Monday , January 30 2023

State of Colorado Careers Near Me – Universal Preschool Unit Manager.

State of Colorado

Department Information

(The Colorado Constitution, Article XII, Section 13 requires that applicants for state classified government jobs be residents of Colorado )

NOTE: This announcement may be used to fill multiple openings.

This position will have the opportunity to participate in a remote schedule; however, may be requested to come into the office for business reasons, upon request by the hiring manager. **Please note – equipment provisioning and certain onboarding tasks will take place in person, in our downtown Denver office, on the first day of employment.**

Colorado Governor Jared Polis is committed to building a Colorado For All, a place where everyone has an opportunity to succeed and live the Colorado way of life. Governor Polis is focused on lowering health care costs for hardworking Coloradans, transitioning the state to renewable energy sources, ensuring every Colorado child gets a quality education, and building an economy that works for everyone. The Governor’s staff includes offices for budgeting, communications and outreach, legal counsel, legislative liaison, operations, policy and research, and scheduling.

Committed to Diversity – We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities. If you’re looking for a place where you can be your authentic self at work and celebrate the uniqueness of those around you, then we want to talk to you! State of Colorado employees were asked to reflect on their experience with equity, diversity, and inclusion. Click here to learn more about their experiences Colorado For All – Colorado Employees Reflect on Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

We Offer a Generous Benefits Package Including

11 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
Medical, dental, and vision plans
State paid life insurance policy
Choice of 2 retirement plans (defined benefit or defined contribution)
Optional 401(k) and 457 plans
State paid short-term disability coverage
Additional optional life and disability plans
Credit Union membership
Training and professional development

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Description of Job

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) ensures the delivery of a comprehensive, community-informed, data-driven, high-quality, and equitable early childhood system that supports the care, education and well-being of all Colorado’s young children, their families and early childhood professionals in all settings. CDEC provides access to collaborative, coordinated, quality early childhood programs and support to children, families, and early care professionals in an effort to best prepare Coloradans for future success. CDEC works with many partners, including parents, schools, child care providers, Early Childhood Councils, counties, Community Centered Boards, early intervention service providers, family resources centers, county human services, county public health, businesses, community organizations, and other stakeholders to provide high-quality early childhood and family support programs.

The Universal Preschool (UPK) Program team is charged with the implementation of Colorado’s new voluntary preschool program beginning in July 2023. The Manager of UPK will oversee and manage projects related to the operations of universal preschool program, establishing systems that are supportive of a quality UPK start-up and program implementation in alignment with CDEC’s mission, values and strategic objectives. The Manager will provide operational leadership, fostering trust and collaboration, such that the program delivers credible and effective service to the early childhood community.

What You’ll Be Doing

This position will coordinate projects supporting universal preschool and its related policy implementation, including the day-to-day execution, the development of a responsive enrollment system inclusive of all children, supportive of families and early childhood providers, while ensuring equitable access and will support a local coordinating organization network across the state, as well as the capacity of providers to best serve families. The Manager will support early learning and child care providers toward building capacity to serve with a focus on workforce development and expansion.

This is an exciting opportunity to be a leader as Colorado becomes the best state in the country for serving and supporting children ages birth-to-five, while supporting their whole families. This position establishes and maintains effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders including other state agencies, in support of UPK implementation.

Specific job duties include, but are not limited to the following:

Identifies, coordinates, supports and manages technical assistance provided to UPKs, providers and families on the administration of UPK.
Collaborates across finance teams to ensure rate setting/revision, stewardship of funds;
Coordinates with the UPK team to provide technical assistance to UPK to resolve action items identified through county monitoring and quality assurance reviews;
Plan, prioritize, assign, analyze and monitor workflow, and maintain appropriate staffing levels and review progress to ensure the quality and quantity of work meets standards and deadlines for deliverables to meet program goals and objectives.
Advises the UPK Division Director and other Department leaders on necessary changes or creation of UPK program rules;
Communicates with stakeholders throughout the rulemaking process through writing, convening of meetings; or responding to inquiries regarding new rules or rule changes;
As needed, researches and writes decision items, drafting legislation, fiscal notes, policy impact analyses and testimonials, using subject matter expertise or consulting with program staff or subject matter experts to inform content and ensure accuracy;
Coordinates the reporting requirements related to UPK to the General Assembly and related bodies, as determined by state and federal statute.
Coordinates the activities of other parts of the agency, including but not limited to Information Technology, Communications, Research/Data, Finance, and Procurement, to ensure successful project implementation;
Provide feedback and coaching, write performance plans, and sign performance evaluations.
Recommend promotions and changes in pay, submit PEAT actions.
The incumbent is required to travel up to 10% of regularly to various counties throughout Colorado.
Other job duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Education And Experience Requirements

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Policy, Human Services, Business or Public Administration, or a closely related field.


Five years of professional experience in an occupational field related to Project Management, and/or Child Care Program Management


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Definition of Professional Experience:

Work that involves exercising discretion, analytical skill, judgment, and personal accountability, and responsibility for creating, developing, integrating, applying, and sharing an organized body of knowledge that characteristically is uniquely acquired through an intense education or training regimen at a recognized college or university; equivalent to the curriculum requirements for a bachelor’s or higher degree with major study in or pertinent to the specialized field; and continuously studied to explore, extend, and use additional discoveries, interpretations, and application and to improve data, materials, equipment, applications and methods.

Conditions Of Employment

The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check.
Employees who have been disciplinary terminated, resigned in lieu of disciplinary termination, or negotiated their termination from the State of Colorado must disclose this information on the application.

Preferred Qualifications

State experience relevant to this position
Strong ability to actively listen
Excellent communication skills; exceptional customer support with high expectations
Ability to communicate effectively with employers, state agency partners, education and workforce development partners, and other stakeholders through various written and digital tools.
Ability to work effectively and build coalitions with key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, and negotiate and manage competing interests. Ability to work well with constituents regardless of position and authority, contribute to governing boards and committees, and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability.
Record of taking initiative to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options, consider alternative solutions, distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information, and use sound reasoning to arrive at data-driven decisions. Approach work with a collaborative, solutions-focused mindset.
Experience managing projects or programs, including determining program /project elements, priorities, strategies, plans and goals, type and timing of milestones and deliverables, monitoring project/program performance, allocating resources such as (staff, consultants, time, budget, etc.), resolving issues and making changes where necessary.
Significant expertise in early childhood systems and management.
Team building
Demonstrated community planning
Experience with systems change and change management.
Knowledge of and experience with navigating regulatory and legislative processes.

Highly Desired

Experience managing multiple high-stakes projects with multiple deliverables simultaneously.
Ability to work effectively with various key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, and manage competing interests.
Policy development experience
ECE Educator/Administrator
Ability to work effectively with various key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, and manage competing interests.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication and public speaking skills.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented, often virtual work environment.

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