CAN is Hiring!
July 2024

Join Our Team, Senior Specialist, Policy & Outreach

Exciting news! We are hiring a Senior Specialist to join the Policy and Outreach team at CAN!

Senior Specialist – Policy & Outreach 

The Senior Specialists’ primary responsibility, under the supervision of CAN’s Director of Policy and Outreach, will be to oversee and manage a strategic design process resulting in an “Ecosystem Plan to Leverage California’s Expanded Learning Infrastructure.” This strategic design process and plan will build on the foundation of A Vision for Expanded Learning in California, Strategic Plans 1.0 and 2.0. This role will work with the CAN Director Team to hold the primary responsibility for oversight of the design process including garnering data from multiple interest-holders, designing, implementing, reflecting on, and continuously improving implementation efforts for maximum impact. This includes completing associated financial and administrative tasks, convening multiple teams, and providing leadership, guidance, and support for different configurations of interest holders with unique roles and responsibilities to ensure the success of this process.

A successful candidate will possess the qualifications and skills necessary to manage their assigned projects, including extensive facilitation and design competencies, the ability to manage event and convening logistics, coalition building and relationship development capacities, communication and outreach competencies, and the ability to oversee committees/work groups and their processes and products. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of state and national OST systems and its partners and will contribute to building and sustaining key relationships amongst these partners. The ideal candidate will also be able to manage a diverse, multi-faceted, multi-interest-holder, multi-year project. This will require strong project management skills and the ability to catalyze action among diverse interest holders.

Key job duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Work closely with the CAN Team and statewide Expanded Learning and Out of School Time (OST) interest holders and practitioners to co-develop, lead, and support multi-faceted, multi-sector initiatives and events (statewide, regionally, and locally).
  • In partnership with the CAN team and strategic design partners, identify, develop, and retain key relationships with the System of Support for Expanded Learning, California Department of Education Leadership, County Office of Education and School District Leadership, higher education leadership, non-profit and CBO Leadership, Expanded Learning/OST program staff, CAN Leadership Team, Site Coordinator Network, other multi-sector partners within the education, health and human services, and workforce sectors, and other committees/work groups.
  • Co-develop and oversee all aspects of a strategic design process and development and dissemination of the final strategic plan.
  • Utilizes data-driven methodologies to collect and analyze various complex data and information to advance the strategic design process. Performs statistical analysis and summarizes findings in applicable reports or other communication mediums.
  • Develop and maintain reporting/planning tools and documentation to communicate the progress of the strategic design process to key leadership/partners.
  • Organize, lead, and facilitate meetings, committees, and/or communities of practice composed of interest holders and practitioners, including funders, California Department of Education Leadership, County Office of Education and School District Leadership, higher education leadership, non-profit and CBO Leadership, Expanded Learning/OST program staff, and others.
  • Represent CAN publicly, including participating in meetings and workgroups/committees, providing statewide and national conference workshops and presentations, and designing and delivering training and professional development.
  • Oversee, manage, organize, and implement Strategic Design related convenings, meetings, and other events that may be hosted virtually, in-person, or in a hybrid format. 

Attributes of Success (something we look for in all team members regardless of role):

  • A passion for Positive Youth Development and dedication to support thriving children, families, schools, and communities. 
  • Commit to valuing and embracing diversity and equity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, income level, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression.
  • A willingness to engage in Continuous Quality Improvement as a member of a learning organization. 
  • Ability to plan, manage, and prioritize projects while keeping appropriate personnel apprised of status regularly. 
  • Capacity to support ongoing organizational activities, including task tracking, expense reporting, grants/contracts documentation, and other identified activities.   
  • Effective and context-responsive written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to effectively design content, present information, and facilitate meetings/trainings to various audiences in varying sizes/scope.
  • Effective organizational and problem-solving skills, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Effective initiative and follow-through skills.
  • Ability and commitment to collaborate with staff, interest holders, and other volunteers.

Location – Remote/California

This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, with additional hours as needed to address the organization’s needs. This is a California-based position, with the flexibility to work remotely (in California) or in person at our Sacramento office. This position will require moderate travel for trainings, meetings, conferences, and to perform other essential functions of the job.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $70,000- $95,000, and the anticipated starting salary is $75,000. Your final salary compensation will be determined based on skills, education, and/or experience. Additionally, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider the internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. The range mentioned above is the full salary range for the role. Hiring at the maximum range is unlikely to ensure pay equity and allow for future and continued salary growth.

Through our fiscal sponsor, we are able to provide generous benefits, including:

  • Generous PTO and Holidays
  • Medical, dental, and vision plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Wellness offerings
  • CalPERS retirement program and optional 403(b) and 457 Retirement plans
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness certified employer
  • Phone & Technology Allowance
  • And More!

To Apply

Positions will remain posted until filled.