Director, National Program for Playground Safety

Posted: 10/17/2023

Director, National Program for Playground Safety
College of Education 
Impact & Responsibilities: Provides direction and leadership to the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS); directs all programming and services related to playground safety activities; promotes, manages, and monitors the effectiveness of services and service delivery; delivers advanced playground safety technical assistance to clients throughout the state and beyond; oversees educational outreach to professionals; oversees income generation and program funding related to playground safety activities; prepares and compiles reports to funding agencies; directs budget and leads income generation to fund operational expenses; responsible for building collaborative relationships with key agencies, organizations, and leaders in Iowa and beyond to support the educational outreach and growth of the National Program for Playground Safety; and hires staff and vendors as needed.
Requirements: Bachelor's degree in education, early childhood, recreation studies, or related field; at least five years of experience coordinating complex operations and overseeing multiple initiatives; external partner experience; ability to collaborate with various constituents across campus and externally; and grants and contracts experience.
Some work outside of normal work hours and moderate travel will be necessary.
Preferred: Master's or other terminal degree in education, early childhood, recreation studies, business or related fields; leadership in a statewide or regional academic setting; experience in playground safety, early childhood education and child life expertise; and experience in safety management, risk assessment, hazard control, understanding compliance with safety standards, and managing safe play environments.
UNI actively seeks to enhance diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from persons of color, women, individuals living with disabilities, and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state law.
The University offers an excellent benefits package including a vacation plan, employer sponsored retirement plans, health and dental insurance, and life and disability insurance. Benefits package details can be viewed at Application materials received by Sunday, November 19th will be given first consideration. For more information or to apply, visit Criminal and other relevant background checks required. UNI is a tobacco free campus.

Type of Employment: Full-Time