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  • Executive Director
    The University of Nebraska seeks a visionary leader to serve as Executive Director (chief executive) of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Established in 2011 with a gift from philanthropist Susie Buffett, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute has, in the last decade, grown to become a world leader in early childhood education. The Institute fulfills its mission of applied research, practice, policy, and outreach through its work with school districts and superintendents to close the opportunity gap in the Greater Omaha region, through its focus on supporting effective early childhood practices and policies in child care homes and centers and in schools, and through its efforts to ensure a high-quality early childhood workforce across the state of Nebraska. The Institute is part of the University of Nebraska system and works across all four campuses of the system. 

    Reporting to the President of the University through the Executive Vice President/Provost, the Executive Director of the Institute provides strategic direction and oversight for Institute staff, programs, and collaborations with the four campuses of the university, the education and child care community in the state of Nebraska, the nation, and the world. The Executive Director is the chief executive of the Institute with the primary charge to continue to build the reputation and work of the Institute as a state and national leader in the early childhood education community through an integrated program of early childhood research and scholarship, innovative practice and professional development, and outreach and policy. The Executive Director oversees a team of associate executive directors and directors responsible for each of the Institute's primary divisions of research, education, professional development, and outreach/policy and a total staff of 70 individuals.

    The University seeks a leader with expertise in early childhood education, child development, or other child-related field with some applied background. The Executive Director will bring outstanding credentials that warrant a senior faculty appointment with tenure in a department on one or more of the University of Nebraska campuses together with appointment as the Richard D. Holland Presidential Chair in Early Childhood Development. The successful candidate will have an earned doctorate in a relevant discipline or appropriate terminal degree; passion for the success and well-being of children and their families; a track record of successful fundraising and development of external partnerships; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; collaborative and creative energy in working with faculty, staff, students, and community partners; entrepreneurial ambition; and a commitment to high-quality research with practical applications that are accessible to communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Associate Director of Communications
    The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Associate Director of Communications. The Associate Director manages the day-to-day operations of the communications unit and leads events, project management, internal communications, database creation and management, as well as implements communications and marketing programs and activities, and assists with media relations. Requirements for the position include a bachelor's degree, six years of experience implementing communications strategies and programs for an organization, demonstrated supervisory experience, exceptional writing, editing, and copy editing skills with attention to detail, and demonstrated success in developing and implementing internal communications programs to staff.
  • Office Associate/Receptionist
    The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Office Associate/Receptionist. Specific support will be provided to the Operations unit. In addition to greeting visitors and receiving phone calls, the Office Associate/Receptionist will be responsible for calendaring and logistical support, travel support, business operations support, and other general office duties. Requirements for the position include a high school diploma, two years of administrative office experience, demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills with attention to detail. 
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