Jun 23, 2020

Program Manager, Best Start LA

  • Para Los Ninos
  • 760 S Westmoreland Avenue, Suite 273 Los Angeles, CA 90005
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach

Job Description

About PLN

Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños provides education and wraparound support to over 6,000 of L.A.’s neediest children, youth, and families each year. PLN fosters pathways to success by striving for excellence in education, family support, and comprehensive social-emotional, and community based services.


Through early-education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services Para Los Niños’ model provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children and youth thrive.


Position Overview


Best Start is a community partnership made up of community residents, agency representatives and other stakeholders who come together to discuss strengths and needs in their communities, identify priorities, and mobilize to create community changes that help improve the lives of children and their families. Parents and residents strengthen and develop their leadership skills by participating in the Best Start Partnership.


Para Los Niños (PLN) serves as the convening agency for Best Start. PLN is responsible for facilitating the development and support of the partnership and its capacity building efforts along with fiscal, operational, and logistics management of the contract with First 5 LA (F5LA) and all subcontractors. The presence of a convening agency from the community uniquely impacts the success of place-based work because it is able to leverage a longstanding relationship to the community and broker the needs of all stakeholders including the funder. 


Under the direct supervision of the Regional Project Manager, the Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the organization’s parent, partner and community engagement efforts with respect to leadership development. This includes the Best Start grant and any supplementary grants related to this scope of work. The Program Manager is responsible for managing day-to-day aspects of the various projects related to developing a sustainable community collaborative in a manner consistent with PLNs best practices and contractual requirements. The Program Manager is also responsible for supervising of a team of Community Promoters and Administrative Assistant.



  • Creates safe and brave spaces for learning, unlearning and building the capacity of staff, parents and community members to work together to identify their community’s needs.
  • Work with community members to explore, select, co-design, implement and evaluate strategies that address the community needs.
  • Monitors the progress of contract and subcontractor deliverables, including compliance to contractual requirements.
  • Develops, supports and continuously enhances relevant quality and culturally appropriate services and activities, which promote healthy families.
  • Work collaboratively, across the Region, with Local Network Contractors.
  • Engages local stakeholders to strengthen existing relationships and build new strategic partnerships.
  • Engages and participates in community efforts to advance and develop community empowerment, involvement, and awareness.
  • Conducts presentations and provides information to community residents, partners, and schools about program objectives and activities.
  • Manages program staff in setting and meeting goals, assessing performance, providing guidance and direction as well as professional development and assistance in managing their assigned duties.
  • Manages program staff to implement assessment, evaluation tools and tracking and reporting program data.
  • Prepares quarterly, annual and other program reports required by the funder and Best Start Partnership.
  • Develops and writes policy pieces for contract implementation
  • Manages administrative, programmatic, and financial aspects of the assigned program.
  • Participates in related trainings and meetings, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned and deemed appropriate by the Program Director.



  • Master’s degree or a combination of college education and additional years’ experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to satisfactorily meet the demands of the position.
  • Demonstrated work experience in cross-cultural collaborations and working with agency administrators.
  • Experience and expertise on Systems Thinking and Systems Change framework
  • Experience and expertise on practicing principles of Popular Education
  • Experience in building coalitions of broad stakeholders for policy change.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations.
  • Excellent community networking skills.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which will include occasional evenings and/or weekends.
  • Ability to handle confidential and time-sensitive material.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • Must have reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed).
  • Valid CA driver license. State required automobile insurances coverage.
  • TB test, to be renewed every two years.


Physical Requirements


To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.  Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend.  Must be able to talk and hear well.  Good vision is imperative.  Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Employee will be required to lift and/or move unassisted up to 25 pounds.

Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff

Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:

  • Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
  • Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards -- for self, students, and colleagues.
  • Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
  • Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
  • Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
  • Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively handle challenging situations
  • Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
  • Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.



Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

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