Clayton is at an exciting juncture in its history. We are launching a five-year strategic roadmap that will build on our wide-ranging strengths and position Clayton to be a nationally recognized hub for innovation in the field of early childhood development. The role of Executive Director, a new position, is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to enable Clayton’s school to reach its potential as the center of Clayton’s broader innovation hub. We have exciting aspirations and we are seeking an executive team member who is not only a highly skilled, strategic visionary with passion for our direction, but one who is ready to roll up their sleeves and design systems improvements while building on the organization’s strengths.
The Executive Director will join a dynamic executive team and lead the work of building the culture and the systems for our school to become nationally recognized for ground-breaking innovation and effective delivery of a whole child, whole family approach in collaboration with a wide array of community partners. This role offers the opportunity for a skilled school, early childhood center, or organizational leader to shape the culture and develop and manage a diverse team to achieve our goals. Central to the values of the organization is a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as Clayton aspires to become one of the best places to work in Colorado where each of our employees is thriving while advancing our mission.
The Executive Director is a new role that leads Clayton’s Educare school for 200 children birth to five and leads a staff comprised of multiple direct reports and an overall team of more than 75 staff members. The Executive Director sets vision, strategy, and culture for Educare Denver and holds primary responsibility for mobilizing the team to deliver outcomes related to that vision. The Executive Director creates an environment of excellence, innovation, and equity and fosters continuous learning and improvement while positioning the school to serve as an action lab generating insights for the field. The Executive Director directs and oversees all program implementation, including classroom operations, school-based services, family engagement, and continuous improvement and data. The leader builds relationships cross functionally and partners closely with peers to deliver high-quality care and education services. The Executive Director serves on Clayton’s executive leadership team to ensure effective collaboration across research, policy, and practice, bringing the vision of an innovation hub to life. The Executive Director works with external partners to elevate the quality of work at our school by connecting with local and national leaders and networks. This leader will serve as a representative for Clayton in the national Educare Learning Network.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Creates a school environment that enables Clayton to serve as an innovation hub in the field of early childhood development including setting a vision while developing the culture, systems, and processes that promote excellence, innovation, and equity
Develops a culture of trust where team members thrive by building and maintaining high functioning teams and communicating clearly and effectively
Models core values (listed at the end of the posting) of diversity, equity, and inclusion, integrity, bold humility, excellence, and collaboration; maintains an unwavering focus on fostering the “beloved community”
Articulates and propels the vision and marshals resources to execute effectively on that vision
Promotes and assures the success of the school-based programs; facilitates change management within the department through the implementation of programs and initiatives; continuously evaluates current state and identifies opportunities of improvement
Applies innovative, evidence-based research and practices to continuously improve educational program delivery; seeks new ideas and partnerships to elevate the quality of the school
Responsible for measures of whole child and whole family development and comprehensive outcomes related to school and life readiness, including through partnership with wellness/health, mental health, and early intervention staff
Sets the strategic vision for a coherent, focused instructional approach as well as the approach to comprehensive child development, working in partnership with subject-matter experts within and beyond Clayton
Leads and manages aspects of school operations, including: budgeting, administration, and policies and procedures; dedicated focus on enhancing classroom learning and integration of family engagement
Ensures team effectiveness by delegating, offering solutions to complex issues
Drives continuous learning and improvement processes that result in increased quality and results through a multifaceted approach, including curriculum/curriculum development, coaching, and data
Maintains program compliance against internal and external requirements
Maintains proactive lines of communication with all key stakeholders
Supports the department with all supervisory responsibilities including hiring, professional development, training, performance management and terminations for employees within function
Sets strategic vision for, and leads high quality execution of, our school as the center of our innovation hub
Understands the critical connection between research, policy, and practice and consistently seeks ways to deepen the cross-departmental and cross-functional relationships and work necessary for Clayton to realize its vision as an innovation hub
Leads design and implementation of cross-organizational projects that impact the quality of the whole child whole family services we provide
Recognizes the critical role of adult learning and development in effective schools and solidifies Clayton’s role in workforce innovation by developing a “teaching hospital” with multiple pathways for changemakers in early childhood development to learn and grow
Collaborates effectively as a member of Clayton’s senior leadership team to achieve organizational outcomes
Serves as a critical communication path for escalations, problem solving, and cascading messages both internally and externally
LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Partners closely with Denver Great Kids Head Start and the Educare Learning Network (ELN); connects Clayton Early Learning to nationally adopted, leading strategies and best practices from within the Office of Head Start and ELN
Maintains current knowledge of Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care Partnerships, Colorado licensing and the various resources and requirements associated with public funding sources and programmatic approaches that support Clayton’s work
Cultivates relationships with Board members and funders, with a deft combination of boldness and humility, positioning our school as a source of inspiration and learning for the field
Acts as a local and national thought leader, presenting to various audiences and remaining ahead of current trends and advancements in early childhood education
Competitive salary and benefits package
Located in Denver, Colorado
At Clayton we aim to create the beloved community. We work to foster a community characterized by trust, dignity, love, and justice, with our children and families, our team members, and other partners on our campus and beyond.
