We’re hiring a Prenatal to Five Team Lead!  

Prenatal to Five Team Lead – Best Starts for Kids 

The application deadline is Sunday, September 18th at 11:59 pm Pacific    

We are seeking a Prenatal to Five Team Lead (Project/Program Manager IV) to support the Best Starts for Kids Prenatal to Five team within its Community Health Services (CHS) Division. Strategies within the Prenatal to Five team reach children and families where they are in their prenatal to five years—homes, child care settings, and communities—to support healthy child development and families. 

This position provides strategic vision and supervision for Home-Based Services and Community-Based Parenting Supports, Child Care Health Consultation funded by Best Starts, supervises program staff, manages the administration of these programs, and serves as lead for coordinating and collaborating with other Best Starts efforts related to promotion, prevention and early intervention programs for children under age five as it relates to Home Based Services and Community Based Parenting Supports. 

Job Duties 

  • Program Leadership: Manage a dynamic, collaborative, multilingual, culturally diverse work team engaged with family-centered, strengths-based best practices, qualitative and quantitative data-informed innovation, cross-systems partnerships, trauma recovery and healing orientation, and prioritizing equity and social justice and leading with race. Align existing and new work with the County’s Equity and Social Justice Plan in partnership with the Prenatal to Five team.  
  • Program Improvement: Direct, manage, and establish annual goals to align program areas across Home-Based Services, Community-Based Parenting Supports and within the prenatal to five services within CHS; develop and manage overarching program budget to execute on the program goals and activities; lead the partnership with Public Health’s Assessment, Policy, Development, and Evaluation unit on evaluation related to the Home-Based Services and Community Based Parenting Supports including continuous quality improvement; and systemically gather feedback from grantees and other internal and external partners to inform programmatic course corrections and enhancements. Navigate the implementation of Public Health and BSK contract, contractor payment, and fiscal and program monitoring requirements. Align with prenatal to five services within CHS; provide leadership and direction over program development for Home-Based Services and Community-Based Parenting Supports community designed programming.  
  • Coordinating and Systems Building: Provide strategic partnership across Help Me Grow systems building and the Public Health redesign as it relates to integration of Home-Based Services and Community-Based parenting to advance a more seamless experience for community members and families accessing services. Partner with leadership to identify areas of continuous quality improvement at the systems level.  
  • Partnership, Communications, and Community Engagement: Participate in established interagency and local/state committees, coalitions, and task forces to promote Best Starts goals and objectives; cultivate internal and external partnerships to advance alignment, leverage opportunities; develop written reports and other communications to inform community members, partners, and the public about the program area; design and facilitate meetings to engage, inform, and gather input from many different partners, including community members, service providers, governmental professionals, advocacy groups, families, and others to support alignment and to solicit input and feedback to ensure that services are culturally competent and reflective of community need. Help assure that genuine community engagement continues to inform program improvement and development. 
  • Policy Research and Development: Conduct policy research, analysis, and recommendations relevant to the program areas; track and provide feedback on state policy during the legislative session; provide briefings to leadership; and participate in coalitions and other community conversations; partner with the Policy Manager and Public Health leadership to identify areas of potential opportunities for Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC).  
  • Innovation and Dissemination: Provide documentation and dissemination of best practices and innovations as it relates to Home-Based Services and Community-Based parenting; represent Best Starts and PHSKC to share best practices locally, statewide, and nationally.  
  • Team Building: Create an environment that fosters open communication, team work, and commitment to quality service; foster a culture of learning and continuous improvement; act as a thought partner to team members as opportunities and challenges emerge.  
  • Other Duties as Assigned: Perform other related duties as assigned. 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills 

  • Deep work experience or lived experience of equity and social justice principles and practices and understanding of the effects of place, race, and policy and systems-based inequities on marginalized communities and populations. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and work experience of prenatal to five years, early learning experience and or systems of care such as social service, child welfare, child care, home based services or early learning.  
  • Experience with project and resource management techniques and principles, analysis, planning and organization. 
  • Skill in negotiation, problem solving, conflict resolution, customer service, interpersonal relationships, and the ability to handle multiple competing priorities and sensitive situations. 
  • Experience working with community to build partnerships and gain understanding of unique community needs.  
  • Demonstrated experience/expertise of implementation science and/or program design. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how to engage authentically with community members and grassroots community organizations. 
  • At least two years of experience providing supervision, management and support to a team. 
  • Extensive experience using data to make program and system improvements and sharing data with community partners. 
  • Knowledge of County and State functions, organization, and structure. 
  • Knowledge of project and resource management techniques and principles, analysis, planning and organization. 
  • Ability to work across sectors to increase opportunities and improve results. 
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities and sensitive situations. 
  • Ability to develop an understanding of issues related to Best Starts and to identify intersecting issues, conflicts, and opportunities for collaboration across County departments and with external partners. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and facilitation. 
  • Skill in negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution, customer service and interpersonal relationships. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member. 
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds and build consensus among a diverse group of individuals with varying opinions. 

Best Starts for Kids 

Building on the deep knowledge, connections, and skills within King County communities, and backed by what science and research tells us about human development, the Best Starts for Kids King County initiative meets children and families with the right services at the right time. The first Best Starts for Kids levy, approved by King County voters in 2015, reached 490,000 of King County’s youngest children and their families and 40,000 youth and young adults, catalyzing strong starts in a child’s earliest years, and sustaining those gains through to adulthood. In August 2021, King County voters chose to renew the levy with over 62% approval for another six years. The plan for Best Starts for Kids 2.0 will maintain current Best Starts for Kids investments in promotion, prevention, and early intervention, while deepening our investments to address critical needs in our community. View the Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan: 2022 – 2027 here

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