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Montana State University Director of Montana Early Childhood Project in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21251

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dan Stluka at 406-404-1624 or

Classification Title Managing Director

Working Title Director of Montana Early Childhood Project

Brief Position Overview

The Montana Early Childhood Project is looking for a full-time Executive Director. The Director supports the implementation of a comprehensive approach to early childhood career development by maintaining statewide partnerships, supervising staff, managing budgets, and overseeing a complex database.

Position Number 4C2230

Department Health & Human Development

Division College of Education, Health & Human Development

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Director of the Montana Early Childhood Project ( ECP ) is critical to the success and effectiveness of the state’s entire Early Care and Education Career Development program. The ECP administers the key components of the system that serves over 6,000 individuals working in nearly 1500 early care and education programs statewide in a variety of settings. Additionally, the ECP partners with a wide variety of state government, higher education institutions, and community-based nonprofit organizations to collaboratively create a comprehensive early childhood system for young children and their families. The Director provides significant leadership toward that goal by building and maintaining positive relationships with partner organizations and agencies at the local, state and national levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Duties:

  • Responsible for the development of the annual workplan proposal and budget to the state of Montana Early Childhood Services Bureau for the primary grant funding that supports the work of the Montana Early Childhood Project. Administers and oversees any additional contracts and reports necessary to complete the annual goals, objectives and activities. Supports the overall management of the day-to-day implementation of the annual work plan, which includes quarterly reports and monitoring meetings with the Early Childhood Services Bureau.

  • Responsible for writing grants, reports and implementing changes in accordance to the Child Care Development Block Grant.

  • Represents the ECP in its key role in the Montana infrastructure to support and promote high quality professional development and pathways for teachers to pursue credentials, certificates, degrees and continuing education and training in early childhood education and child development.

  • Develops and maintains relationships at the university, local, state, and national level to build meaningful and effective partnerships to serve the early childhood workforce and system in Montana.

  • Oversees contracts both coming to ECP and going out from ECP to assure timelines and deliverables are met

  • Travels frequently for the day or overnight (in-state and out-of-state), sometimes on short notice.

Secondary Duties:

  • Coordinates the MT Early Care and Education Advisory Board biannual meetings that provide essential guidance on the overall operation and direction of the ECP .

  • Coordinates the annual Directors’ Symposium.

  • Participates as a member of the Best Beginnings Advisory Council to represent professional development and the workforce.

  • Coordinates meetings with ECP staff on a regular basis to assure workplans are moving forward.

  • Supervises and supports the work of the ECP team through positive approaches and completes annual performance reviews of all staff at the Bozeman site and the out-stationed staff member in Helena.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or closely related field and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience. .

  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with a diverse customer base and partners at the local, state, and national level.

  • Demonstrated experience managing grant programs.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership and non-profit management with/in the public sector.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or closely related field.

  • Knowledge and experience with Montana’s early care and education policies and regulations governing the operation of early childhood/child care programs in a variety of settings; systems of support for professional and workforce development; early childhood higher education; statewide grant projects.

  • Demonstrated experience working directly with young children and families in an early childhood program.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills. Capacity to collect and organize data, interpret results and prepare reports to a variety of audiences.

  • Display a high level of professionalism, ethics and integrity.

  • Demonstrate initiative and professional expertise and judgement to work independently and as a team leader.

  • Have the ability to establish rapport with early care and education practitioners and partners in diverse setting across the state.

  • Possess strong time management and organizational skills to prioritize and delegate while attending to detail, deadlines, and competing demands.

  • Have demonstrated experience speaking in public and competency to provide presentations to large stakeholder groups and to facilitate trainings and meetings with partners and stakeholders throughout the year.

  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information.

  • Have extensive knowledge of workforce requirements in and across early childhood systems at the state and federal level, such as the Child Care Development Grant Fund, the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and state initiatives focused on infants, toddlers, and preschool age care and education.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Work at a computer for long periods of time.

  • Travel independently by car or plane.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? Yes

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 11, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .