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Program Manager Position Description


Edward Street, a nonprofit with a mission to promote early childhood success through improving the quality and impact of early education and care and the development of young children and strengthening families in Central Massachusetts is seeking a full time (40+ hrs/week), Program Manager.  The Program Manager will implement a suite of Edward Street projects and initiatives designed to enhance early learning, alignment, family engagement and communication across the birth to 3rd grade continuum in Central MA.

This position is responsible for increasing community awareness of the importance of early childhood education leading to increased community support for programs serving young children and their families.  This visible position carries the responsibility in developing collaborations that more effectively prevent and solve issues impacting access to and delivery of high quality early childhood education for all children. The program manager will leverage assets of community residents and corporations by cultivating and expanding volunteer talent to participate in the design and implementation of local solutions.

The successful candidate will work in partnership with Edward Street’s Managing Director of Birth to 3rd Grade Alignment, Edward Street staff, board members, and volunteers to ensure the effective delivery of programs and initiatives supporting Edward Street’s mission. Current programs include Worcester’s Day of Play Family Festival (DOP), DOP content development, Week of the Young Child Art Show, Ready4K and Book Buddies.  Other special projects emerge from our collaborations in the community. The Program Manager will be represent Edward Street at some of those tables.

Occasional nights and weekends required.

The Program Manager will report to the Managing Director of Birth to 3rd Grade Alignment.


Key responsibilities include oversite and management of annual Day of Play Family Festival and related programs, implementation and maintenance of Ready4K family engagement platform, implementation of grant-related programs & special projects. Central to the role will be the production of the annual Day of Play Family Festival and year-long online content (quarterly). Other responsibilities include special event coordination, grants management and marketing & communication around events/programs.

Day of Play

  • Lead responsibility for the development and implementation of the Day of Play Family Festival. This is both an annual in-person family event for children 3-10 at Elm Park in Worcester, as well as virtual components to keep play going all year.
  • Facilitate the DOP Planning Committee which includes securing partner volunteer members, scheduling monthly meetings, and working offline on play area development so that members secure activity sponsors.
  • Manage logistics for DOP Festival including permits, security details, program supplies, equipment rentals (stage, tables, chairs, tents, truck, etc.), sound and electrical system, and volunteer recruitment and management.
  • Manage marketing logistics including fliers, social media posts, website updates, and festival Play Book. Collaborating with marketing partners to ensure design, development and production of materials.
  • Maintain DOP Festival website, include content updates, schedule updates, activities creation and uploads, etc.
  • Create content, posts and maintain DOP Facebook page and any other social media channels that may be developed.
  • Supervise college/high school interns and volunteers for production of DOP.
  • Support Executive Director and Development Manager in fundraising for DOP Family Festival, which may include grants and local solicitation from businesses, partners, and philanthropy.

Family Engagement

  • Support and implement programs that support family engagement through our community and early education and care partners.
  • Maintain ES Ready4K account and expand use through new partners who sign up families.
  • Update Worcester Reads family tools, such as Word of the Day calendars.
  • Oversee programmatic development of annual Book Buddies program in collaboration with Master Teacher.

Special Projects

  • Plan and/or support other special projects that connect with Edward Street’s work and community-wide partnerships, such as Countdown to Kindergarten, etc.
  • Represent ES in working groups, advisory, coalitions, and other community-based meetings, as needed. 
  • Oversee program implementation for local, state and national grants. Support Managing Director in grants application, management and reporting activities.

Communications & Marketing

  • Working closely with Development Manager & Managing Director on developing program/project related communications and marketing messages.
  • Work collaboratively with contracted marketing/development services and consultants and build in-house capacity for marketing and promotional activities.

Other duties as assigned by Managing Director.


Edward Street is seeking a motivated, self-starter who enjoys multi-tasking and collaborating with partners to create and implement programs.

Other qualifications:

  • Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized, and reliable
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines
  • Comfortable working independently and in teams
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience required
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in early education/education, non-profit organization, community engagement, community planning, or related field
  • Excellent people and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Event and/or volunteer management experience, preferred
  • Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, Zoom, shared folders/files (Dropbox ,  Google Drive, Google Apps, MS365/OneDrive), and utilizing web-based databases and tools
  • Interest in and commitment to advocacy for resources and programs in early education and care and early childhood
  • Availability to work occasional evenings and weekends

The mission of Edward Street is to improve the quality and impact of early education and care, enhancing the development of young children and strengthening families in Central Massachusetts.

Edward Street is an equal  opportunity employer committed to an inclusive workplace. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Edward Street is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and applicants. Edward Street prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Salary range, $52,000-$60,000, DOE, and a benefits package commensurate with work in a nonprofit, including health & dental insurance, paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, personal days, sick days, and retirement plan.

Send resume to  HR@edwardstreet.org  (insert “Program Manager” in subject line). Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.