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Early Childhood Education (ECE) Special Initiatives Manager (Senior)

Council for Professional Recognition Washington, DC
  • Expired: 13 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.


The Council for Professional Recognition (CFPR) promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages birth to 5 years old. The Council works to ensure that all professional early childhood educators and caregivers meet the developmental, emotional, and educational needs of our nation’s youngest children.

CFPR, in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (the Board), is leading a national project to determine the viability of a national early childhood education (ECE) lead teacher certification. The first year of the multi-year project, will focus on obtaining perspectives from diverse stakeholders throughout the United States. More specifically, Phase 1 of the project will focus on ECE lead teacher competency refinement and gathering diverse perspectives on establishing a national ECE lead teacher certification. After conducting research and analyzing the feedback received from a broad range of stakeholders, a report will be prepared to summarize the findings and make recommendations for next steps.

CFPR is seeking an experienced and innovative special initiatives manager to serve as a thought leader and strategic manager of this highly visible work. This full-time position will serve as the strategic leader for the project responsible for setting vision, articulating purpose, engaging and acquiring support from stakeholders across the nation and from various backgrounds. The special initiatives manager is a collaborate leader that will work closely with CFPR staff, the Board, the funder and diverse stakeholders and representatives in the early childhood education (ECE) field. He/she will be responsible for securing appropriate staffing, and ensuring requirements, deadlines and schedules are met. The special initiatives manager will oversee an administrative assistant as well as several content area experts that CFPR will contract with throughout the course of this project. The ideal candidate is a strategic leader with a background in special initiatives management; demonstrated supervisory experience; knowledge of the ECE field; strong analytical skills; and, superb writing skills. Additionally, the candidate will be an enthusiastic, outgoing individual with a passion for collaborating with colleagues at all levels in a mission-driven work environment. Furthermore, the individual will have demonstrated experience interacting with and presenting to diverse stakeholders nationwide.


· Develop project scopes and objectives, involve all relevant stakeholders and ensure technical feasibility

· Develop a detailed project plan to track progress and ensure all deliverables are achieved on time and within budget.

· Hire, train, support and motivate various consultants and project staff.

· Work collaboratively with CFPR partner organization the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

· Analyze and manage project risks.

· Ensure resource availability and appropriate allocation.

· Obtain perspectives by managing focus groups and structured interviews, and by overseeing the distribution of surveys to stakeholders throughout the ECE community, higher education, government, etc.

· Recommend and prepare budget revisions and other changes as needed to ensure successful completion of the project.

· Manage external engagement, communications, and related activities.

· Prepare comprehensive written reports including status and final reports to CFPR leadership and funders.

· Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation.


· Adhere to Council policies and procedures.

· Learn and sustain knowledge of all Council programs and services.

· Provide excellent customer service to all Council stakeholders.

· Work with and across departments to develop and maintain a collaborative team relationship.

· Establish an annual professional development plan with goals that are monitored on a quarterly basis.

· Demonstrate strong effective communication delivery methodology application.

· Demonstrate strong, comprehensive writing skills.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s degree in ECE administration/policy, education, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

· Demonstrated knowledge of ECE regulations and policy landscape highly desirable.

· Knowledge of and/or experience in developing or managing a certification process highly desirable.

· History of building strong stakeholder networks.

· Minimum of eight years of project management experience, with demonstrated increases in responsibility and results.

· Experience managing employees, providing feedback, and tracking progress toward deliverables and goals.

· Demonstrated success in managing a budget and achieving deliverables within established timeline.

· Evidence of successfully leading and managing public relations campaigns, with a track record of successful media and social engagement.

· Strategy-oriented, with a proven ability to think creatively and be flexible within a changing environment.

· Exceptional speaking, writing, and editing skills. Writing and promotion samples required.

· Experience and technical knowledge of both online and offline media channels.

· Tenacious and persuasive, but tactful. Knows how to get things done, overcomes obstacles, and respects the points of view and positions of others. Agile and resilient, with strong influencing skills.

· Ability to set and meet strict deadlines and budgets.

· Extremely well-organized, with a high bias for action.

· Willingness to experiment and deal with uncertainty; determined and a strong listener.

· Experience working with diverse stakeholders including highly influential individuals.

  • Ability to travel frequently, including overnight stays.
  • Demonstrate advanced experience at the manager level.

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About the Council for Professional Recognition The Council for Professional Recognition (the Council), headquartered in Washington, DC, was founded in 1985. The Council promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children aged birth to 5 years and works to ensure that all professional early childhood educators and caregivers meet the developmental, emotional, and educational needs of our nation's youngest children. The Council operates the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program and administers the CDA credential. The CDA Program is designed to provide performance-based training, assessment and credentialing of early child care staff, who work in all types of early care and education programs - Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs. The Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing, publishes the Competency Standards and other materials used for CDA credentialing, administers the assessment, and awards the CDA credential. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. Over 300,000 educators have received their CDAs in preschool, infant/toddler, family child care and home visiting. The Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other legally protected status.


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