Director of Quality Early Childhood Policy and Systems

IDEALS Institute Director of Quality Early Childhood Policy and Systems

 

Position Description

Position Title: Faculty – Research Scientist, Rank Determined by Review

Working Title: Director of Quality Early Childhood Policy and Systems

Division: School of Education

Department: Institute for Innovation in Development, Engagement, and Learning Systems (IDEALS)

Pay Grade/Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Location: Telework

 

Primary Purpose of the Position

The IDEALS Institute in the Johns Hopkins School of Education is out to change the world and we need your help. IDEALS Institute is focused on promoting effective high-quality human service systems. Nowhere is this more critical than in early learning, where high-quality programming, impactful, individualized developmentally appropriate practices, and competent and supported workforce can set a positive trajectory for an individual’s entire life. IDEALS is seeking its next Director of Quality Early Childhood Policy and Systems to lead a line of work that creates, operates, research and evaluates, and advocates for better integrated and aligned early childhood policies, practices, and comprehensive developmental health systems across the world. Do you understand how effective early childhood systems are crucial to all aspects of societal well-being? Do you have ideas on how quality rating and improvement models can be leveraged to ensure more equitable access for all children and increased compensation and benefits for the workforce? Do you believe that “school readiness” should be measured by far more than academic performance, and know that strong ECE programs and policies can promote social-emotional, health, and foundational curiosity outcomes that will carry a child beyond school into life? If so, we want to talk with you.

This is not your typical faculty position. While you will have a faculty appointment within the School of Education in the Research Scientist track at an assistant, associate, or full professor rank based on credentials, your work as a member of the IDEALS Leadership team will see you engaged in far more applied work than theoretical research. You will lead a team of currently 26 and growing, with currently two direct reports, who are responsible for implementing specific scopes of work related to our funded projects. These include operating Maryland’s QRIS and workforce registries across the country. The efforts will see you contributing ideas and coordinating with colleagues across the Institute in disciplines of marketing and communications, technology, training and PD, and business administration to ensure scopes of work are fulfilled on-time, in-budget, and achieving the impacts we intend. From an implementation science perspective, you will seek to understand what works and why to achieve transformative public policy and systems, and collaborate and lead research, evaluation, and dissemination of findings that both inform the broader field, but also shape continuous quality improvement of the initiatives. Dissemination takes many forms – from traditional publications and presentations to thought-leadership espoused through multi/social/mass media, legislative advocacy, and participation and leadership of a variety of cross-agency workgroups and communities of practice.

You are joining an entrepreneurial soft-funded non-profit unit within Johns Hopkins University. A track record of securing funding across a variety of sources with an expectation of continued leadership in this area is critical. We seek to build solutions that can be shared across agencies and jurisdictions to achieve more uniform implementation across the ECE field but also to drive down ongoing costs to ensure effective initiatives are sustained. Additionally, candidates who have a vision for cross-sector application of effective elements in the early childhood space to other human-service sectors like geriatrics, K-12 education, healthcare and beyond are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Director maintains direct and indirect relationships with all the organization’s administrative, financial, human resources, and operational teams. Additionally, the Director manages numerous external local, state, and national relationships. Direct and indirect reports may increase with the growth of projects underneath this focus area. The position is a member of the organization’s Leadership Team and reports directly to the Institute’s Deputy Director. This position has high visibility and accountability with all sponsors’ executive teams.

 

Essential Job Functions/Duties/Responsibilities

 

Subject Matter Expertise: 50%

This position is responsible for leading the Institute’s Quality Early Childhood Policy and Systems team. This position leads and approves the delivery of project deliverables to ensure efforts are in line with best practices in the field and are in accordance with the core values, beliefs, and mission of the Institute. Given the highly inter-related aspect of the projects pursued by IDEALS, the Director also works closely with peers across teams to ensure alignment, integration, and successful completion of projects and deliverables that achieve our impact aims. The Director of Quality Early Childhood Policy and Systems has the following responsibilities:

  • Establish the key model for IDEALS’ approach to an integrated quality improvement system that aligns QRIS, workforce registry, developmentally appropriate practices, family engagement, and associated policy and practices
  • Represent IDEALS in seeking new partners in early childhood and other sectors through system-level shared service models
  • Author, oversee, and/or contribute toward new funding proposals and presentations
  • Produce and disseminate tangible pieces that promote our models and policies, as well as provide general thought leadership contributory to the field
  • Engage, consume, translate, and produce thought pieces and research related to sponsored work and ECE at-large
  • Work with counterparts both within and external to IDEALS to ensure alignment of technical systems, processes, and policies in EC environments
  • Lead efforts to identify, create, and promote policies and practices that result in better outcomes for children and families in EC systems
  • Recommend and advocate for new directions for the Institute’s work that solve problems of practice in the field from the lens of EC Quality Improvement Policy and Systems.
  • Support the Institute Executive Director and fellow leadership team on developing, implementing, and modifying the overall strategic plan and focus areas for the Institute.
  • Represent IDEALS at state and national forums through presentations, submissions for publications, and participation in advocacy with an emphasis on best practices and Institute recommend focus areas
  • Serve as a member on state or national early childhood organization and association boards or policy groups.

