Educational Director


Early Learn



Reports To
Deputy Director of Early Learn

Mott Haven

Summary/ Objective

The East Side House Head Start/Daycare program is focused on school readiness for all of our participating children and families. We expect that each staff member works to ensure that children are nurtured in their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development so that they are ready to learn and achieve in school. Also, we expect that each staff member fosters partnership with families so that they can support school learning and achievement as well as advocate for their children and themselves. We expect that all staff will work collaboratively, and with the community, to promote school readiness while creating a safe, healthy and protective environment.

Level I: Scope of responsibility for site(s) with total Head Start funded capacity of less than 150 children
Level II: Scope of responsibility for site(s) with total Head Start funded capacity of 150-299 children
Level III: Scope of responsibility for site(s) with total Head Start funded capacity of 300 or more

Essential Functions:
Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Early Learn the incumbent will:
• Give parents greater insight to child development and the learning process as envisioned in the philosophy of Head Start.
• Responsible to assess further professional development that will enhance the teaching ability of his/her staff by identifying opportunities to attend workshops, seminars and classes as deemed appropriate.
• Responsible for evaluating the teaching staff on a consistent basis and an annual basis.
• Reviews and analyzes monthly education reports to assists the needs of the site to ensure compliance of DOE/ACS/HSPS.
• Monitors the implementation of staff responsibilities through monthly supervisory meetings, site team meetings and the review of education files and documentations.
• Ensures timely and accurate reports to supervisor.
• Through monthly meetings with class committees, policy committees, and specially developed parent groups, the Educational Director services as a conduit for interaction and involvement of the parents into a positive role in program development as it relates to education.
• Assists in coordinating the recruitment and screening of new applicants, he/she must give careful consideration to seeing that ten percent of the new enrollees are categorized as handicapped as per Federal Regulations. Ninety percent of the enrollment must fall within the poverty index.
• Works with the Family Service Unit in an effort to see that all children are medically screened and appropriate treatment when necessary is obtained. The same applies for dental screening and follow up. Through teacher conferences and personal classroom observation, the Educational Director makes appropriate referrals in the areas of mental health and other handicapping situations.
• Conjunction with Family Service Unit is responsible for follow through of Head Start graduates after he/she is enrolled in the Public School System.
• Monitors the implementation of curriculum and assessment tools.
• Ensures the safety and well-being of children/participants by being diligent in engagement, attentive to their needs, cognizance of surroundings, and capable of administering immediate assistance as needed”
• With regard to daily program operations, the Educational Director in his/her supervisory role sees that each class is adequately staffed. In the absence of a teacher or teacher aide, the Educational Director shall select a parent, volunteer, or paid worker as per agency by-laws to substitute in the class. In the event such a person is not available the Educational Director then becomes responsible for assuming the role of the teacher.
• In the absence of the Administrative Director and the Director of Education he/she assumes the full responsibility and authority of the Director according to seniority.
• Monitors processes regarding inventory of education supplies.
• Attends scheduled staff meetings, In-Service Trainings, Educational meetings and other meetings requested by supervisor, Director or ACS/DOE as it relates to education.
• Supports community residents, parents and program participant’s active involvement in agency community building efforts as well as complete tasks necessary to move these efforts forward including serving on community building committees as assigned by supervisor.
• Ensures safety as a priority in performing all job responsibilities.
• Ensure that the program meets agency, federal, state and local compliance regulations.

Requisite Education and Experience:
• Master’s Degree/accredited college;
• 1 year paid Administrative/Supervisory experience or
• Approval by Day Care, ACS, and Board/Police Committee.
• Certified or Certifiable with Permanent or
• Provisional Certification (N-6) from the State Department of Education.

Required Clearances
1. Physical examination to show that the individual is free from all communicable diseases
2. Department of Investigation (DOI) fingerprint clearance
3. Statewide Central Register (SCR) Database Check

1. Permanent New York State Certification N-6, who has additional responsibilities associated with management of a single or multiple sites. Responsibilities include facilities management, health, safety, nutritional services, and coordination of service to children with special needs, purchasing and personnel supervision.
2. Curriculum development and continuity while supervising the educational staff of the agency including teachers, teacher aides, parent volunteers, college students, senior citizens and incorporating the concepts of early childhood education.

Work Environment
Business casual. This job operates in a school environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines

Supervisory Responsibility
Teaching/Educational Staff.

Occasional travel is expected for this position.

Work Schedule
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Work days/hours subject to change based on ESH’s needs.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time, bend and lift without restrictions or assistance, lift up to 50 lbs. without assistance.

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