Network Lead

The Network Lead is responsible for providing leadership, vision, and financial sustainability for NHAN. Under the direction of the NHAN Steering Committee, the Network Lead leverages relationships across the public and private sector to advance policies and to generate funding to support the mission and activities of the organization. They are responsible for building and maintaining the brand of the organization, while achieving shared and measurable goals for the common good of the out-of-school time sector. The primary competencies include:

Leadership & Governance

  • Work with the Steering Committee to fulfill NHAN’s mission, and to develop a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.

  • Build and maintain ongoing relationships with the state legislature and administration.

  • Identify and engage in strategic partnerships and collaborations to advance the priorities of the field and the organization.

  • Lead, coordinate and oversee the network’s initiatives and operations, including policy development and field projects.

  • Foster effective teamwork among the Steering Committee, staff, and work committees.

  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers in all areas of the organization’s work.

Community Relations & Advocacy

  • Conduct policy and field research as needed to support the development of the network’s initiatives, including legislation, state budget requests, school-community partnership initiatives, etc. Work with experts and stakeholders in the field to help form the network’s initiatives and to maintain a working knowledge of significant trends in the field. Connect the needs, concerns and issues of schools, the afterschool field, and communities to the development of new policy initiatives.

  • Publicize and promote the activities of the organization, its programs, and goals. This includes overseeing communication among the statewide network regarding best practices, policy, and advocacy information, and broadening the statewide network by forming effective relationships with community groups, school leaders, funders, businesses, and other organizations.

  • Collaborate with ACROSS NH and other Out of School Time (OST) stakeholders to support the Afterschool Professional Development System.

  • Work with key stakeholders nationally, including Afterschool Technical Assistance Team (ATAC) and the Network Leads in other states to assist in the development of the Statewide Afterschool Networks. Serve as the state point organization for the Afterschool Alliance to support national policy efforts.

  • Represent the programs and point of view of the organization to agencies, organizations, and the general public; represent NHAN at community activities to enhance the status of NHAN’s community profile, including through presentations.

Financial Performance & Viability

  • Increase the network’s sustainability, including working with the Steering Committee to develop a strategic plan, build relationships with both public and private funders, develop fundraising strategies, and write grants.

  • Maintain the fiscal integrity of NHAN, including development of an annual budget and monthly financial statements submitted to NHAN’s fiscal sponsor.

  • Operate within the approved budget and monitor monthly cash flow, ensuring maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Operational Planning & Management

  • Develop and implement an operational plan, policies, and procedures that incorporates goals and objectives that aligns with the strategic direction of the network and expectations of the Steering Committee, Mott Foundation, and other funders.

  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the project, as well as the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the project’s programs, events, and services.

  • Effective listening and strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to speak and represent NHAN publicly.

  • Grant writing and management experience.

  • Strong people skills and an ability to relate to diverse groups and individuals.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Management skills, with an emphasis on team building and a collaborative approach.

  • Dedication to system change to benefit children and youth.

  • Several years’ experience in the area of policy development, advocacy, afterschool programming, education, and/or coalition and network building.

  • Bachelor’s degree in child and youth development, education, communications, public policy, public administration, social work, or a related field.


  • Meeting facilitation and negotiation skills.

  • Experience working with Advisory Committees.

  • Familiarity with statewide policy and budget development, afterschool programs and practices, grassroots advocacy and organizing, and state agency practices.

  • Media and communications experience.


As a full-time employee of our fiscal sponsor, SERESC, a comprehensive benefits package is offered, including company paid benefits and benefit options requiring employee contributions:

  • Basic Life/AD&D –Mutual of Omaha

  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability –Mutual of Omaha

  • Employee Assistance Program –Mutual of Omaha

  • Medical Plan Options thru Harvard Pilgrim, including prescription drug coverage

  • Dental thru Northeast Delta Dental

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan thru American Funds


We also offer generous paid time off, a monthly allowance for cell phone or home internet utilization, and flexible hours / work-from-home option (must live in New Hampshire).


A competitive compensation package will be provided to the selected final candidate based on their prior experience and qualifications. (Salary range budgeted for this role is $55,000 – $65,000.)


If you would like to express your interest in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to nhanlead@sortsolgroup.org. To discuss the opportunity further or to recommend a candidate, please contact Kimberly Meyer, Project Lead, at kmeyer@seresc.net or by phone at 603-770-0499.