Program Director

Website Good Beginnings of Central Vermont

Good Beginnings seeks a Program Director to manage our programs bringing community to families and their babies. These include our flagship Postpartum Angel Family Support Program, in which community volunteers visit families for up to 12 weeks after the birth or adoption of a new baby, as well as our early parenting workshops, peer support groups, and babywearing program. The ideal candidate will be passionate about perinatal mental health; knowledgeable about infant care, babywearing, and supporting new parents during the postpartum transition; and adept at establishing and sustaining strong, supportive relationships with families and volunteers. They will be a skilled communicator, a collaborative team player, and a dynamic manager with the vision and energy to take a well-established and respected community-based program to the next level.

Who We Are: Good Beginnings is a grassroots nonprofit organization with an outsized impact on families with babies. Based in Montpelier, we have been supporting families through their postpartum transition since 1991. We do this through community-based programming that offers respite and emotional support, connects families to community resources, and promotes the mental health and well-being of new parents. In recent years, we have expanded our emphasis on raising awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and on improving access to resources for families experiencing these challenges. Each year, we support hundreds of families throughout Central Vermont. Any family with a new baby is eligible, regardless of income or circumstance. Families experiencing financial hardship may apply for assistance from our Perinatal Support Fund. At the heart of what we do is our network of more than 60 community members who volunteer their time. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we actively seek to strengthen our organization by diversifying our staff and encourage applications from diverse candidates, including people with disabilities, people who identify as LBGTQ+, and People of Color.

Position Description: The Program Director is responsible for the effective design and implementation of Good Beginnings programs for perinatal families, in keeping with the overall mission and goals of the organization. They oversee all aspects of the Postpartum Angel Family Support Program, including volunteer recruitment, orientation, and retention; the referral, intake, and family matching process; direct support to families and volunteers; case coordination and referrals to other service providers; and program data collection and reporting. The Program Director also leads the design and delivery of Good Beginnings educational and social support programming for new parents and families with children 0 to 2, such as our early parenting workshops, peer support groups, and babywearing clinics. Together with the Executive Director, they assess program results and overall quality, making changes and improvements as needed, and contribute to new program development. They maintain relationships with key referral sources and community partners, and they work as a team with other Good Beginnings staff on outreach and awareness-raising activities.

The Program Director reports to the Executive Director. This is a part-time, non-exempt position. Some evening and weekend work is required.

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Compensation: The anticipated starting hourly rate for this position is $18 – $20 for an estimated 24-per-week position. Depending on a candidate’s interests, there is potential for future growth into a full-time position.

Location and Work Hours: This position is based in Central Vermont. During the pandemic, Good Beginnings staff are currently working remotely. Post-pandemic, this position offers flexibility with regard to schedule and remote work, within the following parameters: All Good Beginnings staff members are expected to participate in an equitable system of staffing the Good Beginnings Nest (which was open 3 days per week from 9 to 3 prior to the pandemic). This position also requires some evening and weekend work associated with periodic program events and activities, coalition meetings, and community outreach events.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest and resume to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning March 17, 2021; position open until filled.