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Professional Development Manager, Early Childhood Centers

CHS Central Office – Hershey, PA

The Professional Development Manager develops and oversees plans to promote the professional growth of CHS staff through training, continuing education experiences, certifications and other activities. This individual reports directly to the Program/Curriculum Director and is expected to leverage research-driven data to regularly assess the professional needs of the CHS workforce in close collaboration with the Research and Evaluation team. Furthermore, the individual will coordinate with HR to ensure professional development is part of the talent strategy and performance management process. The Professional Development Manager will also continue to stay up to date with the latest ECE and adult learning best practices and integrate them within CHS’ strategies and educational plans. Ultimately, this individual will develop and implement plans to ensure that professional development activities are available, accessible, high quality and relevant to subjects or content areas that reflect research-based and appropriate early childhood education practices.

Responsibilities include:

  • Organizing in-house trainings, in collaboration with HR, to ensure the CHS workforce is skilled and knowledgeable in ECE and adult education best practices
  • Facilitating CHS staff’s participation in continuing education experiences, activities and other professional development that promote professional knowledge sharing/acquisition within the ECE community
  • Ensuring CHS educators receive and maintain the appropriate ECE certifications and other regulatory trainings
  • Collaborating with the Research and Evaluation team to inform professional development activities with CHS’ educational outcome performance
  • Developing overall CHS professional development strategies and plans as well as counseling individuals on their professional development journey and opportunities 
  • Working with HR and PD teams to integrate professional development plans within the initiative’s overall talent strategy
  • Being an active member of the wider ECE community to stay up to date on the latest ECE and adult education trends, innovations and developments

Requirements include:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in education and/or HR related field
    • Certified Trainer by OCDEL, Department of Human Services, or PA Department of Education (preferred)
    • 4 years of experience in related role
    • Exceptional communication skills – written, verbal, and platform
    • Demonstrated exceptional organizational and time management skills
    • Demonstrated exceptional collaboration and interpersonal skills
    • Highly detail-oriented and dependable
    • Proficiency in using technology, including MS Office Suite (including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
    • Commitment to the mission and values of CHS and MHS and demonstrated high degree of integrity as all MHS and CHS staff are considered to be role models for students
    • Track record of developing and managing professional development activities
    • Knowledge of ECE certifications, and adult education latest best practices
    • Expertise in ECE pedagogy 
    • Experience measuring research-related outcomes and incorporating continuous improvements accordingly
    • Experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS), e-learning systems and face-to-face trainings
    • Previous experience in new venture or similar entrepreneurial, high-growth setting (preferred)
    • U.S. work authorization required


Who We Are and What We’re Looking For

At CHS, we are leaders passionate about early childhood education and community betterment. Our work is driven by the desire to endow children with the resources for educational and physical well-being, while supporting and empowering their families. We listen to the needs of our diverse community and adapt to give everyone a voice. We hold each-other accountable for bringing our best and most authentic selves to school every day, creating an environment of mutual respect.

We strive to build a team of individuals that is passionate about our mission, brings in new creative ideas, and loves their work. If this sounds like you, we look forward to seeing your application.

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About Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning

For more than 110 years, Milton Hershey School (MHS) has helped children realize their full potential by offering a top-notch private, cost-free education to students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade from income-eligible families. To expand and enhance the impact of Milton and Catherine Hershey’s vision, the Boards and management of Milton Hershey School and the Hershey Trust Company are launching the Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning (CHS), a cost-free, non-residential early childhood education program.

CHS plans to open six early childhood education Centers by 2027. The Centers are designed for children from birth to age 5 from economically disadvantaged and at-risk backgrounds with the goal of encouraging the development of a child’s educational, cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being. The CHS Initiative will provide a focus on core early learning programs through a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is aligned with a mission to nurture and educate enrolled children. Children also will receive supports such as nutritious meals and provisions of supplies, among other early learning enhancements. Finally, CHS will offer integrated support services for families of children enrolled in the Centers. CHS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes diversity.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.