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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 provides statewide leadership in shaping collaborations that collectively build a diverse, high-quality child care system accessible for all Minnesota families through partnership with and in support of local resource and referral services. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work, offering competitive benefits, a 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.

The Trainer Academy Coordinator is responsible for launching and coordinating a new Trainer Academy for the early childhood workforce in Minnesota. The Trainer Academy Coordinator will recruit and advise new trainers to meet the new Minnesota trainer requirements. This position will also be responsible for collaborating and building strong relationships with communities across Minnesota in order to maintain for the Trainer Academy to support the mission of Child Care Aware of Minnesota.


Program Development:

  1. Work with a team of experts to create the Minnesota Early Childhood Trainer Academy that consists of:
    • Knowledge and Competencies Framework
    • Early Childhood Indicators of Progress
    • Adult learning training opportunities
    • Co-training opportunities
    • Observation and mentorship
  2. Create academy policies, procedures, guidelines, documents, forms and promotional materials to be used with the Academy.
  3. Utilize project management strategies to plan and develop projects and activities to continue to expand the academy.
  4. Work with a team of experts to create a trainer orientation covering state systems, best practices, and licensing rules.


  1. Coordinate implementation of the Minnesota Early Childhood Trainer Academy
    • Advise Trainer Academy participants.
    • Use interpersonal skills inclusive of diverse audiences to advise and support new trainers to meet Minnesota trainer requirements.
  2.  Evaluate and assess Trainer Academy to ensure that it is meeting the needs of trainers
    • In collaboration with partners, establish and evaluate academy goals/outcomes.
    • Create and disseminate surveys, gather, evaluate and analyze, and use results of findings to help shape the Trainer Academy.
    • Assist TARRS Manager and Workforce Development Director to aggregate data, develop reports, and present to funders the strengths and areas for growth within the Trainer Academy.

Collaboration and Community Partnerships:

  1. Develop and implement outreach strategies to recruit Trainer Academy participants.
  2. Establish, foster and maintain strong relationships with diverse communities, other non-profit organizations, cultural groups, associations, and government organizations throughout Minnesota in order to ensure open communication and effective collaboration.
  3. Organize and facilitate opportunities to meet and engage with community members.
  4. Collect and organize information from these opportunities so we can learn from community member experiences and use information to inform program improvement.



  • 4-year degree in the field of Adult Education, Education, Human Services, or related study and experience
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and experience working cross-culturally, with a commitment to incorporating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into your work
  • Experience in educational advising, coaching and/or mentoring adults
  • Experience in managing an educational/instructional program
  • Knowledge of teaching strategies and learning styles
  • Self-starter, ability to work collaboratively, flexible, ability to influence and gain buy-in, and strong interest in seeking change and in seeking change in order to improve the child care system


  • Knowledge of adult educational programming
  • Familiar with online learning best practices

Working Conditions:

  • Full-time, permanent
  • In-state travel required as needed (will include minimal overnight trips)
  • May require sitting and or standing for extended periods of time
  • Growing, evolving organization
  • This position reports to the Trainer and RBPD Support Services (TARSS) Manager

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary starting at $47,800 dependent upon education and experience
  • Competitive Benefits Package, including health, dental, 401K, leave time
  • Flexible schedule and telework options

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.

Application Deadline - Thursday, October 31

Send Cover Letter/Resume to:

Elsa Carlson, TARSS Manager
Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Please indicate “Trainer Academy Coordinator” in the subject line.

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Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care.


The Chief of Impact and Engagement will oversee Brand, Development and Partnership strategy for the organization. The Chief of Impact and Engagement will lead the organization’s mission-driven strategic direction internally and externally by partnering with other Chiefs to formalize the Brand and Development process with an emphasis on gaining new corporate clients, develop synergies across the organization and establish greater transparency for staff carrying out CCAoA’s strategy. Specific areas of expert focus include brand and development strategic foresight, facilitation of organizational business and brand growth plans, and implementation of processes to target customers. Partnership with, and oversight of, business lines and products is a core component of this position.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for creation and execution of CCAoA’s brand image, experience, and promise.
  • Create brand awareness and lead business development initiatives for the organization, including attracting new customers, developing proposals for foundation grants and contracts, and identifying fundraising and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Facilitate business growth by working together with internal product owners and department leadership (policy, parent and provider services, technology, and membership, etc.).
  • In partnership with all departments, facilitate business growth and lead implementation of brand strategy across all initiatives under our strategic plan.
  • Supervise the development staff to build, support, and maintain a substantive fund development plan aligned with our strategic direction, in partnership with the development team.
  • Promote knowledge sharing throughout the organization by strengthening links and improving integration among departments in the organization to improve business development synergy and growth.
  • Develop and promote collaborative tools to facilitate sharing of ideas and work among internal teams and external partners.
  • Supervisory responsibilities of key staff with oversight of marketing, communications, partnerships and events at CCAoA.


