Assistant Director of Early Learning

Greater Lawrence Community Action Council - Lawrence, MA2.8

Full-timeEstimated: $55,000 - $75,000 a year
The Assistant Director of Early Learning is a key leadership role responsible for assisting in the overall implementation of Child Development principles and school readiness efforts including leadership and technical expertise for program staff. Ensures interpretation and implementation of all aspects of Head Start Performance Standards, DEEC regulations, funding source requirements and policies/practices. Work in partnership with management team for the common goal of programs excellence.

Provides direction and leadership to the Education and Health and Disabilities Content Areas.
Oversees a management system that ensures Quality Mentoring; Teaching and Learning practices which supports professional development for achieving positive teacher outcomes.
Responsible for the overall budget for education, health/disability ensuring responsible expenditures.
Provides oversight for the Child Development Coaches, including design, implementation, and training.
Creates and implement program evaluation and insures that CLASS standards are met.
Responsible for the overall analysis of data for School Readiness and submission of summary report to Director.
Responsible for the recommendation and implementation for program improvement, and compliance.
Responsible for ensuring an educational program with focus on principles of early childhood education, appropriate curricula; child health, development and growth, and caring and safe environment for children.
Responsible for ensuring a framework for effective practice, high quality educational programs, school readiness, and ensuring professional development and coaching as needed, to ensure positive outcomes.
Confer with Division Director and Management team to review achievements and discuss required changes in program emphasis based on outcomes.
Assist with proposal and grant applications.
Responsible for overall full compliance of both State and Federal regulations as it relates to program accountability.
Ensure delivery of pre-service and in-service training sessions for education, health/disability staff.
Facilitates the development of community resources related to early childhood education and staff training.
Assure all facilities meet Health and Safety federal and state regulations.
Engage in ongoing monitoring of programs operation in collaboration with management team and Division Director.
Ensure that current programs are working effectively and assist with design and implementation of new initiatives.
Assures remediation of any non-compliance and incorporates recommendations into planning for program improvement.
Other duties as needed based on the program needs.
Supervisory Responsibility: Supervises Education Manager and Health, Nutrition and Disabilities Manager.

Travel: Is required for training, meetings and to visit other sites.

Physical Demands: This position requires standing, walking, sitting, as well as using hands repetitively to handle or operate standard office equipment. Employee is occasionally requires to bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move items up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment and uses standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines.

Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in Early Childhood Education or related field, plus minimum of five years in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration.
DEEC Director II qualifications required (knowledge of DEEC & Head Start regulations a plus).
Excellent communication, organizational, leadership, and grant writing skills.
Must have use of a car/means of transportation and valid Driver’s License.
Flexible schedule is required to meet the needs of our children and families; including some evenings/weekends.
CPR and First Aid certificate preferred or ability to maintain CPR/ FA within 30 days of hire.
Show documented proof of current physical exam, negative TB test and proof of MMR immunity. (Hepatitis B immunity is advisable).
Must have a suitable CORI, SORI & DCF background check on file prior to employment.
Must have a suitable fingerprint check completed prior to employment.