Sampson County Partnership for Children
  • Full Time
  • Immediately
  • 201 Willow Ct, Angier, NC 27501
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Executive Director

Sampson County Partnership for Children is a non-profit public/private organization designed to provide programs and services for children ages birth to 5 years of age and their families in Sampson County. The Partnership’s programs and activities focus on areas of early care and education and are aimed to provide support in school readiness, high quality child care, teacher education and accessing children’s health services.

Title:  Executive Director

Reports to:  Board of Directors

Primary Purpose of Position:

To provide Sampson County Partnership for Children with an effective and efficient organization aimed at ensuring the fullest and most effective collaborative commitments among all organizations, agencies, and providers contributing to early childhood systems and services.

To assure Smart Start’s success in Sampson County by maximizing the comprehensiveness, effectiveness, quality, access, delivery, and implementation of services to children birth to age 5 and their families.

To promote public understanding and support for Sampson County Partnership for Children that helps secure and sustain adequate financing for the Partnership’s initiatives.

The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sampson County Partnership for Children and is responsible for the overall management of its finances, programs and personnel. The Executive Director reports directly to the Partnership's Board of Directors and works to achieve the mission and goals of Smart Start while ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations and policies.     

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Administration
  • Personnel Management
  • Fiscal Management
  • Public Awareness
  • Program Development/Coordination
  • Resource Development/Management
  • Community Relations
  • North Carolina Partnership for Children
  • Other Duties as Assigned

Specific Duties:

  1. Administration
  • Work cooperatively with the Board of Directors to frame and articulate the vision and mission of the Partnership.
  • Work cooperatively with the Board of Directors to fulfill the overall goals and objectives of the Partnership.
  • Implement Board established policies and procedures.
  • Provide staff assistance to Board appointed advisory committees, ad hoc groups, and others as required.
  • Provide orientation and training to board volunteers as needed.
  • Publish major reports and communicate regularly with Board of Directors and committees to facilitate informed decisions.
  • Approve, allocate, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate all contracts awarded by the Sampson County Partnership.
  • Ensure agency legal compliance and compliance with legislative mandates.
  1. Personnel Management
  • Establish personnel policies and procedures in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
  • Employ, train, and supervise staff for approved and budgeted positions.
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to maintain collaborative and cooperative relationships among all Partnership staff.
  • Ensure proper compliance with all personnel policies and procedures.
  • Implement and maintain performance assessment processes with all Partnership employees on a timely and quality basis.
  • Determine staff salaries according to salary administration guidelines.
  1. Fiscal Management
  • Develop annual budget and ensure proper expenditure of funds.
  • Comply with all fiscal policies and procedures as approved by Board of Directors and required by North Carolina Partnership for Children.
  • Continually evaluate bid process for effectiveness.
  • Ensure accountability for Smart Start and other funding sources.
  • Prepare necessary documentation and support for the annual independent audit and fully comply with recommendations.
  1. Public Awareness
  • Build and strengthen relationships with community organizations serving children 0-5 and their families.
  • Serve as a catalyst for and develop collaborative efforts within Sampson County.
  • Develop working relationships with private companies in Sampson County to build private sector support for the Partnership’s goals and activities.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with Sampson County legislators to ensure accurate knowledge regarding the Partnership’s activities and accomplishments.
  • Remain aware of activities of the General Assembly as they relate to young children.
  • Advocate on behalf of young children.
  • Participate in community task forces and forums.
  1. Program Development/Coordination
  • Develop new programs as necessary to meet the needs of children (birth-5) and their families with appropriate committee consideration and Board approval.
  • Monitor program outputs and outcomes and their effectiveness in meeting specific NCPC standards.
  • Monitor and enforce compliance with legislative mandates.
  1. Resource Development/Management
  • Ensure and maintain formal funding opportunities to support Partnership programs.
  • Develop new funding relationships as appropriate and as approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Leverage Smart Start dollars whenever feasible and appropriate.
  • Develop plan for meeting required match for Smart Start dollars.
  • Identify funding sources and draft grant proposals.
  • Participate in and support all Board fundraising efforts.
  1. Community Relations
  • Serve as the contact for all media and public inquiries regarding the Sampson County Partnership for Children and Smart Start in Sampson County.
  • Develop/implement methods for querying general and targeted publics.
  • Develop a year-round communication plan, which includes media appearances, special events, newsletters, news articles, etc.
  1. North Carolina Partnership for Children
  • Attend Smart Start executive director meetings as scheduled.
  • Participate in statewide collaboration efforts with other Smart Start counties.
  • Coordinate all local efforts with North Carolina Partnership for Children’s Staff.
  • Comply with North Carolina Partnership for Children staff requests as required.


Bachelor’s Degree in human services, business administration, education or a related field, preferably with 5 to 7 years experience in management including strategic planning and financial management. Master’s degree preferred. Demonstrated successful experience with community collaborations.  Strong interpersonal, organizational and team development skills.  Effective verbal and written communication skills.  Knowledge of early childhood issues on the national, state, and local levels and the North Carolina State legislative process.  Sensitivity regarding cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic issues.  Visionary.  Computer competency. The candidate selected for this position will be required to reside in Sampson County.

How to apply:

Please submit a resume, including a comprehensive employment history, and a minimum of three professional references.  References should include the name of the person, type of reference, an email address and daytime phone number. All information must be submitted to

Closing Date: July 30, 2021