Position Overview The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) within the Institute of Child Development is seeking a Project Manager with extensive experience working in childcare programming, childcare coaching, and relationship-based professional development. This individual will serve as the Project Manager for a childcare coaching and relationship-based professional development specialist project. This person will work closely with the CEED director and others designing, implementing, evaluating, and analyzing this project.
CEED serves as an intellectual home for high-quality, cutting-edge research and evaluation in the early childhood workforce, including research-to-practice on multiple early childhood related topics, professional development and program quality for early childhood professionals, workforce issues in early childhood, and evaluation of early childhood programming. Competitive applicants will have a track record of leading large-scale coaching/mentoring projects, demonstrated experience creating and disseminating professional development, extensive experience with the Develop data system, writing successful grant proposals and demonstrated ability to execute research studies from beginning to end. This position will report to Ann Bailey, Director, Center for Early Education and Development. The individual in this position works under an annually renewable contract contingent upon performance and available funding.
The University of Minnesota is a national leader in research, education, and outreach. This position adds to that mission by being a part of the research-to-practice arm of the number one developmental psychology program in the nation. The individual in this role will join a vibrant team working in a number of exciting research-to-practice opportunities. This role is classified under Professional and Administrative at the UMN, which provides excellent benefits and opportunities to partner with internal and external early childhood faculty, researchers, and organizations. The University of Minnesota encourages a healthy work life balance for employees.
CEHD is committed to an excellent employee experience, offering a flexible work environment that meets the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the communities we serve. Flexible work arrangements may include flexibility in schedule and/or work location. Please note that remote work requires approval prior to offer.
Project Management (90%):
Serve as the Project Manager of a statewide childcare coaching and relationship-based professional development specialist training project
Lead the TARSS team in completing all reporting to DHS in a timely manner and with high quality
Create and disseminate online and in-person learning opportunities for adult learners
Develop and implement at least one statewide conference per year
Lead the day-to-day operations and collaborate with the team to implement project deliverables
Coordinate with external partners, including attending meetings, conferences, and workgroups
Collaborate with the Principal Investigator on budgeting, project timelines, and resource allocation
Collaborate with team members to collect, analyze, and report program data
Teaming and Collaboration (10%):
Contribute to the mission of professional advocacy, policy making and outreach activities that support CEED’s mission
Participate in meetings to generate new ideas to meet future project goals
Attend professional conferences, colloquia, and symposia
Ensure IRB policies are followed for all research involving human subjects.
Complete other tasks as assigned.
A master’s degree in early childhood development, child psychology, early childhood education, early childhood special education, social work, human development, psychology or closely related field, and a minimum of 4 years leading projects or programs in early childhood. A BA/BS, with at least 6 years of experience leading projects or programs in early childhood may be substituted for a master’s degree.
Experience with adult learning, coaching, and relationship-based professional development
Be a member of DEVELOP and a DEVELOP-approved trainer
Experience developing and disseminating online and in-person coursework and with leading online learning communities
Experience with supervision of both full and part time employees
Evidence of success in leading a team of people to meet project objectives and deliverables; a strong administrative background; and the ability
to manage project budgets
Experience maintaining confidentiality and professional standards
Direct practice/work experience with infants, young children, and families
Training in early childhood education/development or developmental psychology
Completed the RBPD Credential or similar credential/certification
Knowledge of Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Parent Aware
Demonstrated leadership experience on large-scale projects
Demonstrated skills in interpersonal communication, administrative leadership, project management, supervision, and team building
Demonstrated commitment to and experience in working with community partners, such as child care programs, non-profit organizations that
serve diverse families with young children, local schools, state and local health, human service and education agencies, and other
community-based organizations supporting families at risk
Demonstrated success in working in collaborative, multi-disciplinary environments
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.