Early Education and Care Workforce Project
MIRA is seeking an experienced and highly organized facilitator and communicator with a strong commitment to meeting the needs of immigrant families and children to coordinate our Early Education and Care (EEC) Workforce Project, a collaborative initiative between MIRA's New Americans Integration Institute (The Institute) and the Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The Program Coordinator will lead MIRA's policy advocacy and community outreach to advance workforce opportunities for immigrant and limited English Proficient childcare workers in Massachusetts, and coordinate MIRA's efforts in the EEC area more generally. This is a full-time position with benefits.
Immigrants and refugees in the EEC workforce, mostly women, primarily serve as low-paid childcare workers and teacher assistants who provide crucial sources of linguistic and cultural competence for children and families. As training and credential requirements increase, less-educated and often limited English proficient childcare workers find it increasingly challenging to keep their place on the career ladder, maintain home-based businesses, and provide for their families. The Institute will work with MPI and partners in three other states to expand policies and practices that assist immigrant and refugee workers in obtaining the education and credentials needed to maintain family-sustaining employment, create their own businesses, and promote progress within the field.
The Program Coordinator will have the opportunity to:
- Coordinate statewide efforts to expand educational and employment opportunities for immigrant and refugee early childhood educators and childcare providers, in collaboration with partner initiatives in three other states.
- Ensure a place at the table for immigrant and limited English proficient childcare workers and parents of young immigrant and refugee children during stakeholder policy discussions that shape education and credentialing requirements and academic program development.
- Help advance individual and systemic supports for EEC workers and prevent the loss of providers and educators pivotal to immigrant and refugee children's emotional and cognitive development and future educational success.
Working with the New Americans Integration Institute Director, the Program Coordinator will:
- Develop project activity and evaluation framework;
- Convene and coordinate a Task Force of stakeholders including academic institutions, childcare advocates, policy researchers, government agencies, community-based groups, EEC professional associations, philanthropic organizations, and parent groups;
- Develop yearly task force policy agenda and coordinate regular meetings;
- Engage Task Force members in driving research, program and policy development and community engagement activities in EEC workforce and related areas;
- Coordinate data collection including stakeholder interviews and focus groups for research studies on workforce demographics and remuneration issues;
- Engage with other state-level stakeholders and national partners to share knowledge and best practices and to raise the visibility of this issue in the media and among the general public;
- Assist in developing a tightly coordinated outreach, communications and advocacy strategy to achieve policy goals;
- Attend meetings, interviews, field and legislative meetings as needed; and
- Other duties as assigned by Institute Director.
- Master's degree with at least 2 years full-time professional experience in a relevant field
- Demonstrated project coordination/ facilitation skills
- Strong writing, communication, and organizational skills
- Commitment to meeting the needs of immigrant families and children
- Knowledge and professional experience in the EEC field preferred
- Experience working with immigrant community-based organizations a plus
- Experience working in an organizing or advocacy role a plus
- Bilingual a plus
How to apply:
Applications will be reviewd on a rolling basis until the position is filled.