Special Projects Coordinator

First 5 San Luis Obispo County
3220 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
From $29.07 an hour - Part-time

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  • From $29.07 an hour

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  • Part-time


3220 South Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

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Join First 5 San Luis Obispo County! (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of young children and families in San Luis Obispo County? We are excited to offer an incredible opportunity for a dedicated individual to join our team at First 5 SLO County. As a Special Projects Coordinator, you will play a key role in developing, coordinating, and administering activities for special community initiatives integral to our Strategic Plan. This position offers the chance to collaborate across various sectors, providing vital support in advocacy, policy development, program monitoring, and community collaboration. If you are ready to contribute to meaningful change and work alongside a committed team, we encourage you to apply!

Agency Summary (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

First 5 San Luis Obispo County is a public agency which funds and advocates for quality programs and services, to support children prenatal to five years old and their families, so that every child is healthy, learning and developing to their optimal potential, and ready to succeed in school and life.

Job Description (.5 FTE) (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

Under supervision of the Associate Director, develop, coordinate and administer local activities associated with special community initiatives launched as part of First 5 SLO County’s Strategic Plan and convening/advocacy role. Provide staff support on tasks associated with special community initiatives that are assigned to existing First 5 positions – contract development and program monitoring (Associate Director), budget and planning (Executive Director), public awareness and outreach (Communications and Outreach Coordinator).

Major Duties and Responsibilities (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

  • Provide core leadership for First 5 San Luis Obispo County special projects and initiatives.
  • Plan and facilitate regular meetings associated with special project leadership.
  • Maintain regular contact with project counterparts in other counties.
  • Update First 5 staff, Commissioners on project-related activities at the local/regional/state level.
  • Work with First 5 staff and partners to develop communications and public awareness campaigns related to special projects
  • Promote cross-system and cross-sector governance and decision-making for issues affecting children and families.
  • Advocate for young children and families by building a shared vision and creating public/political will, inclusive of encouraging countywide public and private organizations to increase their alignment of resources for improved outcomes for young children and their families.
  • Professionally represent First 5 San Luis Obispo County to promote the achievement of the organization’s mission and goals, particularly as it applies to system change and capacity building. Make presentations as required.
  • Actively champion and advocate for inclusivity and social and racial equity.

Minimum Requirements (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

Bachelor's degree* from an accredited college or university with major course work in early childhood development, education, public health, public relations/policy, or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable. (*Or equivalent professional experience)

Other Requirements (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

  • Possession of a valid California driver’s license and evidence of insurability;
  • Ability to work a flexible work schedule depending on assignments and travel within and outside the county to attend meetings and conferences and;
  • Willingness and ability to work in various cultural, physical, behavioral and environmental settings.

Skills/Experience (Submit Resume and Cover Letter)

  • 2 or more years project management experience within a community-benefit organization, or public agency.
  • Comfort/experience building collaborations with community partners
  • Experience coordinating/facilitating community stakeholder groups;
  • Experience developing and writing policy analysis;
  • Demonstrated initiative, sound judgment and an ability to work well with deadlines and under pressure;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to adapt to new conditions, assignments, and deadlines;
  • Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite or Equivalent, Google Platform, Social Media Proficiency)
  • Outstanding written English including spelling, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary; and an ability to write in an accurate, brief, and clear manner;
  • Good interpersonal communication skills in order to work effectively within a team environment.
  • Dynamic public speaker and presenter;
  • Ability to represent First 5 San Luis Obispo County in a professional manner;
  • Multi-tasker with great attention to detail, under multiple deadlines;
  • Independent, energetic, confident self-starter and problem solver;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to improving the lives of young children and their families.
  • Experience working in culturally and/or linguistically diverse settings

How to Apply Submit Resume and Cover Letter

Estimated start date: Summer/Fall 2024.

Apply by July 31, 2024.

Job Type: Part-time

Pay: From $29.07 per hour


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Ability to Relocate:

  • San Luis Obispo, CA: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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