Race To The Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Job Opportunities

Tuesday, May 08th, 2012 | Author: Patti Mulligan

In December 2011, North Carolina was awarded one of nine Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grants from the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. This investment of nearly $70 million over four years will strengthen the statewide early childhood system to help assure that all children come to kindergarten ready to succeed.  The NC Early Childhood Advisory Council is the lead agency for this federal grant.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

  • Project Manager
  • Program Assistant 

POSITION: PROJECT MANAGER

North Carolina’s ELC application was developed by a team of key stakeholders, including researchers at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  FPG has a subcontract with the state and is now hiring a Project Manager to coordinate implementation of the ELC grant. The Project Manager will be housed in the Office of the Governor and will work very closely with the Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor on Early Childhood, who is Project Director, and the Principal Investigator at FPG.

Position Overview

The Project Manager will serve as a key member of the ELC grant management team led by the Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood in the Office of the Governor who is the ELC Project Director.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Managing a large, complex federal grant that includes separate but interrelated projects and involves multiple state agencies and public and private partners.
  • Planning, organizing and overseeing operations of the project across multiple agencies and organizations to ensure that the federal requirements, deliverables, and timelines are met. 
  • Supervising Project Coordinators, who manage selected grant projects, and additional support staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with early childhood leaders in North Carolina and participating in ongoing early childhood systems-building efforts in North Carolina.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Master’s degree, preferably in public or human services administration, business administration, psychology, sociology, public health or a related field.
  • Three years of management experience, one of which must have been supervisory, preferably in an early childhood system at the local, state, or federal level.
  • Knowledge of North Carolina’s history in early childhood system building as well as knowledge of successful system-level efforts in other states or communities desired.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as outstanding interpersonal skills. 

 Additional Position Information

  • This position will be based in the Office of the Governor.
  • Salary will be determined commensurate with knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities (range $75,000 – $100,000).

Application Procedure

Applications for this EPA Non-Faculty Position (position # 1004070) must be submitted through UNC.  Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible (deadline: May 18, 2012). UNC jobs are posted at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/  

The ELC Project Manager position is posted here: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3445

POSITION: PROGRAM ASSISTANT

North Carolina’s ELC application was developed by a team of key stakeholders, including researchers at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  FPG has a subcontract with the state and is now hiring a Program Assistant to provide administrative support the ELC team and ECAC, working closely with the Governor’s Senior Policy Advisor on Early Childhood and ELC Program Manager, who is Project Director, and the Principal Investigator at FPG.

Position Overview

The Program Assistant will serve as a key member of the ELC grant management team led by the Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood in the Office of the Governor who is the ELC Project Director.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Managing a large, complex federal grant that includes separate but interrelated projects and involves multiple state agencies and public and private partners.
  • Planning, organizing and overseeing operations of the project across multiple agencies and organizations to ensure that the federal requirements, deliverables, and timelines are met. 
  • Supervising Project Coordinators, who manage selected grant projects, and additional support staff.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with early childhood leaders in North Carolina and participating in ongoing early childhood systems-building efforts in North Carolina.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three years of experience including administrative support to a program or programs at the local, state or federal level preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills; event planning; excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook. 

Additional Position Information

  • This position will be based in the Office of the Governor.
  • Salary will be determined commensurate with knowledge, skills, and abilities (hiring range: $42,525-$49,290).

Application Procedure

Applications for this SPA Position (position # 0060843) must be submitted through UNC-CH (deadline: May 18, 2012). UNC jobs are posted at:  http://unc.peopleadmin.com/  At this link, click “Permanent Staff (SPA) Positions” and type the position number (0060843) into the keyword search.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. UNC-CH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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