VTAEYC is seeking a full-time Associate Director for Early Childhood Educator Engagement to lead initiatives designed to recruit and retain early childhood educators in Vermont—an exciting opportunity for a strong project manager committed to strengthening the ECE workforce by providing them with valuable support.
Reporting to the Executive Director, you’ll supervise a team and work in partnership with VTAEYC’s staff, consultants, advisers, and partners to promote and administer established programs and launch new initiatives. We’re a growing organization.
In this role, you’ll personally make a difference in building a diverse, well-prepared early childhood education workforce statewide with innovative new marketing initiatives, by improving and developing systems, and in leading and administering programs.
In March of 2022, the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children Board of Directors adopted a Commitment on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:
The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) commits to advancing Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging in all of our work and the early childhood education system overall. In addition, the board and staff developed goals and have been actively working on 1. increasing diversity on the board and staff to recruit from underrepresented communities, and to structure inclusive practices in hiring. As an organization, we affirm the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position statement on Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education: “All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. VTAEYC commits to:
- Recognize and honor differences
- Continually educate ourselves on the impact of racism and bias on children, families, and educators and actions to address it
- Embed anti-bias education principles into our work and the early childhood system overall
- Actively work to remove barriers to fair and equitable access to education and employment
Our organization plans professional development for Vermont's early childhood educators and over many years we have increased the diversity of our speakers and include anti-bias education. In addition, we actively engage and advocate for policies that align with our JEDIB commitment and we continue to encourage elevating the voices and participation and opportunities to increase diversity of representation in policy analysis and impact for early childhood educators, the children they serve and their families.