These values are foundational to Clayton’s beloved community. At Clayton we:
Valuediversity, equity, and inclusionas our foundation. At the core of the beloved community, we leverage collective genius by nurturing and embracing differing perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. We seek to understand our differences, rather than pretending they don’t affect us. We challenge our own biases, and we actively work to ensure each of us can bring all of ourselves to our work. We intervene if someone is being marginalized. We look for ways to eliminate inequities inside and outside of Clayton.
Operate with integrity. We adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, personal responsibility, and accountability, worthy of the trust our community places in us.
Demonstrate bold humility. We courageously drive toward our vision, while embracing humility that favors substance over sizzle, that accepts feedback in the spirit of growth, views vulnerability as a path to truth, and seeks impact for our families, not for recognition.
Strive for excellence. Each day we bring our best selves and our best work to our community, creating a positive impact for our families and each other. We value continuous learning and improvement for ourselves and our work.
Collaborate through innovation. We energize the organization, enhancing the lives of those we serve, through the ideas and unique talents of each Clayton community member and those of our partners. We lead with “How might we?” and bring curiosity to discover solutions to hard problems. We discover new approaches through collective creativity and collaborative action. We welcome a steady flow of ideas, people, and partnerships that foster a thriving learning environment on our campus for changemakers.
For best consideration, please submit a resume and letter of interest describing what motivates you to pursue this position to: Staci Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter.
Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We prohibit discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.
Master’s degree in any field of study. The strongest candidates are likely to have academic background in early childhood development, education, and/or organizational leadership and related fields.
CANDIDATES WILL HAVE EXPERIENCE:
Demonstrating a track record of successful organizational leadership in a school, early learning center, education system, and/or nonprofit, including knowledge of best practices in teaching, learning, and leadership; ideally with specific expertise in early childhood education and development
Working with communities that experience inequities; demonstrated passion for social justice and eliminating structural inequality
Driving innovation and developing programs from idea, to impact, to scale
Developing and improving systems that support educational excellence with a focus on whole child development
Employing comprehensive services to supporting a whole child, whole family (or 2gen) approach
Approaching conversations about identity, power, and privilege with awareness, humility and a quest for greater understanding
Creating the conditions for high performance and talent retention by fostering a development-oriented environment of support and accountability
Developing effective means to actively communicate messages to a wide range of stakeholders
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Strategic thinker and problem solver who can implement strategic initiatives; empathetic and engaging individual who attentively listens and responds with solutions and results oriented approach
Results-oriented leader with well-honed analytic skills and the ability to develop and motivate teams to produce quality materials and results
Relationship builder and collaborator acting as a natural partner who remains calm and establishes credibility with a variety of trusted partners; demonstrated success at cultivating strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Executive presence with the confidence, gravitas, and humility of a servant leader
Adept change manager with the ability to manage organizational change and communicate change effectively; drives initiatives and achieves desired results
Passion for the organization’s mission and approach with the ability to effectively articulate this information to internal and external stakeholders
High level of personal integrity; models the organizational values; leads and fosters collaboration, diversity and inclusion
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective relationships at all levels and tailor communication to diverse audiences
Technologically proficient (Microsoft Office and G-suite) with the ability to learn new systems
Successfully pass a background check and any other regulatory screening requirements as is expected of all Clayton employees
Willingness to pursue a large director center early childhood license, if not already certified
About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning is an innovation hub that fosters thriving, equitable communities by partnering with families to nurture a whole child, whole family approach to the early years, discover what works, and advance systems change.
Clayton Early Learning is a hub for Colorado’s innovative work in early childhood development. Committed fiercely to the belief that healthy early childhood development offers one of the most powerful levers for ending inequality, Clayton plays a leadership role in demonstrating what’s possible in the early years, and the positive impact that has for children and families over time. Clayton’s 20-acre campus in the heart of Denver is the home of Colorado’s only Educare school, a nationally recognized model supporting children from birth to age five and their families. We also impact systems change in Colorado and beyond through our research and evaluation services, professional development for teachers and leaders throughout Colorado, and policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level. Our direct service and systems change work impacts 20,000 children throughout Colorado every year.