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Early Childhood Funders Director

Organization Name
Early Childhood Funders
Salary Range
$125.00 - $150 an hour
Application Deadline
Bay Area

The Bay Area Early Childhood Funders (ECF) is looking for an experienced, innovative, organized, and thoughtful individual to carry-on ECF’s mission and guide ECF’s future growth and development. The Director is a part-time employee of Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsor organization.

About ECF: Founded in 1994, the Early Childhood Funders (ECF) is an informal association of Bay Area foundations, public funders, and private donors that seeks to enhance grant making effectiveness in the early childhood field to improve the lives of young children and their families. ECF provides an opportunity for funders to share information, engage in dialogue, and participate in joint activities to increase knowledge, involvement, and engagement. Membership is voluntary and meetings rotate from foundation to foundation.

A Leadership Team oversees the activities of the Director. ECF accomplishes its priorities and strategies by:

  • holding meetings (in person and zoom) at least three times a year focusing on topics selected by the ECF membership and providing a forum for sharing up-to-date policy and program information on significant early childhood and related issues;
  • following ECF’s Racial Equity Framework to ensure that racial equity principles and practices are integrated into all of ECF’s work 
  • providing an opportunity for ECF members to learn, share, and/or collaborate on projects of interest.

The Director is responsible for developing, executing, and overseeing all the work required to ensure ECF’s mission is being carried out and ECF activities are accomplished. The Director works under the direction of the ECF Leadership Team and on behalf of all members of ECF. The Director supervises the work of the Administrative Associate and any hired contractors.



  • Lead and manage all day-to-day operations of ECF.
  • Prioritize a focus on racial, social, and linguistic justice.
  • Guide the Leadership Team to make informed decisions.
  • Ensure high quality programming with a commitment to continual improvement and learning.
  • Explore and support opportunities for collaboration with ECF members, other funders, and/or funder coalitions.
  • Identify and implement relevant early childhood initiatives aligned with ECF’s mission.
  • Improving the lives of children and families through effective grantmaking

General Meeting Management (3 times a year):

  • Plan and coordinate activities for at least three meetings each year, including:
  • Invite guest speakers to participate, lay out a vision for the session, hold meetings with speakers to coordinate the presentation.
  • Prepare for meetings with the host foundation (audio visual needs, food), create agendas, take minutes, send highlights to members following meetings, ensure that materials from meetings are posted on the website, and follow up on any action items for each meeting.
  • Prepare progress reports and financial status reports for each meeting.
  • Maintain a list of topics for future presentations and solicit input annually.
  • Review and edit partner funding requests and federal and state policy briefs for ECF meetings.
  • Hold meetings/conference calls with the Leadership Team to prepare for general meetings and follow-up activities as needed.
  • Keep the Leadership Team informed of the status of general meeting preparations and all ECF activities; solicit input as needed.

Special Project Management

ECF may engage in projects beyond the three regular annual meetings as suggested by the Leadership Team and/or membership. This may include:

  • Convene and/or oversee ad hoc and sub-committees that work on issues of interest to ECF members as requested (e.g. play pamphlets, messaging convenings, huddles, racial equity work) and ensure that all work is accomplished.
  • Oversee the work of consultants working on specific projects including developing scope of work/contract with Community Initiatives, and ensure that final reports are submitted on time.
  • Convene the early childhood community, policy makers, and/or other groups as appropriate to further the policy or program agenda of ECF.
  • Develop joint funding opportunities or public policy positions in response to emerging issues (i.e., ACEs Aware campaign).
  • Keep ECF members updated with information from the early childhood field.

Financial and Administration

ECF operates with a $50,000 budget. Funds are used for staffing and resource support for all ECF program activities. Progress reports on ECF activities and expenditures are provided three times a year and serve as interim and final reports for ECF members. Community Initiatives provides monthly financial reports, annual budget reviews/updates, and contract management. Tasks include:

  • Develop and maintain oversight of ECF’s annual $50,000 budget, adjusting as necessary.
  • Track revenue and expenses monthly.
  • Prepare an annual proposal for soliciting funding from ECF members. ● Keep the Leadership Team updated on any budget issues or concerns.
  • Work closely with Community Initiatives to submit annual budgets, track donations, and ensure that ECF’s contributions are appropriately accredited to the right account.
  • Oversee programmatic and fiscal management of grants.
  • Coordinate mailings, database updates, web postings, and web design/updates with Administrative Associate and ensure all are kept updated.
  • Maintain and keep updated a portal for Leadership Team members to access materials. 


  • Master’s degree in early childhood development or related field.
  • Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Five or more years of related programmatic professional experience, specifically working with coalitions.
  • Experience working with funders, general knowledge of the foundation field, and knowledge of the early childhood field preferred.
  • Proven project management, facilitation, and planning skills.
  • Strong leadership skills including the ability to build strong working relationships with the Leadership Team, ECF members and community partners.
  • Well-organized, ability to work independently and manage a variety of competing tasks. Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Experience with basic office/computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, google docs, etc.

Salary/Benefits/Start Date:

The ECF Director and the Administrative Associate work remotely and are part-time employees of Community Initiatives. The Director is a non-regular, non-exempt, part-time employee and does not receive employee benefits other than what is legally mandated (sick leave, Worker’s Comp). The salary range is $125-$150 an hour with a flexible working schedule. Work hours vary based on when ECF meetings are held and based on any additional projects undertaken by ECF members or the ECF Leadership Team (hours average about 3-7 hours a week). Some travel is required for the three meetings a year (in the broad Bay Area) and occasionally for other special projects.

Start date negotiable but ideally as soon as possible.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Community Initiatives is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter to by September 6, 2024.

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