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.
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.
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.
• 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
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
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Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer