The executive director will provide leadership to the UW Preschool Laboratory (PSL) in supporting and enhancing the School of Human Ecology’s (SoHE) research, teaching and outreach missions. They will develop, implement, and assess the PSL strategic plan, working in close partnership with the PSL faculty director. They will supervise the PSL director. Other collaborators include: Human Development and Family Studies department, PSL teachers, Center for Child and Family Well-being, PSL Advisory Board, and donors/friends. They will facilitate and assist faculty and students in conducting scholarly research, preparing the next generation of early childhood professionals, and engaging with the community to improve the lives of children and families. This position reports directly to the dean of the School of Human Ecology.
Candidates must have at least five years of professional experience related to early childhood development. Work experience in a university setting and/or preschool laboratory setting are highly preferred.
Evidence of the following professional skills/experiences is highly desired: • Research and scholarship experience with an interdisciplinary perspective in the area of early childhood development • Teaching and mentoring college students • Strong communication, listening and interpersonal skills • Experience managing people and processes • Demonstrated ability and commitment to creating inclusive work environments • Ability to effectively engage diverse stakeholders including researchers, faculty, administrators, teachers, students, families, community collaborators, and donors/friends • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to build a program • High-energy, entrepreneurial spirit and ability to create and execute a programmatic vision
About School of Human Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison
THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex and interdependent relationships that form naturally among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on improving human quality-of-life through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School includes four academic departments (Consumer Science, Civil Society and Community S...tudies, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) and enrolls 1200 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students.