Location: This position will serve the Southwestern region of Wisconsin including Tomah, Baraboo/Dells area, LaCrosse

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Reach Out and Read Wisconsin Program Director, the Program Manager has a unique opportunity to help shape the future direction of Reach Out and Read in Wisconsin.

The Program Manager is responsible for supporting and evaluating the high-quality implementation of our evidence-based, two-generation, ROR initiatives at participating Wisconsin clinics. The Program Manager will cultivate relationships with medical providers and strategic community partners to expand our reach. The Program Manager is a visible leader and valued strategic contributor, actively helping cultivate and maintain public, private, and strategic partnerships.

Key Responsibilities:

Supporting High-Quality Program Implementation (60%)

  • Develop and maintain relationships with ROR clinic teams to support implementation of the ROR model with high fidelity; conducting site visits, joint evaluations, developing action plans to assist clinics in achieving their improvement goals.
  • Develop relationships with clinical and administrative staff and cultivate ROR champions and advocates with each clinic’s medical providers and staff.
  • Work with Program Director to ensure each health system with three or more clinics has an assigned system point person; meet with system point people on regular basis to ensure continued engagement in ROR and facilitate program implementation at the clinic level.
  • Conduct site visits with clinics in assigned region to assess adherence to the ROR program model, identifying strengths and opportunities to enhance engagement and support to patient’s parents/caregivers.
  • Guide interested clinics, as assigned, through the application process.
  • Identify opportunities to build partnerships with larger health systems through interactions with site contacts, building relationships with system leaders, and articulating best practices for program sustainability.
  • Provide ongoing training to ROR clinic teams in early relational health, early literacy development through site visits, reinforcement of ROR CME training, and encourage their participation in other ROR Wisconsin training.

Program Data and Reporting (20%)

  • Assure sites’ completion of twice-yearly progress reports. Analyze, understand, and address barriers to accurate completion.
  • Review progress report data for assigned sites and use it to inform clinic action plans and quality ratings for each site.
  • Maintain accurate data within the myROR.org database.
  • Gather, analyze, and report data from myROR.org as needed to support funding applications, partnership development, and advocacy activities, as requested.
  • Collect anecdotal data, stories, testimonials, photos from ROR programs for use in development and communications.
  • Commitment to increasing equity in opportunity and outcomes for children, and to recognizing factors known to significantly impact differential outcomes for children, including race, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic status.
  • Belief in the power of diversity and excitement for working in a diverse culture and on diverse teams.

Book Support and Funding (10%)

  • Support sites in selection and ordering of books to meet the needs of their patients.
  • Provide support for efficient tracking processes to support accurate data collection and reporting.
  • Provide resources and support to clinics on raising funds for their book responsibilities.
  • Collaborate with the Wisconsin Program Director to use an equity lens in the allocation of funding to individual sites.
  • Coordinate the distribution of book funds and/or books to sites when funds are available.

Partnership Development and Sustainability (10%)

  • Assist the Program Director in implementing local, regional, and statewide partnerships to help ROR programs integrate within existing statewide early learning and family support systems.
  • Provide information and support to sites regarding partnership opportunities that help sustain and enhance their programs long term.
  • Develop and implement efforts to prioritize and expand programs in rural areas and clinics serving high BIPOC and/or Medicaid populations in alignment with organizational goals.
  • Attend relevant community and coalition meetings as aligned with organizational strategy and goals.

The Program Manager is also expected to take on additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

There are many ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. We’ll honor your lived and professional experience as key aspects of your candidacy for the role and prioritize applicants with experience dismantling the structural inequities that disproportionately impact children and families with traditionally marginalized identities. We are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • Education and/or experience within the fields of social work, health care, early education, literacy, parenting support or related fields is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills to interact effectively with medical staff, providers, and colleagues.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt flexibly within a growing organization and a changing healthcare and political environment.
  • Ability to effectively use electronic communications systems as primary work processes, including database systems, internet use, and MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint is required.
  • Reach Out and Read program sites are located in 6,000 clinics, safety net hospitals, medical systems, and other healthcare settings in all 50 states, Washington, D. C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Reach Out and Read serves 4.2 million children and their families annually.
  • More than 6.5 million new, developmentally appropriate books are given to children annually.
  • 33,000 medical providers currently participate in Reach Out and Read
  • Our peer-reviewed body of evidence demonstrates that Reach Out and Read parents are two-and-a-half times more likely to read regularly to their children, and that children experiencing Reach Out and Read show enhanced language development.
  • Self-motivated, independent worker who functions effectively in a “virtual” work environment, while being a collaborative team member.
  • Committed to building relationships internally within ROR and externally with clinic staff and medical providers.

Position Specifications

Full time, exempt position. Regular travel up to 30% time within assigned region (usually day trips). The Program Manager works from a home-based office. These positions will work with clinics in their assigned regions and will attend team meetings, advisory council meetings, and retreats (some of these may be overnight) with the ROR Wisconsin team plus one to two possible national meetings per year.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive with similar roles at comparable non-profit organizations. The target salary is $54,000-$58,000, commensurate with experience. ROR offers a robust benefits package including medical, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with match, paid vacation, sick time, professional development, and more.

Commitment to Diversity

Reach Out and Read is committed to building an organization that embraces diversity, pursues equity, and fosters an environment of inclusion. ROR sits at the intersection of health and education, uniquely positioned to play a critical role in addressing systemic disparities and inequities in the public health framework. ROR strives to be an antiracist organization, using its influence to fight against social injustice by supporting a culture of learning, empowerment, equity, and a deep appreciation for the unique experiences that we each bring to our communities. We believe that changing the world begins with holding ourselves and our workplace to that same standard.

About Reach Out and Read
Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization working to ensure all families have the opportunity to create meaningful everyday moments through shared reading aloud and building relationships. By leveraging pediatric care to champion the positive effects of reading daily and distribute books, Reach Out and Read gives young children a foundation for success and reaches 4.2 million children across the county – half of whom identify as BIPOC and a quarter of whom come from low-income families.

Reach Out and Read’s tens of thousands of trained pediatric providers use books as a diagnostic tool during regular checkups and teach parents how to engage their child with a book to promote positive parent-child interactions during the rapid brain growth between birth and age 5. The daily practice of reading aloud with a parent supports children’s literacy and math skill development, their social-emotional development, and prepares them for future success in school. Working together with our sites and providers, we leverage our three decades of expertise, build on our literacy foundations, and engage our shared networks as a catalyst for change, focusing on equitably strengthening and deepening our impact on the children, families, and communities we serve.

The Impact

To learn more about Reach Out and Read, visit www.reachoutandread.org.

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Reach Out and Read is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Reach out and Read is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please notify hr (@) reachoutandread.org and we will work to accommodate your needs.