Operational Management:  10%

This position is responsible for multiple ongoing and new project deliverables in the Focus Area of Quality EC Policy and Systems and must ensure project deliverables are being met in accordance with the grant/contract terms, serve as PI on existing and new proposals, ensure timeline submission of project reports, and that the work is reflective of IDEALS and Johns Hopkins’ vision, standards, and expectations. To that end, the Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Work directly with the Institute Executive Director, Operations Officer, and Deputy Director to set strategic goals and priorities.
  • Ensure operations and projects under their purview are effective and complete.
  • Supervise direct reports and work collaboratively with indirect reporting teams as needed.
  • Serve as approver of all purchasing and contracting requests for budgets assigned to the team.
  • Implement and refine operational procedures related to promoting productivity, employee satisfaction and engagement, and successful fulfillment of project deliverables.
  • Participate and provide thought leadership toward the IDEALS’ monthly Community of Practice, a forum for ECE national and state leaders to gather.
  • Identify potential integrations between IDEALS’ solutions like accreditation, workforce registry, QRIS, and potential new and/or partnered products.

Administration Services:  25%

This position is responsible for addressing key administrative duties at the project level within the Focus Area of Quality EC Policy and Systems. To that end, the Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as the executive point of contact for the sponsor identified leadership teams for related projects.
  • Provide key and timely insights to the Institute Deputy Director on barriers, needs, and critical issues for all projects.
  • Identify needed scope of work changes in sponsored projects to escalate to the Deputy Director for consideration.
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable university, state, federal, and sponsor compliance requirements, including overseeing the project reporting and invoicing needs.
  • Implement procedures and protocols for monitoring and evaluating ongoing project deliverables and direction, along with knowledge dissemination

Business Development and Strategic Business Planning: 15%

This position is responsible for supporting the pursuit of new business opportunities to sustain and grow the organization. To that end, the Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Develop new funding opportunities and revenue streams to contribute and expand EC Policy and Systems efforts.
  • Participate in meetings with potential sponsors, including presenting key solutions and approaches espoused by the IDEALS team.
  • Prepare or assist in preparing project proposals and contracts for new initiatives.
  • Provide advice to the Institute Director on the analysis of new opportunities compared to current capacity and mission.

Business Development and Strategic Business Planning: 15%

This position is responsible for supporting the pursuit of new business opportunities to sustain and grow the organization. To that end, the Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Develop new funding opportunities and revenue streams to contribute and expand EC Policy and Systems efforts.
  • Participate in meetings with potential sponsors, including presenting key solutions and approaches espoused by the IDEALS team.
  • Prepare or assist in preparing project proposals and contracts for new initiatives.
  • Provide advice to the Institute Director on the analysis of new opportunities compared to current capacity and mission.

 

Level of Independent Decision Making

Very High. This position independently meets with executive level sponsors to assess project progress, needs, and resources and makes follow-up plans independently, scope and deadline change recommendations to the Deputy Director, and budget change recommendations to the Director/ Business team. This position works collaboratively with all members of the leadership team, and directly interfaces with all members of the organization, and serves as a proxy for the Institute Director.

 

Internal and External Contacts

Very High. This position routinely meets with executive sponsors within JHU, governmental leaders and sponsors, CEOs and Presidents of national and state organizations and leaders in the related field of care and education.

 

Education (Level of education necessary to perform this job)

Required: Terminal’s degree in early childhood education, child development, and or system’s policy with clear understanding of early childhood and/or related educational or development field. ABD with a set defense date will be considered.

 

Experience

  • 5-10 years of progressive leadership in early childhood education systems, with demonstrated experience in: organizational administration, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems operation and management; key policy initiatives like Head Start, NAEYC, accreditation, and child engagement.
  • 3-5 years direct project management experience for multiple projects and across various focus areas and teams
  • Demonstrated ability to secure and increase sponsored funding

 

Special Skills & Knowledge

  • Knowledge of Federal, State and Local ECE policies, priorities, and initiatives
  • Independent decision maker, leader with strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to facilitate collaborative relationships while effectively managing projects.
  • Must be comfortable working in a matrixed environment, with several points of responsibility and accountability.
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and must be highly motivated, productive, and results oriented.
  • Strong spreadsheet and database skills with the ability to use or learn project management tools such as Smartsheet, Atlassian, JIRA, and Confluence
  • Provide support and expertise in seeking out and securing additional funding opportunities.

 

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