Imagine working in place where your talent and expertise can have a meaningful impact on the lives of at-risk children. At the Ounce of Prevention Fund, we are leaders in Early Childhood Education, true champions of children and investors in the future of every son, daughter, family and community. Our mission-driven team works together with parents, caregivers, educators, early learning practitioners and industry leaders to develop the programs, research and policies that will ensure all children can reach their full potential in school and in life.
Operationalizes the work of the Innovation team to create and support the advancement of a consistent pipeline of innovative projects that will generate knowledge to address key challenges in the early childhood field.
Essential Job Duties
Serve as a key partner to the Director of Innovation and Marketing Manager in the operation of Innovation at the Ounce, including serving as a resource to progress new initiatives through the Stage Gate approach, and efforts to continue to cultivate an innovative culture.
In partnership with the Director of Innovation, lead the key product solutions development. Work to identify areas of pipeline building and identification/ development of new initiatives to further exploration of key focus areas for the Ounce
Partner with supervisor to lead the initial exploration, assessment and development of the business case for new products/ programs – outlining business/marketing goals, strategies and tactics.
Build an understanding of the prospective audiences and key markets to target, as well as recommend strategies to reach and motivate audiences.
Lead and execute primary market research activities and analyze secondary research.
Perform other job-related duties as requested.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Demonstrated ability to partner with cross functional teams to creatively uncover needs/gaps to be addressed to fuel innovation pipeline development and new idea exploration
Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills
Strong leadership and project management skills with demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities, organize complex tasks and prioritize multiple assignments
Self-starter with ability to demonstrate timely follow-through and capability to work at a rigorous pace to meet deadlines
Demonstrated ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse audiences including peers and leadership
Excellent verbal, interpersonal skills with strong writing skills
Interest in and ability to readily acquire knowledge of a broad array of program, policy, research, and communications critical to the Ounce’s work
Ability to communicate and respond in a manner which consistently demonstrates respect, concern, and responsiveness
Demonstrated ability to prioritize and articulate complex issues and think systematically about potential solutions
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Knowledge of early childhood and social service programs, research, policy issues and/or nonprofit organizational issues a plus.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Must be able to travel within and between sites. Some sites may necessitate climbing stairs.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to sit at a desk and focus on a computer screen for the majority of the day.
Frequently required to talk and listen to other individuals.
Must be able to use repetitive wrist, hand and finger movements to type regularly.
Must be able to lift objects up to 5 lbs. in weight.
Clearly hearing required to understand telephone conversations.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, communications, public relations, English or related field required. Master’s degree in related field preferred.
Minimum five (5) years of experience in program and/or non-profit administration, including at least three years’ experience writing materials for external audiences
Proven strategic and creative thinker, with innovation and project management experience
Experience working in collaborative/ matrixed and/or mission-driven organization(s) preferred