Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) - Walnut Creek, CA


Category:            Full-time, Exempt (Salaried)

Supervisor:         Chief Program Officer

Date Posted:       April 24, 2024



ECEPTS’ work encompasses ECE Apprenticeships, Field Building, and Systems Change/Advocacy. Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPS) Directors focus primarily on the development, expansion, and ongoing implementation of ECEPTS RAPS and partnerships, in California and nationally. The successful candidate will possess background, skills, and experience in managing implementation of ECE workforce, professional development, and/or career pathway projects – especially those that include college credit-bearing coursework. S/he will also have extensive knowledge of the field of Early Care and Education, strong experience with higher education (especially community colleges), and some understanding of the workforce system and/or Registered Apprenticeship system.


Project Development and Management: Work with ECEPTS senior leadership and core team, employer and training partners, and stakeholders to design, implement and sustain ECEPTS RAPs.

  • Develop project goals, implementation timelines, budgets, and deliverables.
  • Develop and support strategic partnerships, clarifying roles and responsibilities, providing training and technical assistance to employer partners and training partners, etc.
  • Contribute to research and evaluation projects related to ECEPTS and ECEPTS projects.
  • Contribute to project-specific budget planning, management, and sustainability planning.

Community Relations & Advocacy: Represent ECEPTS in field building and systems change activities.

  • Participate in ECEPTS field building and training institutes, providing training and coaching.
  • Present workshops at relevant ECE, workforce development, and apprenticeship conferences.
  • Responsible for relationship management vis a vis strategic partners and/or stakeholders.

Other Duties as Needed and Assigned.


  • BA degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • At least three years of experience in ECE professional development and/or career education programming, including engagement with colleges and degree-driven career pathways.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, access, and successfully working with historically marginalized communities (e.g., people of color, immigrants, first generation college students, low income workers).
  • Demonstrated success in project development, administration, budget, and grants management.
  • Strong organizational abilities including project planning, development, and task facilitation.
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative, respectful working relationships with diverse groups (e.g., ECEPTS team, employer partners, college partners, consultants, stakeholders).
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and public presentation skills.
  • Computer expertise with Microsoft Office, Google applications, email, database systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and relationship-building skills.
  • Detail-oriented, resourceful, results driven, self-motivated, excellent follow-through skills.


This is a full-time position with occasional additional hours to address the needs of the organization. Moderate travel (25-30%) to meetings, site visits, conferences, training events, etc. – including some overnight travel by land and air. Requires working occasional weekends and weeknights. Must be able to work remotely as well as in the ECEPTS offices in Walnut Creek, California, and be available for in-person meetings and gatherings, as needed. Candidates must reside in/or be willing to relocate to  California.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions/physical requirements of the job.

  • Ability to work at a computer workstation for periods of up to 4 hours at a time.
  • Ability to speak on the telephone or Internet platforms (e.g., Zoom) for up to 4 hours per day.
  • Ability to sit for up to 3 hours without breaks at meetings.
  • Willingness to attend offsite meetings, conferences, site visits, etc.


ECEPTS offers a competitive annual salary for this role commensurate with qualifications and experience. ECEPTS offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, generous vacation, sick time, and paid holidays, 403(b) retirement plan including matching employer contributions, life and AD&D insurance, employer-paid short-term disability, long-term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Subject line: RAPS Director - Your Name. The cover letter should explain your interest in working with ECEPTS, a statement of how this position aligns with your professional interests and goals, and a summary of your relevant qualifications and experience.


Screening of applications will begin in mid-May. Position will remain open until filled.


ECEPTS, a project of Tides Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


How to Apply

Click here to email us about this position

Contact Info

Job Details

Category: Management

Type: FT

Location: Walnut Creek, CA

Salary: 112000.00 - 180000.00

Posted On: April 29th, 2024

Agency Details



The mission of Early Care & Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) is to advance the rigorous professional development and economic well-being of the Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce so that all children can reap the full benefits of their early learning and care experiences.

ECEPTS approaches the economic and systemic conundrums facing the ECE industry through the lens of workforce development. Almost entirely female and in the majority women of color, the ECE workforce includes large numbers of recent immigrants, working mothers, and first-generation college students who face challenges and barriers to success common among non-traditional students and workers. In addressing these challenges, ECEPTS has been a trail blazer in developing Registered Apprenticeships that incorporate research-based supports leading to consistently high rates of program completion.

ECEPTS is a fast-growing startup organization with a strong record of success and impact. Since its inception in 2019, ECEPTS has launched ECE Apprenticeships across the state, provided far-reaching field building opportunities, and emerged as an influential leader in both the ECE industry and the workforce system. Having received a contract from the U.S. Department of Labor in July 2023 to serve as an Industry Intermediary for Early Care and Education, ECEPTS is now as focused on national engagement as it is on statewide expansion in California. ECEPTS is unique in its intention and skill at forging relationships with those doing similar or complimentary work in ECE, higher education, and workforce development, and building a national voice to amplify myriad challenges too long ignored and systemic barriers assumed to be unsolvable.

Randi Wolfe, Ph.D., is both the founder and Executive Director of ECEPTS. She is a strong, visionary leader and widely respected for her expertise and skills. In creating ECEPTS, her commitment has been to build a mission-driven organization that reflects the strengths of non-profits within a structure that allows the organization to remain nimble and effective even as it grows. The organization is guided by the values of respect, competence, commitment to results, and integrity. Visit to learn more.