Nebraska Statewide Family Engagement Center Director

Oct 19, 2018

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking a highly motivated Nebraska Statewide Family Engagement Center (SFEC) Director to further our mission to provide family--based education solutions. This position will report to the NCFL Vice President of Education. The SFEC Coordinator will work closely with leadership from NCFL, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Nebraska Department of Education, and Local Education Associations to carry out the goals and objectives of a 5-year, $4.7 million-dollar federal grant to design and implement the Nebraska Statewide Family Engagement Center. The goals of the Nebraska SFEC initiative are: 1) Improve academic achievement for disadvantaged students; 2) Empower parents of disadvantaged students with the tools to make good choices for their children's education; and, 3) Increase the capacity of SEAs, LEAs, and CBOs to provide high quality family literacy and family engagement services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create optimal environment in Nebraska for high-impact, community-wide family learning systems in economically distressed areas.
  • Utilize best practices in high-quality family literacy and family engagement services to drive results for low income children and families.
  • Coordinate and implement all aspects of the Nebraska SFEC grant; including, but not limited to: the attainment of all goals and objectives, programmatic and fiscal reporting and management, participation in local and national meetings, and sustainability planning for the continuation of the center after the 5-year grant period.
  • Coordinate the management of ongoing relationships with new and existing partners and leverage those relationships for collective impact in rural and urban communities.
  • Development and management of statewide and regional events in support of the Nebraska SFEC.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to structure and execute NCFL's statewide strategy in Nebraska.
  • Develop and manage partner agreements for Nebraska SFEC initiatives.
  • Deliver professional presentations and facilitate discussions to internal and external audiences that communicate the impact of the Nebraska SFEC.
  • Research and write about high-impact family literacy and family engagement services in Nebraska and beyond.
  • Build networks to sustain work beyond the life of the five-year grant.


  • Bachelor's degree required; master's degree or higher in education, public administration, sociology, social work or related field preferred.
  • Understanding of and networks within the education and human services sectors in Nebraska.
  • Three to five years of experience in two or more of the following: education, educational research, educational leadership, strategic partnership development, federal grants management, grants management, and/or policy advocacy.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience.
  • Ability to travel to meet and liaise with culturally and linguistically diverse community partners.
  • Proven ability to build strong community coalitions around family-based programming.
  • Strong analytic skills (financial, planning, operational).
  • Demonstrated drive to solve problems in a team environment and a high energy leadership approach.
  • Strong relationship building skills and an entrepreneurial approach that leverages further opportunities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

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Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $35 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

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The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

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Better World Books

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