SSIC Regional Specialist

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Join the Smart Start Network!  Are you motivated to make Western NC communities stronger and more resilient?  Do you love innovative approaches to serving children and families?

Smart Start of Transylvania County is part of a regional collaborative that has received new grant funds to expand trauma-informed and resilience work and we are seeking a Sesame Street in Communities Regional Specialist.

We are seeking an independent self-starter who thrives in strong team environments and can develop relationships with a diverse network and has experience organizing and leading collaborative initiatives.

This position will work with a team designed to support and implement strategies across an 18-county region.


JOB TITLE: Sesame Street in Communities Regional Specialist FLSA STATUS: Temporary, non-exempt
REPORTS TO: Western Resiliency Collaborative
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director, Smart Start of Transylvania County

SALARY RANGE: Based on qualifications and experience. This position is funded with grant funds for the period of 10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024.


Smart Start of Transylvania County offices 147 E. Main Street, Suite 302, Brevard, NC. This is a 30 hour per week position that will support the work of a Western NC collaborative so there will be extensive travel across the region, both within and outside of traditional working days/hours. Physical office location is negotiable based on employee’s residence.


Smart Start organizations are private, non-profit agencies that support, educate and advocate to build a strong foundation for young children in their communities. There are Smart Start offices that represent all 100 counties in North Carolina. Smart Start partnerships work with service providers, early childhood educators, families, and communities to ensure high quality, effective implementation of programs to support young children and their families. Our everyday work is grounded in our commitment to diversity & inclusion, equity, cultural humility, and community partnerships.

Services will focus on building resilience in Smart Start organizations, children 0-5 and their caretakers. Resilience helps children not only to deal with current difficulties that are a part of everyday life, but also to develop the basic skills and habits that will help them deal with challenges later in life, during adolescence and adulthood.


This position will provide support to Western North Carolina counties to manage specific components of a 3-year grant. The Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) Regional Specialist participates in a responsive approach to build resilient communities through micro, mezzo, and macro-level solutions. This role will collaborate with individual communities in the region to implement SSIC across the fields of early education, social services, and health care. Provide leadership and assistance to WNC counties to embed SSIC through professional development, awareness campaigns, programmatic implementation, and impact measures. Activities include: train the trainer model to build capacity, development of branding/messaging to reach caregivers/educators, community engagement events, and implement family engagement toolkits.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, through its philanthropically supported community and family engagement efforts, such as SSIC brings together parents, caregivers, and community providers across the United States to give all children, especially the most vulnerable, a strong and healthy start.

Sesame Street in Communities launched in Transylvania County in 2018, alongside the creation of the GetSet Transylvania early childhood collaborative branding. Smart Start of Transylvania County and the partners of GetSet Transylvania will provide collaboration and leadership to the WNC region in the regional implementation of SSIC.

This position will coordinate these contracted activities to ensure a coherent and organized approach to implementation that supports and expands the local Smart Start agencies’ capacity for building resilient, family-focused communities that measurably improve early childhood learning, health and social outcomes for children and families.


  1. Collaborate with the SSIC team, regional collaborative team, Smart Start organizations across WNC, and community partners across WNC
  2. Collaborate with each county to complete a readiness assessment and action plan according to their community needs
  3. Lead marketing/branding for regional SSIC implementation
  4. Collaborate to support each county with launch/community engagement events
  5. Collaborate to develop evaluation, data collection and reporting for the SSIC implementation
  6. Collaborate to develop family engagement toolkit program for each county
  7. Lead, develop, and recruit Ambassadors for the train the trainer model (Abby’s Ambassadors) for WNC
  8. Represent the Smart Start Network in a professional, accurate and positive manner within the community at all times
  9. Perform other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Strong skills in project planning/management
  2. Ability to collaborate and communicate clearly and professionally with a range of community partners. The position requires an understanding of and experience in communication and public relations strategies and writing experience.
  3. Ability to convene and facilitate meetings and engage stakeholders in both virtual and in-person settings, with strong presentation and public speaking skills.
  4. The successful candidate will possess leadership skills and a willingness to take initiative and be proactive. Must possess the ability to work independently, as well as in teams.
  5. Must be comfortable with ambiguity and have the ability to bring projects to closure
  6. Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license
  1. COVID vaccination due to the community interactive nature of the job
  2. Technology proficiency and experience


Bachelor’s degree or higher from accredited four-year college or university required in human services or closely related field, preferably early childhood experience. Three to five years of experience in an educational, nonprofit or social service organization preferred. Preference given to candidates with experience working with Collective Impact models.


The ideal candidate will live in the service area and be available to attend early morning and evening meetings on occasion, and be able to travel independently across western NC. Smart Start of Transylvania County is the location of the grant subcontractor and the Sesame Street in Communities Regional Specialist’s supervisor. This position will serve the WNC region, and significant travel is required. However, during the pandemic many meetings may be conducted via Zoom or other media platforms. Collaborating Smart Start agencies across the region may have limited office space available, and some telework may be accepted.


  • A rewarding, supportive work environment encouraging excellence, personal growth and innovation
  • Flexible hours
  • PTO (Paid Time Off) of 24 days/year, pro-rated to 75% of full-time amount
  • Paid holidays – 11-12 days
  • Mileage reimbursement for applicable travel
  • Participation in a Health Savings Account health insurance plan, with the employer contribution of a fixed amount of the monthly premium expense and the employee contribution of the difference based on their age banded premium
  • Participation in 100% employer paid short term disability plan


  • As part of our commitment to organizational equity in our work, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply for this role.
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  • Please submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your experience and interest to by November 8, 2021, “Sesame Street in Communities WNC Regional Specialist” in subject line. No phone calls please. Complete submissions will be reviewed as received and the position will remain open until filled.


Please submit a cover letter and resume highlighting your experience and interest to by November 8, 2021, “Sesame Street in Communities WNC Regional Specialist” in subject line. No phone calls please. Complete submissions will be reviewed as received and the position will remain open until filled.