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Executive Director of the Early Childhood Center


Colorado State University Early Childhood Center, Fort Collins, CO

Start Date: October 1, 2023

Description, Responsibilities, & Duties

The Colorado State University Early Childhood Center in Fort Collins, CO is seeking an Executive Director.

About the position:
The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the Colorado State University Early Childhood Center (ECC) operation, maintenance, and growth, including strategic planning of infrastructure; fundraising and strategic development; supervision of ECC senior staff; oversight of budget & HR processes; and direction of grants and programs. This is a 12-month non-tenure track position at the level of Senior Instructor, which reports directly to the HDFS Department Head and involves some university level teaching and advocacy. This is a 100% administrative appointment.

Minimum Qualifications/Requirements

-Master’s in Early Childhood Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, or a related field
-Strong interpersonal skills and strong written and oral communication skills; proven ability to work collaboratively
-Evidence of potential for grant-writing success
-Relevant administrative experience
-Experience in an early childhood setting
-Organizational skills, including a demonstrated ability to do detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
-Large Child Care Center Director Qualification or ability to obtain

Salary & Benefits

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Application Procedures

If you are interested in applying, you can find the posting here:

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applicants also have the option to submit additional documentation such as an example of a grant proposal that was submitted and/or awarded, evidence of college teaching success such as student or peer evaluations, certificates showing director or other relevant qualifications, graduate school transcripts, and publications (e.g., web, journals, etc.).

Program Description

About the ECC:
As the laboratory school within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the CSU Early Childhood Center (ECC) serves a three-fold mission of service, teaching, and research.
-Our service mission is to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate environment for young children in the context of our Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.
-Our teaching mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities for CSU students interested in careers working with children and families.
-Our research mission is to promote diverse opportunities for research related to children, families, and early childhood education.

About CSU:
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

Contact Info

Erin Ford,

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