Project Director
St. John's Well Child & Family Center - Los Angeles, CA

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Project Director





Chief Policy and Support Services

The South Los Angeles Child Welfare initiative is a collaborative effort being led by seven agencies in two targeted south Los Angeles geographies designed to decrease child welfare involvement for children ages 0 to 5 by reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors within families. The initiative is framed by a public health approach that supports an early childhood system of care anchored in a patient-centered medical home. The goal is to develop a continuum of services and supports for children and families, including intensive services and supports to the families with the greatest need. Within this system of care, there are particular sub-populations whom we know to be at higher risk for poor long-term outcomes, and whom we believe are critical to breaking the generational cycles of systems involvement. One such population is children born to teen parents, especially those recently emancipated from or still wards of the formal child welfare system. The other is children 0-5 in kinship care (both formal and informal) whose guardians are often not equipped to deal with their needs.
The South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative seeks to create a comprehensive system of care within the neighborhood bounded by 50th and 85th streets on the north and south and between Hoover and Vermont on the East and West. Though not officially named, local residents sometime refer to this neighborhood as the Vermont Corridor. The proposed system of care requires several things:
  • Shared vision, metrics, mutual accountability and shared learning among participating agencies
  • An interdisciplinary approach (health, early childhood, social services)
  • A data informed/driven approach to quality improvement
Education :
  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field
Experience : (Required)
  • 4-6 years experience in Project Management
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information
  • Must be able to write concise policy documents with attention to accuracy and detail
  • Self-motivated to work independently and with the team
  • Initiative and excellent organization skills necessary
  • Database management knowledge and experience desired
  • Ability to communicate clearly and professionally with initiative members and funders
  • Ability to motivate team and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well a variety of personalities and skill sets
Duties and Responsibilities: Personal-Team-Organization
  • Provide Project Oversight including but not limited to project management, fund development and external communications and coordination with other similar Initiatives and Collaboratives.
  • Provide coordination and contribute to the Initiative interagency oversight committee to: Define Standards of Care based on strength-based philosophy, child and family well-being and the protective factors.
  • Implement a comprehensive training curriculum and practice change agenda based on the defined Standards of Care
  • Oversee the design and implementation of an integrated referral system
  • Monitor, analyze and report on progress toward Initiative goals and outcomes
  • Oversee data collection methods and program evaluation procedures developed by the evaluation team
  • Establish and maintain a usable and well-communicated schedule for all phases of a project.
  • Manage the Governance Committee , team members, and contract personnel to establish associated project time lines and budgets that allow for the delivery of the most strategic functionality within the project constraints. As part of the Initiative oversight process, the Project Director will:
  • Create and execute project work plans and revise as appropriate to meeting changing needs and requirement
  • Identify resources needed and manage team assignments
  • Manage external relations including relationships with current and prospective funders, and communication about SLACWI’s work to keep it in the public eye.
  • Review deliverables prepared by teams/committees and present them to Governance Committee
  • Work with the Governance Committee and funders to ensure project changes are understood and approved

Coordinate the budgeting process with the Governance Committee and provide a budget and expenditure quarterly report. As part of the fiscal oversight process the Project Director will:
  • Manage project budget
  • Ensure timely and accurate invoicing by member agencies and consultants and monitor receivables
  • Follow up when necessary regarding unpaid invoices or contract negotiations.
Maintain information/communications strategy for the Initiative
  • Provide relevant research and policy trends into the initiative to support the argument for the work and to encourage alignment with emergent opportunities on the policy and practice level
  • Identify and recommend any opportunities for alignment of the Initiative with other local, county-wide, state or national efforts contributing to the same goals
  • Represent the Initiative and maintain relationships with relevant policy makes, funder’s and other Collaborative leaders
  • Oversee the development and implementation of a the Initiative’s Policy Plan
  • Oversee the preparation of communication documents to funders and other stakeholders
  • Coordinate Communication efforts for the Initiative