Executive Director

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

Location: Washington, D.C. metro area preferred; works remotely from home

NAFCC seeks a new Executive Director to provide leadership and steer the organization through an era of big changes in the field of early care and education that has placed many pressures on family child care providers. The priorities for this Executive Director will be to ensure: that the priorities of the family child care field are effectively represented on the national stage, that our members receive excellent value and support to provide the highest quality services to children and families, that NAFCC financing strategies are strong and diversified, and to drive strategic change in partnership with the board of directors.

NAFCC is the only national organization devoted to family child care providers, who are hardworking and loving small business owners to whom parents entrust the care and nurturing of their young children. Family child care providers face challenges including isolation, lack of recognition as important early educators, and difficulty in finding information on best practices with children and as small businesses that is tailored to their needs. NAFCC helps address those needs by linking members to information, building the community by connecting providers to each other and holding an annual conference, and operating the only national accreditation system for high quality in family child care homes. NAFCC serves 3,500 members annually and has a budget of $900,000. NAFCC also has regional representatives from multiple states and over 20 state associations working in partnership with its mission.

Executive Leadership Opportunity

NAFCC is seeking an experienced leader with knowledge the field of early care and education who will advocate on behalf of family child care. We seek a leader with a vision of growth and opportunity through partnership with other organizations in the early care and education field.

The Executive Director will report to the NAFCC Board of Directors and be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, including revision and implementation of its strategic plan, oversight of a calendar of major events, enhancing its strong public policy presence and delivering value to grow its membership.

Qualified Candidates Must Have:

  • At least five years of executive level management experience with a preferred experience in the context of a membership-driven, comparably-sized non-profit organization
  • A demonstrated track record of results in generating funds and revenue (e.g., marketing, beneficial business partnerships and foundation support)
  • Knowledge of the field of early care and education and policy advocacy
  • Experience in board governance and membership relations

Ideal Candidates Will Have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (e.g., business, early care and education, public administration) with a graduate degree preferred (e.g., MBA, MPA, MPP, MSW, MEd)
  • Demonstrated track record in managing and directing programs in membership-based organizations, with growing responsibility and increasing fiscal results over time. 
  • Leadership skills, including excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong public speaking experience and proven negotiation skills.
  • Strong project management skills, particularly in an event-driven type organization.  Multi-tasking track record, ensuring all details and logistics are properly handled.
  • Familiarity with the early care and education policy landscape, national organizations and stakeholder groups.
  • Proven track record in motivating and managing a small, high-impact team, serving as both a coach and player.
  • High energy, self-directed, ability to juggle short and longer-term priorities, capable of both delegating and performing the work necessary to keep the organization on track.
  • Strong financial management skills with proven ability to manage to budget, and institute financial controls. 
  • Experience in developing and cultivating sponsorship, partnership, and foundation relationships.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a national board of directors to implement the vision and mission of the corporation.

To apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: EDsearch@nafcc.org