Vice President of Operations




Ready for School, Ready for Life (Ready Ready) is a collaborative effort to build a connected, innovative system of care for Guilford County’s youngest children and their families. Our focus is ensuring all children in Guilford County and their families get the resources they need for healthy development. We want every child born in Guilford County from 2022 and beyond to enter kindergarten developmentally on track in five key areas:

  • Physical
  • Language and communication
  • Social-emotional
  • Cognitive
  • Approaches to play and learning

Family voice informs our work, and we share our learning with residents and community stakeholders. We also work with more than 100 community partners in Guilford County and North Carolina to create this system of care. As a backbone organization, our goal is population-level change.


The Vice President of Operations reports to the CEO and manages Ready, Ready’s Administration including Development, Human Resources and Accounting.  As well, this position manages any IT or HR external consultants. The Vice President of Operations directs organizational structures and processes to ensure that the organization’s objectives are met.  The Vice President of Operations works collaboratively with the executive leadership team and has internal contact with the entire staff and external contact with funders, community stakeholders, and board and community leaders.  This position works closely with the Vice President of Strategic Impact and Vice President of Public Will Building to ensure collaboration between departments.



Provide management support and guidance to Ready, Ready’s program leadership:

  • Adhere to and further the mission of the organization
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders
  • Maintain proficient knowledge of organization’s history and programs
  • Drafting and ensuring adherence to pertinent budgets
  • Hiring and monitoring the duties of Department Heads to ensure their alignment with our strategic plans
  • Hosting regular meetings with executive staff to discuss plans and address concerns
  • In collaboration with the CEO, develop operational plans based on organization’s strategic direction/goals
  • With operational leadership, support and guide all aspects of operations planning, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation
  • Report on progress toward operational goals, strategies, and outcome measures
  • In concert with CEO, Senior Leadership Team and Grants Manager, report to donors on results of funded programs
  • Assess structures and procedures and tweaking these, where necessary, to ensure that objectives are met
  • Reporting to and meeting with the Board of Directors, as needed
  • Commit to Ready for School, Ready for Life’s Values and Principles.
  • Support the Ready Ready Equity Statement and commit to implementation of the Ready Ready Equity Action Plan.

Manage and monitor day-to-day operations

  • Manage day-to-day operations necessary to ensure that the organization achieves its objectives
  • Work with the CEO and the Vice President of Programs to ensure all activities are monitored, and key performance indicators reported on a regular basis, to measure that objectives will be achieved
  • Work with the team to intervene and decide on actions that will bring everything back on track if objectives are not being met
  • Determine resources, including people and money, needed to achieve objectives. Oversee work of grants and funding
  • Manage human resources, including but not limited to recruiting support, hiring, onboarding, feedback, performance review process, etc.
  • Coordinate external IT support
  • Ensure GAAP are being followed, help arrange for audits, coordinate dissemination of financial information

 Community Involvement

  • Represent Ready, Ready at other community meetings and events as assigned by the CEO


  • Encourage and facilitate team building, cooperation, and collaboration among all operations staff
  • Provide leadership, support and participation for Ready, Ready management meetings, staff meetings, organization task forces and other activities
  • Participate in Ready, Ready Sponsored Events
  • Participate in professional development opportunities to improve skills
  • Perform other duties as assigned by CEO

Education, Skills, Experience

  • BA or BS required. Preference for early childhood education, public or social service administration, or relatedfield
  • Strategic thinker and planner
  • Experience in executive leadership capacity managing senior level management team
  • Experience working in organizations relating to families and young children
  • Knowledge of human service organizations and resources for families
  • Experience in budget development and oversight
  • Experience interacting with non-profit organization boards and committees, government officials, and external stakeholders, such as, funders and other non- profit organization leaders, highly desirable
  • Effective interpersonal and management skills, including diplomacy, influencing and consensus building skills
  • Champion of diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks at one time
  • Strong initiative, expert planning, organization, and execution for program delivery and adaptability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Physical Demands and Working Environment

  • Regularly stand, sit, and walk; use hands; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Generally works in an office environment, but may occasionally be required to perform job duties outside of the typical office setting