Career Opportunities


Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Director

Early Learning Ventures, a nonprofit organization, is focused on increasing access to high quality Early Care and Education (ECE) through a unique model of shared services that streamlines business functions and make managing a financially stable, high-quality business attainable. Working with a network of partners and through an web-based business platform, Early Learning Ventures is supporting providers to strengthen their businesses, save time and money, and, most importantly, offer quality care to more children.

Through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CC Partnership) initiative ELV and its collaborators are poised to deliver best-in-class, comprehensive early childhood services to eligible children in high-need, low-capacity communities in four counties across Colorado. ELV’s capacity to maximize efficiency and effectiveness through their innovative shared services model will allow the service delivery team to leverage resources in support infant and toddler development.  The EHS-CC Director will be responsible for the administration of the Early Head Start program, including all program mandates and standards being met, oversight of record-keeping and monitoring systems, and development of community partnerships. This position will lead the development of structures, systems, and procedures to facilitate quality implementation of EHS-CC Partnerships, and bear responsibility for fiscal, legal, and programmatic aspects of the program. Additionally, this position will work collaboratively with ELV’s Director, as well as program consultants/managers and community child care providers to deliver EHS services in the Child Care partner sites.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Participate in the design of EHS-CC Partnership internal structures, systems, and policies and responsible for EHS compliance of EHS standards
  • Ensure adequate systems are in place to maintain highest quality of EHS services to children and families in compliance with EHS Performance Standards
  • Ensure consistency and coordination in service delivery while encouraging continuous improvement of systems
  • Assumes an active role in program self-assessment, and prepares annual Program Information Report as it relates to EHS
  • Prepare EHS program reports for Board of Directors and Policy Council 12 times per year and completes and submits regular reports to funding sources, Board of Directors, and the Policy Committee
  • Requires Local Travel in Colorado 30-50 %

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required) in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, social welfare, public administration, or one of the social sciences preferred
  • A minimum of three years Early Care and Education Program Management preferred
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in Head Start or Early Head Start administration, including balancing regulatory requirements with budget constraints and growing community needs
  • Experience in human services program management, including program planning, operations and evaluation, and the use of management information systems
  • Proven leadership ability, including community collaboration leadership
  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience with 10 plus direct reports

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, FSA, 401(k) and bonus. ELV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Development Manager

Merage Foundation and their private nonprofit operating foundation, Early Learning Ventures (ELV),  is seeking a Development Manager to provide high-level, strategic support to ELV’s efforts to secure funding from Foundations and other donors for both unrestricted and restricted purposes, and government agencies for public-private partnerships. The ideal candidate will have a track record of fundraising success, and a passion for the ELV mission of improving the quality of Early Care and Education. The Development Manager will play a critical role in executing the organization’s national scale and sustainability strategy and under the direction of the Executive Director, is responsible for establishing, planning, directing, and coordinating all fund development and strategic partnership activities.  The performance of this role will be assessed on the results of the development and aggressive growth strategy of revenue generation.

Early Learning Ventures is dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable child care. To that end, the organization focuses its efforts on improving the quality of early child care programs offered at the nation’s center- and home-based child care facilities.  Early Learning Ventures has developed a unique model of shared services to streamline business functions and make managing a financially stable, high-quality business attainable. Working with a network of partners and through an online, cost-effective business platform, Early Learning Ventures is supporting providers to strengthen their businesses, save time and money, and, most importantly, offer quality care to more children.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of all aspects of the organization’s fund development strategy
  • Prospect for potential new partnerships, joint ventures, and strategic alliance opportunities; analyzing their feasibility, shaping specific opportunities, presenting recommendations internally, and negotiating funding agreements
  • Continually seek out opportunities for stewardship and cultivation of both current and potential funders, including arranging and leading site visits
  • Conduct research and maintain knowledge of the Early care and Education sector, current trends, publications and key data, as well as a deep understanding of the ELV model, evaluation and effectiveness
  • Oversees continuous research, development, and up-to-date knowledge on social investment strategies and works to increase the connections to foundations and other funding organizations
  • Ensures compliance with prospect management guidelines for tracking and maintenance of contact and progress reporting
  • Increase awareness of ELV in the public sector to support national expansion
  • Develop and execute ELV’s government relations efforts to educate policy makers on issues related to the delivery of high quality child care, and serve as an effective high-level advocate at both the state and federal level
  • Prepare summary reports, legislative testimony and other assigned communication to support ELV public-private partnership efforts
  • Organize VIP visitor events at our programs, speak at conferences, work with Congressional leaders and Executive Branch officials in leveraging new financial and technical resources, and serving as the ELV spokesperson in the policy and fund development arenas
  • Strengthen relationships with strategic allies (industry groups, advocacy groups, legislators, and executive branch officials)
  • Build relationships with local, state, and national foundation leaders so they are aware of ELV, its impact in the community, and its position on issues related to ECE

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required (Marketing or Sales Preferred)
  • At least three years of developing and/or closing strategic partnerships in the six and seven figure range
  • At least five years of experience writing grants for a nonprofit organization with proven track record of securing six- and seven-figure grants preferred
  • Graduate (Master’s Degree, JD or Ph.D.) preferred
  • Experience or interest in the Early Childhood Education sector, or related sector preferred
  • This position will require flexibility to travel frequently (25%+) with the possibility of little notice, and the flexibility to work evenings and weekends for special events

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, FSA, 401(k) and bonus. ELV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Client Support Specialist

Early Learning Ventures (ELV) is a rapidly growing organization, and we are continually adding new, career-driven team members. We are currently seeking a Client Support Specialist to join our team. This is an excellent opportunity for a dedicated professional with the hunger and drive to learn and grow professionally in a great team-atmosphere!

Early Learning Ventures is a Colorado-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to quality child care.  ELV works to implement shared services in the child care industry and to create efficiencies in businesses providing child care services.  Through the integration of an online resource platform, specialized web based child care management system, and full bookkeeping and accounting back office solution, into the operations of participating child care providers, ELV is able streamline the often difficult and diverse tasks of running a small independent child care business, and make managing a financially stable, high-quality business, attainable.

Key Job Responsibilities Include:

The Client Support Specialist will interact with early child care programs and stakeholders to provide and process information in response to inquiries, concerns, and requests about ELV’s shared services program and supporting technology platforms. The Client Support Specialist will also train early child care programs on the use of ELV’s web based software system and online resource platform.  The Client Support Specialist will process new customer contracts, schedule training sessions, conduct training sessions, respond to customer questions and concerns, collaborate with team members to develop and improve various processes and policies, and follow procedures to ensure best practices are executed.

Key Job Duties Include:

  • Serve Early Child Care programs, in person and remotely, by providing product and service information; troubleshooting and resolving product and service problems
  • Deliver training on product and services to Early Child Care program directors and staff in a variety of formats, including instructor-led and webinars
  • Assist in development and maintenance of training content that can be used in in-person and online trainings
  • Maintain records in various reporting databases and prepare product and service reports
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, providing feedback and reinforcement on a regular basis
  • Follow project objectives, policies, procedures and performance standards within boundaries of requirements and project specifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business preferred or 1-3 years’ experience in customer service, data entry, product training
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Must be extremely proficient with Microsoft Office Products
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and multi-task effectively
  • Local Travel within Colorado required – 20-60%

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, FSA, 401(k) and bonus.  Please submit your cover letter with salary history.

ELV is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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