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

Click Here for the Full Job Description

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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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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Illuminate Colorado is Hiring a Safe Babies Community Coordinator (Larimer County)

Illuminate Colorado is Hiring a Safe Babies Community Coordinator (Larimer County)

Are you interested in improving responsiveness to the needs of young children and their families? This position is for you!

The Community Coordinator is key in implementing and sustaining Zero to Three’s Safe Babies Court Team approach. In an effort to improve responsiveness to the needs of young children and their families, Illuminate Colorado’s Community Coordinator will collaborate with the judicial and child welfare leadership, community partners, and other stakeholders to support Larimer County’s Safe Babies Court Team (SBCT) initiative.

Duties of the Safe Babies Community Coordinator include:

    • Provide case management services to families involved in the SBCT approach.
    • Lead Community Engagement activities related to SBCT.
    • Inform state level implementation and systems improvement.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Click Here for the Full Job Description

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work or closely related field (preference for eligibility for license under DORA for clinical services)
  • Professional experience focused on providing direct services for vulnerable young children and their families, including understanding the impact of trauma on families with very young children
  • Experience with community organizing, planning, administration, stakeholder engagement, and program development and evaluation
  • Knowledge of local community resources and systems, including early care and education, maternal and child health, social determinants of health, mental health, child welfare, early intervention, juvenile and family courts, and behavioral health
  • Capacity to work with people of diverse educational, professional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds, including individuals with lived expertise and a commitment to advancing social and racial equity
  • Valid Driver’s License with no restrictions
  • Mode of reliable transportation for local and state travel
  • Ability to travel locally, throughout Colorado, and nationally, as assigned
  • Must be an effective public speaker
  • Must be competent with technology, able to work with multiple platforms/databases, and integrate various technologies in daily work
  • Ability to collect and enter a variety of data accurately and in a timely manner
  • Ability to work independently and in multidisciplinary team settings
  • Ability to work in family homes, community settings, and personal home office

Desirable:

        • Licensed or eligible for licensure under DORA for clinical services

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 and Life Insurance benefits. In addition, Illuminate Colorado has an unlimited paid time off policy and offers both flexible scheduling and remote work.

This position is hybrid with some home office opportunities. However, in-person work throughout locations in Larimer County on a close to daily basis is anticipated.

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 this form.

Application Deadline:

Wednesday, July 17th, 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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Illuminate Colorado is Seeking New Board Members

Illuminate Colorado is Seeking New Board Members

Are you a passionate, dedicated individual representing multi-cultural perspectives and/or life experiences? Join our Board of Directors!

Board members provide strategic vision, oversight, and resources to help further Illuminate’s mission to strengthen families, organizations, and communities to prevent child maltreatment.

Current priorities for Board of Directors recruitment include:

    • Individuals with relationships with private philanthropy, including family foundations and corporate foundations
    • Individuals with nonprofit development or event expertise, including corporate partnerships and sponsorships
    • Individuals with best practice human resource management expertise
    • Individuals with public relations or marketing expertise
    • Individuals with subject matter expertise in strengthening families
    • Individuals with lived expertise related to Illuminate’s mission

View the full Board Member Position Description & Expectations

Board Member Expectations

  • Provide fiduciary oversight by reviewing and approving operating budgets, financial statements, and annual Audit / IRS Form 990.
  • Provide ongoing strategic counsel and advice to the Executive Director and to other staff leaders as needed.
  • Contribute financially at an individually meaningful level. Gifts from board members of time or talent may contribute to this requirement.
  • Grow the reach of Illuminate by engaging others who can be helpful to the cause as potential supporters. Help identify and connect potential donors or board members (through introductions/event attendance) and proactively promote Illuminate in conversations with friends, colleagues, and broader networks.
  • Attend and engage in board meetings held quarterly as well as an annual Fall Board retreat to ensure connection and current understanding of the organization’s goals, strategies, and priorities.
  • Serve on at least one board committee to actively contribute, support, and advise on organization operations.
  • Attend major organizational events, bring guests to the organization’s annual events, and support Illuminate through outside fundraising or engagement opportunities.
  • Provide support for fundraising efforts including writing personal thank you notes, meeting with potential major donors, providing event planning support (securing auction/event specific sponsorships, donations, etc.), and engaging in foundation or corporate research/outreach to support the organization.
  • Select, support, and evaluate the Executive Director through ongoing coaching and support, as well as an annual performance evaluation.

To Get Started:

Complete the interest form and a member of the Board of Directors will be in touch in the next two to three weeks.

Illuminate Colorado is committed to building a strong and diverse Board of Directors. If you are interested or would like more information, please complete the interest form.

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Meet Illuminate’s Human Resources Team!

Meet Illuminate’s Human Resources Team!

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Illuminate Colorado. It takes many hands, minds, and hearts to ensure that Illuminate’s work is consistently high-quality and impactful. 

One team here at Illuminate is especially critical to the work we do. Thanks to a stellar Human Resources team, staff are supported and encouraged throughout every step of their time at Illuminate.

Today, we invite you to get to know the irreplaceable professionals who make up Illuminate Colorado’s Human Resources Team. 

Liz Rios

Director of Human Resources

Liz Rios (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate Colorado team in February of 2024 as the Director of Human Resources. In her role, Liz oversees all aspects of HR operations, from recruitment to offboarding, while also managing payroll, benefits, and fostering a positive workplace culture. Liz is dedicated to nurturing professional growth, championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and ensuring the well-being of Illuminate’s team members.

Liz comes to Illuminate with 12 years of experience as a human resources leader working in the nonprofit sector, supporting individuals striving to enhance communities for the betterment of children and families. Every day, Liz is energized and inspired by working alongside dedicated advocates who share her passion, fueling her commitment to facilitating the success and well-being of staff.

Outside of work, you can find Liz cooking and cherishing quality time with family. Whether experimenting with new recipes or simply enjoying the company of loved ones, those moments nourish Liz’s soul and bring balance to her life.

What’s your favorite part of living in Colorado?

Marissa Peña

Human Resources Manager

Marissa (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in August of 2022 and is currently the Human Resources Manager. In her role, Marissa supports the Director of Human Resources in various HR duties. Marissa is passionate about the Human Services field and loves to use her accounting and HR background to contribute to and support Illuminate’s amazing work. After earning her associate degree in criminal justice, Marissa worked in accounting before leaving to pursue her interest in HR and non-profit work.

Marissa has two dogs, Daisy and Bandit, and she loves spending time with family–preferably while also enjoying outdoor activities like fishing and camping.

What’s your favorite part of living in Colorado?

Meet the rest of the Illuminate Colorado team!

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