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Our staff is committed to supporting the child care providers and families in Minnesota. Learn more about available opportunities to join our team.

Join the Child Care Aware Team

Below you will find current job openings at the Child Care Aware of Minnesota Coordinating Office, our Region and District sites, and our partner organizations. Follow the instructions in the postings to apply.


Child Care Aware of Minnesota is a statewide early childhood leader driving change through partnerships to build an equitable, high-quality early care and education system that meets the needs of Minnesota’s families and children. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work, offering competitive benefits, flexible work environment, and opportunities for long-term professional growth. We are looking for team members who are passionate, adaptable, and interested in high-impact work that influences systems statewide. Embedding equity in organizational practices is a core value and we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in hiring, promotion, and workplace culture.


Position Description

The Associate Director for Programs is responsible for providing oversight for Child Care Aware of Minnesota’s program-related contracts and is responsible for the ongoing development, leadership, and maintenance of the Child Care Aware system across Minnesota. The Associate Director of Programs works in partnership with the Associate Director of Operations to manage and execute the Child Care Aware Services contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This position reports to the Executive Director.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide leadership and coordination to support the statewide Child Care Aware system.
    • Provide support, technical assistance, and leadership to the District, Regional Coordinators, and Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MNTRECC) and their tribal partners to ensure streamlining of the Child Care Aware Services contract deliverables
    • Partner with the Department of Human Services on the development of statewide initiatives for the Child Care Aware system
    • Facilitate meetings with District Regional and MNTRECC partners to track progress on initiatives, and contract deliverables, and to facilitate a decision-making process between and among Child Care Aware agencies and the Coordinating Office
  2. Provide overall management of Child Care Aware of Minnesota Coordinating Office Programs.
    • Work with the leadership and management teams to ensure compliance with program policies, procedures, reporting requirements, and documentation
    • Coordinate and facilitate internal program team meetings
    • Collaborate with staff to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism strategies and initiatives are embedded into program policies, procedures, and services
    • Participate in long-term agency planning and development with the Executive Director and other members of the leadership and management teams
    • Assist the Executive Director with grants, budgets, and reports
    • Lead special projects as appropriate
  3. Build and maintain relationships with external partners.
    • Represent the agency in communications with other early childhood and human service programs, policymakers, and the general public
    • Serve on statewide, program-related committees and task forces as appropriate
  4. Provide supervision, performance management, and direction to the following Child Care Aware of Minnesota staff:
    • Workforce Development Director
    • Financial Supports Director
    • Parent Aware Quality Improvement Director
    • Capacity Building Coordinator
    • Child Care Navigation Network Coordinator




  • Minimum of a 4-year degree or equivalent training and experience
  • Familiarity with the early care and education field issues and trends
  • At least 3 years of experience in a senior management role with a focus on mentoring and coaching a team of skilled professionals
  • Experience overseeing multiple programs and staff simultaneously, including program development, implementation, and evaluation experience
  • Experience facilitating and supporting external stakeholder groups to come to a consensus
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and experience working cross-culturally, with a commitment to incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into your work


  • Master’s Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development, Nonprofit Management or related field
  • Familiarity with Child Care Aware (Child Care Resource and Referral) agencies and systems
  • Experience working in or with government agencies and or managing government contracts


Working Conditions

  • Full-time, exempt, permanent position
  • Family-friendly work culture
  • Flexible scheduling, with a hybrid work arrangement that blends working virtually and onsite
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to statewide in-person meetings with occasional overnight travel
  • May require sitting or stationary position for extended periods of time with high amounts of screen time
  • Must provide proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or weekly negative COVID-19 test results


Compensation and Benefits

  • Annual salary range- $90,000-$95,000 annually depending on qualifications plus an additional $2,000/year for medical expenses
  • Competitive benefits package - health, dental, life insurance, long-term disability, paid time off, 401k


Interested external applicants should APPLY HERE through our hiring portal by September 30, 2022.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. We encourage interested applicants from all backgrounds to apply.



With funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Care Aware of Minnesota is creating a one-stop regional assistance network to help current and aspiring child care providers establish licensed family child care programs or child care centers.

To help build this regional network, Child Care Aware agencies across the state are hiring staff. In addition to recruitment, network staff will provide new child care providers with technical assistance to start or expand a child care program and connect them to helpful resources.

Position Description

Child Care Capacity Building Consultants/Coaches will contribute to local and statewide efforts to improve access to child care for families by increasing the supply of high-quality, licensed child care programs. Central to this work will be recruiting individuals and organizations interested in becoming licensed child care providers and assisting providers in starting new licensed child care programs, retaining existing programs that may be at risk of closing, and expanding programs with the potential to grow. Child Care Capacity Building Consultants/Coaches are eligible to receive scholarships for foreign credential evaluation and for pursuing a two-or-four-year college degree in early childhood or child development.

For more information on open positions and application instructions, check the following agency sites. Please check these sites regularly, as not all jobs are posted yet. Exact job titles may vary from agency to agency.

Region 1
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, East Grand Forks

Regions 2, 5
Mahube-Otwa CAP, Park Rapids and Wadena

Regions 3, 7E
Pine Technical and Community College, Duluth and Pine City

Region 4
Lakes and Prairies CAP, Moorhead

Region 6E
United CAP, Cosmos

Region 6W
Prairie Five CAP, Montevideo

Region 7W
Milestones, Waite Park

Region 8
Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Worthington

Regions 9, 10
Families First of Minnesota, Mankato and Rochester

Region 11
Think Small, Minneapolis and St. Paul offices (Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington counties)

360 Communities, Burnsville (Dakota County)

Scott Carver CAP, Shakopee (Scott and Carver counties)