ConnectFirst Fellow

Birth Through Eight Strategy Tulsa
June 25, 2020
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Position Description:


George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) is a charitable organization dedicated to providing an equal opportunity for young children in Tulsa through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services and civic enhancement.

The Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) represents an exciting opportunity for Tulsa. This strategy is a comprehensive, continuous, and integrated approach that focuses on families to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty for their children. Programs and services, community agencies and philanthropies are partnering with Tulsa's families to build a cycle of opportunity.

ConnectFirst is a key element of BEST designed to connect expectant mothers, parents and caregivers to services and resources. ConnectFirst family advocates refer families to resources and services based on their needs and desires. The ConnectFirst office is comprised of public and nonprofit organizations collaborating with one another to provide seamless coordination of referrals to resources for families. These partners and others representing the health, education, criminal justice and social service sectors have a shared commitment to promoting healthy pregnancies and births as well as the education and development of children through age 8.

GKFF seeks a highly organized, mission driven candidate to fill the role of ConnectFirst Fellow for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST). This position is a temporary 1-year fellowship.

Reporting Structure
The ConnectFirst Fellow will report to the Director of ConnectFirst.

Job Description

Focused Projects: Play important roles in several mission-critical projects, including:

  • Strengthening Key Healthcare Partners
  • Assist the development of plans to support key healthcare partners including research of potential trainings and presentations to ConnectFirst and GKFF-BEST leaders.
  • Assist with efforts to recruit and build the talent pipeline for needed healthcare positions.
  • Assist with coordination of educational opportunities for healthcare providers and clinic staff.
  • Advancing Financial Mobility
  • Support research on financial mobility programs and tools being used across the country; synthesize and evaluate findings to provide information to leadership.
  • Assist in developing program offerings to advance ConnectFirst clients' financial mobility.
  • ConnectFirst Learning Series
  • Support the development of the structure and content for the ConnectFirst learning series, which will provide ConnectFirst clients with educational opportunities to support their child's development and their own personal development, ultimately leading to positive outcomes for families.
  • Identify and summarize evidence-based and evidence-informed educational offerings to inform decisions on content.
  • Participate in planning committee meetings to support program development, logistics, and continuous learning and improvement efforts.
  • Assist with the development of the monthly calendar and promotional materials.

Project Management:

  • Support the development of detailed project plans to monitor and track progress.
  • Assist in the development of project scopes and objectives.
  • Lead and/or support project management of selected projects.
  • Marketing and Communications: Draft email communication, format documents, and design presentation and promotional materials.
  • Continuous improvement and growth: Participate in activities, including coaching and other professional development activities, to gain exposure to various aspects of BEST.
  • Special Projects: Assist with additional projects and duties, as assigned.

Position Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.

Hours and Location

Work primarily at the ConnectFirst co-location space, 8:30am-5:00pm, with some off-site meetings. Some days will require flexible hours, with either an early start or a late finish.

  • Ability to research and synthesize data for program evaluation
  • Ability to work independently in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Pro
  • Ability to work with general office equipment (e.g., fax, photo copier/scanner, laser printer)
  • Detailed, clear, well-organized and concise note-taking
  • Thorough review of documents for proofreading and other purposes

Personal characteristics

  • A commitment to taking on bold and ambitious initiatives in order to tackle intergenerational poverty and significantly expand opportunities for the children and families of Tulsa
  • Ability to perform and adapt in a fast-paced, start-up environment with ongoing refinements to processes and scope of work based on the mission of BEST and lessons learned during implementation
  • Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth and development and the ability to incorporate feedback from a wide range of sources into continuous improvement efforts

Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and sound judgment, with an emphasis on:

  • Collaborating with peers and a wide range of partners using a solutions-oriented, strength-based approach
  • Using appropriate judgment to determine how to engage with peers and partners as well as to manage up
  • Influencing others without formal supervisory authority
  • Actively listening to and empathizing with others
  • Cultural competency: Empathy and ability to build rapport with individuals from various cultures, experiences and backgrounds
  • Ability to balance competing priorities while maintaining efficiency
  • Excellent work ethic; takes pride in the work; pays close attention to detail; consistent follow-through; is a self-starter who can achieve goals with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated creativity in communications and/or marketing (preferred)
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships internally and externally


  • 1-3 years related experience preferred

Position Requirements:

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations. We are an e-verify employer.

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