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Linn County, IA

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$76,526 – $91,676 a year

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Full Job Description

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $76,526 – $91,676

This position directs and implements all strategic planning activities on behalf of the Linn County Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) and Decategorization (Decat) Governance Boards. The boards are responsible for identifying community needs and allocating local, state, and federal funds to services that promote positive child, youth, and family outcomes. The position works collaboratively with local and state partners to ensure that high quality services are provided which reflect each board’s defined mission and vision. The position prepares user friendly data analysis reports for decision making by boards; presents to public and private organizations to promote the mission and vision of Early Childhood Iowa and Decategorization; and provides legislative advocacy and community awareness efforts. In addition, the position manages the division budget and prepares fiscal projections; secures funding; ensures regulatory requirements are met; and maintains effective communication with state agencies and legislators.

Essential Functions

This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the department.

  • Informs the strategic direction of the ECI and Decat Governance Boards; prepares illustrative program performance and community indicator data reports; and ensures boards maintain their unconditional designation status (quality rating). Develops and updates needs assessments and community plans in partnership with the boards and staff. Researches best practice for implementation of services.
  • Assists with Governance Board recruitment, development, and retention. Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with Board members, community organizations, private and public officials, and volunteers. Develops and maintains collaborations and working relationship with community leaders both in the public and private sectors from various groups, other ECI organizations, NACo, and agencies to build systems encompassing early childhood, youth and family services. Recruits, trains and supports community members that serve on the governance boards.
  • Identifies and submits grant applications/proposals to secure funding per the boards’ community needs assessments and plans. Ensures allocation of funds meets procurement, monitoring, and fiscal management requirements. Ensures contracts meet state and federal requirements including budget and performance monitoring. Develops and monitors performance measures and budget utilization.
  • Serves as a resource to the community regarding system building, best practices and collaborations regarding children, youth, and families services. Participates in and organizes local and regional planning meetings and community events. Completes community needs assessments, researches best practices, attends collaborative meetings and submits annual plans to funding sources.
  • Provides work direction, guidance, and performance evaluation of county Grant Coordinators, and interns as applicable. Ensures staff completes required Decat and ECI training and provides staff with additional professional development opportunities. Assists in development of an intern program and sustain/maintain program to advance the strategic direction of the Boards and Department.
  • Supports staff development of meeting agendas, recommendations for Board action, and ensures Open Meeting and Open Records laws are followed. Assists with coordination of the ECI initiative, Decat and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children.
  • Presents to public and private organizations to promote the mission and vision of ECI and Decat. Provides legislative advocacy and community awareness efforts to promote positive child youth and family outcomes. Reviews division webpages on County website for accuracy and effectiveness.
  • Establishes and monitors division budget, KPI’s and Goals in collaboration with Linn County Community Services. Participates in Linn County Customer Centered Culture efforts. Ensures optimal delivery of services by implementing, updating, and/or enhancing division and Governance Board policy and procedures.
  • Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates them on a regular basis. Uses LC3 principles to identify, develop, and refine departmental products so they are aligned with the Linn County Strategic Plan and enhance Customer Satisfaction. Collaborates with customers to enhance Customer Satisfaction. Facilitates capturing the “Voice of the Customer” and uses it to measurably improve departmental performance. Empower direct reports to close gaps between customer expectations and experience wherever possible.
  • Performs other duties as assigned; regular work attendance is required.


Bachelor’s degree in human services, education, community planning, strategic leadership or business management is required. Master’s degree strongly preferred.

  • Over two (2) years of experience in community planning, volunteer Board development, project compliance, and department level management including supervision of professional staff required.
  • Additional relevant education or directly related experience may count towards minimum qualifications on a year for year basis at the discretion of the hiring manager.
  • Must have ability to read and comprehend information to facilitate planning and management processes. Must have ability to read financial statements.
  • Must have knowledge of grants writing techniques and the ability to write effectively. Must have ability to write clear and concise reports for general and specific information. Must have demonstrated success in preparing needs assessments, securing grant funding and preparation of RFPs and technical reports.
  • Must have ability to gather data and perform simple math calculations. Must have ability to prepare and manage operating budgets.
  • Must have ability to provide critical thinking and provoke creative thinking. Work requires analysis and judgment to plan and coordinate sub-committee work and directions from boards. Requires the exercise of independent thinking within the limits of policies, standards, and precedents. Data management and statistical analysis, calculating percentages, and basic mathematical functions. Must have ability to project program needs and analyze trends. Identify and track performance indicators.
  • Must have ability to advocate legislatively for the benefit of ECI, Decat and the broader early care, health, education and child welfare system.
  • Must have considerable knowledge of planning processes and organizational skills and ability to implement such knowledge. Required to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Must have excellent organization skills and the ability to plan and execute complex projects. Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Must have excellent computer and tech skills including Google docs, Zoom, Adobe, MS Office especially Excel.
  • Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with board members, community organizations, private and public officials and volunteers. Must have ability to speak effectively one on one, to large groups and the general public and media. Must have ability to work with volunteers and temporary staff to complete a project. Must have ability to facilitate conflict resolution. Must have skill in verbal and written communication of technical information.
  • Requires proficiency with computers (Windows office software, Excel, Access, Power Point and internet applications.), Word Press website, LCD projectors, calculator, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, printer, etc.
  • Reports to Executive Director of the Linn County Community Services Department.
  • Supervises Decategorization Grant Coordinator and Early Childhood Iowa Grant Coordinator.
  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.
  • Subject to criminal background and credit history review.
  • Valid Driver’s License required or ability to obtain transportation to attend off-site meetings and trainings
  • Occasional additional travel for in-state meetings and conferences. May require occasional non-routine business hours and travel. Remote work is allowed per parameters of County policy.
  • Knowledge of the rules, regulations and procedures relating to election laws; knowledge of the current principles and practices of effective supervision; knowledge of modern office practice, procedures and equipment; knowledge of recordkeeping and reporting practices; proven ability to supervise and direct other personnel; ability to work with and interpret areas affected by data processing; ability to prepare accurate and complete narrative and statistical reports; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, elected officials, candidates for office and the general public.
  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.
  • Subject to criminal and credit history review.
  • Regular work attendance required.

Location: Jean Oxley Public Service Center
935 Second Street S.W.
Cedar Rapids,Iowa,52404-2100, Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Type: Full-time