About Room to Grow
Room to Grow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the vision that one day all parents will have the resources they need to unlock their families’ potential and become champions for babies and their community. Its mission is to offer structured parent support, material goods, and community connections to support parents as they activate their natural strengths and expand their knowledge, so children thrive from the start. Room to Grow was founded in New York in 1998 and expanded to Boston in 2005, currently partnering with over 1,500 families with an annual budget of $5M and a team of 45 passionate and dedicated staff members.
Room to Grow uses a two-generation, preventative, and strengths-based approach to engage families. Through its unique program, parents and caregivers partner with program staff to develop strategies to support their child's development, select the material items that their child needs, and connect with community resources that can expand their support network. Room to Grow program staff work alongside parents and caregivers as they build upon their existing skill sets and parenting styles and promote the well-being of their children and family.
As an entrepreneurial and growth-oriented organization, Room to Grow is in an exciting period of development as it continues to expand its reach and impact in Boston and New York and potential future locations. In 2020, Room to Grow adapted and digitized parts of its model to continue supporting families during COVID-19, and it will continue to leverage best practices and resources to support low-income communities as circumstances evolve.
The Room to Grow Core Values
Our core values apply to working with each other, our families, partners, donors, and other collaborators.
Integrity: Consistently conduct business in a way that is accountable, authentic, transparent, honest, and ethical.
Respect: Treat people equally and with compassion. Value differences and affirm the dignity, potential, and contribution of all staff, partners, clients, volunteers, and the public.
Growth: Challenges are a learning opportunity. We cultivate an environment that promotes ongoing education, coaching, continuous improvement, and innovation.
Collaboration: Our mission depends on the quality of our relationships and linkages cross-regionally, cross-departmentally, and with community partners and collaborators. We work together to support our individual and collective goals.
Community: The health of our organization relies on supportive interactions within our community, built on shared beliefs in responsibility, generosity, enthusiasm, humility, and levity.
Inclusion: An open-minded, inclusive work environment that fosters diversity, creativity, and empowerment in everything we do.
Room to Grow is at an exciting inflection point as an organization. We are preparing for ambitious growth and need to increase our ability to process in-kind donations to fill our Baby Boutiques as we add more families to the program.
Reporting to the NY Site Operations Coordinator, the Associate will join a Site Operations team composed of four Associates, a Coordinator, and a Manager. The Site Operations team is responsible for in-kind donation processing, organizing, and counting (approximately 200,000 items annually), and management of Room to Grow New York’s soon to be acquired warehouse space. The Site Operations team partners regularly with the national Community Engagement Department, which sources in-kind donations and volunteer support through both community and corporate partners. The Associate will be responsible for leading volunteer groups and individuals through sorting projects to ensure in-kind donations are processed in a timely manner. This position will be primarily based out of the warehouse location (once acquired), with travel to the South Bronx Family Center as needed.
The right candidate is personable, has excellent customer service skills, prides themselves on their organizational abilities, and is excited to play a key role in facilitating Room to Grow’s program.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Qualifications and Experience
Mission & Culture Alignment - Allows a candidate to thrive at Room to Grow and to be highly motivated by the organization’s work and mission. A successful candidate:
Operational Focus - Enables a candidate to successfully offer quality programming to Room to Grow families through the efficient management of inventory for all sites. A successful candidate:
Community & Relationship Building - Enables a candidate to build strong rapport with a broad range of stakeholders, including colleagues, donors, and volunteers. A successful candidate:
Resourcefulness with a Service Focus - Enables a candidate to handle difficult situations that will arise quickly, responsibly, and respectfully with all constituents involved. A successful candidate:
Compensation and Benefits
Salary and benefits will be competitive for our field and commensurate with experience. Room to Grow is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.
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