Education Director

Email Twitter Facebook MySpace Stumble Upon Digg | More |

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS), established in 1853, is one of New York City’s leading child and family service organizations. Today the CAS Early Childhood Department serves nearly 1000 low-income children ages 0-5 in schools and community centers across 12 sites throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx through a combination of EarlyLearn, Universal Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start and Early Head Start funding. The mission of the Early Childhood Department is to prepare young children for kindergarten. The Early Childhood 0-5 Education Director will manage a site that holds both Early Head Start and Head Start programs. The Educational Director will report to one of the Division’s two Deputy Directors.

Qualifications:

The Education Director must have qualifications that satisfy Federal Head Start requirements and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Article 47 regulations.

Credentials:

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in Education or Child Development or a related field. New York State Certification is mandated, as well as 2-5 years teaching experience. The ideal candidate will also have at least 2 to 5 years supervisory experience.

Other Qualifications:

• Bilingual preferred
• Experience working with infants and toddlers, and children with Special Needs
• Dedicated, excited and passionate about working with children and families
• Professional approach
• Resourceful & dependable
• Excellent communication and computer skills
• High level computer skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Commitment to professional development for themselves and their staff

Responsibilities:

Program Design, Management and Supervision

• Provide leadership and supervision across all areas of the program. Directly supervise staff – education, social service, support, etc. Leadership may be provided through the following: supporting teachers with lesson plans and curriculum implementation, holding case conferences with social service staff, scheduling in-service training, providing staff development workshops and holding parent meetings.
• Plan and provide comprehensive training for parents and staff on the purpose, goals, and culture of Early Childhood programming (Head Start, Early
Head Start, etc) – workshops, staff and parent orientations, etc.
• Serve as a liaison among the various program areas: Early Childhood Education and Health, Family and Community Partnerships, Program Design and Management, the Public School System, Community Organizations, Policy Committee Members, etc.
• Provide administrative oversight – review files, monitor tracking tools, develop efficient policies and procedures.
• Assist in planning recruitment strategies and orchestrate PR opportunities for the program.
• Meet regularly with staff and parents.
• Serve as a positive partner with fellow CAS Directors (Community Schools, Community Centers, etc)
• Work closely with the Education, Mental Health, Special Needs, and Nutrition consultants, as well as Special Needs therapists and providers.

Curriculum and Instruction

• Promote high-quality teaching and learning in the classroom that leads to children’s school readiness.
• Plan and establish an environment in which children develop trusting and accepting relationships with adults and peers that foster growth and development.
• Design and execute a developmentally appropriate and integrated curriculum which provides opportunities for children’s meaningful exploration.
Governance
• Work with the parents on the Center Policy Committee to provide high-quality programming that best meets families’ needs and interests.
• Assist staff in the coordination of projects for parents, encouraging the involvement of parents in policy decisions.

Family Engagement

• Build and foster trusting partnerships with families; serve as a role model for these types of relationships for staff.
• Design and implement robust parent programming (i.e. workshops, classroom/office/kitchen volunteers, community programming, etc.) and encourage parent involvement and communication through a variety of methods (e.g., newsletters, bulletin boards, classroom events, center-wide activities, and “open-door” policy).
• Work with Family Workers to recruit, enroll, and maintain eligible families for full program enrollment.
• Facilitate meetings with families when there are outstanding developmental or behavioral issues with children.

Record Maintenance, Screening and Assessment

• Coordinate and submit a variety of reports to the Central Office.
• Oversee all data management for contract compliance, for example: screenings, attendance, ongoing assessments, case notes, etc.
• Responsible for monitoring all program information on data management systems.
• Responsible for reporting data during reviews by city, state and federal authorities.

Professional Development

• Plan, coordinate, implement a wide range of diverse, applicable, and creative professional development opportunities for all staff
• Participate in offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, and/or all-staff conferences.
• Maintain certification requirements and proof of attendance in professional activities.
• Support the growth of the center including participating in program-wide goal setting and individual and program self-assessment.

Health and Safety

• Adhere to all state and city licensing requirements, teacher child/ratios, and CPR/first aid certification.
• Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children, families and staff

Please upload a cover letter and resume below:

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer

Hours per Week: 
35
Full or Part Time: 
Full Time
Salary or Hourly: 
Salary
Location: 
PS 152- Washington Heights
Minimum Education: 
Bachelor's Degree
Apply Now