Scholar-in-Residence Job Opening

The Children’s Foundation of Mississippi (CFM) is seeking a highly qualified, experienced professional for a Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) position.  This position is a time-limited position funded by the Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 (PDG). 

The overall goal of the SIR is to provide consultation on improving systems on behalf of Mississippi’s young children by making a substantive contribution in both policy and programmatic areas, in concert with the Children’s Foundation and other PDG partners.


  • Determine successful policy and programmatic components from other states that can serve as a model for Mississippi,
  • Mentor up to two graduate students who are working on CFM’s research, policy, and programmatic efforts, pursuant to the PDG activities,
  • Provide feedback to the overall PDG team on the needs assessment and resultant implications for the PDG strategic plan,
  • Work collaboratively with the CFM Sustainability Coordinator to provide programmatic, research, and policy background information on blended and braided funding and identify specific opportunities for such funding.
  • Monitor and report on progress toward meeting the above responsibilities.


  • Master’s degree in early care and education policy, economics, public administration, or a closely related field, with Ph.D. preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of mentoring graduate students,
  • Demonstrated success in writing policy, programmatic, and research briefs, developing and implementing sustainability strategies.
  • Strong knowledge of sustainability principles and practices and demonstrated ability regarding the potential of blended funding opportunities among state agencies.
  • Excellent analytical, research, and problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to present data and recommendations clearly and convincingly.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Minimum 5 years, post-Master’s experience.

Compensation:  This will be based on experience. It is anticipated that this contractor position will be up to 25 hours/week.