As one of Seattle’s longest-running nonprofits (est. 1907), Goodwin Connections has been supporting student parents with the cost of childcare since the early 90s. Our program is an equitable solution to providing access to higher education and early learning opportunities for traditionally underserved families.
We know that educational opportunities are a powerful catalyst for parents who want to give rise to generational change. Goodwin’s Family Connections Program is centered around the needs of parents as they work toward their college degrees. While we meet parents where they are at in their educational journey, we also support them in where they want to go. We are truly inspired by our parents’ dreams to become our community’s next teachers, nurses, tech workers, social workers, scientists, engineers, and more.
The extremely high cost of childcare in our region is one of the largest barriers to completing a degree for students who are parenting. When families enter our program, their children receive access to a quality early learning experience that helps them prepare for kindergarten and beyond. Our program’s two-generation approach is a “win-win” for parents and their children.
When student parents have access to affordable and consistent high-quality childcare, they can:
- Attend college full-time. Students can focus on their studies and have peace of mind that their child is in a safe learning environment.
- Do well in school. Our students average a cumulative 3.67 GPA.
- Graduate in a timely manner. 96% of our student parents graduate on time once they enroll in our program.
- Launch their career. Graduates are given access to resources and tools to help ensure the transition from college to work is successful.
- Help to ensure future educational successes for their children. 73% of our parents are first-generation college students, which makes it more likely their children will go on to college.
The Program Coordinator will provide support for, and play a key role in, all program-related activities at Goodwin Connections. The ideal candidate has a passion for helping families, and an empathetic, inclusive approach to problem-solving. This new position will work closely with and report directly to the Program and Community Outreach Manager. As our program expands, this position has a great deal of growth potential for the right candidate who is enthusiastic about making a difference on a small, dynamic (if we may say so) team. 100% of the position will be related to program activities.
While your career is an important part of your life, we also recognize that it isn’t the only thing. We believe employees should be shown trust and flexibility to thrive creatively, succeed in their position, and be able to manage a healthy work-life balance. This non-exempt, part-time position is currently set for 20 hours per week. The salary range for this position is $24-$26 an hour, dependent on experience. Part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week receive pro-rated PTO hours at the beginning of each quarter, based on % of FTE status for that quarter. Part-time employees also receive 12 paid holidays and 1 personal holiday each year. This position is currently hybrid with both work-from-home hours and in-office hours.
Goodwin Connections is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a diverse staff. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose life experiences are reflected in the families we serve.
- Manage the program’s digital files and databases.
- Ensure compliance with ongoing program requirements (i.e., schedules, credit hours, grades, childcare forms, tracking student graduation dates, and tracking academic plans).
- Maintain program data and develop reports to be used in grant applications and updates relating to the program.
- Provide planning and day-of support for all program-focused events (i.e., JOYful Giving Season, Graduation and Career Events, etc.).
- Attend and offer day-of support to development events from a program perspective (i.e., fall fundraiser, GiveBIG, etc.).
- Organize and update program-related promotional contacts and resource lists for program participants.
- Research other potential funding and support services for program participants in the community.
- Make recommendations for procedural improvements, and take initiative in creative problem-solving.
- Uphold the highest level of professionalism, care, and respect for the student parents we serve in all written and verbal communication.
- Prepare for and attend meetings, trainings, and professional development opportunities.
- Show a demonstrated commitment to Goodwin Connections’ mission, vision, and values.
- Other duties, as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications and Requirements
- An associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Between 2-3 years of social work, early learning, higher education, and/or nonprofit-related experience.
- Demonstrated project management and file keeping experience with attention to details and numbers.
- Friendly and welcoming interpersonal skills.
- Desire and ability to work in an open and small, collaborative office environment, and occasionally from home.
- Embraces teamwork and shares ideas and solutions in group settings.
- Motivated to work independently and demonstrate initiative in taking on new tasks.
- Position requires excellent communication skills and writing.
- Proficiency with Microsoft 365, WordPress (or other content management systems).
- Candidate will need to learn the RegPack application system and the Bloomerang contact database through online training and 1-on-1 training with other staff.
- Position requires attendance at evening/weekend meetings and events.
- Must demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
- Send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references (please include: name, title, organization, email, and phone number for your references) to HR@goodwinconnections.org. The position will be open until filled.