Early Childhood Council of Larimer County

Job Title: UPK Associate
Reports To: UPK Manager
Job Location: Fort Collins, CO (Hybrid Remote; in office at least once per week)
Work Schedule: Full-time, salary (40 hours/week). May require occasional evening or weekend hours.
Salary Range: $38,000-45,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to [email protected], and include job title in subject line. Applications submitted via Indeed or LinkedIn will NOT be considered. Accepting applications through February 8, 2023. 

Overview of ECCLC:
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) is an independent nonprofit organization that rallies
support, resources, and awareness to ensure every young child in our community has quality early childhood
experiences so they thrive from day one.

Position Summary:
At ECCLC, we are a close-knit team of professionals who value passion, innovation, adaptability and a sense
of humor. Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is coming to Larimer County (and across the state) in August
2023. ECCLC is the Local Coordinating Organization (LCO) for this statewide education initiative meaning that
is our responsibility to guide child care providers and families in navigating this new and exciting program.
The UPK (Universal Pre-Kindergarten) Program Associate is a key contributor to programmatic work, and
supports the development, rollout, implementation and continuous quality improvement of the UPK system in
Larimer County. This position serves an associate and coordination role in a cross-organization group of Early
Childhood advocates in Larimer County to ensure family support and navigation remain paramount to the
UPK program locally. This position will also support partnerships with multiple colleagues within ECCLC to
ensure a holistic focus on the UPK system locally, including coaching, early childhood mental health,
workforce support, funding and communications. This is an important role that will play a large part in
supporting our agency goal of significant positive transformation of the local ECE system.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
In collaboration with the UPK Manager, the UPK Associate will:
Family Support
● Assist families in applying for early childhood and family support programs and enrolling children with
early care and education providers.
● Connect families with additional support to ensure access to other available resources and services.
● Support the UPK Manager as they act as ECCLC liaison between community agencies serving families
with children 0-5.
● Collaborate with other LCOs across Colorado to support families’ access to early childhood and family
support programs and services in other communities.

● Attending local, family focused events to share information and offer support for UPK registration and
other general questions.
● Provide ongoing technical support to families using the system selected to manage UPK.
● Alongside the UPK Manager, work with early care and education providers to support workforce
recruitment and retention.
● In partnership with the EC Workforce team, support early childhood caregivers who are exempt from
licensing with family resources and resources related to health and safety, early childhood
development, and workforce development.

Program Support
● Provide ongoing technical support for programs using the system selected to manage UPK.
● Work towards ensuring availability of a mixed delivery system of school and community-based UPK
providers, including identifying existing providers and tracking goals and benchmarks for increasing
the availability of UPK providers.
● Collaborate with the ECCLC communications team to support the Be Ready campaign to align with
UPK communications, family support and outreach.
● In partnership with the EC Workforce Manager, support early childhood caregivers who are exempt
from licensing with family resources and other resources related to health and safety, early childhood
development, and professional development.
Partnerships
● Coordinate with the UPK Manager and other program staff to ensure support for providers in
developing and retaining a quality UPK workforce that is culturally and linguistically relevant to the
community.
● In coordination with UPK Manager and EC Workforce Manager, develop and distribute funding for a
Specialist Consultation Fund for ECE providers.
● Alongside the ECE program team, assist providers on the collection and reporting of key data in a
manner that minimizes the burden on families and providers and ensures privacy protections.
● Coordinate local school and community-based providers with the other available early childhood and
family support programs.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE IN THIS ROLE?
Early Childhood Council of Larimer County strives to deliver quality, responsive work to our community to
ensure that all young children in Larimer County can thrive from day one. In order to ensure that we are a
consistently high quality organization, we rely on our team members to embody our organization’s five core
values in all that you do.

● Collaboration: Employee consistently and proactively collaborates with both internal and external
partners, and with individuals and organizations who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Employee demonstrates respectful behavior towards others, regardless of their background.

● Recognition: Employee regularly offers recognition for others, and seeks out feedback and
opportunities for growth. Employee works hard to ensure that ECCLC is recognized as a strong and
respected partner in the community. Employee takes initiative to understand and recognize how bias,
both implicit and explicit, shows up in their work and throughout the early childhood system.
● Accountability: Employee demonstrates ownership of their work, accountability to partners and peers,
embodies a solution-focused attitude, and connects their work to the mission, vision and goals of the
ECCLC. Employee understands that work to advance their own DEI competency is never complete and
is committed to being a lifelong learner.
● Excellence: Employee models integrity, takes risks, learns from mistakes and strives to deliver
undeniably good work in all aspects of their role. Employee models work/life balance, and sets
appropriate boundaries to ensure success. Employee welcomes opportunities to learn from mistakes
and strives to hold themself accountable when it comes to advancing their own DEI competency
● Joy: Employee proactively seeks ways to find satisfaction and purpose in their day-to-day work, and
creates space for fun and celebration with both internal and external partners.

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS
Required:
● A minimum of 3 years of experience in an office setting or in early childhood
● Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
● Strong written and verbal communication skills; detail oriented
● Ability to multi-task and work independently
● Strong familiarity and comfort with technology, including Microsoft and Adobe products and Google
Suite
Desired:
● A degree in a field related to early childhood, human services, public administration or similar.
● An affinity for a non-profit, community-based work environment
● Foreign language skills

Note: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes they have the skills and the drive necessary to succeed here to apply for this role. 

JOB BENEFITS
ECCLC offers a comprehensive benefits package, including PTO, paid holidays, health, vision and dental, and
retirement benefits. For more information on our benefits package, click here.

ECCLC enhances diversity through inclusion of individuals reflective of characteristics including, and not limited to, race, ethnicity, age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, martial status, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status. Discrimination based on physical traits that are associated with a person’s race or ethnicity, including hair texture, type, style and headwear is prohibited in the State of Colorado by the Crown Act of 2020. 

 

To apply for this job email your details to careers@ecclc.org