VP of Early Education

VP of Early Education

VP of Early Education 150 150 Isaac Schild
Community Action Marin
November 28, 2022
San Rafael
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Isaac Schild


Scion Executive Search (SES) has been retained to conduct a search for the VP of Early Education on behalf of our unparalleled client, Community Action Marin! The VP of Early Education leads a team of over 150 early childhood education staff across multiple sites that currently serves over 500 children of low income, and almost 1,000 pre-pandemic. They also oversee an annual budget of $12 million from federal, state, county, and private sources. This fantastic opportunity is full-time, located in Marin County, California, and operates on a flexible hybrid schedule. The VP of Early Education will be expected to collaborate onsite with team members and staff.

Community Action Marin (CAM)’s mission is to promote members of Marin County to achieve well-being by providing them with the education, mental health, and vital services they need. CAM works to actively break down the barriers that impede access and ability for individuals to support themselves and each other.

Marin County is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places to live in the United States. While it has some of the highest incomes per capita and one of the lowest unemployment rates, it also holds claim to the widest income gap and one of the greatest racial inequities in the State of California. The cost of living in Marin has risen 48% in just the past four years, and families are struggling to make ends meet. Right now, a family of four with two adults, one infant, and one preschooler would need to earn $149,545 annually – an amount 82% greater than the federal poverty level of $26,500 – to cover all the family’s basic expenses, such as housing, food, childcare, health care, transportation, and taxes without public or private assistance.

When community members need help, CAM’s duty is to meet them where they are, put them first, listen to their needs, and give them more than just the tools to meet the basic requirements for survival. CAM’s bilingual and bicultural staff ensures that people are heard—from immediate needs to making long-lasting change a reality in support of equity and prosperity for all!

Community Action Marin’s VP of Early Education will be tasked with representing the agency internally as part of the Executive Leadership Team and working externally as an early childhood advocate for the agency’s services, whole family approach, and high-quality ECE program. The agency’s ECE work as a Head Start/Early Head Start grantee in Marin County and CDE/CDSS state contractor aligns with the highest of performance standards.

This individual is responsible for identifying resources to grow capacity and scale to meet community needs while building and promoting community partnerships and strategic alliances in service to Community Action Marin’s mission. Leading by example, the incoming VP will directly support values-driven, high-quality early education and best practices to ensure efficiency, sustainability, a learning orientation, and accountability throughout the agency.

The VP reports to the CEO and manages four directors of Early Education, ERSEA (enrollment), Family Services, and Program Operations. The right individual will be a high performer who can thrive in a fast-paced, fluid environment. They should be thoughtful, strategic, and a visionary who can enhance organizational cohesion and promote a positive, supportive team environment!


  • Support children and families across Marin County by purposefully manage the team of early childhood education professionals across 0-3, preschool, and school-age care.
  • Deliver expertise and guarantee excellence in Early Head Start, Infant/Toddler, and Family Childcare Network (0-3), in preschool (Head Start and state-subsidized CSPP), and in school-age (CCTR) care. Ensure the highest quality of service and strive to meet or exceed all state and federal requirements.
  • Direct the development and execution of short- and long-term goals and objectives across the early education team. Align with the agency’s strategic plan to achieve meaningful outcomes for children and families across generations.
  • Partner with the executive leadership team, program teams, and the parents of the Policy Council to safeguard cross-agency collaboration and alignment regarding high-quality service delivery, program development, and external partnerships.
  • Spearhead and guide projects and initiatives with directors and staff that engender stable operational practices. Empower teams towards success while holding them accountable for monitoring, reporting, and evaluating program outcomes to meet funding and compliance requirements, in addition to the agency’s established, measurable goals.
  • Collaborate with executive leadership and the finance team in the development, monitoring, and evaluation of budgets. Steward the fiscal integrity of all program operations, consistent with applicable legal, contractual, and funder requirements while also assisting in the diversification of funding streams in conjunction with the Development Team.
  • Foster a strong relationship between Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) staff members and partners and CAM’s CEO, HR, and Finance to address issues that affect compensation, benefits, and working conditions.
  • Ensure that enrolled and waitlisted families have access to needed services and timely referrals through engagement with agency leadership to create effective processes, systems, and protocols.
  • Work closely with the finance and development teams to strengthen service delivery and high-quality program offerings by best leveraging government and private sources.
  • Partner with school districts to inform educational equity efforts in Marin County and improve kindergarten readiness for the individuals and community CAM serves.
  • Advocate in relevant forums for priority ECE policies, funding, and services for children and families, in conjunction with agency leadership.
  • Oversee the maintenance of all agency facilities to meet childcare licensing requirements and priority needs; partner with agency operations to oversee building leases and act as the agency’s point of contact with landlords.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • BA Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of prior administrative and management experience with early childhood development programs.
  • Proficiency in Spanish helpful.
  • Direct experience in running state-funded early childhood development and/or federal Head Start programs.
  • Possess or qualify to apply for a CA Department of Education Child Development Program Director permit required, with knowledge of state child development licensing rules and regulations.
  • Experience with budget development and fiscal management with additional knowledge of federal, state, and private funding patterns and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and through writing to staff, parents, agency management, Board of Directors, and external organizations.
  • Understand the importance of data-driven decision making and direct experience with strategic planning initiatives.
  • A strong commitment to social justice, educational equity, and the program’s mission to provide high-quality child development programs to serve low income working families.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of the role equity, inclusion, and diversity plays in CAM’s work and be able to readily articulate agency mission, vision, and values to all stakeholders.
  • Employ an innovative mindset that values teamwork and collaboration internally and with external partners. Demonstrate continued interest in building and managing coalitions and leverage partnerships to achieve goals.
  • Desire to learn new technical tools, including database management, planning, and presentation software.
  • Proven ability to easily bend, push, climb, feel, and carry/lift 10-25lbs.

In addition to a competitive base salary of $130,000 to $175,000, Community Action Marin offers 13 days of accrued PTO and 12 days of sick leave in first year of employment; observes 15 holidays and 24 hours of floating holidays; covers 100% of medical and vision benefits for the employee with nominal dental coverage; dependent care and medical flexible spending accounts; transit benefits; group basic life and AD&D insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan with no waiting period plus agency match; a robust employee assistance program; and pet insurance.

How To Apply

Community Action Marin has retained the services of Scion Executive Search, a national executive search firm specializing in mission-driven organization recruitment, to assist in conducting this important search. For immediate consideration, please apply with your resume and cover letter formatted in Microsoft Word, via https://scionstaffing.com/job/8811

Please address applications to:
Ex Hopson
Executive Recruiter
Scion Executive Search
(888) 487-8850 Extension 142

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made.

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