Director of Preparation and Work Environment Programs

About the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) is grounded in research, policy development, and elevating educators’ voices. Established in 1999, CSCCE conducts research and policy analysis about the characteristics of those who care for and educate young children and examines policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and compensates early educators. CSCCE provides research and expert analysis on topics that include compensation and economic security among early educators, early childhood teacher preparation and access to educational opportunities, work environments, and early childhood workforce data sources and systems.

CSCCE is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), an “Organized Research Unit” of the University of California at Berkeley.

The Position

The Director of Preparation and Work Environment Programs serves as a member of the Center’s leadership team and plays a central role in designing and implementing research and policy projects. These projects encompass, but are not limited to, early childhood higher education and certification systems; and early educator work environments and well-being. The incumbent may serve as the principal investigator on grants, oversee large projects, and supervise staff and graduate student researchers. The Director of Preparation and Work Environment Programs will lead and manage research projects and contribute to the development of CSCCE’s strategic research and policy plans. They will assist with methodological design, data collection, analysis of original and extant data, apply findings to complex policy issues, and prepare written and oral presentations of findings. The incumbent will support other organizational priorities, as defined by the Executive Director, given the flexibility required of all staff in a relatively small and fast-paced organization. Periodically travel is required to represent CSCCE and present findings at meetings and professional conferences at various locations across the country.

Minimally, the successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to re-envisioning early childhood systems to effectively and equitably serve all children, their families, and the early educators who work on their behalf; a desire to explore the intersection between research, policy, and practice; and broad knowledge of early childhood education systems, reforms, and trends. Beyond these key qualities, the successful candidate must demonstrate vision, intellectual curiosity, and a level of research expertise that is required to lead this work; and the agility required to shift from project management and analysis, to translating and sharing findings, in order to foster a deeper understanding of the issues and influence public policy. Finally, the successful candidate will exhibit self-starter instincts requiring little management oversight, along with the judgment to seek supervision and/or input from others when needed.

Key Responsibilities

Develop, implement, and supervise mixed methods research studies examining the issues of access to and content of early educator preparation and training, educator well-being, and work environments;

  • Provide supervision and technical assistance to CSCCE research staff to ensure that work is conducted according to specifications and schedule;
  • Translate research findings into multiple written, visual, and oral formats to diverse audiences;
  • Serve as thought partner with senior leadership and the research and policy team to develop forward thinking and cutting edge research and policy proposals; and
  • Serve as a public spokesperson regarding the work of CSCCE and engage in local, state, and national efforts to inform policymakers, key stakeholders, and the public.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Bachelor’s (or equivalent international degree) plus 10 years of professional experience;


Master’s (or equivalent international degree) plus 8 years of professional experience;


Ph.D (or equivalent international degree) plus 2 years of professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree or equivalent in early childhood education or related field;
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience leading and managing research projects in the early childhood sector;
  • A track record of compelling written communications and presentations, including published research, slide decks, memos, essays/blogs;
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, with expertise in statistical analyses;
  • Demonstrated skills associated with qualitative and quantitative research design and implementation including methodological selection, survey development, and interview and focus group protocols;
  • Expertise in a statistical software package in SPSS and STATA; familiarity with MPlus and R is a plus;
  • Familiarity with Dedoose or other qualitative analysis software;
  • Familiarity with initiatives and/or policies related to the childhood workforce such as quality rating and improvement systems, teacher education and certification standards, and retention initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage productive relationships with internal project staff, external research partners, and other key stakeholders;
  • High degree of attention to detail; and
  • Consistent follow-through, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and with minimal supervision.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is full-time, and will start as a one-year appointment. The hiring range for this position is $80,600 – $111,200 per year.

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How to Apply

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