Executive Director position open at the Early Childhood Data Collaborative

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Attention early childhood folks. Great Executive Director position open at the Early Childhood Data Collaborative!

Founded in 2009, the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) promotes policies that support states’ development and use of coordinated early care and education (ECE) data systems. Coordinated data systems can inform decisions on how to improve program quality, build a skilled workforce, increase access to early childhood programs, and – most importantly – improve outcomes for children. The partners of the ECDC collaborate on a variety of activities, such as convening stakeholders, tracking state progress, brokering technical assistance in the area of policy development, highlighting successful state strategies, and developing resources and information. Members of the ECDC include: Council of Chief State School Officers, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, Child Trends, Data Quality Campaign, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and the Pew Center on the States. The Early Childhood Data Collaborative is supported by the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and an anonymous funder. More information about the work of the ECDC is available at www.ecedata.org.

About Child Trends
Child Trends serves as the “hub” to the ECDC, providing dedicated staff, including a full-time Executive Director (ED), to lead and facilitate the ongoing collaborative efforts of the ECDC. Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development, across all major developmental domains, and in the important contexts of their lives. Our mission is to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children. Located in Washington, D.C., Child Trends employs nearly 75 research and professional staff comprised of developmental psychologists, sociologists, demographers, economists, and policy analysts. Child Trends also has experienced policy communications staff with a demonstrated ability to connect our research and analysis to a wide range of audiences, including state policy makers, advocacy organizations, the media, and others.

Overview and Qualifications of Executive Director Position
The ECDC is seeking its first full-time ED to lead and guide an ambitious agenda aimed at promoting the development and use of coordinated state early care and education data systems. The ED will be responsible for advancing multiple priorities on behalf of the ECDC, including strategic communications initiatives that build demand for state ECE data systems, policy change efforts at the national and state levels, and technical assistance activities in the area of policy development. Therefore, the ED should have direct experience in early childhood systems, bring a strong understanding of the policy development process, and be an effective communicator of research and technical information. As the leading representative for the ECDC, the ED must be committed to collaborative decision making and demonstrate skills necessary to lead a multi-partner collaborative project. An experienced professional with a Master’s or other relevant degree is preferred. Additional qualifications include:

How to Apply
Apply online. Upload in one document your resume with a cover letter, salary requirements, transcripts, a writing sample, and three professional references. If you are unable to merge all of your documents into one file, please upload your resume with a cover letter to the link above and email the remaining documents to: hr@childtrends.org. Be sure to include “ECDC Executive Director” in the subject line.

Tamara Halle, Ph.D., Co-Director, Early Childhood Research
Child Trends
4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC  20008


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