Associate Department Director, Professional Development Institute
Southwest Human Development (SWHD) is Arizona’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development. Founded in 1981, SWHD began as an organization with six staff members serving 175 child and families, which has grown into a state and national leader in early childhood services with a $75 million budget and a staff of 900. SWHD is a leader in providing services to children ages 0-5 and their families, in the areas of: Child Development & Mental Health, Easterseals Disability Services, Early Literacy, Headstart & Early Headstart, and Family Supports & Child Welfare. SWHD currently serves 135,000 children and their families each year, through more than 40 high-quality programs and services, designed to support the children of Arizona’s healthy growth and development and assist families in feeling confident and competent in their parenting skills. SWHD is the largest provider of early childhood professional development in the state of Arizona and one of the largest in the United States.
In 2018, SWHD founded the Professional Development Institute (PDI), at Educare Arizona. PDI is the state’s premier site for coordination and alignment of professional development for early childhood educators. PDI is designed to share the latest science and evidence-based instructional strategies for early childhood teachers nationwide. By wedding cutting-edge research with real-life application, PDI provides early childhood practitioners with the tools and support they need to improve the development, learning, and health of the young children they serve.
Southwest Human Development is currently seeking an Associate Department Director to design and lead the implementation of PDI’s innovative professional development and training offerings, effectively wedding comprehensive research with real life application.
The Associate Department Director will collaborate with the current Director to lead the PDI as it operates as Arizona’s premiere site for the coordination and alignment of professional development for early childhood educators. The Associate Department Director will work with all stakeholders to develop and implement professional development trainings that apply data-driven theory to the real-life situations, structures, and challenges that early childhood practitioners face in their daily practice, in order to improve the lives and educational experiences of children ages 0-5 state and nationwide.
Program and Service Delivery: Provide administrative and operational oversight for the planning and implementation of the PDI at Educare Arizona to ensure high programmatic quality at all times, including hiring, training, and supervising a team of trainers, content specialists, and support staff.
Project Management: Simultaneously manage all projects related to the Quality First Redesign, Quality First Academy and PDI systems building efforts.
Program Development: Work with the Director to envision, develop, facilitate, and evaluate new PDI programs and initiatives, in accordance with identified community needs, including the identification and solidification of the resources needed to support implementation.
Knowledge Development: Actively participate in community meetings, agency and community committees, and membership in associations/organizations that impact the program’s services and participants. Stay abreast of the latest evidence-based trends in professional training and early childhood best practice.
Data Management: Utilize program data to enhance knowledge and understanding of trends, changes, and service performance at the program and community level.
Community Engagement: Communicate effectively with stakeholders and the early childhood community regarding PDI’s mission, achievements, and services provided.
Financial Management: Prepare a comprehensive budget, manage and administer organization funds, monitor cash flows, and monitor and assess the organization’s revenues and expenses, and any additional financial tasks necessary to ensure PDI’s sustained financial stability.
Salary range is expected between $79,000 and $104,000, commensurate with experience. A highly competitive benefits package is provided, including health insurance (provided at no cost to the employee), life insurance, flexible spending account, 401K retirement plan, dental insurance, vision insurance, and ongoing professional development and training.
Southwest Human Development has been named a 2017 Best Place to Work by the Phoenix Business Journal and is the proud recipient of the Healthy Arizona Worksite Award.
Southwest Human Development is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by relevant national and state law.
Master's Degree required – Speech and Language or Child Development strongly preferred; other related fields considered.
A minimum of eight (8) years of direct service in the early childhood field.
A minimum of five (5) years of experience as a program manager. Systems experience managing multiple programs or grants simultaneously strongly preferred.
Experience administering professional development or educational training.
Experience conducting and/or implementing research in the field of early childhood practice.
Experience in budget development and oversight.
Evidenced commitment to the Southwest Human Development mission of a positive future for every child.
Evidence of successful grant writing.
Strong working knowledge of the early childhood landscape in Arizona.
About Southwest Human Development
Southwest Human Development strengthens the foundation Arizona’s children need for a great start in life.
The first five years of life are the most critical in a child’s development. At Southwest Human Development, our services improve lives and help families by supporting young children and their caregivers during this important time. In partnership with families, we provide children with the care, attention and support needed to set them on a path to success in school and life, and help them reach their fullest capabilities. We are Arizona’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development and our 900 staff members provide 40 innovative programs and services to 135,000 children and their families each year in the areas of:
- Child Development and Mental Health
- Easterseals Disabilities Services
- Early Literacy
- Head Start and Early Head Start
- Family Support and Child Welfare
- Professional Development and Training