Early Care and Education Consortium in District of Columbia
|Deadline||Open until filled|
|Date Posted||June 13, 2017|
The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) represents the collective voice of the nation’s quality multi-state/ multi-site private child care providers, state associations, and premier early childhood educational service providers. Together we serve over 1 million children in over 6,000 for-profit and non-profit child care centers in all fifty states and Washington DC. We advance quality early care and education at the federal and state levels that supports parents’ work and lays a strong foundation for children to succeed in school and life. ECEC members seek to advance public policies that bring quality child care and early learning to scale and that maximize parent choice.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director provides strategic and operational leadership directing ECEC’s staff, programs, finances, communications, and public policy and advocacy activities. Periodic travel (~20%) is required to attend national and state conferences and meetings. The role is based in Washington, D.C.
ADVOCACY AND POLICY IMPACT
Create a highly visible, credible, and dynamic public presence for ECEC and positively impact federal and state policy relevant to ECEC’s mission and strategic priorities:
- Serve as the public spokesperson for ECEC at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Develop and implement an integrated, strategic communications plan to broaden awareness of ECEC and strengthen its brand identity across key stakeholder audiences.
- Advance ECEC’s public policy objectives with government officials and other external influencers.
- Establish and maintain a sophisticated network of bipartisan political contacts in the early care and education arena, specifically with key Congressional policymakers and their staffs, government agencies, thought leaders, and other policy advocacy organizations that share ECEC’s mission.
- Assume leadership of key public policy priorities and provide support to ECEC staff and member organizations.
MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Drive new membership and support and retain current membership:
- Identify, cultivate, and secure prospective member organizations from the nation’s premier multi-site/multi-state child care providers and educational service providers aligned with ECEC’s mission.
- Retain ECEC’s current member organizations and recruit new ones.
- Build member value by creating impactful services responsive to the needs of members.
- Actively engage and energize ECEC’s membership and partnerships to achieve both the internal and external goals of the organization.
- Establish and implement a plan to preserve and expand ECEC’s revenue base and diversify revenue sources beyond membership dues, including attaining new corporate and philanthropic donors.
Serve as the principal resource to the Board of Directors and provide strong direction in organizational goal-setting and attainment:
- Establish strategic goals in partnership with the Board and develop organizational strategies and timelines to ensure that they are achieved.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors through creative and varied approaches to collaboration and problem-solving and seek and build board involvement with strategic direction.
- Establish strong credibility in the field when speaking to the challenges and issues of strategic importance to ECEC.
Lead a high-performing team and ensure accountability for the operational and fiscal integrity of the organization in compliance with policies set by the Board of Directors:
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain a high-performing team of up to 5 employees.
- Manage the organization’s finances, including membership dues, yearly budgeting process, and overall P&L statement.
- Lead initiatives to strengthen the organization’s communicative capabilities, such as website presence, social media platforms, and other channels.
- Develop, implement, and document fiscal, personnel, and other operational procedures.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- At least 5 years of senior management experience.
- Action-oriented, mission-driven, and self-directed leader.
- Proven ability to build collaborative working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders at the federal, state, or local level.
- Demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of personalities and interests, including industry colleagues, policymakers, government staffers, thought leaders, and policy advocates.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to articulate complex issues in clear, concise, and compelling ways to important internal and external audiences.
- Ability to translate organizational goals into action items and measurable results through the development and execution of effective advocacy with external stakeholders and policymakers.
- Successful experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to strengthen existing board member relationships.
- Solid understanding of federal and state early care and education policies and funding streams.
- Strong knowledge of early care and education organizations, including multi-site/multi-state providers, educational service providers, and state associations.
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