Consultant - The Future Project

The Children’s Movement of Florida has begun a collaborative endeavor to imagine a new early learning future in our state. We’re calling it The Future Project.

Hearing the dreams and struggles of parents and educators is our starting point. Equity is a core value. That means we are being intentional about representation across a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, listening in communities in every corner of the state, and thinking about accessibility and belonging in designing our gatherings.

Ultimately, we are building a coalition grounded in parent and educator voices. Together, we will create an actionable roadmap for the future of early learning policy and funding in our state.

We are seeking a consultant to provide strategic guidance and facilitation for this project and be responsible for production and design of the roadmap.

Timing: May 2022 through June 2023

Tasks:

At the start and throughout the project, the consultant will:

  • Work collaboratively with The Children’s Movement team and keep a check on the equity lens
  • Help to design internal processes and/or ground rules for the project (including setting expectations for various levels of participation and decision-making for roadmap)
  • Organize, coordinate, and convene meetings of the leadership team and/or roadmap drafting workgroup
  • Track project deliverables; measure and report on results for leadership

There are three main phases of the project and the consultant would have a role in each. 

Listening tour

  • Participate as an observer in Let’s Talk! sessions throughout Florida (and virtually)
  • Debrief with The Children’s Movement team after each session to synthesize main points and stay grounded in the participant perspectives
  • Potential facilitation of listening sessions with parents, educators, early learning owners/directors, advocates and/or business community
  • Serve as chief analyst of listening tour results
  • Assist The Children’s Movement in identifying parent, educator, and early learning leaders to join the drafting workgroup for the roadmap

Roadmap drafting

  • Organize, coordinate, and convene workgroup meetings 
  • Facilitate collaborative conversations (in-person and virtual) in a way that encourages each participant to contribute and balances all perspectives
  • Write and edit roadmap (draft and final versions)

Feedback and finalizing the roadmap

  • Participate in 10-12 community gatherings across the state to present roadmap and hear feedback 
  • Moderate additional sessions with drafting workgroup, as needed to make decisions about final edits

Profile:

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A skilled facilitator, with experience balancing power dynamics among stakeholders and creating an environment where each voice is heard and valued
  • Able to translate complex ideas into simple and clear language, in both written form (e.g. emails, documents, and presentations), and verbally (e.g. leading meetings, briefing stakeholders)
  • Able to hold space in both in-person and virtual gatherings
  • Have some awareness of early childhood development and the early learning environment at the state and national level
  • Familiar with user-centered design
  • Grounded in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Motivated by the change parents, educators, and communities can help bring
  • Florida-based and willing to travel throughout the state
  • Bilingual is a plus (English/Spanish)

Project fee: $60,000

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Madeleine Thakur, care of Mary Larrick (mary.larrick@childrensmovementflorida.org), by Friday, May 20, 2022.