Full Time
Chapel Hill, NC
Posted 4 weeks ago

Ask yourself

Are you a firm believer that high-quality early child care and education create the foundation for success in later life? Do you thrive in a collegial leadership environment? Would you enjoy working with others to build a strong early childhood education workforce? Are you prepared to use your voice to help children and families obtain accessible and affordable care and education?

Are you a visionary with strong business acumen? A positive and optimistic leader that can motivate teams? Is building relationships with a wide array of stakeholders your superpower?

Are you ready to make an impact on the future?


Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure all children have equitable access to affordable, high-quality early care and education to lay the foundation for successful life outcomes. Based in North Carolina, CCSA provides a wide range of services to families and providers both within the Triangle, statewide, and nationally.

CCSA’s current president will retire later this year, so the organization has launched a search for its next chief executive. Do you have what it takes to be CCSA’s next President?

What will you do as CCSA’s next President?

CCSA’s next President will be expected to build on the agency’s success by performing leadership duties that include those outlined below:


Founded in 1974, and headquartered in the Triangle area of North Carolina, CCSA is a leader in early childhood education on the local, state, and national levels. Committed to providing supports for families, communities, and the workforce, CCSA fulfills its mission through research, services, and advocacy.

CCSA provides free child care referral services, financial assistance to low-income families, nutritious meals to children at child care centers, and professional development and technical assistance to child care programs. Throughout NC, educational scholarships from CCSA’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarship Program give child care professionals the means to obtain an education and CCSA’s Child Care WAGE$® and Infant-Toddler Educator AWARD$® programs supplement meager salaries. CCSA also licenses T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ across the United States and conducts early childhood systems research and policy development statewide and nationally.

CCSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization funded through local, state, and federal government grants, earned revenue, and philanthropic gifts. The pandemic highlighted the importance of early care and education, and CCSA rose to the challenge by responding with adaptive and innovative solutions and developing a strategic plan to move the organization forward that includes the following core values:

CCSA has experienced great growth and now has an annual budget of $36 million, employs 120+ staff that includes a strong leadership team, and is governed by an engaged 15-member board of directors.

With so much attention being paid to early childhood education, this is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader to shape the future of the organization.

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the President

The ideal candidate will be a visionary nonprofit leader who is committed to CCSA’s mission, serving as a strong advocate for early care and education for children. The next President will have the ability to think strategically, build inclusive relationships with all aspects of a diverse community, leverage data to make decisions, and oversee a complex and multi-faceted organization. In addition, the preferred candidate will possess a myriad of experience, skills, and qualifications among those listed below:


  • Top level executive management experience, preferably in the administration of a large nonprofit tax-exempt organization that promotes access to high quality early care and education 
  • Familiarity with early childhood education public policy issues on the national, state, and local levels
  • Familiarity with state and federal legislative processes
  • Experience leading advocacy efforts for the promotion of affordable high-quality early care and education
  • Good understanding of and experience with complex budget development and financial management of nonprofit organizations; ability to understand, interpret, and effectively oversee budgets, financial reports, and financial positioning
  • Experience and documented success in grant proposal writing as well as having the vision to formulate proposal ideas
  • Experience using data to make organizational, programmatic, and policy decisions and monitor results


  • Ability to represent CCSA to the community by writing position statements, participating in community advisory boards, etc.
  • Comfort speaking in public, before funding sources, to national, state, and community leaders, and other relevant audiences
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels within the organization and with external stakeholders
  • Appreciation of diversity in people and perspectives, with a laser focus on addressing equity gaps within the early care and education system
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills


  • A working knowledge of child care resource and referral management
  • Understanding of early childhood education developmentally appropriate practice, nutrition, health, and family support needs and services of young children and their families
  • Understanding of the needs and issues facing the early care and education workforce
  • Background in early childhood education, child care administration, public administration, or equivalent, with a relevant master’s degree preferred
  • Ability to independently travel to CCSA and stakeholder locations as needed


Think you are CCSA’s next President?

To apply, click on the link to the position profile at You will see instructions for uploading your compelling cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references. Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites (LinkedIn, Indeed, etc.).

Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position and begins at $150K. Benefits include paid leave and holidays, 401k retirement plan, employee assistance program, and a cafeteria plan of child care tuition and medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Child Care Services Association actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates. CCSA is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.

CCSA has determined that vaccination is a strong defense against COVID-19. To that end, a mandatory vaccination policy is in place for all staff with accommodations made for exemptions based on legally mandated reasons.

Job Features

Job CategoryExempt, Salaried
SalaryBegins at $150k