Overview of the Collaborative
The Early Educator Investment Collaborative (the Collaborative) is a national early childhood funder collaborative that has come together to transform the early childhood education workforce. The Collaborative envisions a country in which there is no opportunity gap among children, and every child makes significant and sustained gains in cognitive, social, and emotional development through their early care and education experience. As a group of early childhood funders, the Collaborative is committed to eliminating the systemic racism that has held early childhood educators in poverty and limited the access of children of color to high-quality early childhood education in their communities.
To achieve this vision, the Collaborative seeks to ensure every young child in an early care and education (ECE) program has an educator who is well prepared, possesses competencies needed to promote healthy learning and development, and is compensated appropriately.
The Collaborative is enacting two strategies to fulfill its vision:
The Collaborative is represented by a Steering Committee of funders and informed by an Advisory Committee of experts, with deep experience in early childhood. The Collaborative is fiscally sponsored by TSNE, an organization that provides grants and financial management, consulting, and training services to strengthen nonprofits.
Role of the Director
The Director will bring a substantial level of knowledge in and passion for ECE, and deep knowledge of the ECE workforce. This includes an understanding of the demographic composition of the ECE teaching workforce in the U.S., the status of access to competency-based preparation for lead teachers, the historical antecedents and barriers to appropriate compensation for the workforce, and the impact of external forces – including, but not limited to, systemic oppression and the racialized and gender wealth gaps, and how these affect the stability of the ECE workforce. The Director reports to the Steering Committee (SC), the governing body for the Collaborative, under a mutual agreement with TSNE.
The Director will also demonstrate a proven track record of leadership, execution, and consensus-building, to lead the Collaborative forward toward its goal of dramatically of eliminating the opportunity gap by improving the status of the ECE workforce via increased compensation and competency-based preparation. The Director will be the nexus and day-to-day leader of the Collaborative, skillfully implementing the Collaborative Steering Committee’s dual strategic focus on competency-based preparation and compensation for lead ECE teachers. The Director will engage directly with the communities of intended impact. This includes, but is not limited to, working with the ECE workforce itself, individuals working in IHEs that prepare the workforce, and policymakers, advocates, and grassroots organizers working to increase workforce compensation and access to competency-based preparation. The ability to effectively engage and comfortably communicate with many different audiences is essential. As the first staff member for the Collaborative, an entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrated capacity to be a “self-starter” will be necessary to thrive and succeed.
The Director will have the flexibility ability to hire one full-time equivalent position(s) for support staff to assist with content and logistics or another identified need.
Education & Experience
In addition to the attributes described in the role above, the successful candidate will have:
This will be a telework position. Funders are flexible on location.
The Collaborative funders have committed to funding this role for a minimum of two years.
Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary range expectations, information regarding how you learned of the position, and a description of how your qualifications and experience match the Collaborative’s needs and mission. All submissions of candidacy will be accepted until the position is filled. The compensation range for this position is $100,000 - $145,000 and is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget and in conjunction with the benefits package.
TSNE / the Collaborative actively seek a diverse pool of candidates and welcome people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, and sexual orientations to apply. As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE / the Collaborative will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.