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Program Director

Apply now Job no: 493237
Work type: Staff Part-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Other


The Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities

The Sherman Center is a multidisciplinary center established with a generous gift from the George and Betsy Sherman Family Foundation. Through applied research, professional and leadership development, and partnerships with schools, families, and communities, it seeks to build a strong foundation for learning among young children in Baltimore City and develop best early education practices for urban schools.  The Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program (MECLP) is an initiative of the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at UMBC. 


The Program Director of the Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program (MECLP) is responsible for setting the direction of and managing MECLP, ensuring there are sufficient resources to meet the program’s goals.  Specific duties include:

  • Leading the successful development and implementation of current and future programs, products and components of MECLP.
  • Conducting basic data analysis to guide program improvement and ensure MECLP meets stated goals.
  • Working closely with the MECLP Advisory Committee, Sherman Center Director and staff,  and UMBC faculty, staff, and administrators to facilitate program development and success.
  • Securing grants and other financial support from government and philanthropic sources to expand and sustain MECLP, positioning it as a pioneer in early childhood leadership development.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:

A Master's degree (doctoral degree preferred) preferably in early childhood/elementary education, political science, public policy, or social work and three years of related experience.

The qualified candidate must also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage the programmatic, fiscal and evaluative aspects of MECLP with the competence to bring it to scale.
  • A history of developing strong, influential relationships with local, state or national leaders and organizations to further the mission of MECLP.
  • Demonstrated skills that build culturally rich and diverse coalitions/partnerships of early childhood leaders poised to accelerate cross-sector leadership in the field to significantly improve school readiness and related outcomes for early learners.
  • Successful grant writing experience and fund-raising acumen.
  • Proven ability to achieve measurable results through program development, program improvement and program expansion.
  • Ability to build public awareness through excellent advocacy and communication skills aided by strong social media skills.
  • Ability to attend occasional meetings and events outside normal business hours. 
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration submit application materials by September 14, 2020 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Part-time, 20 hours/week.  Work schedule is flexible during normal business hours.  
Type: Contractual
Additional Information: This is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.
FLSA Status: Exempt

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  Contingent II positions may include some benefits

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Title IX

As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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