely.
  • Roles are funded for at least the next three years. 
  • There is potential for immediate expansion of responsibility and compensation for each role.
  • All roles can be filled by one person. Consider submitting your desire to be considered for one or more roles, based on your interest, competence, and capacity. If you believe you are a good fit for multiple roles, we’ll be happy to consider you for all to which you apply. 
  • Northwest Early Learning Coalition is committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, veteran status, disability, history of disability, or perceived disability. 

Regional Lead and Facilitator

If you are a purpose-driven, self-starter who can work independently and know how to bring people together, build trusted relationships, and coordinate several moving parts, this could be your opportunity to thrive.

Purpose of the role: Coordinate regional priorities between five counties and maintain connectivity between work in the northwest region with the statewide strategy and priorities using the Help Me Grow framework.

Key competencies of the ideal candidate

  • Big picture thinker 
  • Ability to hold a neutral, regional perspective in the face of competing priorities 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Strong facilitation skills 
  • Strong coordination skills

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Compensation $30,000/year.

This is a part-time independent contractor position with a minimum commitment of 55 hours a month.

How to apply.



Regional Secretary

If you’re someone who is naturally organized, great at scheduling, tracking,  following through on details, and keeping documents accurate and up-to-date, your talents will be valued and appreciated!

Purpose of the role: Steward and stabilize the Coalition’s formal meetings, records, and record-keeping processes.

Key competencies of the ideal candidate:

  • Extremely organized
  • Good communicator
  • Prompt
  • Nimble
  • Proficient with various types of technology.
  • Comfortable and willing to learn new applications

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Compensation: $5,000/year

This is a part-time independent contractor position with a minimum commitment of 10 hours a month.

How to apply.



Regional Event Coordinator

If you love planning and handling all the details for events, and know what it takes to do a successful fundraiser, this is a great opportunity to use your skills for a great cause.

You won’t be starting from scratch and you’ll have lots of help from the Advisory Panel members. We’ve been putting on a successful brunch annually for several years and have a proven format, strong following, and great resources.  

Purpose of the role: An event that informs, educates, inspires, and raises money for the Coalition’s regional work.

Key competencies of the ideal candidate: Virtual event design, planning, working with volunteers, strong communication, and organizational skills.

Compensation: $5,000 flat rate for a single virtual event.

Additional funds are available for event expenses.

How to apply.




Interested in more details? Here you go.

Accountabilities for Regional Lead & Facilitator

Regional Lead Accountabilities:

  • Monitoring and maintaining alignment of regional programs, projects, and activities with the Help Me Grow framework and greater emergent needs
  • Monitoring regional activities in each Help Me Grow component and suggesting natural connections and efficiencies across components (Advocacy, Equity, Coordinated Access, Health Provider Outreach, Data & Evaluation, and Family & Community Outreach)
  • Balancing individual regional needs with a statewide picture and individual county needs within the regional picture
  • Representing the voice and perspective of the collective NW region, including the fact that each the region’s five counties are unique with different strengths and challenges, in the statewide collaborative (Washington Communities for Children)
  • Holding and acting on the authority to make decisions on behalf of individual Region as a member of the statewide (Washington Communities for Children) Leadership Team representing the NW Region
  • Holding a relevant position on (sub-committee) Washington Communities for Children when possible (e.g., ELAA representative, State of Children and Families Report state team)
  • Conveying deliberations and decisions of the statewide coalition (Washington Communities for Children) to regional and county leads
  • Developing and maintaining a rapid response protocol in the NW region, to ensure decisions can be made in a timely manner
  • Participating in meetings of regional and state (and county, where necessary) coalitions
  • Leading strategy implementation in the mission of NWEL Coalition
  • Tracking requirements for Help Me Grow funding, monitoring the Help Me Grow regional budget, and coordinating the development of required reports from the region.
  • Coordinating the efforts of all regional roles: Secretary, Event Coordinator as well as the County Leads through open, transparent communication
  • Judging the relative value of projects and activities to other roles on request to assign priority and allocation of available resources
  • Coordinating regional representation and participation in the Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) meetings for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).

