OPEL Network Director
Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning Network Director
The Statewide Afterschool Networks (SAN) now exists in 50 states across the country, with new states added every year since 2001. The networks are focused on improving education and out of-school time opportunities for children and youth, particularly low-income children, and are geared toward achieving three primary goals:
Goal 1: Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
Goal 2: Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will
secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing
school-based/school-linked afterschool programs.
Goal 3: Support statewide systems and partnerships to ensure programs are
of high quality.
The Oklahoma Partnership for Expanded Learning (OPEL) is a partner within the Statewide Afterschool Network (SAN) focusing on Oklahoma education and out-of-school opportunities by working with key partners statewide to develop, lead, coordinate and drive the SAN network's initiatives. The OPEL Network Director is an employee of The Opportunity Project, a component fund of Tulsa Community Foundation. Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC), is the fiscal sponsor for OPEL and the Network Director is hired with funds through a grant received by OPSRC.
The OPEL Network Director role will include the following:
Roles and Responsibilities
- Work with the OPEL Leadership Council to develop the network's initiatives as reflected in the OPEL Governance Guidelines.
- Work with leads in other states, and Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative (ATAC).
- Work with The Opportunity Project staff liaison (Executive Director) regarding required Mott Foundation reporting requirements.
- Lead, coordinate and oversee the network's initiatives and operations, including policy development and field projects.
- Conduct policy and field research as needed to support the development of the network's initiatives, including legislation, state budget requests, school-community partnership initiatives, etc.
- Work with experts and stakeholders in the field to help form the network's projects.
- Oversee ongoing communication among the statewide network and ensure broad distribution of best practices, and policy and advocacy information.
- Build and maintain ongoing relationships with state legislature and administration. Increase the network's visibility, and represent the network as needed.
- Work to connect the needs, concerns and issues of schools, the afterschool field and communities to the development of new policy initiatives.
- Strengthen and broaden the network statewide to include a broad base of school leaders and personnel, community leaders, businesses and other partnerships in support of children and youth's needs after school.
- Work with key stakeholders nationally, including Afterschool Technical Assistance Collaborative (ATAC) and the SAN leads in other states to assist in the development of the SAN networks. Serve as the state point organization for the Afterschool Alliance to support national policy efforts.
- Oversee the organization of grassroots support for legislation and other policy initiatives.
- Conduct presentations and other outreach programs to diverse audiences to support the network's priorities and initiatives.
- Increase the network's sustainability, including working with the Advisory Committee to develop a strategic plan, build relationships with both public and private funders, develop fundraising strategies, and write grants.
- Support the planning, coordination, and implementation of events and convenings to advance the mission and priorities of the Network.
- Ensure the Network's priorities and initiatives emphasize and incorporate the commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Bachelor’s Degree with preference to child and youth development; education; communications; public policy; public administration; social work; or a related field with 3-5 years of relevant professional experience
- Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Travel will be required throughout Oklahoma for meetings or nationally for conferences. Must have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance.
- Preferred experience includes experience in the area of policy development, afterschool programming, education, and/or coalition building.
- Entrepreneurial minded; relationship building; ability to conduct outreach to new potential partners; visiting program centers; and meeting with potential partners and funders.
- Project management and/or non-profit experience
Skill & Abilities
- Meeting facilitation and negotiation skills. Experience working with a Board and/or Advisory Committees preferred.
- Familiarity with afterschool programs and practices, grassroots organizing, network theory, and state agency practices, and statewide policy and budget development
- Strong people skills and an ability to relate to diverse groups and individuals.
- Effective listening and strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Public speaking.
- Media and communications experience.
- Ability to use current versions of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and publishing software applications.
- Ability to “manage up”, managing without direct authority
- A strong work ethic, self-motivation, and dedication to system change to benefit children and youth are very important.
Salary and Benefits
The OPEL Network Director is an employee of The Opportunity Project hired with funds through a grant received by the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center (OPSRC). Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
The Opportunity Project headquarters is located in Tulsa, OK.
Regular and routine presence is required at the established office in downtown Tulsa, when COVID-19 precautions are no longer required.
Ability to remotely work from home as part of temporary COVID-10 precautions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, such as keyboarding and writing. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and talk and hear. Must have visual acuity to read and draft reports, memos, letters, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision adequate for the incumbent to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently. Must be able to manually operate and use a computer. Must be able to clearly hear and understand telephone conversations. Must be able to speak and communicate clearly.
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