thread Professional Development Director

Posted: 11/04/2019

Specific Responsibilities:
The Professional Development Director is responsible for supporting thread’s quality assurance of all statewide Professional Development programs and services to the early care and education sector. The position develops, implements, and maintains quality assurance procedures while supporting a team of directors.

  1. Lead the vision for thread’s Professional Development work.
  2. Establish and oversee administrative procedures to meet objectives set by the organization and senior management.
  3. Communicate program objectives, goals, and progress to management team, program directors, team members, and stakeholders.
  4. Oversee the development and implementation of all professional development policies and procedures for quality assurance.
  5. Assign projects to Professional Development Directors and assist with the creation of strategic plans and work plans.
  6. Develop and implement a continuous quality improvement plan and evaluation method to assess program strengths and identify areas of improvement. 
  7. Oversee all grants related to professional development services as assigned.
  8. Oversee multiple teams that support the professional development of early educators and programs, ensuring program goals are reached. 
  9. Ensure goals are met in areas including customer satisfaction, safety, quality, and team member performance.
  10. Implement and manage changes and interventions to ensure professional development service goals are achieved.
  11. Provide support and resources to customers interested in starting or expanding early childcare learning programs and services.
  12. Work with community stakeholders to assess child care needs and support best-practices.
  13. Oversee and support statewide department strategic planning, performance measures, and facilitate communication. 
  14. Supervise and train staff as assigned using a strength based and reflective approach.
  15. Provide team leadership and direct services to parents, providers, and the community as needed
  16. Liaison and facilitate communication between SEED, Learn & Grow and thread to align agency goals and services to early educators and early education programs. 
  17. Ensure all staff are trained and knowledgeable on thread’s culture, database, and agency tools and resources.
  18. Occasional in-state and out of state travel, sometimes in small aircraft, is required.
  19. Other duties as assigned.
  1. BA required, MA/MS preferred, in business, education, child development, community mental health, social work, or related field.
  2. Prior experience in both program and team management.
  3. Prior experience with project management and program development including program evaluations, creating and using outcome measures and reporting results required.
  4. Prior professional experience in an early childhood setting and non-profit preferred.
  5. Previous experience supervising staff and/or volunteers required.
  6. Prior experience with technical writing and grants and contracts management preferred.
  7. Effective communication skills.
  8. Current driver’s license required, Alaska driver’s license preferred.
  9. Must pass background check, and provide references and valid identification. 
Key Competencies:
  1. Passion and commitment to thread’s mission.
  2. Flexibility and adaptability as organizational needs change.
  3. Strong project management and strategic planning skills.
  4. Macro and micro systems development and oversight.
  5. Strong interpersonal and leadership skills required.
  6. Strong problem solving and analytical skills, and attention to detail.
  7. Knowledge of early care and education best practices, child development, and community resources to support children and their families.
  8. Ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of staff, clients, and partners in a variety of settings to achieve goals.
  9. Ability to use database systems (including thread specific) and general office programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  10. Ability to work a varied schedule as needed to meet performance measures.
Schedule and Compensation:
Position Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, other hours as required: weekends, evenings, and overnight travel are frequently required.

Location: 3350 Commercial Dr. Ste 203 Anchorage, AK 99501
Position Type: Full Time, 40 hours/week
Classification: Exempt, Permanent
Supervisor:  COO           
Compensation: $75,000-80,000/year  
Supervises: Statewide Quality Services Director, Statewide Education and Training Director, Statewide Consultation Director, and other staff as assigned.       
Benefits: 20 days of PTO (starting), 13 paid holidays, 403b match, High-Deductible Health Plan with HSA option (employer contributes $750/year to HSA), Dental, Vision and Life. All premiums covered 100% for employee’s health, dental, vision and life. Free thread services.

To Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to with “Professional Development Director" in the subject line. Open until filled.