The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is seeking a highly motivated Program Officer to be a key member of the Trust’s Early Learning team. The ideal candidate is a team player with experience in research, grants/program management, community engagement and relationship management. Candidates should also be highly organized and detail-oriented, with knowledge of, or a strong interest in the early learning sector in Newark, NJ.


Program Officer - Early Learning Job Description


Type of Position: Full-time

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: Director of Early Learning

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Location:  Newark, NJ

About Newark Trust for Education

The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent non-profit dedicated to coordinating and focusing ideas, people, and resources; and holding all of us responsible for providing a quality public education for all children in Newark. The Trust was launched in January 2011 to help facilitate a shared vision for high-quality public education and to support information-sharing and collective action strategies aimed at improving education outcomes for children in Newark. This is achieved by brokering and strengthening relationships that harness the energy, expertise, and passion of people and organizations so that all children have access to a high-quality public education.

Job Description

As a direct report to the Director of Early Learning, the Program Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of programs and initiatives funded by the Trust, with a focus on resource and relationship management, community engagement and technical assistance. This includes promoting effective practices among partners and program providers while actively contributing to the overall growth and strategic development of the Trust.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Technical Assistance

  • Cultivate new and nurture existing relationships. Link Newark Trust for Education’s ParentChild+ families to services based on needs identified.

  • Assist Director in managing partner relationships and provide on-going assistance to assess and address partnership challenges, monitor implementation, and identify effective strategies;

  • Provide on-site coaching to project teams facilitate network meetings for participating sites;

  • Collaborate with key stakeholders on strategic planning to expand the reach and impact of the initiative’s early childhood providers and families.

  • Attend relevant education programs and events related to process improvement, project management and/or other topics relevant to grantee and partner support;

  • Actively participate in program development, monitoring of implementation, and course correction for the Trust’s programs and initiatives.

Grants Management

  • Identify key milestones/ deadlines for each grant pool/ project and communicate with relevant parties to ensure adherence to timelines;

  • Research, evaluate, and make recommendations to streamline workflow;

  • Ensure grantee/ partner compliance with proposal and reporting guidelines and track compliance over time;

  • Perform related work as required.

Program/ Initiative Support

  • Provide data analysis to inform and support decision making and planning efforts, including attendance at mandatory meetings and/or events.

  • Research promising program interventions that improve access to and quality of services for young children and their families, with a focus on the 0-3 population.

  • Research collective impact initiatives focused on maternal and infant health to identify best practices for engagement and support.

  • Stay abreast of early childhood public policy, city funding, and local, state and national trends to further inform practice.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Community Engagement

  • Support the Director of Early Learning in the development and evaluation of community engagement sessions and forums related to programs and initiatives.

  • Facilitate and coordinate monthly meetings and lead focus groups of key stakeholders.

  • Grow the network to include additional community-based and health care providers, with a particular focus on the 0-3 population (i.e. parents/families, institutional and community health care, family childcare, daycares and centers that support families with young children.)

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of related work experience. Graduate degree, or course work and/or professional experience comparable to a graduate degree, is preferred.

  • Excellent research, written and oral communication skills; ability to gather, synthesize and summarize information and data.

  • Knowledge of and/or experience in collective impact and/ or early childhood;

  • Interest in working with underserved communities and reducing disparities in academic, socio-economic and health outcomes for young children and their families.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Suite, and experience with database management.

Sense of humor and a roll up your sleeves, get it done attitude a must!

Application Instructions

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject: Program Officer-Early Learning.

Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019. 

Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range associated with non-profits across the region.

Newark Trust for Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.