Early Childhood Program Coordinator

Hennepin County

Job Overview



Hennepin County Public Health department is hiring an Early Childhood (EC) Program Coordinator to develop and manage strategies to increase access and connection to early childhood services for residents of Hennepin County. This position will coordinate across Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health on early childhood initiatives such as Child Well-Being, as well as, develop and maintain partnerships with state agencies such as Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and Department of Human Services (DHS) to implement broad early childhood strategies at the county level. The EC Program Coordinator will be housed in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) unit within the Public Health Department. The MCH unit administers programs and initiatives that focus on prevention, early intervention, disparity reduction and systems coordination to improve outcomes for children, adolescents, and pregnant and parenting adults.

Hennepin County Public Health is committed to advancing health and racial equity. We recognize racism is a public health crisis. We are committed to change, and to co-creating solutions with those impacted to support communities where everyone experiences optimal health and wellness. Diverse voices are critical to this mission. We encourage you to join us in this work!

Location and hours:

This position is remote. Remote workers may be required to come on-site an average of 0 to 12 days a year for work meetings, trainings, or for any other reasons that their supervisor may deem necessary (may include additional days for onboarding and new employee training). Supervisors will provide as much advance notice as practicable. Work hours are primarily days, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While this position is designated as remote, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.

About this position type:
This is a full-time, benefit earning position.
This position is internally classified as a Planning Analyst, Principal
Click here to view the job classification specification.

Effective September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law.

Criminal background checks: Applicants with convictions are not automatically disqualified. Each case is considered on its individual circumstances and the type of work.
In this position you will:

  • Determine the need for early childhood services and program improvements; develop resources and plans to meet such needs; lead implementation of programs and initiatives, evaluate service/program outcomes using data-driven solutions to improve health outcomes and improve health equity.
  • Partner with the community and collaborate with other Hennepin County departments and state agencies and programs to promote positive health outcomes in maternal and child health, child development, and family well-being.
  • Lead Hennepin County early childhood collaboratives and community advisory groups.
  • Work with department leadership to facilitate strategic planning and make sustainability plan recommendations.
  • Develop and write funding proposals, facilitate cross-departmental, intradisciplinary and multi-agency meetings, document project process and track outcomes of community programs and initiatives.
  • Ensure project plans are resident-centered, culturally appropriate, and equity-focused.

Need to have:

  • One of the following:
    • Bachelor’s degree in any field and a minimum of two courses in research methods, analysis, statistics, project management, planning or evaluation and four years or more of relevant planning analyst experience.
    • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, research methods, statistics, behavioral/social science, public health, computer science/MIS, management science, urban/city planning, or a field appropriate to the area of specialization and three years or more of relevant planning analyst experience.
    • Master’s degree in one of the fields listed above and two years or more of relevant planning analyst experience.
    • Ph.D. degree in one of the fields listed above.

Nice to have:

  • Experience:
    • Working with state agencies, such as MDH, MDE and DHS.
    • Working in public health, family home visiting and/or other maternal and child health programs, or in an organization focused on community health.
    • Working within a team, organization, or community to reduce health disparities.
    • Establishing and maintaining working relationships and using a collaborative approach to problem solving.
    • Using project management tools and/or systems in a virtual setting.
    • Working with interdisciplinary community advisory groups and facilitating engaging and inclusive in-person and virtual meetings.

About the department:
Hennepin County Public Health’s vision is for all people who live, work and play in Hennepin County to experience optimal health grounded in health and racial equity. Our department works to improve the health of all county residents by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact their health and offering programs and services that help them to be healthy. We promote physical and mental health, prevent illness and injury associated with communicable diseases and environmental conditions, and reduce chronic diseases.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals – that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at www.hennepin.us/employees.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

This position may have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a background check.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Megan Baer



Why work here?

Hennepin County embraces the Total Rewards philosophy. We want our employees to succeed – not only at work but as they move through life and its milestones. We offer advantages and opportunities others can’t – including:

  • Meaningful work
  • Public service
  • Competitive pay
  • Work-life balance
  • Generous benefits
  • Opportunities to grow
  • Commitment to your success

By working in public service, we are a part of something larger than ourselves. Together, we support those in need. We help people access information and services. We empower vibrant and diverse communities. We serve residents.

Employee Benefits Summary

Visit our benefits page to learn more: www.hennepin.us/employees

If you are a current Hennepin County employee please be aware that any change in job classification may affect your current benefits (such as a conversion from Vacation/Sick Leave to Paid Time Off and/or enrollment in a Health Care Saving Plan.) .

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