Manager, NCECHW Early Childhood Initiatives GF

Job Type

Full Time




345 Park Boulevard
United States


The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) within the American Academy of Pediatrics is seeking a strong project manager with an understanding of state level child care systems. This self-reliant manager will manage activities relating to Caring for Our Children (CFOC), Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), and child care/Head Start/Early Head Start collaboration. This individual will serve as main point of contact and lead collaborations with National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA), the State Capacity Building Center (SCBC), the Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System (ECTTAS) efforts through the Office of Child Care (OCC). Responsible for the coordination of training and resource development for child care health consultants; work with the NCECHW team to plan, develop, fund, implement, and evaluate the NCECHW; collaborate with the other Office of Head Start and OCC National Centers and lead collaborative activities among NCECHW partners; manage NCECHW project budgets and provide guidance and oversight to NCECHW project specific staff and subcontractors; represent NCECHW on national advisory committees; and provide technical assistance to child care directors, staff, families, and technical assistance providers.

Duties include:

1. Manage CFOC activities, including overseeing the NCECHW partner that updates and maintains the online database, develop and implement training and resources development and revision.

2. Manage child care activities including training for child care audiences, training and resources on CCDBG health and safety requirements, and collaborative efforts between Head Start and child care.

3. Manage activities to support increased awareness of health disparities and create tools for early childhood providers to engage diverse groups in children’s health.

4. Attend National Center meetings representing the NCECHW, as assigned.

5. Act as the primary NCECHW contact for the regular ECTTAS calls with states and regions and ensure that NCECHW resources and trainings are made available to this audience. Report to NCECHW staff and partners on the ECTTAS call content on a regular basis.

6. Lead NCECHW partnership efforts with other national organizations and federal agencies related to health and safety in child care settings.

7. Coordinate training and resource development for child care health consultants.

8. Work with the NCECHW team in the development and implementation of annual goals, objectives, activities, and work plans to ensure timely implementation and evaluation of project activities.

9. Report to and interact with OHS, OCC, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) on project activities.

10. Build and maintain strong working relationships through effective and timely communication with federal staff, colleagues, partners, Head Start Regional Offices, technical assistance networks, and other National Centers.

11. Contribute to the development of the annual continuation applications and all other reports required by the Administration of Children and Families, other funders, and the AAP.

12. Represent the NCECHW on cross-center workgroups and ensure integration of materials and resources across centers.


1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, early education, child development, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. 

2. Minimum of four years’ experience managing early child care and education technical assistance programs required. Must have experience with training, public relations, and project management and implementation, specifically with child care audiences, including state level administrators. Experience with grants management and supervising staff preferred.

3. Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal, and project management skills required, as well as proficiency with MS Office. Must be able to handle heavy workload, work independently and proactively with limited direction, and facilitate and coordinate efforts among partner organizations. Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills with the ability to effectively collaborate with senior level managers and a variety of key stakeholders. Travel and weekend work may be required.

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The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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