Senior Program Director

Early Childhood Investment Corporation

Posted: 11/17/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: Lansing

Postal code: 48917

State: Michigan

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

We have a vision… that all young children and their families in Michigan thrive.

In order to make this vision a reality, we work to ensure:

  • Race, culture and community are celebrated assets in a young child’s life
  • Our work is informed by research and driven by the voices of diverse populations to achieve equitable outcomes for all children
  • Collaboration is central to our work, and we strive to co-create knowledge and innovation for the field 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) is seeking an experienced, dynamic leader as our Senior Program Director, who will serve as a core member of ECIC’s leadership team, providing strategic direction and vision for our programmatic goals.

The Senior Program Director will be responsible for leading strategy development and implementation of ECIC’s work to influence early care and education services, systems, and policies, using a racial equity lens, in Michigan and at the national and federal levels in collaboration with the CEO, board, and other team members. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned professional with expertise in the field of early childhood systems to further develop ECIC’s programmatic portfolio and shape the future of the field.

Duties and Responsibilities

·       Oversee the management and successful implementation of ECIC’s early care and education programs and initiatives, including but not limited to, the implementation of Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system - Great Start to Quality, the License-Exempt Provider Health and Safety Project, and ECIC’s other programs and projects related to building a strong early childhood workforce, developing professional development continuums and fostering innovation in the child care business model.

·         Oversee program budgets and work plans, in collaboration with programmatic and operations staff, ensuring regular reporting and evaluation goals are well-established and met.

·         Identify, contribute to, and lead grant proposals and other revenue generating opportunities.

·         Serve as a key contact and lead with ECIC funders, both public and private, representing the organization’s interests.

·         Serve as a principal liaison with state government partners, other organizations with government-funded technical assistance contracts, and other stakeholders.

·         Meet regularly with CEO and senior leadership team members to contribute to the overall stewardship of the organization’s budget, annual work plan, and positive workplace culture.

·         Serve as a thought leader within the organization by staying abreast of information about early childhood best practices and local, state, and national policies.

       Location – During the pandemic, remote work (flexible from anywhere in the U.S.) is possible. Once travel and work restrictions are lifted, this position will need to be located in Michigan (Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids or Lansing), working primarily from Lansing with some in-state travel. Willingness to relocate to Michigan is required.


·         Bachelor’s degree from a discipline related to the field of public policy and administration, early childhood, social work, education, family studies or developmental psychology.

·         More than ten years’ experience leading successful early care and education initiatives at the national, state, regional, or local level.


Generous benefit package including medical, vision, dental, STD/LTD, and life insurance. Retirement match up to 7% of salary. Paid professional development. 


Commensurate with Experience

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