Regional Facilitator Accountabilities:

  • Facilitating NWEL Advisory Panel Meetings and sub-group meetings
  • Communicating regularly with Lead, Secretary and Fundraising Regional Roles
  • Facilitating the regional decision-making process outlined in the Regional Charter 
  • Adhering to the integrative decision-making and consensus models and underlying principles that make the processes effective

Accountabilities for Secretary

  • Scheduling the coalition’s meetings and notifying all members of scheduled times, links and locations
  • Creating agendas
  • Capturing and distributing outputs of meetings
  • Maintaining shared files
  • Keeping key operating and governance documents updated
  • Maintaining open, transparent communications with Lead and Event Coordinator role fillers.
  • Coaching other coalition members on the processes of the coalition, either on request or when needed for effective meetings

How to apply

If any of these roles are a fit for you, we invite you to submit a Letter of Interest with responses to the relevant questions below, along with a current resume.

by Friday, October 9, 2020.

Submit via email to Melissa Ransdell at

melissa@duetdynamics.com

Your submission will be reviewed and we will be scheduling interviews with selected candidates, (as well as following up with those who are not selected) in mid-October. We hope to fill the positions quickly.

Questions for Regional Lead and Facilitator candidates to address in a Letter of Interest

  • Give us an example of a time when you brought people together to achieve a greater purpose (could be anything: neighborhood potluck, beach clean-up, book club, or work-related) and describe your process and how you feel about the outcomes.
  • Give a brief description of your understanding of early childhood and the factors that help or hinder growth.
  • What is interesting/appealing/motivating about the work of coalitions?
  • What are the challenges that coalitions face?
  • Please provide a brief overview of your understanding of racial inequities, including any current efforts to expand your awareness and understanding. Also, if you can, provide an example of the impact of systemic and structural racism in the field of early learning.

Questions for Regional Secretary candidates to address in a Letter of Interest

  • In what ways do you see that the secretary role can make a positive impact on the coalition's functioning and effectiveness?
  • How would you describe your relationship with technology?
  • What is interesting/appealing/motivating about the work of coalitions?
  • Provide a brief overview of your understanding of racial inequities, including any current efforts to expand your awareness and understanding. Also, if you can, provide an example of the impact of systemic and structural racism in the field of early learning.

Questions for Regional Event Coordinator candidates to address in a Letter of Interest

  • Describe a favorite virtual event fundraiser that you've organized or attended and describe why it was your favorite.
  • What are some of the keys to success for virtual events?
  • Do you have experience working with a coalition or collaborative? What is interesting/appealing/motivating about the work of coalitions?
  • Provide a brief overview of your understanding of racial inequities, including any current efforts to expand your awareness and understanding.



About Us

Northwest Early Learning Coalition (NWEL Coalition) is a network of five county coalitions with a mission to make excellence in early learning achievable and sustainable for EVERY child in northwest Washington. Our work includes connecting and aligning county, regional, and statewide efforts, as well as bringing together critical community resources, county expertise, and cross-sector relationships to create efficiencies and expand access to support and resources. 

At the core of our coalition is a fundamental belief that the numerous and complex systems supporting children and families in Washington State and in our region must be coordinated in order for children to achieve success in school and life. 

Together, we represent and have trusted relationships with more than 100 organizations and individuals committed to early childhood, including early learning providers, social service agencies, early intervention services, child welfare organizations, libraries, school districts, public health agencies, higher education, families and many others. 

  • How we operate: We are one of 10 regional members of Washington Communities for Children, the statewide early learning Coalition. Our fiscal support agency is First5 FUNdamentals. The Coalition is self-managed and governed by an Advisory Panel of 17 members, representing each of the five counties in the region. We operate with a clearly defined dynamic collaboration model that distributes leadership and increases transparency, agility, and clarity. 
  • Our commitment to equity: As a coalition with members who are community leaders and representatives of established organizations and systems, we hold privileged access to power. Equity is one of the areas of focus in our coalition. We are committed to doing work to recognize and address our conditioned and limited views, which include understanding our blindspots. Just as importantly, we also recognize that we have our own individual and collective work to do in recognizing our racism and other biases and the ways in which we default to the status quo systems that continue to uphold systemic racism and we are committed to making that work a priority
  • What you may not know about us: We’ve been around for more than 15 years, and our commitment to doing our best to make excellence in early learning for EVERY child has never wavered.