Early Childhood Executive Director at Guild Education

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Guild is hiring for an Early Childhood Executive Director to launch an early childhood education center designed to serve its team members’ children.

In fall 2020, Guild is launching an on-site early childhood education center to serve its employees. Guild is thinking differently about childcare and preschool for our employees, aligning them to our mission and reflecting the needs and differences of our Guild employee population. Guild aims to ensure that its employees feel empowered to have audacious goals for both their career and their family life. That necessitates the tools and resources to help Guilders more successfully integrate work and family, in addition to creating a caring environment in which employees’ children thrive. 

There are many elements of our approach that we will look to our Early Childhood Executive Director to co-define with us. Here are some of the things that we know today:

  • Guild is planning to support our employees’ children including infant, toddler and preschool aged kids, with spots for 50-60 kids to launch with room to grow meaningfully
  • Program and philosophy will be play-based in nature 
  • Guild has identified a great dedicated space adjacent to Guild’s office in Republic Plaza - note that this is in the heart of downtown Denver. 
  • We intend for our program to meet not just the bar for licensing, but to exceed higher-quality standards and practices in facility design, teacher ratios, and operations.
  • Guild will provide a subsidy to the program to help offset some tuition costs for employees

Over time, as Guild’s employee base grows, Guild intends to grow its early childhood program and seeks a leader that would be eager to grow the footprint of the program in partnership with us.

As the Early Childhood Executive Director you will:

  • Launch and lead the Beehive, and be the connective tissue between Guild and the day to day operations of the school 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert, bringing your depth of experience as an education leader to the decisions related to launching this new program
  • Manage the team that oversees all aspects of the center on a day-to-day basis, including hiring a Program Director, teachers, and additional staff
  • Develop a playbook for launching and running an on-site child care program, balancing the rules and regulations of the space with an innovative approach
  • Explore uncharted territory and collaborate with the Guild leadership team to think in a new and different way about employer-based child care
  • Determine the programmatic approach and operational procedures for running the program
  • Join a team at Guild committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that you’d support every day

You are a strong fit for this role if you have:

  • An entrepreneurial and innovative background with experience starting things from scratch 
  • Deep experience building and contributing to the successful launch of an educational organization, early childhood center, elementary school, or related educational venture
  • Strong team building & management skills - both of your team and your teachers, as well as management of constituency groups like boards, parents, etc…! 
  • An ability to navigate relationships with a breadth of stakeholders including senior executives at Guild, programmatic staff in the center, and families
  •  An operational mindset and an eagerness to take action, with a can-do mindset and a real comfort with ambiguity
  • The financial acumen to manage the operations of The Beehive in alignment with the budget, with experience overseeing budgets ranging from $1M - $10M
  • An ability to develop a vision and balance the big picture with the need to attend to the day-to-day details of running a high-quality early childhood program
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility, and patience and eagerness to work in a fast-paced, fun, and collaborative environment
  • Experience leading and/or operating early childhood centers and have ideally launched or overseen the start of a school. Expertise with Colorado licensing is a plus.

About Guild:

Guild is increasing economic mobility for working adults by partnering with the largest employers in the country to offer education as a benefit to their employees via our marketplace of nonprofit universities and education institutions. Guild’s proprietary technology platform facilitates the administration of this innovative benefit and our team of coaches helps each employee navigate the path back to school, providing individualized support from day one through program completion. 

We also just became the latest female-led company to hit a $1billion valuation and the only B-corp with those qualifications. Our Series D round was led by Ken Chenault, General Catalyst Partners chairman and former CEO of AMEX, and joined by Emerson Collective, LeadEdge Capital, and Iconiq. 

Guild Education is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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An Insider's view of Guild Education

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We're fast-paced and got a little bit of a startup vibe, so there's always plenty to learn from and grow!People are collaborative and ready to bring their knowledge, experience, and ideas to the table to make sure we're doing right by each other and our students.As hard-working as everyone is, you can also be rest assured we also love to celebrate!

Kendry

Bilingual Student Success Advisor

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

We're incredibly cross functional and believe heavily in developing and cultivating strong relationships not only with our external partners, but internally across and within departments as well. One of my favorite traditions is that each new hire at Guild is given a coffee card when they start to encourage them to grab coffee with others and get t

Annie

Partner Marketing, Employer Success

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Since my humble beginning as a Guild Intern, I have had opportunities afforded to me that stretch me in ways that align with my values and push me to be a little uncomfortable while still having welcome support. I’m now in a position where I get to learn first-hand from experts that I don’t believe I was qualified for before working at Guild.

Paco

Senior Associate of University Operations

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

My team works on ensuring that new users can find what they need and engage with our platform easily. Many of the technical challenges we face involve scaling the early-stage version of Guild’s app into something more flexible for our next growth phase. We deal with the difficult (but fascinating!) tradeoffs of these decisions every day.

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What are Guild Education Perks + Benefits

Guild Education Benefits Overview

At Guild, we’re expanding opportunity for America’s workforce, and we’re committed to doing the same for our own employees by supporting them professionally and personally. Guild offers benefits and perks to support all employees and their families. From $0 medical premiums to a flexible parental leave policy to tuition assistance to company equity for all employees, we have something for everyone at Guild.

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Volunteer in local community
Guild has a yearly "Guild Gives Back" day, where we provide organized volunteer opportunities to all our employees as well as a "12 Days of Giving" around the holidays!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Guild has a highly diverse management team, with nearly 75% of employees reporting to female leadership.
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
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401(K)
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Generous Parental Leave
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Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
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Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
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Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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