Start Early. Start well.
We will continue to add staff positions as our programs unfold.
Current open positions include:


  • Associate Director of Program Development
    The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Associate Director of Program Development to lead early childhood programming initiatives that support the Institute’s efforts to close achievement and opportunity gaps for children who have been placed in circumstances of risk. The Associate Director for Program Development will work closely with the Director of Program Development and other Institute directors and staff to design and facilitate state and local initiatives that build capacity for comprehensive, systemic approaches to early childhood education and services, birth through Grade 3. This individual will work within metro Omaha and in greater Nebraska, collaborating actively with state and local agencies and organizations. Highlighting the goals of increasing opportunity to learn and reducing achievement gaps among Nebraska’s young children of greatest need, these efforts will focus on innovative strategies that strengthen early childhood leadership among educational administrators in schools and communities, along with technical assistance for strategic early childhood planning and systems development. Requirements for the position include a master’s degree or equivalent in early childhood education, educational leadership, or a related field; five to eight years demonstrated effective experience in district- and school-level administration and leadership; a minimum of five years demonstrated leadership in promoting educational equity; reducing income- and race-based opportunity gaps; promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among teachers and school administrators; and working sensitively and effectively with individuals who are racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse; knowledge of research-based educational practices and programs for children, birth – Grade 3; knowledge of state and national issues related to early childhood education, with an emphasis on interventions for children placed at risk; and knowledge of funding streams and programming options for early childhood education, birth – Grade 3. 


  • Professional Learning Specialist
    The Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking applications from qualified individuals for the position of Professional Learning Specialist. Reporting to the Associate Director of Professional Learning, this individual will design and deliver online and in-person professional learning experiences that support early childhood educators and leaders in promoting equity, quality, and continuity in early care and education, birth through Grade 3. This includes leading live professional learning sessions, creating multimedia online learning resources, and facilitating collaboration among professionals in person and in the digital space. The goal of these initiatives is to enhance the knowledge, skills, and well-being of early childhood professionals in ways that increase opportunity to learn and reduce opportunity gaps among young children in Nebraska and beyond. Requirements for the position include a bachelor's degree and five years of experience in working with children from birth through age 8 and their families; designing and delivering instruction in an online learning management system; facilitating engaging professional learning experiences for educators both online and in person; and working with racial, cultural, linguistic, and economic diversity.
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