Senior Director, Birth-Three Care

Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL)

Posted: 10/29/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: General Management

Primary domain: Advocacy/Social Action

City: Dallas

Postal code: 75226

State: Texas

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M


Mission statement:

Reduce child poverty in Dallas by 50% within a single generation

Position Details:

Job Description:


Since its 2018 founding out of the Dallas Mayor’s office to activate key findings and recommendations emanating from the city’s multi-year Task Force on Poverty, the Child Poverty Action Lab (CPAL) has built an unprecedented coalition of local public agency CEOs collectively adopting a north star goal of reducing Dallas’s child poverty rate by 50% within a single generation. CPAL has embraced a strategic approach to tackling systemic issues underlying intergenerational poverty by focusing its support efforts on Six Big Bet Strategies for change. One of those Big Bets is aligning the fragmented public investment to strengthen childcare and 0-3 services.


The individual in this position will work closely and directly with CPAL’s CEO to build out, own, and execute the operating plan for CPAL’s Birth to 3 work, including defining key projects, partners, and activities. Given there is already significant momentum around Birth to Three in Dallas, the focus of this role will be to align existing stakeholders and investments to catalyze change, rather than building a case for change. As such, this role does not necessarily require prior experience in the Early Childhood space (although it is preferred). Most importantly, the ideal candidate will be highly skilled at managing complex initiatives to completion and have a bias towards action. Additionally, this role is a unique opportunity to bridge the work in CPAL’s other areas of focus (e.g., public benefits access, housing, public safety) to Birth to Three efforts through deep collaboration with CPAL’s team of directors.

While the full scope of projects for this role is to be decided between the Senior Director and the CEO, one example project this role would be responsible for is supporting TexProtects and Presbyterian Hospital with the launch of the Family Connects pilot to serve low-income families of newborns with universal home-visiting and navigation supports to access the services they desire. Universal home visiting aims to reduce infant emergency care usage, and close developmental gaps before they start. Early evidence and evaluation from the pilot will strengthen the case for hospital systems to increase funding for such services and/or advance the state policy case for funding.

Location: Dallas, Texas (Staff is remote, working from Dallas until at minimum, January 2021. CPAL will follow local, state and CDC guidelines in determining when to return to an in-office environment. CPAL offices are located in The Cedars district in south Dallas).


  • Grow and sustain strong relationships with other key players in the Birth to Three space, with the goal of building action-orientated coalitions that seek to connect disparate efforts
  • Use human-centered design principles to identify the tactical barriers and opportunity areas that exist in the Birth to Three space
  • Think strategically in order to identify “high leverage” change levers which are appropriate targets for CPAL projects
  • Effectively manage 2-4 ongoing large strategic projects at any given time
  • Build structures and routines that help coalitions from different organizations work towards clearly defined SMART goals
  • Support program implementation and capacity building.  Provide and/or identify necessary technical assistance to enable successful implementation of important Birth-3 programs in the region
  • Build a trusted relationship of thought partnership with key staff at our public agencies and foundation partners



Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working with an array of different stakeholders required
  • Experience independently managing initiatives, programs, or projects required
  • Experience working in the Birth to Three or other related social sector spaces is desired
  • Master’s degree in Child Development, Public Health, Public Policy, Early Childhood Education, or another related field desired

Required Skills

  • Ability to create and grow relationships with individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds
  • Ability to think on a systems-level, identifying both barriers and potential solutions
  • Ability to manage a project to completion, including effectively planning, holding stakeholders accountable and on track, and transparently monitoring progress to completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively with an array of different audiences, including funders, policy-makers, and community members
  • Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret data
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite


Not Specified


$100k - 120k

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]


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