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Smart Start Central Oklahoma is always looking for dynamic people who want to help Oklahoma's babies, young children, and families! 



Job Title: Executive Director for Smart Start Central Oklahoma
Reports to: Board of Directors 
Type of position: Full-time 
FLSA: Exempt
Position Details: Supervisor/Manager (direct reports)

Job Summary
Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is accountable for defining, leading, and managing all aspects of Smart Start Central Oklahoma. This position is expected to effectively collaborate with the governing body, as appropriate, to enunciate and achieve the organization’s mission and vision; promote a healthy organizational culture, and oversee and manage the organization’s operations.

Responsibilities & Obligations

  • Communicates and builds relationships with funders and donors to gain interest in the mission and support for it.
  • Advocates Smart Start Central Oklahoma’s vision and mission to peers within the early childhood field as well as philanthropic stakeholders, policymakers, thought leaders, business champions, and the media.
  • Cultivates relationships with appropriate local- and state-based coalitions to develop a robust and broad constituency.
  • Develops and sustains relationships with community partners to broaden the organization’s reach and improve access to resources.
  • Establishes and maintains business agreements with program partners.
  • Implements Smart Start Central Oklahoma’s strategic plan and determines the most effective strategies by which to achieve and review those priorities.
  • Values diversity and creates an organizational culture that appreciates and respects differences.
  • Establishes a workplace environment that is respectful of and supportive of the rights and welfare of the organization’s staff, volunteers and consumers.
  • Serves as ex-officio member without voting rights for each standing committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Attends all meetings of the governing body and prepares the Executive Director Report to the Board of Directors.

    Specific Tasks
  • Manages day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Ensures fiscal responsibility of the organization.
  • Oversees all administrative grants and program budgets.
  • Plans and implements the fundraising strategy.
  • Supports and develops organization staff by providing guidance, setting goals and reviewing outcomes, creating plans and implementing changes as necessary.
  • Develops, plans and implements training and professional development.
  • Identifies and oversees data collection, evaluation and reporting to support the organization’s goals.
  • Assists in resource identification and distribution of program information and provide support for community and family engagement.
  • Meets with elected officials and community leaders to discuss policy and community needs and presents general early childhood and programming information to the community.
  • Ensures effective implementation of a public awareness and engagement campaign that integrates with other community efforts and messaging.
  • Other duties as needed.


  • Knowledge of early childhood education and/or child development and family relations, systems work, research and evaluation design, and data analysis.
  • Demonstrated success in managing a team of staff and external partners to produce significant results.
  • Demonstrated creative and strategic thinking skills; innovative, forward-looking, and comfortable challenging the status quo.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Good PC and software application skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a competent and professional manner.
  • Eager, entrepreneurial self-starter, with the ability to build strong relationships with various types of people and to motivate superiors, peers, and direct reports to meet ambitious goals.
  • Track record of building consensus and buy-in across boundaries and competing interests.
  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills, including an understanding of how to develop and disseminate effective messaging and positioning that leads to transformative change.
  • Highly organized and driven to set and meet deadlines while juggling competing priorities.
  • Strong goal orientation, including the ability to develop metrics and measure progress to goals as well as redirect plans when circumstances change.

    Additional requirements
  • Dependable transportation (daily travel to meetings required).
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Full-time position that requires some evening and weekend work.

Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Master's Degree from a recognized college or university with a major in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Social Work, Nonprofit Management, or related field preferred.
  • Five (5) years of experience with management authority and responsibility including program planning, operations, and evaluation, and the use of management information systems.
  • A working understanding of child development programs and the needs of low income children and families.

Physical Requirements
While performing duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time in an office environment; must be able to lift/move weight up to 20 lbs. Employee is also required to accept incoming calls and must be able to hear and speak. Must have visual acuity to read and draft reports, memos, letters, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision adequate for the incumbent to perform the responsibilities and functions of the job efficiently. Must have the manual dexterity to manually operate and use a computer. The noise level is quiet to moderate; non-smoking environment. Must be able to drive in all weather conditions; some sites may not be wheelchair accessible.

The qualifications, physical demands, and work environment described herein are representative of those an employee will encounter and must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.

To Apply
Send resume and cover letter to Bettye Taylor, Bettye.Taylor@ExpressPros.com

Smart Start Central Oklahoma accepts 1-2 interns per semester. Interns may be at the undergraduate or graduate level. If you are interested in applying for an unpaid internship, please submit your resume along with a cover letter that includes your school name, the number of hours required, your career goals, and why you are interested in interning with SSCO. Applications should be emailed to Shannon Dennis at sdennis@smartstartokc.org. Deadlines are April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

We regularly welcome volunteers to help pack books and toys into Early Birds kits. Volunteers can be in small groups of 2-5 or larger groups up to 30. Volunteer opportunities are generally available in July, December, and February as we prepare for each new Early Birds season. For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Willit at kwillit@smartstartokc.org.