  • Minimum of a MBA or MS degree in communications, marketing and brand management.
  • 15 years’ experience in the management of business/product lines, Brand, Communication & Marketing, and/or programs in the field of early learning/ child care or a related field.
  • Experience managing complex public and private budgets and projects funded through blended funding.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong leader with the ability to work independently as well as in a team structure.
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
  • Executive-level influencing skills with the ability to get consensus and collaboration across many business units/departments and communicate with all levels of management and staff while establishing straightforward, productive relationships.
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills with proven ability to communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Results oriented with excellent program management skills; balances “analysis” with “doing”
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and be flexible.
  • Ability to execute immediate plans, be agile in making strategically aligned decisions, and plan for long-term sustainability.
  • Ability for limited travel (up to 20%).

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Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care.


The Director of Learning and Events will work with a robust team to develop innovative solutions and practices designed to strengthen the child care system and infrastructure across the nation. They must have extensive knowledge of child care systems level work including the work of child care resource and referral state and local agencies.

The Director of Learning and Events is responsible for the administration and management of Child Care Aware® of America’s professional development opportunities, webinars, and national and regional meeting program content, while ensuring that they reflect current research, best practices and are focused on equity. The Director must have experience designing training and education for early childhood educators and early childhood systems professionals, especially the Child Care Resource and Referral field.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop innovative solutions and practices that are designed to strengthen the child care system and infrastructure across the nation.
  • Manage curriculum development, programming for annual and regional meetings, professional development programs to include Virtual Seminars (webinars), educational communities oversight; certification, professional development opportunities, and strategic partnerships. Ensure that it reflects current research, best practices and is presented with a focus on equity.
  • Coordinate and support early childhood systems staff professional development initiatives such as quality assurance; leadership development; coaching; and other special program initiatives.
  • Advise and make recommendations to revise, upgrade and implement current and new education programs based on analysis of the membership needs and current research.
  • Work collaboratively with a well-integrated team of staff and volunteers to achieve the organization’s goal and objectives to deliver high quality professional development content, services, programs, and educational offerings to the membership.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Partner Success to foster positive relationships with member partners.
  • Strategize with the Director of Partner Success around membership recruitment and retention efforts to retain, expand and diversify the member partner base.
  • Represent CCAoA at local, state and national conferences by presenting during the conference and assisting with members only events at the conferences. Seeks out partner members that have expertise on the topic to co-present when possible.
  • Collaborate with all key internal and external stakeholders and providers to identify major points-of view, issues and concerns to ensure alignment with the strategic direction of CCAoA.
  • Acts as liaison to other departments regarding education and professional development initiatives.
  • Collaborates across departments to ensure the marketing of events and learning activities.


  • A Minimum of BS/BA degree in ECE or related degree, MS preferred.
  • Minimum 10+ years of experience in developing and managing education and professional development programs and curriculum development for various educational delivery platforms including webinars/ audio conferences, online learning, classroom-based education and certification programs.
  • Expertise in leadership and staff development, program management, strategic planning and systems building.
  • Expertise in child care systems and infrastructure especially as it relates to the field of Child Care Resource and Referral.
  • Experience in working with Child Care State Administrators.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated problem-solving, project management and team skills.
  • Well organized and detail-oriented with the ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Good listener with emotional intelligence and developed interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to motivate and manage groups of volunteers toward accomplishing identified objectives.
  • Effective communicator with strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Exhibit and promote the highest level of professionalism.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting.
  • Comfortable with shifting priorities and a changing environment.
  • Ability to travel (up to 30%).

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Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community have access to quality, affordable child care.


The Director of Business Development is a dynamic and creative fundraiser responsible for securing new income, developing relationships with major grantors and sponsors, and diversifying CCAoA’s revenue sources. The Director of Business Development will be part of the leadership team and will work with the Executive Management Team to ensure income growth from multiple channels (individual gifts, Board support, grants, sponsorships, seasonal campaigns). Reports to the Chief of Impact & Engagement, and works closely with all levels of the organization.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Impact & Engagement Team to develop a fundraising strategy, timelines and goals.
  • Create and execute business plan to exceed revenue goals and quotas specifically related to growth and new income sources.
  • Create fundraising opportunities through various business development techniques including prospecting, targeted follow-up and new lead generation.
  • Leverage existing revenue sources while continually generating new sources.
  • Deliver organized, structured, and persuasive presentations, using effective written and verbal communication.
  • Represent CCAoA at strategic events and actively engage in networking events and business development groups.
  • Manage fiscal accountability, following CCAoA’s strategic plan, including providing accurate monthly projections to Executive Management Team.
  • Build relationships and accountability systems to ensure supporters are engaged and our mission is clearly articulated.
  • Participate in the execution of major fundraising programs such as online giving, annual giving campaigns, and social media campaigns.
  • Perform other duties or special projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree preferred in Business or related field. Knowledge of early childhood development and related health, education, and public service systems a plus.
  • 10-plus years of professional related experience; demonstrated success in a development function in with responsibility for raising over $2 million per year.
  • Demonstrated success in creating and executing multi-level fundraising campaigns.
  • Experience in writing successful grant proposals.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement a strategic development plan through a fundraising and communication lens.
  • A similar experience baseline for communications as for fundraising.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside CCAoA.
  • High energy and passion for CCAoA’s mission is essential.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative, and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of high-performing Board of Directors.
  • Flexible, collaborative and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and fundraising, and administration initiatives.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Board of Directors and staff.
  • Creative and thoughtful on the utilization of new media technologies.

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