Position Overview: The ATC Assistant Director is responsible for maintaining and growing the work of the ATC, including strategic planning, new project development, project management, grant writing and training. This position will also develop a team of qualified observers and trainers to carry out the objectives of ATC. The successful candidate will carry out the vision/plan for providing assessment, observation, training and consulting services to early childhood organizations by expanding the ATC repertoire and managing ATC staff and projects. The successful candidate will have a combination of knowledge of research in early childhood quality principles and practices and the early childhood community. The ideal candidate will also have strong organizational, communication and entrepreneurial skills. This position reports directly to the director of the ATC. Continuation of this position beyond the first year is based on the availability of external funding.
Project Management (45%)
Ensure timely and effective project management of awarded grants and contracts (e.g., communication with staff and external clients, developing timelines, writing progress reports, relevant administrative tasks)
Develop and follow-through external sales workplans and contracts
Design, test and refine models of instruction to match the needs of professionals throughout the state, using input from internal and external partners
Conduct trainings provided by ATC to the public
Meet regularly with ATC Director
Organize and lead ATC meetings
Attend CEED meetings
Work with CEED professional development staff, administrative staff, College accountants and others to ensure effective implementation of University, College and CEED policies
Other duties as assigned
Increase external funding revenue for ATC through grants and contracts (25%)
Develop and implement a marketing plan for ATC, in consultation with the department’s Communications and Marketing Manager, for growing and maintaining ATC observation, consultation and training services, which will lead to increase external sales
Cultivate early childhood clientele through networking, conference presentations, marketing, etc., which will lead to increased opportunities for external sales
Respond to federal, state and local solicitations for professional development opportunities including, but not restricted to, curriculum development, training and consultation in early childhood quality principles and practices, under the direction of the ATC Director, with the ultimate goal of increased grant opportunities
Create and execute a strategic plan to develop, implement and maintain an externally funded set of ongoing observation and consultation services, and professional development offerings, focused on early childhood quality principles and best practices (15%)
Work with ATC Director and relevant stakeholders to develop ATC strategic plan
Oversee of the strategic plan implementation process to ensure the plan is successfully followed
Conduct needs assessment to ensure that professional development content and strategies meet the needs of various ATC audiences
Develop, or oversee the development, of new training/curriculum and specific course offerings, based on ATC’s strategic plan, in collaboration with content experts and instructors from the University of Minnesota, the community, and nationally recognized leaders in early childhood quality principles and practices
Develop and maintain a team of qualified staff to carry out the strategic plan (15%)
Develop and implement quality assurance plan to ensure highest quality performance from staff and development of highest quality training materials
Maintain expertise on early childhood quality principles and best practices of self and staff; serve as backup for CLASS Anchor
Ensure appropriate staffing based on project needs and staff expertise
Support staff development as necessary for new project development and implementation
Supervise project staff, actively engaging in team building and support and promoting a collegial work environment
Recruit and hire new staff as necessary, with final approval from ATC Director
Advanced degree in early education, educational psychology, child development, social work or a related discipline with at least four years of experience in early childhood education research, administration, or training or a BA/BS with at least six years of relevant post degree experience.
At least one year of experience as a CLASS Anchor
Background in/working knowledge of assessment and basic research methodology
Demonstrated communication and writing skills
Demonstrated of strong organizational skills
Willingness and ability to travel within the state of Minnesota and occasionally to nearby states
Doctoral degree in early education, educational psychology, child development, social work or a related discipline
At least five years of experience in early childhood education research, administration, or training
Knowledge of best practices in current state-of-the art early childhood assessment tools
Demonstrated problem solving skills
Project management experience including developing budgets and contracts
Staff management experience, including supervision of a medium sized (5-8 member) team.
Experience with successfully acquiring grant funding and/or generating new sales contracts, specifically in the State of Minnesota.
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.