Director, NCIT Capacity Building Hub

  • Third Sector New England
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Apr 04, 2019
Full time Manager

Job Description


The BUILD Initiative ( envisions a time when all children reach their full potential; race, place, and income are no longer predictors of outcomes. The BUILD Initiative partners with state leaders to promote equitable child- and family-serving systems that result in young children thriving and learning.

BUILD is a national effort that advances state work on behalf of young children (prenatal-five), their families, and communities. BUILD staff partners with early childhood state leaders focused on early learning, health, mental health, and nutrition, child welfare, and family support and engagement to create the policies, infrastructure and cross-sector connections necessary for quality and equity. BUILD provides consultation, planning, and tailored implementation assistance, learning opportunities, resources, and cross-state peer exchanges. These efforts help state leaders improve and expand access to opportunities and promote equitable outcomes for our youngest children.

BUILD is a virtual organization. Staff members work from home offices. BUILD is a fiscally-sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks ( in Boston, MA.


Funded through the Pritzker Children's Initiative, NCIT brings together national partners, early childhood leaders, philanthropy, policymakers and practitioners inside and outside state and local government to create and strengthen promising policies and programs, and share what works, so that more states and communities can support the healthy development of our youngest children.

When we support them in their earliest years, infants grow into healthy kids who are confident, empathetic, and ready for school and life—and our communities, workforce, and economy become stronger and more productive. That's why NCIT is committed to advancing the most promising prenatal-to-three policies and programs to create and expand systems of support for families—reaching every mother and child at or before birth—and increasing access to affordable, high-quality infant and toddler child care and learning environments in settings that meet the varied needs of families.

The BUILD Initiative has received funding from the Pritzker Children's Initiative (PCI) to develop a Capacity-Building Hub to support states to increase their programs and services to infants, toddlers, and their families who are furthest from opportunity. The Hub will offer consultation and support to assist PCI grantees and coalitions 1) build (or further develop) their public and private sector state and local teams; 2) clarify their shared visions; 3) identify gaps and opportunities in their states' efforts to support children prenatal to age three including racial and economic disparities and strategies to advance equity; 4) better understand their current financing and funding needs; 5) create and then execute action plans that seek to create a 25-percentage point reduction by 2023 in the gap between children and families served by high-quality programs and those in need and, by 2025, create a 50-percentage point decrease in the gap.

The Capacity-Building Hub Director will be a member of the BUILD staff team.


The Director of the Capacity-Building Hub is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Capacity-Building Hub including meeting all the deliverables set forth in the Pritzker Children's Initiative grant. The Director will work to ensure the Capacity-Building Hub is recognized in the field as an emerging center of support activities for state and community leaders focused on improving outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families.

  • Implement the vision and inspire the staff, consultants, state leaders, and the field to develop and implement innovative plans to improve the lives of infants and toddlers;
  • The Director will directly provide consultation and support to some state leaders, grantees, and coalitions, but will also oversee the many other staff, consultants, and subject matter experts who will be providing support;
  • Create and support an active learning community among the PCI grantee states and communities;
  • Develop a detailed workplan for the Hub;
  • Ensure the creation of protocols and documents to introduce and track the work of the consultants with the state teams;
  • Oversee the scheduling and implementation of six topical webinars, three communities of practice, three national webinars, and one face-to-face meeting in Year 1;
  • Ensure materials and online resources are created and accessible through an information sharing space; develop a grantee support desk;
  • Meet with potential partner organizations to determine shared interests and negotiate formal and informal agreements about resource-sharing, connection to each other's learning events, communications, etc;
  • Develop a plan about how the Hub should support PCI community grantees in 2020 and beyond;
  • Develop a plan about how the Hub will expand its support to provide “light touch” support via webinars and products to all 50 states;
  • Travel is required—approximately one trip per month.

BUILD Team Participation

  • Actively participate in meetings, retreats, and regularly scheduled conference calls;
  • Represent the BUILD Initiative at meetings or events as needed;
  • Regularly communicate significant learnings and challenges to BUILD staff;
  • Prepare reports as required.


  • Complete all required paperwork, including time and expense reports, in a timely manner;
  • Participate in a performance evaluation on an annual basis, including a self-evaluation of work performed as detailed in the job description;
  • Perform other assignments as directed by the Executive Director that contribute to the mission of the BUILD Initiative.


We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

  • Commitment to racial and income equity a must;
  • Advanced degree in field related to early childhood or public policy preferred;
  • 15 years' experience in policy or program administration;
  • Experience in infant-and-toddler policy and practice;
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and education with emphasis on infants and toddlers, federal and state government programs and systems, related policy issues, and systems building;
  • Ability to supervise and lead a team to accomplish goals;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, time management, project management, and interpersonal skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Ability to think strategically and analytically;
  • Knowledge of policy and research required.

TSNE MissionWorks/BUILD Initiative envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/BUILD Initiative will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.

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