The City of Chattanooga seeks an experienced, strategic and policy oriented early education professional to lead our emerging Department of Early Learning (DEL). This influential leader is responsible for designing, implementing, and evaluating the City’s early education programming and policy initiatives. The Administrator guides and develops DEL’s overall strategic direction and goals, identifies key priorities for the department, and effectively manages the department’s resources and people toward achieving the Mayor’s Office’s early learning goals and objectives. This position is responsible for assembling a compelling, inclusive, high-quality work environment for a diverse team of creative and high-performing education professionals.
The Department is charged with charting a pathway to universal early learning and ensuring that Chattanooga is the most investment-ready early learning community in the nation. DEL will work to expand access to early learning for all families, integrate programming from prenatal support to kindergarten, create training opportunities and incentives for the next generation of early learning professionals, and advocate for the policies that support a sustainable early learning system that ensures every child has access to the educational resources they need to thrive and succeed. DEL is also charged with supporting the existing early learning ecosystem, helping it to serve our community’s children with quality and accessible early learning opportunities.
Work in close partnership and collaboration with the Mayor’s Office to support a unified vision, the Mayor’s positions and policies, goals, and strategies to advance early childhood across Chattanooga.
Develop strategies that increase the overall local supply of early learning seats for Chattanooga children, including initiatives that support and expand public, non-profit, and private providers.
Plan, organize, direct, administer and evaluate programs within DEL and work cross-departmentally to achieve early learning goals and objectives.
Develop, approve and lead implementation of overall DEL goals, core values, strategic framework, policies, budget, and procedures.
Build strong relationships with philanthropic, private, and non-profit partners and collaborate with external entities to build a thriving early learning system.
Track national trends in early learning and inform fellow staff, senior leadership, and the Mayor on emerging trends, policies, and strategies.
Implement an evaluation framework to measure early learning outcomes to determine effective programs and pedagogy at the provider level.
Promote curricula, learning materials, and resources that encourage respect for diversity as well as respect for children’s racial identities and cultural heritages.
Support socioeconomic and racial integration strategies in early childhood classrooms.
Advance strategies to elevate and support the early learning educator profession, including policies and practices that promote living wages within the sector.
Promote organizational development within DEL while creating a culture of innovation, accountability, and performance.
Provide oversight for fiscal management of DEL, including approving operating expenses within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining a positive financial position.
Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of experience in roles of growing scope, responsibility, and demonstrable results in early childhood education or related field and a minimum of 3+ years of supervisory experience; or any combination of equivalent experience and education;
Advanced degree in early education, public policy, public administration, or a related field is preferred but not required;
Experience administering and innovating within federal- or state-funded early education programs (e.g. Head Start) is preferred but not required;
Professional public or business administration experience that included establishing organization structure, developing strategic work plans, budget development and control, setting goals and objectives to achieve program results, and fostering a team environment;
Proven experience and record of successfully incorporating equity, diversity and inclusion principles and strategies into organizations;
Proven experience in policy analysis, development and implementation, particularly in an education context;
Ability to work effectively with key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, and negotiate and manage competing interests;
Experience communicating effectively with policymakers, administrators, advocates, and a variety of local communities;
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and public speaking skills, and
Strong leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to make decisions and execute strategies successfully.
This position is child sensitive, and therefore requires a pre-employment new hire physical with drug screening, and background check.
**This is an Appointed Position**
All employees must maintain Tennessee residency from the date of hire.
Appropriately known as the Scenic City, Chattanooga is nestled in the valley among the mountains, lakes and rivers, providing an amazing backdrop for outdoor activities and attractions or the short commute to home and neighboring communities. Chattanoogans enjoy the best of big city amenities and the low costs of a small southern hometown which makes it a great place to explore your entrepreneurial aspirations, channel your inner foodie, and raise a family.
As for the City Team, we are dedicated. Dedicated to the people and community which we serve and dedicated to fulfill the promise of our potential.
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