Illuminate Colorado is Hiring an Early Childhood Initiatives Manager – CPTF

Illuminate Colorado is Hiring an Early Childhood Initiatives Manager – CPTF

Are you interested in family engagement and norms change efforts focused on child maltreatment prevention? This position is for you!

Under the guidance of the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, the Early Childhood Initiatives Manager will manage the family engagement, norms change efforts, and special projects of the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (CPTF). As part of the CPTF work, the Manager will manage the implementation of a multiyear federal grant, including facilitating a multi sector advisory board and a community of practice to support the completion of grant requirements, with an emphasis on family support through primary prevention.

Duties of the Early Childhood Initiatives Manager – CPTF include:

    • Manage family engagement efforts to elevate family voice within the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families, including coalition management and facilitation of the Partnership Family and Caregiver Space (FCS), Statewide Lived Experience Affinity Space, and supporting FCS-led projects.
    • Manage community norms change efforts of the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families, including coalition management and facilitation of the Partnership Norms Community of Practice.
    • Offer coalition management and facilitation to the project-based and/or emergent work groups of the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families
    • Offer project management and facilitation to grant implementation advisory groups of the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families (FSPP)
    • Other duties as assigned

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Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Three to five years of grant implementation, coalition management, community organizing, and/or facilitation experience.
  • Passion for facilitating collaborative processes.
  • Commitment to advancing social and racial equity through collective action.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage collaborative projects, including balancing deadlines with coalition input.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain highly collaborative working relationships with individuals of diverse professional backgrounds, technical expertise, and lived experience.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, shifting environments, and shared decision making.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects with shared deadlines while being responsive to emergent needs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite.

Desireable:

        • Experience and/or knowledge of federal grant implementation.
        • Experience facilitating participatory strategic planning and implementation.
        • Knowledge related to early childhood, health equity, child maltreatment prevention, Strengthening Families protective factors, and/or maternal child health.
        • Experience with family strengthening programming or systems.
        • Experience working with a broad range of populations, particularly in a coalition capacity.
        • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.

Compensation and Schedule:

This is a full-time position eligible for benefits. Starting salary is negotiable and commensurate with skills and experience in the range of $55,000 – $65,000.

Illuminate Colorado offers health and dental benefits as well as participation in a 401K, EAP, and Life Insurance benefits. In addition, Illuminate Colorado has an unlimited paid time off policy and offers both flexible scheduling and remote work. Residency in Colorado, or anticipated relocation to Colorado in the near future (at your own expense), is a condition of employment with Illuminate.

To Apply:

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and three references to:
Early Childhood Initiatives Manager

Application Deadline:

Monday, August 5th, at 5pm

 

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. 

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Help Strengthen Families this Summer!

Help Strengthen Families this Summer!

Summer is in full swing here in Colorado, and we are so excited for yet another season dedicated to strengthening families and communities. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join Illuminate Colorado in our mission to build brighter childhoods, now’s your chance! 

We have tons of great trainings and events for our partners to take part in throughout the summer. Keep reading to learn more and sign up. We hope to see you out there!

Take a Training on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

It is up to us as adults to create communities that all children deserve–ones where they can grow up healthy and reach their full potential.

In order to prevent child sexual abuse, adults need to take greater responsibility to educate themselves on how to create safer communities where everyone is actively thinking about how to prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse. If enough adults in a community take a FREE, live, interactive online training then we can create a new standard of child safety throughout Colorado. Together, we can reach a tipping point where children grow up happy, healthy and safe in communities that prevent children from experiencing sexual abuse.

Do your part and register for an upcoming training today!

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See all upcoming trainings at TipColorado.org

Enhance your work by learning how to talk with families about creating safer environments for their children.

The Substance Use Conversation Guide is a tool for professionals that provides direction on strengths-based conversations with families on substances and substance use, including sections on safe storage, safe and engaged caregiving, and the Protective Factors.

The Training addresses the concepts found in the Conversation Guide, and also explores stigma, bias, boundaries, screening tools, and resource/referral options.

Help the families you work with learn to manage their children’s safety by registering for an upcoming training!

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Learn how you can promote positive experiences for the children in your life.

Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) is a new way of seeing and talking about experiences that support children’s growth and development into healthy, resilient adults.

Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) allow children to form strong relationships and meaningful connections, cultivate positive self-image and self-worth, experience a sense of belonging, and build skills to cope with stress in healthy ways.

You can learn how to build brighter childhoods for the children in your community through the power of positive experiences by taking a Community HOPE training this summer!

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Join us in Keystone, Colorado for our bi-annual Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference!

The Conference is a joint collaboration across the family support continuum, from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare, with the goal of growing each professional’s knowledge of effective child abuse prevention strategies and protective factors that strengthen families. 

Register for the conference to take part in workshop sessions, networking, and robust discussion!

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Save the date for Illuminate’s signature fundraising event of the year! 

Join us on the evening of Friday, September 20th for Light the Way, a night dedicated to coming together to make a difference in the lives of children and families across our state.

Mark your calendar and keep your eye out for ticket sales!

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We hope to see you all throughout the summer as we celebrate and strengthen families across Colorado!

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Ensuring Every Parent Has Access to a Supportive Community

Ensuring Every Parent Has Access to a Supportive Community

The Circle of Parents program offers peer support groups for anyone in a parenting and/or caregiving role. Through free group sessions, participants are provided a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to discuss the successes and challenges of raising children; share ideas, resources, and support; and build their confidence, skills, and knowledge as caregivers. It is a friendly, supportive community led by parents and other caregivers where parents are the experts.

In Circle of Parents groups, caregivers are able to come together to share support, tips and advice or just talk. Groups are safe spaces to vent, cry, laugh, joke and find out how other parents are navigating this new world.

There are Circle of Parents groups across the state, from Cortez to Fort Collins and Grand Junction to Lamar. No matter what your parenting journey looks like, there is a group for you! In addition to general parenting groups, there are Circle communities for parents in recovery, Spanish speaking caregivers, parents of children with special needs, and more.

But, as all Coloradans know, our state is vast and largely rural. And while Illuminate’s Circle of Parents team is working diligently with caregivers across the state to launch, foster, and grow groups in every community, it is a tall order.

That’s why the Circle of Parents team set out to find a way to make a group available to every caregiver in Colorado, regardless of how far away they live from a group.

We are excited to announce the newest Circle of Parents group will be hosted virtually and open to caregivers from every corner of Colorado!

Here are the details: 

What: Colorado Statewide Circle of Parents group

When: Every Thursday at noon, starting July 11th!

Where: Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86792351372

Join us next Thursday as we all navigate the peaks and valleys of parenthood together!

Questions?

Contact Trisha Halencak, Circle of Parents General Program Manager

thalencak@illuminatecolorado.org

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Meet Illuminate’s Communications Team!

Meet Illuminate’s Communications Team!

Have you ever wondered who is behind the scenes at Illuminate Colorado, helping programs to achieve their goals through strategic communications, branding, and outreach? Well you’re in luck, because today the Communications Team at Illuminate Colorado is here to introduce themselves!

The Communications Team supports work across the organization, from direct service programs like Illuminating Child Care to initiatives like the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families. The Communications Team is even behind the blog you’re reading right now!

Join us as we get to know and celebrate the four members of the Communications Team:

Ryan Kistler

Director of Communications

Ryan (he/him/his) joined the Illuminate team in March of 2020 and is currently the Director of Communications. In his role, Ryan leads the development and execution of strategic communication plans while promoting the organization’s programs and educational opportunities. Passionate about communications work that leads to social change, Ryan knows that Illuminate’s work– and how it is communicated– is impacting lives and building better childhoods across our state. 

Recently, a major milestone for Ryan was focusing efforts on making major updates to Illuminate Colorado’s website. Check them out!

This achievement signifies our ongoing commitment to leveraging technology to enhance access to information, making it easier for partners to engage in the work and for families to find the support they need, when they need it most.”

A Fun Fact:

Q. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

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A. Broccoli! 

Nicole Leung

Communications Manager: Web & Design

Nicole Leung (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in October of 2023 as a Communications Manger: Web & Design. In her role, Nicole manages Illuminate Colorado’s websites, focusing on creating visually appealing and user-friendly web experiences that align with Illuminate’s mission and goals. Additionally, she works on various graphic design projects, both digital and print, to support Illuminate’s initiatives and outreach efforts.

