Associate Director, Technical Assistance

Position Description 

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) is seeking an Associate Director of Technical Assistance to co-construct CSCCE’s technical assistance strategy and to lead technical assistance activities to state and local policy leaders, including facilitating learning communities/communities of practice.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to join a team and organization nationally recognized for leadership in early care and education workforce research and policy. 

Position Overview

Salary Range: $95,000.00 – $115,000.00

Percent time: 100% 

This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 100% remote capability.

To Apply

Review the job description in its entirety and apply through Berkeley Jobs, using job #69968 (link). 

Do not apply directly to the department.

The First Review Date for this job is: June 19, 2024.


  • Develop, refine, and execute CSCCE’s technical assistance strategy, including fund development such as proposal or grant report writing, in consultation with program directors.
  • Oversee and lead technical assistance to state and local leaders on workforce-related research and policy, including leading learning communities or communities of practice, in consultation with program directors.
  • Lead the development of external presentations, briefs, and other written materials based on policy analysis and knowledge of policy landscapes.
  • Build and maintain trusting relationships with ECE leaders – elected officials, advocacy coalitions leaders, and other contacts – relating to the workforce in states across the 50 states plus DC, and represent CSCCE at events and other stakeholder engagement opportunities.
  • May supervise Research & Policy positions at the Assistant, Associate, or Senior levels as well as student employees, as project needs require.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, public policy, education or economics related discipline and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Minimum of five years of related experience (ECE, public policy, government relations, etc.).
  • Experience with relationship building and management with national, state, and local policy leaders inside and outside of government.
  • A comprehensive understanding of early care and education workforce research.
  • Ability to understand and apply relevant qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the early care and education system and the policy contexts that affect the early education workforce.
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills, strong critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and tenacity about details and organization.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with a proven track record of producing high-quality presentations and written products for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to come up to speed on new topics quickly, multi-task effectively, and produce high- quality work under time constraints.
  • Ability to adapt to changing timelines and circumstances when needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An advanced degree such as an M.A. or M.P.P. in a public policy, education, or economics discipline and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • 5 years’ experience working in early care and education or a related field and 1-2 years of managing multiple and highly complex projects.
  • Demonstrated deep knowledge of and experience with applying best practices for facilitation and effective adult learning.
  • Experience working in a state/local and/or child/family-serving agency/setting
  • Expertise in individual state policy ecosystems and the differences among state contexts, including understanding of the state legislative process
  • Experience applying for and winning funding for support of technical assistance activities
  • Proficiency in balancing flexibility and openness to innovation with project objectives and goals.
  • Experience with project strategy development and benchmarking.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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