Whole Child Initiative Director Job Description

General Purpose:

The Whole Child Director will be a visionary, dynamic leader who can provide oversight of growth of the Whole Child Initiative within ROC the Future Alliance (RTFA), anchored at the Children’s Institute.

The Whole Child Initiative (WCI) is an initiative which seeks to create re-imagined systems, sectors and professionals that adopt the whole-child, parent-led, anti-racist, family, and community-voice centered, cross-sector way of doing business in support of children, prenatal to age 8.

The Whole Child Director will facilitate and provide overall management of the implementation of the initiative in order to achieve the collective success of the project (drive internal functions, including strategy, communications, community engagement, and data functions). The Whole Child Director, working with the Implementation Work Group (IWG), WC partners and RTFA backbone and Children’s Institute administration will be responsible for strategic oversight, leadership and implementation of the WCI workplan to meet its goals and objectives.


  • Strategic Oversight – Coherence, implementation and oversight of the WC Initiative workplan to achieve goals (working with Implementation Work Group and Strategy Teams). Provide direction and support to partner organizations in aligning their work to the common agenda.
  • Leadership – Establish, facilitate, and execute communications with WC partners, particularly related to internal decisions and strategy. Identify capacity gaps and create plans for increased alignment. Serve as initiative public spokesperson. Liaison with external partners and initiatives to represent the WC Initiative.
  • Staff Supervision – With Whole Child IWG and RTFA backbone, recruit, select and hire, WC staff. Provide staff supervision of identified WC staff. Leverage resources for staff development and performance in key functions while supporting their integration with internal practice area leads to promote alignment in duty performance.
  • Reporting – Provide regular reports on progress against goals and indicators to IWG and RTFA leadership, and WC funders
  • Community Partnerships – Coordinate with partners to minimize redundancies and align strategies and actions. Coordinate with other projects and coalitions to maintain full understanding of current landscape, and relationships.
  • Managing internal systems: Oversee daily operations and appropriate systems and processes to manage the work. With IWG, select, contract with, and oversee work of consultants (e.g., training, evaluation, etc.); Monitor and report on operational issues, opportunities, and achievements within agreed formats and timelines, and intervene with a continuous improvement approach as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in education, policy, health, public administration, or related field
  • At least 5-10 years of relevant work experience, including at least 3 years managing teams in a fast-paced and high-growth nonprofit, social enterprise, or business start-up
  • or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Understanding of whole child development framework, pre-natal-8
  • Strong understanding of and competency in fighting racial equity and systemic racism
  • Ability to incorporate shared power with parent leaders, particularly Black and Brown parents
  • Advanced strategy and planning skills, including an ability to think strategically on both organizational and systemic levels over multi-year horizons
  • Strong data acumen and understanding of complex shared-measurement systems
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills before multiple types of audiences
  • Experience with complex project management and stakeholder management
  • Knowledge of StriveTogether network, Theory of action, and the cradle to career framework
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build authentic relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Familiarity with the local area and / or focus of this initiative
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

We welcome qualified candidates with lived experiences to help us best serve our great Community!

If this job sounds like something you would find fulfilling and is aligned with your career goals, even if your experience isn’t exactly in line with the points above, please consider applying anyway. Experience comes in many forms and your interest and passion can go a long way. We know that a diverse team makes for the best collaborative work and creative thinking. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives and experiences to the team and encourage everyone who is interested in the work to apply.

ROC the Future Alliance is a collaborative, community-wide initiative dedicated to ensuring that all children receive the opportunities and support they need – from birth to career – to succeed in school and throughout life. ROC the Future is part of the nationally recognized network, StriveTogether, dedicated to working with communities to build strong civic infrastructures using collective impact to improve outcomes for children, youth and their families.

Children’s Institute is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, religion, color, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital, military, or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online through the University of Rochester website.

Click here to apply. Search Job ID 237958

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For questions, please contact Jackie Campbell at jcampbell@rocthefuture.org