Nicole comes to Illuminate with a degree in Integrated Design and Architecture and experience in web and graphic design, outdoor education programming, and wildlife conservation education and training. With a background in the arts, higher education, and outdoor education, Nicole is passionate about providing families with the building blocks they need to have access to similar positive experiences.

A Fun Fact:

Q. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

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A. An onion!

Justine Von Arb

Communications Manager

Justine (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in June of 2021 and is currently a Communications Manager. In her role, Justine supports Illuminate Colorado’s work to strengthen families, organizations, and communities by connecting community members and professionals to its vision and mission through strategic communications.

Justine is passionate about meaningful, transformative storytelling. She knows the importance of encouraging others to use their voices to share their own stories and inspire curiosity, growth, and equity.

“The breadth and depth of our work at Illuminate is really remarkable–and, it’s work that is strategic and data-driven.”

A Fun Fact:

Q. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

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A. A parsnip!

Sarah Packard

Communications Associate

Sarah (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in August of 2022 as the Communications Associate. In her role, Sarah manages external communications, working with the entire organization and community members from all over the state to manage first impressions for Illuminate Colorado and connect people interested in the prevention of child maltreatment. Sarah is the Communications Team member behind Illuminate’s blogs, social media, and quarterly  newsletters!

Sarah gets to celebrate Illuminate’s staff and their achievements through the blog and social media, keeping Illuminate’s audiences in the loop on all of the great work happening throughout the organization.

A Fun Fact:

Q. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

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A. Baby corn!

Meet the rest of the Illuminate Colorado team!

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A Guide to Using Illuminate’s FASD Support Program as a Professional

A Guide to Using Illuminate’s FASD Support Program as a Professional

Any professional who works with children and families knows what it means to wear many hats. Educators, medical professionals, social workers, and other child-facing professionals understand the importance of a holistic approach when working with children and families. For example, pediatricians cannot provide quality care without knowledge of a child’s home environment, and educators cannot help children to succeed academically without understanding what accommodations may be needed.

This is why it’s important for every professional to be educated about challenges that are commonly faced by children and families in order to meet them where they are and provide the best support possible.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), which may impact as many as 1 in 20 children, often remains undiagnosed and misunderstood.

Here at Illuminate Colorado, we recognize the unique challenges that families face when navigating FASD and seek to provide professionals across various fields with targeted training sessions, fostering a collaborative community committed to enhancing expertise and contributing to positive outcomes for individuals and families affected by FASD.

Why should professionals become FASD-informed?

Professionals play a vital role in supporting families affected by FASD. Our program not only offers resources and training for families, but also seeks to build a knowledgeable network of professionals equipped to address the complexities of FASD with skill and empathy.

Our education programming offers trainings that increase knowledge around FASD and aim to create an empowered network contributing to better outcomes for families affected by FASD. Whether you’re a healthcare provider, educator, social worker, mental health professional, or other professional that works with families, Illuminate Colorado equips you with resources to navigate FASD complexities and contribute to a more supportive community.

We are dedicated to breaking down the stigma associated with FASD. FASD is more common than you might think and impacts families on every level of society. Through open conversations and a commitment to sharing experiences, we aim to create an environment where families feel comfortable seeking help without fear of judgment. Stigma should never be a barrier to accessing the support and resources needed for positive outcomes, and professionals play a vital role in driving this societal change.

How can professionals become FASD-informed?

Illuminate Colorado recently launched our newest training: Beyond the Label: Navigating the World of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This training is hosted monthly by Illuminate’s Education Program Manager, Shannon Day.

This comprehensive training is designed to equip participants with a deeper understanding of FASD and practical strategies to support affected individuals with this brain-based condition.

Shannon Day

Education Program Manager

This training moves past the basic definitions and stereotypes, offering an in-depth exploration of the diverse realities faced by those living with FASD and those who care for them.

This FREE, two-hour interactive online training will increase your knowledge, skills, and create the empathy needed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by FASD.

Register Now!

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You can also get started by watching the short informational video, FASD Unveiled: Shedding Light, Spreading Awareness, and Building Support to learn more about FASD and the supports that are available to you.

 

Together, we can make a difference. Join a community that collaborates across sectors – from healthcare to education and beyond – to create a network of support for families impacted by FASD.

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