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Within Cultivate Learning, EarlyEdU is our primary higher education and workforce development initiative. EarlyEdU is committed to expanding high-quality early learning by transforming professional development for early childhood educators. High-quality early learning experiences help children thrive. To support each child’s learning and development, early childhood educators must have knowledge and skills grounded in the latest research and practice. Unfortunately, too few educators working in the field today can access effective and relevant professional development in a way that fits with their careers and lives. EarlyEdU is an Alliance that brings together higher education faculty and policymakers to create accessible and equitable pathways for early learning educators to get the professional development they need to help young learners reach their full potential. As champions of equity-driven early childhood teacher preparation, EarlyEdU works with state and federal partners to consider how the resources it offers can be used to meet members’ unique needs and policies. For additional information about EarlyEdU Alliance please follow this link. click here.
Cultivate Learning currently has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Director of EarlyEdU Alliance. Reporting to the Executive Director and PI, the Senior Director of EarlyEdU will have full oversight of developing a strategic plan that will determine the direction of EarlyEdU as a key component of national policy. This position requires someone with a broad knowledge about state and federal policies and initiatives on improving access to higher education for current and future early learning professionals.
State System Engagement (40%)
•Lead collaboration with state systems and policy experts to support technical assistance and to connect states in sharing strategies and successful models of integrating EarlyEdU into systems •Working closely with key states, the Senior Director will collaborate in designing comprehensive pathways leading to all levels of degree completion: CDA-AA – BA •Participate as thought partner in state and national early learning system conversations •Develop strong and effective collaborative relationships with EarlyEdU partners and consultants, the Advisory Board, and other key stakeholders •Build vigorous partnerships, both at the state level and nationally, with institutions, government agencies and private-sector groups to advance the goals of EarlyEdU •Expand on partnerships with state professional development systems, and two- and four-year colleges and universities •Continue outreach and collaboration with tribal communities and their affiliated IHE’s • Identify and plan for specific outreach to high priority partners •Develop mentorship opportunities for leaders from underrepresented communities •Be actively involved in development and implementation of a system for evaluation of the success of EarlyEdU programming in meeting its goals and objectives and provide recommendations for improvements as necessary
EarlyEdU Strategic Planning Implementation and Sustainability (30%)
•In collaboration with the Executive Director, continue to implement the model and scaling up of a national, place based ECE solution that will offer multiple pathways to access professional ECE certificates and degrees •Oversee the development of a long-term business model for impact, scale, and sustainability •Develop a unifying framework that systems can use to effectively leverage EarlyEdU resources in support of their early childhood workforce •Assist in developing and articulating the vision of EarlyEdU to a national audience comprised of policymakers, funders, researchers, and practitioners by co-authoring publications, developing/supporting new and innovative research projects independently and with Alliance members, presenting at conferences or other public venues, and providing technical assistance to local- and state-level stakeholders •Direct the expansion of EarlyEdU state-based initiatives by recruiting, consulting, and providing technical assistance to identified state agency teams to use EarlyEdU to address the barriers in their specific systems and to support the implementation of equity-driven policies and practices that align with state priorities for workforce development •Develop a deep knowledge of funding status, priorities, and needs and serve as advisor to Executive Director on plans for continuous funding of operations and research •Oversee implementation of a framework for sustainability that includes a comprehensive strategy to increase philanthropic gifts, contracts, and grants for EarlyEdU •Advise on new strategies for recruiting external partners and national programs and explore potential options for EarlyEdU’s services, trainings, and professional development materials •Identify venues to leverage and expand the existing EarlyEdU model to reach more of the early childhood workforce and eliminate current barriers in the system •Be actively involved in the development and implementation of a system for evaluation of the success of EarlyEdU programming in meeting its goals and objectives and provide recommendations for improvements as necessary
Program Operations (20%)
•Regularly evaluate budget and participate in financial projections and forecasting for both short and long-term planning. With delegated authority from the Executive Director, provide approvals for staffing and budgetary actions on respective budgets •Ensure the Alliance Membership support and growth continue as directed by funders •Provide oversight and content expertise in the delivery of COP’s. Highlight Webinars, newsletter development and presentations at national events •Guide development of outreach, resources, and marketing materials •In collaboration with the Associate Director of Resource Development and team ensure that work is underway for development of two courses in Spanish •Oversee the development and implementation of a diversity audit for EarlyEdU courses and related materials and resources •Lead weekly EarlyEdU planning meetings with EarlyEdU internal team
•Supervise and lead work of 2 direct reports. This position will have the authority to hire staff, evaluate job performance, and take corrective action if performance is not acceptable •Monitor the work of team members to ensure that correct procedures are followed. Provide direction to assure completion of tasks and projects •Support direct reports in achieving deliverables and meeting timelines for funder in part by offering professional development for them to learn and apply latest research and achieve or maintain certification in related areas Other duties as assigned
•Ph.D degree in Early Childhood, Educational Psychology or related field, to include 4 years of experience in a senior level director capacity
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Proven track record of increasingly higher administrative responsibilities in the public sector or higher education • Demonstrated ability in leading teams in results driven outcomes • Experience teaching in higher education settings • Knowledgeable about state and federal policies and initiatives on early learning workforce development • Excellent writing, editing, documentation skills, and excellent presentation skills • Familiarity with university-level curricula and traditional instructional methods and goals • Proven ability to effectively manage projects • Ability to work independently and as an integral member of a team • Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgment in a fast paced, dynamic and deadline driven environment in an organized and professional manner • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills • Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle confidential and sensitive information in an appropriate manner • Proficiency with personal computing environment, Microsoft Office Suite, and the Internet Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Experience in Educational Policy development focused on early learning • Knowledge of and experience with state early learning and/or education departments, to increase access to high-quality professional development • Sense of humor
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