ADMINISTRATOR: OFFICE OF CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES
Nature of Work
Our Community’s Children (OCC) is a public-private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Public Schools and many other community partners. Our goal is to realize a city in which each and every child can succeed beyond measure – actively participating in our community and cultivating the skills for a bright future.
The position of Administrator is advanced professional work responsible for facilitating collaboration between the City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) to improve the well-being of young people and their families. The work includes researching, developing, assessing and guiding the implementation of policies and programs that are supportive of the mission in partnership with community groups, business groups and individual citizens. The work is performed under the direct supervision of the City Manager or their designee, in partnership with the Superintendent of Schools or their designee. Strategies are guided by input through a joint City Commission/Board of Education Liaison Committee.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by employees in this job. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
•Facilitate communication between city government and the school district to improve working relationships and joint service to residents of Grand Rapids.
•Continuously assess current needs, available resources, and service gaps and provide recommendations for action to support children, youth and families.
•Propose, develop and/or implement programs in partnership with the City, GRPS, and the community that are aligned with the mission of supporting children, youth and families.
•Facilitate inter-agency partnerships that strengthen and enhance delivery of services to young people and their families.
•Implement a process for review of new and existing policies and communicate with City and School officials on potential impacts of policies and activities of the City and School District. This may include participating in and/or facilitating the development of policies aligned with the Office’s work.
•Act as an advocate for children, youth and families.
•Work with community organizations in developing, coordinating and integrating City and School District services for families, youth and children.
•Ensure community involvement in the work of the Office, and as directed, serve as the Liaison Committee's representative with community groups and on various boards which have as their mission the developing, coordinating and integrating of services for children, youth and families.
•Coordinate the collection, analysis and reporting of data and statistics that may guide strategies for better supporting young people and their families.
•As directed, report activities and program outcomes to the Liaison Committee for purpose of evaluation.
•Participate in the analysis and recommendation of related local, state or federal legislation as requested by the City and/or GRPS.
•Directs, plans, and organizes the work of professional and support staff
•Develops and monitors budget, and supports fund development and grant writing work
•Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience
•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in family studies, child development, social work, education, public administration or a related field.
•At least five (5) years of experience in in child/family program or policy development or advocacy work and collaboration with various stakeholder groups on child and family issues
•Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities
Note: This position is supported in part by grant funding and may be contingent upon continued grant funding.