Vice President, National Programs

Full Time
Chapel Hill, NC, Remote*
Posted 2 weeks ago

Child Care Services Association (CCSA) seeks a senior-level position to lead its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center and National Policy work. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center provides leadership in the early childhood education field to states across the country and to our nation’s policymakers on the critical importance and value of an educated, well-paid and stable early childhood workforce to ensure the long term success of our nation’s children in school and in life.

Job Summary

  • Direct and lead a national center that licenses and supports 25 or more state T.E.A.C.H. or WAGE$ programs to leverage and increase credentials, postsecondary education, and compensation of the early childhood workforce.
  • Oversee and supervise all aspects of the National Center, including the development and implementation of new multi-state and national early childhood workforce projects.
  • Partner with numerous national organizations and their leaders to address early childhood workforce issues (i.e. NAEYC, CCAoA, CSCCE, Registry Alliance, and others).
  • Ensure that the Center is a widely known and respected resource on the early care and education workforce.
  • Ensure that the Center sustains itself financially, continues to pursue, produce and accept projects which further its mission of developing, implementing and sustaining programs and strategies that result in a well-educated, fairly compensated and stable early childhood workforce to ensure the long term success of our national’s children in school and in life.
  • Design and implement a national public policy agenda and actively advocate on national publicly funded programs, funding (including revenue and tax policies), and other public policies to advance the Center’s vision.
  • Provide technical assistance on workforce related issues to state and local policy stakeholders, including T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ affiliates, policymakers, advocates and coalitions, and other strategic parties.
  • Engage in Center-driven research or research partnerships to identify successes, challenges and opportunities to evaluate our programs and other efforts to support and compensate the early childhood workforce.
  • Use data-driven decisions to achieve results.
  • Participate in and represent the Center at relevant conferences, meetings, and coalitions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Overall Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • Lead and develop, in conjunction with CCSA Leadership and the National Advisory Committee, a 3-5 year plan that aligns with both CCSA’s strategic plan and the Center’s vision and goals.
  • Design and implement a national public policy agenda to advance the credentials and education, compensation, career pathways, and retention of the early childhood workforce working in partnership with national organizations.

Program Administration, Budget, Fundraising and Staff Supervision

  • Oversee and supervise all aspects of the National Center, including hiring and supervision of key Center staff.
  • Partner with other staff and departments of Child Care Services Association to build collaborative work to ensure mission, principles, priorities and activities are aligned. 
  • Lead and coordinate fund development activities for the Center, developing funder relationships, identifying new sources of funding and writing proposals.
  • Develop and manage the Center’s multi-year, multiple funder budgets that align with the CCSA fiscal year.
  • Engage in a collaborative process with CCSA’s  National Center team in its management of various processes including but not limited to the T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ state licensure process, from state selection and retention, monitoring activities with administrative homes, fee development, Competency Assessment, review of state audits to ensure fiscal accountability and general technical assistance, as necessary.
  • Coordinate the development and evaluation of CCSA policies for Board approval.
  • Develop and evaluate operational policies and procedures as necessary.
  • Treat information on Center clients, staff and Advisory Committee members in a confidential manner.
  • Hold regular staff meetings.
  • Attend CCSA Leadership Team meetings, attend monthly CCSA program meetings, and coordinate quarterly CCSA board reports and updates to the President.

Policy Advancement

  • Work to expand state participation in the Center’s key initiatives, engaging in state development and support  to states on public policies in support of T.E.A.C.H. scholarships, WAGE$, career pathways, compensation, and other related early childhood workforce policies.
  • Represent the National Center at state and national meetings, participating in advisory boards and presentations.
  • Develop new and sustain existing national, state and local strategic public policy partnerships with early childhood, higher education, labor development, and finance organizations to advance the mission of the Center.

Skills, Experience and Education

  • At least a Master’s Degree. EdD or PhD in Early Childhood Education, Child Care Administration, Public Administration, or a JD degree.
  • At least 7 – 10 years of experience in administration or senior management, of which at least five are with a large non-profit, tax-exempt organization; experience managing staff.
  • Deep understanding of early childhood education issues, including systems, programs, workforce development such as career pathways, higher education, and compensation.
  • At least 5 years of experience working with child care public policy issues on the national, state and local levels, including legislative and regulatory processes and leading advocacy efforts around early childhood workforce improvements.
  • Familiarity with messaging and strategic communications to advance policy agendas.
  • Strong foundation in early childhood research, methods, data collection and analysis.
  • Experience using data to make organizational, programmatic, and policy decisions with a results-based orientation.
  • Good understanding of and experience with complex budget development and financial management of nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience with and documented success in grant proposal ideas, grant writing, and grant management.
  • Experience engaging a coalition of advocacy partners and developing a coalition-wide agenda.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance to state advocates and policymakers.
  • Understanding of early childhood education developmentally appropriate practice and connections to other issues such as nutrition, home visiting, health care, family support, and other needs of young children and their families.
  • Experience with management of a geographically diverse team.
  • Deep working knowledge of key federal legislation and regulations, legislative processes, and state policies that relate to child care/early learning.
  • Superior oral and written communications skills, including the ability to explain the Center’s work in compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively, comfortable speaking in public, before funding sources, to national, state and community leaders, etc.

Working Conditions

  • Occasional evening and weekend work; will involve national travel.
  • Reports to the President of CCSA and works closely with staff and across departments of the Center and CCSA.
  • Supervision of staff located in multiple states.
  • Ability to represent the National Center across the country, both within states and in Washington, DC.
  • Ability to qualify for a Driver’s license, and an automobile liability policy, in effect with continuous coverage.

Needed Attributes

  • Systems thinker with a demonstrated track record of connection to early childhood funding and policy issues.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all levels within the Center, CCSA and external partners.
  • A high degree of self-motivation and ability to work well and to lead efforts working with partners, policymakers, advocates, and coalitions.
  • Ability to grasp, and juggle, multiple complex tasks and programs. 
  • Ability to lead people and programs to excellence with strong organizational skills, vision and diplomacy with an appreciation for diversity in people and ideas and commitment to racial equity and social justice.
  • Highly skilled with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint software.
  • Data and results driven.
  • Excellent critical-thinking skills and ability to prioritize and think about long-term goals.
  • Comfortable working independently and in a collaborative team environment.

* This position will begin remotely due to COVID-19. Candidates in N.C. or moving to N.C. will work in Chapel Hill when the pandemic is over. We will consider a remote position with the VP spending a week a month in Chapel Hill.

How to Apply

Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and salary requirement and your resume (in Word format), should be submitted to In order to expedite the internal review process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job Features

Job CategorySalaried
DepartmentNational Programs
Direct SupervisorPresident