Under the direction of the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children (Idaho AEYC), the Emerging Leaders Academic Scholarship Coordinator is responsible for the management, outreach and recruitment of the IdahoSTARS’ early childhood Academic Scholarship Program. This position will work towards the goal to increase the qualifications of Idaho’s early care and education professionals through academic achievement, while accomplishing tasks which advance the mission of the IdahoSTARS project and Idaho AEYC.
Salary Range: Full time position; (40 hours per week); Competitive salary plus an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/retirement plan.
Oversee and support the process of academic scholarships which includes:
• Review and process applications from assigned service area and award scholarships.
• Review recipients’ files to monitor scholarship components.
• Authorize charge approvals for tuition.
• Process all invoices for reimbursement from scholarship recipients/sponsors.
• Assist center directors, owners and teachers with the application process.
• Answer questions and discuss the scholarship program with child care center directors, owners, community colleges, teachers, and family child care home providers.
• Respond to requests for information/application materials.
Outreach and Recruitment
• Develop and implement an Early Childhood Academic Scholarship recruitment plan.
• Identify and lead academic recruitment tasks and national initiatives such as Power to the Profession within IdahoSTARS strategic plan.
• Develop and implement a program evaluation plan that assesses the effectiveness of the program for scholars, faculty and IdahoSTARS team members.
• Give presentations at college/university/high school early childhood classes, local and state conferences, and child care sites.
• Collaborate with IdahoSTARS regional team members to identify, recruit and support academic scholars.
• Collaborate with IdahoSTARS regional team members to promote academic coursework, CDA assessment and CDA Renewal.
• Develop promotional materials and tools.
• Goal to increase the number of professionals engaged in CDA or higher education coursework.
Relationships with Colleges, Universities and School Districts
• Connect and maintain a strong, continuous relationship with the Early Childhood department staff.
• Ensure college/university department staff have a current list of students approved for scholarship prior to each semester.
• Attend college and university conferences to promote IdahoSTARS academic scholarship program and Emerging Leaders.
• Visit classrooms to build relationships and engage in continuous quality improvement with input from students and teachers.
• Connect and maintain a strong, continuous relationship with the college/university financial aid staff and counselors.
• Learn about, promote and integrate complementary funding opportunities of each college and university to leverage IdahoSTARS funding.
• Use IdahoSTARS data to report progress on IdahoSTARS goal(s) for monitoring and program evaluation purposes.
• Lead continuous quality improvement efforts.
• Develop data quality assurance system.
• Counsel scholarship recipients about academic programs and degree options in Idaho.
• Idaho’s Higher Ed Consortium.
• Emerging Leaders Leadership Council with a goal of integrating Emerging Leaders Initiative into the work of IdahoSTARS.
We are seeking candidates who excel in relationship building, are results oriented and have strong project management skills. You should have:
• Experience with a college or university degree program and financial aid system process.
• Experience giving presentations to an adult audience.
• A professional demeanor and a high level of customer service.
• A confident, business-like and professional presentation.
• The ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
• Excellent organization and administrative skills; a strong, consistent attention to detail; an organized work style, and the ability to follow through on work assignments with a minimum of direct supervision.
• Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and a good working knowledge of working in and supporting others with database systems.
• A demonstrated ability to write clearly and precisely. Strength in proofreading and an ardent attention to detail.
• The ability to work on several projects at various stages of completion.
• Good problem-solving skills, flexibility, determination and good humor.
• The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
• A commitment to the goals and programs of Idaho AEYC and the Idaho STARS project.
The preferred candidate will have:
• Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or equivalent and at least two years of relevant work experience.
• Experience in non-profit, advocacy or other community-based groups is valuable.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to handle or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and stop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
If you are interested in this position: Please submit a letter of application indicating your interest and qualifications for this position and a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment). Include names/phone numbers of three references. Application materials should be emailed (preferred method) to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The exposure to air conditioning and heat is moderate.
Alternative or combined skills in understanding, counseling, and/or influencing people are important in achieving job objectives, causing action, understanding other, or changing behavior and skills of persuasiveness or assertiveness, as well as sensitivity to the point of view of others.
Re: Emerging Leaders Academic Scholarship Coordinator for the IdahoSTARS Project
Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
4355 W. Emerald Street, Suite 250
Boise, ID 83706-2075
Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.
About Idaho AEYC: http://idahoaeyc.org/
About the IdahoSTARS Project: http://idahostars.org