Early Learning Indiana (ELI) ensures the highest level of early care and education for children in Indiana and creates early learning experiences that prepare children for success in school and build a solid foundation and passion for life-long learning. Its goal is to continue to be the area’s best source for child care services and resources while embracing a larger role as an advocate and leading voice for early childhood education in Indiana.
The incoming President will partner with the ELI team to guide and balance growth in direct service and policy implementation; capacity building of other organizations; and shaping a policy agenda. He or she will manage and administer the agency’s $20 million annual budget and 350 staff in support of ELI’s mission and objectives. The successful candidate will leverage recent growth into expanded influence and funding, potentially beyond the state of Indiana, enhance the organization’s advocacy profile and help shape a policy agenda for early learning. He or she will help expand ELI’s opportunities for revenue generation and strategic partnerships, oversee continuous improvement and caring for ELI’s Day Early Learning Centers, and ensure that ELI continues to serve as the state’s primary thought leader in early childhood development.
ELI seeks a leader with at least ten years’ progressive leadership experience and a passion for ELI’s mission and vision. Knowledge in the field of early care and education and prior management experience, preferably in nonprofit or educational leadership, is required. Strong business, financial and organizational savvy will be evidenced by a proven ability to set clear priorities, delegate and guide the investment of human and other resources to help achieve goals. The successful candidate is an active listener who will support and value the skills of staff, bring a collaborative and compassionate nature to problem solving, and demonstrate a history of building and supporting a diverse team though equal opportunity in operations, community engagement, employment, and decision making.
Our next leader will guide the organization through significant periods of growth and change and have demonstrated the ability to bring an organization into increased visibility, leadership and scale. He or she will have experience building collaboration among external organizations to create broad systemic improvements in programming and policy for early childhood learning. The successful candidate will serve as the organization’s primary external representative and possess strong communication and networking skills to enhance its fundraising program. He or she will have demonstrated skills in cultivating and soliciting major gifts, corporate and foundation grants, capital campaign donations, and developing a culture of giving.
The minimum of a master’s or advanced degree, ideally in management, early childhood education or a related field, is required. Evidence of continuing education, certification and executive level training is desirable.