Forward Wayne County (FWC) is a nonprofit
organization that acts a backbone organization supporting several collective
impact coalitions. Forward Wayne County exists as an initiative to better align
resources in order to foster a vibrant economy and promote prosperity
throughout Wayne County, Indiana. It
focuses on providing support and resources for two key strategic pillars: Our People and Our Community, these two
pillars focus on human capital development and quality of place initiatives. We believe the
initiatives, programs and projects that fall into these key areas will
positively impact Wayne County’s big picture goals. Those big picture goals
include increasing median income, increasing population, decreasing the number
of people living in poverty, and increasing the percentage of people with quality
Why We Exist
Wayne County faces persistent and entrenched social
problems – often to a greater degree than other communities in the state. These social problems include:
and Food Insecurity
Levels of Educational Attainment
The root cause of these wickedly complex social problems
can often be hard to solve. As a result,
communities need to use a collaborative and collective approach. To leverage
this collective approach, we use the Collective Impact Model to address our
highest priority needs. This model has proven to be effective in solving some
of the toughest persistent social problems many communities face.
In the backbone role, we exist to:
Align on common goals and objectives.
Convene key stakeholders from diverse
Connect ideas, resources, talent, and
Evaluate effectiveness, sustainability,
How We Work
We work to be the voice of Wayne County’s vision of
the future. This vision includes seeing
Wayne County grow its population, increase the median income and decrease the
percentage of those living in poverty. Forward
Wayne County’s key responsibilities include:
Guide Vision & Strategy of FWC
Support align activities
Establish shared metrics and practices
Build public will
Why Do We Need A Program Manager?
We believe it is imperative to have a dedicated
person working with the collective impact coalitions, engaging with the community
and driving for results. We are looking
for a Wayne County Community Champion that thrives on helping others
succeed. Is that you? Then, read on!
Program Manager Job Description
Below is a list of key responsibilities of the
Guide the vision and strategy of FWC by
communicating the vision and progress of the high priority work to key
stakeholders and the Wayne County Community.
Support aligned activities by cultivating
relationships with members of the coalitions, support their efforts and provide
guidance on how to operate as an effective collective impact coalition.
Encourage, coordinate and help the
providers of the services to maximize resources that can address the county’s
needs, especially in the FWC priority areas.
Facilitate the efforts of local funding
sources that address Wayne County’s needs, helping them gain the advantages of
potential collective impact, especially in areas identified by FWC as special
Research, validate, manage, update, and
report out on the progress of key performance metrics using our online
Provide guidance and support to the
coalitions on goals, objectives and action planning.
Help to build and sustain community
support of our strategic efforts by telling the FWC story and sharing the
results of the collaborative efforts.
work with partners in the nonprofit, private and public sector along with political
officials to support key initiatives through public policy.
mobilize and maximize funding that support key activities by convening a local
Be aware and knowledgeable
of grants and funding opportunities to share with the coalitions
the work of FWC, partners and the community through a newsletter, social media
and media partners.
To be successful in this role you should:
be knowledgeable in Systems Change and Collective Impact or have the capacity to learn it and effectively implement these models.
be able to wear many hats! You may be leading a meeting one day and writing a communication for the website the next day.
be able take on multiple projects with ease and confidence.
enjoy working with and inspiring community leaders and philanthropists.
like encouraging and working with social service and government program providers.
be able to communicate and articulate a clear vision to individuals, groups, and communities-at-large.
be able to move groups from idea to action.
enjoy managing details of projects or initiatives.
want to initiate and love tackling complex problems.
be patient and like shepherding the work because this work is hard and often moves at a glacier pace.
enjoy celebrating incremental success while driving towards the larger goals of FWC.
be driven to see others succeed through your leadership, the heroes in our story are the community members, coalition members, and our partners.
Minimum skills, abilities, and knowledge:
Minimum 5 years of work experience
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Organized and deadline-oriented
Ability to resolve conflict
Ability to take initiative
Approachable, positive attitude with the ability to adapt to a quickly changing environment
Ideal skills, abilities, and knowledge:
Ability to collaborate with a variety of organizations and community stakeholders
Knowledge of initiative management; the conception of an idea through implementation
Facilitation and/or training experience
Working knowledge of social media platforms, and how to create appropriate content
Working knowledge of G-Suite, Microsoft Office, MailChimp, and Eventbrite.
Working knowledge of traditional marketing including radio and newspaper
is not a remote position
person who is selected to fill this position should be willing to reside in
Wayne County, Indiana
position involves learning and gathering sensitive information and therefore
protecting confidentiality is sometimes key to this role
Applications will be reviewed until the
position is filled
range for this position is $50,000 – $65,000 based on experience
If you have a passion for the opportunities and challenges facing Wayne County and feel you have what it takes to be successful in the role we encourage you to apply. Send an email a cover letter addressing your strengths relative to the above criteria and a résumé to Support@forwardwaynecounty.org.