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L.A. Compact Early Childhood Manager/Senior Manager

L.A. Compact Early Childhood Manager/Senior Manager
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Job Description: 

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) represents 1,600+ member businesses throughout Los Angeles County. The Chamber is Southern California’s leading business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening our economy and quality of life through job creation, workforce development, infrastructure investment and business development.


Our Mission & Values

UNITE‐LA, an affiliate of the Chamber, is an independent 501(c)3 focused on transforming Los Angeles’ public education system cradle‐to‐career to ensure ALL youth have access to higher education and pursuit of a fulfilling and economically sustainable career. UNITE‐LA does this by working in partnership with the business community and the Chamber through three distinct but interdependent areas: Policy, Programming and Systems Change. UNITE-LA believes that systems that meet the needs of the whole person, from cradle to career, are most effectively scaled through meaningful and measurable collaborations and partnerships, and by building bridges between business/industry and youth, schools, and communities.

Since 2008, UNITE-LA has served as the convener of the L.A. Compact–a bold commitment by cross-sector leaders in Los Angeles to transform education outcomes from cradle to career, ensuring that all students graduate from high school, have access to and are prepared for success in college, and have pathways to sustainable jobs and careers.

The L.A. Compact is a mature collective impact initiative with 17 workgroups meeting regularly to tackle issues along the cradle to career continuum, including: teacher preparation pathways, postsecondary student success, STEM education, and opportunity youth. In 2018, the L.A. Compact is considering the adoption of an additional goal to ensure that all young children are healthy and ready to succeed in school. In conjunction with this new goal, the L.A. Compact is seeking to build our capacity to advance cross-sector collaborative strategies that will result in increased school readiness across L.A. County. More information about the L.A. Compact at



Under the direction of the L.A. Compact Director and in close partnership with the Senior Director of Education Policy and Public Affairs, the Early Childhood Manager/Senior Manager will lead the advancement of systemic strategies related to early childhood and early school success in coordination with multiple cross-sector partners in order to improve school readiness throughout L.A. County. Depending on the qualifications of the applicant, this position will be brought in at either a Senior Manager or Manager level. This is a full‐time exempt level position with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Work closely with L.A. Compact partner First 5 LA to advance the use of a common kindergarten readiness assessment across L.A. County’s elementary school districts.
  • Represent the L.A. Compact in the Southern California Early Development Instrument (EDI) Learning Exchange comprised of communities utilizing the EDI as a common assessment of school readiness.
  • In partnership with Senior Director of Education Policy and Public Affairs, cultivate strong working partnerships with relevant stakeholders in L.A. County from early childhood programs (Local Education Agencies, centers and family child care providers), advocacy groups, k-12 districts and postsecondary institutions, businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and funders in order to advance collaborative regional strategies to improve school readiness.
  • Lead the development and ongoing coordination of a cross-sector, countywide leadership group to inform policy and system changes, revenue enhancements, and resource allocations using regional school readiness data.
  • Promote collaboration through shared decision‐making, agenda‐setting, and systems alignment.
  • Research best practices from other communities on how they have advanced a shared 0-8 agenda to inform the development of a cross-sector countywide leadership group in L.A. County to advance school readiness.
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of the fields’ accomplishments/work to be done, county leaders and partner contributions to effectively and successfully serve as a convener and contributor to the early childhood field.
  • Develop strong expertise in the landscape of early childhood systems in L.A. County, including early care and education programs, quality improvement initiatives, health systems, family engagement initiatives, and child abuse prevention strategies.
  • Collaborate on the implementation of marketing materials, events and media campaigns to build public will for school readiness strategies.
  • Work in close partnership with the LA Chamber’s early childhood education policy team to connect policy and systems change strategies.
  • Lead grant-writing and reporting as required to sustain or expand capacity to advance the L.A. Compact’s school readiness goal.
  • Other duties as assigned by the L.A. Compact Director.



The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, or a related field preferred with 3-5 years work experience OR Bachelor’s degree with 4-6 years work experience, 0R high school diploma with commensurate 6-8 years of experience in policy, government administration, or regional systems coordination.
  • 3-5 years relevant work experience that includes:
    • Strategic relationship building with a working knowledge of local and state educational, government and community‐based organizations;
    • Meeting facilitation, particularly with multi-agency partnerships;
    • Project management from conception to delivery;
    • Developing logic models, work plans, and/or project designs;
    • Public policy or systems analysis;
    • Grassroots/tops organizing or implementation of social service programs in collaboration with other agencies; and
    • Grant-writing and/or reporting.
  • Understanding of early childhood programs, systems and policies
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, build, and maintain effective collaborative relationships
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Team player with ability to work with various internal divisions to meet project goals
  • Comfortable using data for evaluation and continuous improvement
  • An innovative & entrepreneurial approach to understanding and improving complex systems
  • Excellent time and project management ability, including the ability to problem solve while balancing competing priorities, complex situations and tight deadlines
  • Commitment to the mission of UNITE‐LA


Perks of joining the L.A. Compact/UNITE-LA Team

The Early Childhood Senior Manager will be joining a dynamic and innovative team that is committed to improving student outcomes in Los Angeles through partnership, collaboration, and systems change.
Employee benefits include: 10 paid sick days, 15 paid holidays, and vacation starting at 10 paid days per year; 100% employer paid Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance; 3% employer contribution to 401(k); Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA); Long Term Disability; Life Insurance; and Metro commuter/transportation benefits.

Salary range for this position is $58k - $75k commensurate with experience.


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires:

  • Work that may be performed in an intense, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
  • Requires reliable transportation to attend off-site meetings and events.
  • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
  • Positions in this class typically require: reaching, typing, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, standing for long periods of time and repetitive motions in computer use.
  • Requires learning and adapting new software.



Please email cover letter & resume to [email protected] with subject line “L.A. Compact Early Childhood Manager.”

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability or any other basis of discrimination prohibit by applicable local, state or federal law. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.