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Work for the Leader in Early Childhood Education

Clayton Early Learning is one of the nation's leaders in early childhood education, dedicated to improving the quality of learning that children experience before they begin kindergarten. When we have positions available, we seek early childhood professionals who want to spread their wings, share their talents, work collaboratively with other leaders in early childhood and actively incorporate research-based strategies into improving their practice.

Director, Community Partnerships

Department: Family & Community Services
Location: Denver, CO

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” - Bennis

Director, Community Partnerships 

Reports to: Vice President, Educational Services          Classification: Exempt 

Hours: Full Time


As part of the Community Partnership team, substantially increase the depth and scale of our impact by leading community partners in all aspects of education, child and family services to support school readiness for all children. Provide leadership, and training for staff to support excellence in comprehensive services, develop reflective practice and data utilization expertise and advance the Clayton brand and reputation. Partner in and across interdisciplinary teams to implement our portfolio of programs, projects and initiatives with integrity and accountability. In conjunction with the Director Team, provide leadership and guidance for program deliverables and services.


  • Minimum Education: Master’s degree in early childhood education or related field with 2 years of administration, coaching or teacher professional development experience.
  • Knowledge of early childhood special education, disabilities and health services as well as the economic, cultural and societal challenges of ethnically diverse communities.
  • Pediatric first aid, CPR, and universal precautions certification; valid driver’s license with evidence of vehicle insurance.
  • Special professional and/or job-related requirements: Current PPD-TB and physical examination, record of immunizations, background check, and compliance with other regulatory requirements as applicable.


  • Is accountable to lead community partners and through coaching and mentoring in Clayton’s highly regarded early childhood development approach, maximize demonstrated outcomes for children in community programs. Assure for culturally responsive and inclusive practices in service delivery models to build upon the strengths of children, families and staff.
  • Provide direct supervision and coaching the Community Partnership team. This includes incorporating principles of reflective practice to deepen and enhance practice. Analyze and track the team’s progress toward achieving federal, program and school goals and objectives.
  • Promote professional development of staff to optimize child outcomes. Support staff and community partner performance by determining training and technical needs; coordinating training; accessing resources; analyzing and solving problems; staying abreast of current issues, theories, and research within the field; and other related matters. Enhance positive employee relations through open two-way communication and prompt resolution of issues. Implement relationship based retention strategies throughout the team.
  • Implement and guide comprehensive screening and assessment processes to ensure for individualized educational services for children and in evaluating their developmental progress toward established benchmarks. Analyzes internal and partner data to assess, plan for and make necessary adjustments in the quality of the community partnership program.
  • Work effectively with the Director Team to ensure smooth program operations and compliance with all quality standards including Colorado Child Care Rules and Regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC Standards, Educare Core Competencies, as well as state and local regulations.


  •  Manages contracts and contractor relationships for health, nutrition and early intervention services.
  •  Represents the program in the community to enhance collaboration and advance brand and reputation.
  •  Develops federal applications and monitors and prepares progress reports.

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