HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan is an independent, private, nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization. HighScope serves a national and international audience committed to promoting high-quality early education for young children. We are a diverse organization of approximately 50 professional educators, researchers, publishing staff, and administrative staff. A small demonstration preschool with two teachers provides an opportunity to observe implementation of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum. HighScope-trained independent Field Consultants implement training throughout the country. If there is an opening, it will be posted below. Positions listed may be at HighScope headquarters, independent HighScope Institutes abroad, and other educational centers and organizations.
Demonstration Preschool Teacher at HighScope
The Demonstration Preschool Teacher assists with the teaching, support, and administrative responsibilities for the HighScope Demonstration Preschool, located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The HighScope Curriculum is one of the most widely disseminated educational approaches throughout the United States and abroad. This is a part-time position for the school year only Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; summers off. Flexibility for additional hours may be needed at times. The Teacher, along with the Early Childhood Specialist/Preschool Teacher, will conduct the preschool program in accordance with the HighScope approach and other applicable standards. Both teachers share all educational activities. Main responsibilities include supporting and planning children’s daily activities, recording anecdotal notes on children’s activities, completing the Child Observation Record biannually for each child, conducting parent conferences, conducting field trips, ordering supplies, preparing snacks, preparing and cleaning up the classroom and answering questions from visitors observing the classroom. The qualified candidate will have either a bachelor’s degree in child development with specialization in preschool teaching, or a Michigan endorsed elementary teaching certificate with a ZA endorsement, or a Master’s degree or higher with an early childhood focus; 3–5 years of early childhood teaching and care giving and experience working with families. Training in the HighScope Preschool Educational Approach is preferred but training may be provided by HighScope. This position will remain open until a qualified candidate is identified.
Chief Financial Officer
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will report to the President and act as the chief financial spokesperson of the organization. The CFO plans, directs, and controls all fiscal activities, develops budgets and forecasts, oversees financial audits, prepares financial reports, serves as a member of the executive team, and supervises accounting staff. The person in this position will establish financial operating strategies and policies, maintain systems of internal controls, serve as the financial liaison with the Board Finance and Executive Committees, serve as the investment manager, and be responsible for all fiscal reporting activities.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance; C.P.A. is preferred and an M.B.A. is desirable. A minimum of 7–10 years of experience is needed in progressive financial leadership roles, experience in nonprofit accounting, government reporting, and grants/contracts management is essential. The desired candidate will have outstanding financial analytical skills, experience supervising key financial areas, ability to communicate orally and in writing for multiple constituencies. Experience in accounting software, spreadsheets, and database applications is needed.
HighScope seeks ambitious, creative and innovative marketing candidates passionate about early childhood education and sales or marketing with organizational ability to support the marketing department by executing marketing strategies and tactics. Duties include coordinating and supporting projects related to campaign execution and marketing resource development such as material reviews, digital marketing, mailings, project tracking, etc.; supporting execution of print productions, special events and research initiatives; processing department financial information; creating reports; and performing related work as required. An undergraduate degree or equivalent in marketing, business, or related field is preferred. Relevant experience of 1–3 years in a corporate-type setting, preferably in marketing, is needed. Communication skills are important; foreign language skills, especially Spanish, are a plus. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office; early childhood education experience is a plus. Full-time position.
Marketing Administrative Assistant
Would you like a full-time entry-level position that offers an opportunity to learn and grow your skills in the education/non-profit industry? Candidates with organizational ability are being sought to perform the needed administrative duties for the department and provide support for sales and marketing tactics as needed. Duties include providing clerical office support (filing, typing, phones and mail, supplies, calendars, etc.), assisting at conferences, maintaining marketing materials, processing mailings, responding to requests for information, and performing related work as required. This is essentially an entry-level position. High school diploma or equivalent is required, prefer BA or BS or equivalent. Need 1–3 years office support experience, preferably in marketing. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office. Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, communicate, develop positive relationships, and be proactive and persistent. Foreign language skills helpful, especially Spanish.
Elementary Research Associate I
HighScope has an immediate full-time opening for a Research Associate to work in the Center for Early Education Evaluation (CEEE) — Evaluation, Training & Assessment Division — to coordinate early elementary-level training, assessment and evaluation projects. The Associate will work closely with other research staff, HighScope departments and external consultants on designated projects. They will assist in developing and reviewing elementary level materials, assist in developing, planning, coordinating and implementing elementary assessment trainings and evaluation projects; seek funding and write grant proposals; write project reports; communicate with external consultants; attend professional conferences; make presentations, among other duties. The top candidate must have a strong knowledge of early childhood development and educational practices. Knowledge of assessment practices, research design and statistical analysis approaches is necessary. The candidate must be able to handle and direct multiple projects, prioritize, take initiative, and meet deadlines. Oral and written communication skills are important. A doctorate (PhD or Ed.D in early childhood/elementary education, curriculum and teacher education, or related field is required, plus 3–5 years kindergarten teaching experience. Supervisory/program management and program evaluation experience preferred.
HighScope offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package in a family-friendly team environment. Send resume and cover letter indicating desired position to our Human Resources Department: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, FAX 734.485.0704, or mail to HighScope Educational Research Foundation, 600 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198. Website: www.highscope.org. EOE.
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