First3Years is a state-wide non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, advocate, and collaborate to support the healthy development of infants and toddlers. First3Years is recognized around the state for training programs that bring current research and best practice around promoting infant mental health to those working with and on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families.
First3Years is working with community partners in Baytown, TX to develop and sustain a connected, cross-sector system of care for all families with children ages 0-3 that addresses their individual needs, especially for children at risk of poor mental/behavioral health outcomes and for children of color. As First3Years, we offer a unique lens for building healthy, resilient communities by spotlighting and strategically addressing mental health promotion efforts for Baytown’s youngest residents. Building a healthier, more equitable future for Baytown begins by addressing disparities in early childhood and supporting families in promoting the mental health of their children in the first three years of life and beyond.
First3Years seeks entrepreneurial, highly organized and flexible Community Systems Project Coordinator to work with local stakeholders to develop and establish a sustainable Systems of Care model in Baytown, TX that is working towards a vision of an integrated and coordinated community system where every family has an equitable voice, is supported, and can readily access and choose from quality resources and services for their young child.
Reporting to the Houston Regional Director, the Coordinator’s work will fall into five core buckets:
Support the continued creation, evolution, and implementation of meaningful stakeholder engagement under the Systems of Care Initiative to ultimately co-develop and implement a sustainable governance structure for participating members
Manage key aspects of the Systems of Care Initiative, particularly around grant deliverables for identifying strategies that address key social determinants of health that influence equitable mental health outcomes
Facilitate Systems of Care collaborative meetings at regular intervals and build trusting relationships with collaborative and community members to advance the goals and objectives of the Systems of Care Initiative
Lead a process of shared inquiry for developing goals and strategies of the Systems of Care Initiative that meaningfully involves historically excluded populations in collaborative work, particularly families of color
Contribute to overall Systems of Care Initiative design, development and implementation
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Identify and embed health equity strategies to a collaborative framework for ensuring that all young children and their families receive the resources and services they need, particularly as it relates to establishing an unbiased, community-wide system that benefits all families (i.e. apply a race equity lens to developing, refining and implementing every objective and strategy of the Systems of Care Initiative)
Build and manage relationships with public and private partner organizations, and effectively engage in regular communications towards developing and implementing key objectives of the Systems of Care Initiative
In collaboration with members and key stakeholders of the Systems of Care Initiative, develop an implementation plan for achieving and sustaining meaningful cross-systems efforts that leverage new or existing resources and funding streams to improve service delivery and access so that all families are getting the most relevant information and support
Support the development of relevant and effective program materials, ensuring input from parents, caregivers and community members
Proven project manager, highly organized with exceptional attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
Self-directive, able to work independently, meet or exceed deadlines, and be highly responsive
Superb relationship building skills, and ability to operate effectively and collaboratively in a results-oriented environment
Strong writing and communications skills, including the ability to convey complex information so it is easily understood by the public
Adaptable, flexible and effective problem-solver in fast-paced settings
Willingness to travel out of region 15% of time for site visits or other First3Years business
Personal transportation abilities required for travel within the region (i.e. reliable daily access to a car)
Work remotely with minimal supervision, and spend at least 85% of time within Baytown, TX
Master’s degree plus 3 years relevant work experience, or Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years relevant work experience, Infant Mental Health Endorsement® preferred
Demonstrated understanding and commitment to social justice and health equity
Experience coordinating work streams among diverse stakeholder groups, particularly involving direct work with families of color and the early childhood community
Knowledge of social determinants of health, racial disparities in early childhood and resulting disparities in mental/behavioral health outcomes
Knowledge of systems building frameworks and rationale of systems integration and alignment efforts for achieving better outcomes for children and families
Knowledge of data analysis and research on early childhood community systems development, particularly research that is informed by those impacted by systems change initiatives
Experience engaging and building trusting rapport with families of color
Experience leading public meetings and large group presentations
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
Experience in start-up environment preferred
Please email your cover letter, resume and two professional references to Brinkley Castro
In 1986, First3Years was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization, and over the past 35 years we have trained and mentored thousands of professionals across the state on brain development, attachment, separation, trauma, self regulation, cross-cultural awareness, and other infant mental health related issues. We believe that supporting the social emotional development of infants and toddlers is critical for helping the next generation be healthy, productive members of society.
Our mission is to educate, advocate, and collaborate to advance the healthy development of infants and toddlers.