Associate Director of Professional Development

University of Delaware

Job Title Associate Director of Professional Development
Job ID 104714
Location Newark, DE

Associate Director of Professional Development: Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood


DEADLINE: Open until Filled


(Grant Funded Position)

The mission of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood is to provide leadership, research, and outreach to the state of Delaware to improve the quality of early care and education programs throughout the state. The current position will provide leadership in the design and implementation of a statewide professional development system to meet the needs of the state early childhood workforce of approximately 6,500 people. Funded via a state contract about $1 million from the Delaware Department of Education, Institute staffs are responsible for building, monitoring, and ensuring the delivery of effective Professional Development to a diverse array of early childhood and school-age providers.

Under the limited direction of the Director of DIEEC and in collaboration with other Institute staff, and HDFS faculty members, the Associate Director of Professional Development will oversee all Professional Development (PD) program operations, resource management and allocation. The Associate Director will serve as a lead contact with the Delaware Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Children Youth and Families' Office of Early Learning on the contracts for training and professional development for the entire ECE, early intervention and school age workforce including Delaware Stars specific needs, as well as Relative Care training. The Associate Director is will problem solve in a collaborative manner with internal and external partners, oversee data analysis and report, and supervise PD staff. This position will build collaborative partnerships with other higher education institutions in the state as well as internal to UD to examine credit-bearing professional options for the early childhood workforce, conduct research and analysis on instructional outcomes, as well as coordinating and maintaining oversight of Professional Development activities both internally and externally to ensure high quality delivery and access. Further, the Associate Director of Professional Development will collaborate with other state systems impacting early care and education to ensure effective cross-sector and cross-systems collaboration.

  • Directs the Professional Development program operation and leads the development and implementation of an innovative professional development system, and support PD instructors for high quality professional development system.
  • Oversees resource management and allocation in the PD programs including both the state's credential program an Relative care
  • Serves as a lead contact with the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Department o Health and Human Services and the Office of Early Learning and collaborate with other higher education institutions and external partner agencies in DE.
  • Supervises staff and Instructors in all the PD programs offered under contract to DIEEC from the state.
  • Leads the planning and implementation process related to accomplishing the deliverables of the Professional Development contract with DDOE, and DHHS.
  • Serves as DIEEC liaison with DDOE in the development and implementation of individual professional development data tracking systems. Including working with multiple contractors to solve systems integration issues arising from the interface of new e-learning platforms utilized by other stakeholders.
  • Chairs meetings re: Professional development with contract and grant administrators, key stakeholders and agency leaders.
  • Conducts analysis and research on innovative PD delivery mechanisms, and write federal grants to support DIEEC evaluation and research on professional development
  • Prepares grant and contract proposals, and ensures compliance with all university, state, and federal policies and procedures.
  • Prepares budgets, oversees expenditures, and ensures that all expenditures are allowable, reasonable and necessary.
  • Informs and advises the Director of DIEEC about training program's strengths, needs, challenges and program implementation outcomes.
  • Oversee monthly, quarterly, and annual reports for contracts and grants.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Master's Degree, doctoral level preparation preferred, in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or related field and four years of experience related to professional development, technical assistance, program planning, coordination, and teaching in early childhood context.
  • Experience and the ability to working with a diverse group of individuals, as well as the ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • Experience and skill with e-learning platforms and data base management
  • Budgeting and Contract preparation, negotiation and monitoring
  • Experience in collaboration and building partnerships.
  • Strategic planning skills.
  • Knowledge of adult learning styles and theory.
  • Supervisory experience, strong communication skills and strong computer skills essential.
  • Special requirements: Driver's license and reliable means of transportation.
  • TB and Child Abuse registry clearance. Willingness to work as needed on weekends and evenings in order to attend conferences and deliver professional development training and presentations.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at


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