Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care.
SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Senior Leader will report to the Chief Executive Officer and work across the organization and serves as a bold and primary thought leader and resource on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that actively promote intolerance, racism, bigotry, bias, and discrimination. They will bring expertise and fluency to strengthen equity-centered strategies, policies, and practices reflecting CCAoA’s commitment to anti-racism and helping drive an equity-centered child care system. Responsible for strategic leadership, innovation, and vision to advance and foster D.E.I. excellence, which is critical to achieving our mission. The position works closely with colleagues and other key stakeholders to support new and ongoing initiatives and ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I.) are embedded within the organization to support the growth and development of children.
POSITION DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES:
Advises the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Executive Officer, and the Board of Directors on DEI strategy and efforts designed to address structural and institutional racism.
Serves as a primary thought leader and resource for DEI, bringing expertise and fluency to strengthen equity-centered strategies, policies, and practices and help drive an equity-centered and anti-racist child care system.
Strategically plans, recommends, and leads key strategic goals related to DEI.
Through knowledge sharing facilitate successful execution and adoption of DEI leading practices that advances CCAoA’s goals.
Works closely across all functions on related initiatives and other issues (e.g., People & Culture, Impact & Engagement, Policy, Practice, and Research, etc.)
Convenes and builds community with CCR&Rs and other constituencies.
Maintains data-driven metrics to ensure accountability and success.
Facilitates and leads meetings, retreats, and other educational opportunities to deepen and apply DEI learning and understanding. Leads intergroup dialogue; moves people to a place of being comfortable with discomfort, change and growth.
Create and manage the organization’s DEI strategy and annual strategic priorities.
Design and steward learning opportunities around racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Partner with stakeholders across the organization to embed DEI competency and practices across teams.
Develops and maintains partnerships that generate the necessary buy-in to achieve shared goals.*
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to work both independently, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels within and outside
High energy and passion for CCAoA’s mission is
A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to
Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution
Superior management skills: ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and
Flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and fundraising, and administration
Leadership, organizational development, capacity building, and change-management skills.
Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Board of Directors, and
Creative and thoughtful on the utilization of new media technologies.
Knowledge of and familiarity with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, and other applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines preferred.
Master’s degree or equivalent combination of higher education and experience required..
Minimum 7-10 years’ experience with relevant training in social sciences, organizational leadership, human services.
Demonstrated creativity to lead projects from design and development through implementation measurement, and reporting required.
Proven experience as a conceptual thinker who can translate ideas and concepts into practical and actionable resources, tools, products, and solutions.
Effective at enhancing external engagement.
Culturally competent consensus builder with proven facilitation skills, including highly developed emotional intelligence, influencing skills and the ability to engage and build relationships with constituencies and historically excluded communities.
In-depth understanding of race, diversity, equity and inclusion issues in the early child hood education system and ability to speak extemporaneously about key issues in the early child hood education system.
Strong fluency and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, methodologies, strategies and tools.
Expertise in applying racial equity best practices to organizational development initiatives and program.
Diversity, justice, and equity knowledge with experience applying racial equity best practices to organizational development and programs.
Track record of effectively developing and implementing strategies and initiatives that support a bold mission within an organization.
Child Care Aware® of America is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care. Founded in 1987, we advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families, lead research that advances the child care and early learning field, leverage technology to help families make informed decisions about child care and provide professional development for child care providers. Child Care Aware® of America is the only national nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on child care and serves as ‘our nation’s leading voice for child care’.