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City of Cambridge School Readiness Manager in Cambridge, Massachusetts

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: In November of 2015, the Cambridge Early Childhood Task Force issued a set of recommendations in a report entitled "Starting Early: Addressing the Achievement and Opportunity Gaps in Cambridge." The overarching vision was to create a community-wide system of affordable, high quality early education and care that begins with prenatal care and extends through 3rd grade. The School Readiness Manager leads efforts to ensure a seamless transition from the wide variety of early childhood settings in the community to the public school system. This includes managing partnerships between community-based and school-based programs, overseeing the Kindergarten transition process, supporting in the development of shared assessments and school readiness goals, establishing a framework for the implementation of Universal Pre-K, and supporting the data and evaluation efforts related to short and long-term child outcomes. The School Readiness Manager reports to the Executive Director of the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: * Along with the Executive Director, serve as a representative of the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership among the Kindergarten Leadership Team, as well as other key, school-based groups. * Work collaboratively with the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership's Professional Development Specialist and Cambridge Public Schools' Professional Learning and Educator Development Manager to ensure alignment in professional development opportunities across all early childhood programs and to identify opportunities for shared professional development. * Develop strategies and opportunities for shared curriculum, assessment, and school readiness goals. * Under the direction of the Executive Director, work to support Cambridge's Universal Pre-Kindergarten efforts to serve all 4-year old children. * Keep abreast of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education policy as it relates to Universal Pre-K and P-3 initiatives. * Manage Kindergarten Transition Plan annually that includes Transition Forms and transitions activities in preschools, school, and the community to ease children's entry into elementary schools. * Coordinate Kindergarten transition bags with School Registration Center. * Serve as a key contributor in the planning and implementation of an annual Professional Development Week for all Cambridge providers. * Collect and analyze data to ensure the Birth to 3rd Grade Partnership's impact at the child/school level. * Serve as a liaison with school-based programs to promote collaborative work between the early childhood community and the public schools. * Maintain a commitment to ensuring anti-racism, equity, and inclusion are incorporated into every aspect of the work. * All other duties that may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. *__ *MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: * Minimum of 3 years of experience in an early childhood administrative role. * Bachelor's Degree in education or related field required, Master's Degree preferred. * Experience with early childhood practice, policy, and systems. * Knowledge of early childhood standards, curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning and professional development. * Demonstrated leadership qualities, cultural competency, and interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups. * Strong organizational skills. * Strong presentation and facilitation skills with demonstrated experience convening committees and workgroups. * Excellent verbal and written communication skills. * Excellent technological skills to create efficient systems of communication. * Experience working in an urban setting and with diverse groups. * Knowledge of the Cambridge community is an asset. * The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies. *__ *WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office environment. Fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Some offices may be carpeted. Moderate noise level. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files and ability to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds. Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to various meetings, etc. *__ *APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to the Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 05/18/21. Position will remain open until filled. *__ THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. THE CITY IS COMMITTED TO ADVANCING A WORKFORCE CULTURE OF ANTIRACISM, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION. *CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ESPECIALLY ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Department: Human Service Programs Job Title: School Readiness Manager Job Code: M528-701 Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position Union Affiliation: None Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours/week (occasional evening and weekend work) POSTING DATE: April 15, 2021 RATE: $81,650-$103,161 + excellent benefits