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Education Manager

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization established in 1965 under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964. We work with community, state and federal partners to assist children, families, low-income and elderly residents with their efforts to become or remain financially and socially independent through a variety of coordinated programs. Without the services provided by our agency, many local residents would be without a means to provide for their basic needs, including food, education, child care, utilities assistance, transportation, shelter and access to other services.

CAPSC offers a number of benefits including:

  • 403(b)
  • Medical coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Earned time-off
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Vision care coverage
  • Work/Life resources
  • Employee and Dependent life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 11 Paid Holidays a year

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Education Manager is an integral part of the Child & Family Services Management Team. Under the supervision of the Head Start Sr. Program Manager, and in accordance with related Head Start Performance Standards and other regulatory agencies, the Education Manager is responsible for overseeing and supporting all activities related to Head Start Center-Based programming.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field - Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience as a Lead Teacher in a child-centered preschool classroom.
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience working in a program serving young children, i.e. infants / toddlers and/or preschool age children.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ administrative experience, specifically in supervising staff and managing complex projects.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ training and technical assistance experience; this experience should include the provision of training and technical assistance and mentoring / coaching staff; and experience analyzing and redesigning systems for early education programs in order to improve the effectives and quality of program operations.
  • Significant background in the use of data collection systems that track measurable outcomes.
  • Experience working in the field of early childhood education with a working knowledge of child care licensing, staffing patterns, and Head Start Performance Standards preferred.
  • Must be CLASS reliable within six months of employment.
  • Demonstrated relationship building experience.
  • Advanced computer literacy including: Excel, Word, and Outlook.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversee designated Head Start preschool Centers/Classrooms which include observation of classrooms on a monthly basis, review of classroom documentation, conferencing and direct supervision of the following positions:
  • Lead Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Aides and Classroom Substitutes
  • Supervise RCC Program Assistant.
  • Foster mentoring skills in lead teachers and support they work in developing assistants and aides.
  • Support and monitor the implementation of selected curricula, and all related child development services in Head Start programming, that ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing regulations and NAEYC accreditation standards.
  • Conduct and document monthly supervisions, annual evaluations and professional development plans of supervised staff.
  • Ensure compliance with classroom parent-teacher conference requirements.
  • Ensure full implementation to fidelity of Creative Curriculum, supplemental curricula and the Pyramid Model Framework, as well as Teaching Strategies Gold Child Assessment System.
  • Oversee the Child Care Licensing process at Head Start Centers and support Site Coordinators in all aspects of that role.
  • Conduct ongoing monitoring and evaluation of all Head Start Center-Based education services.
  • Collect data on Center-Based education programming, including child assessment data, teaching staff CLASS scores, etc.,
  • Analyze data to identify trends, patterns, areas of strength, and areas that need to be strengthened.
  • Present reports to Policy Council and the Governing Board.
  • Coordinate and assist centers in purchasing and procuring classroom equipment and supplies.
  • Participate in the child selection and enrollment process.
  • Represent and support the Head Start Program through collaboration with LEAs and other community agencies and professional organizations.
  • Partner and collaborate with LEAs to ensure the following:
  • The Program's School Readiness Goals align with receiving schools' expectations for children entering kindergarten;
  • Head Start children transition successfully into kindergarten;
  • Head Start is provided feedback on past Head Start children's performance in kindergarten.
  • Facilitate discussion groups with education staff on timely and pertinent topics.
  • Work closely with the Family Services Manager to support staff in using the Whole-Family approach.
  • Conduct annual Parent Classroom Substitute Training Program; review and update the program content, as needed.
  • Coordinate with HR to ensure all staff and classroom sub candidates completed all requirements (i.e. complete and pass CRC and fingerprinting, provide a current physical, complete employment documents – I9, etc.).
  • Maintain, update as needed, and distribute Classroom Substitute List.
  • Maintain a library of ECE education resources, such as articles, publications and videos for training and circulation purposes.
  • Provide training on child development and related topics to parent and community groups, as requested.
  • Identify the training needs of the education staff and develop/implement an annual education training calendar; this includes direct presentation of some trainings.
  • Work closely with the HS Program Coach to align professional development efforts.
  • Support effective communication within teaching teams and between sites as well as mediate communication when necessary.
  • Assist in completing annual HS/EHS grant application and other funding opportunities that support improved early education services.
  • Oversee the interviewing and selection of education staff.
  • Serve as a role model in order to support growth mentality.
  • Participate in the annual PIR.
  • Participate in the annual program self-assessment.
  • Participate in child file reviews, as scheduled.
  • Review and revise forms, program operating plan, policies and procedures and Parent Handbook in collaboration with Managers and Supervisors/Coordinators at a minimum annually.
  • Attend all meetings and/or conferences as assigned (community, state, regional, and national).
  • Work with the management team on various program projects.
  • Actively participate in monthly supervision with HS Sr. Program Manager.
  • Other duties / special projects as may be assigned.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent communicator and collaborator
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to perform administrative tasks (establishing objectives, organizing and mobilizing staff to implement plans, planning ability, evaluation skills).
  • Ability to collaborate with other social service professionals, agencies and staff.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize community resources.
  • Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis
  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate instructions
  • Ability to train and provide presentations to large and small groups

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Directly supervises classroom teachers, assistant teachers, aides and RCC Program Assistant.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Works cooperatively with the Management Team to ensure full integration of programs.
  • Respects confidentiality of information about agency staff, personnel issues, and other program operations.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Plan, assign, coordinate, organize and prioritize work.
  • Models direct, positive, honest, and respectful behavior in every aspect of work with children, families, staff and community members.
  • Energetically engages people, issues and work.
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others on a daily basis.
  • Supports other in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members.
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skills that are appropriate for individual styles, personalities, cultures, the nature of the work, and the environment in which the work is being done.
  • Practices honest, respectful and direct communication as well as active listening.

EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening.

Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following:

Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment. An initial physical examination record must be obtained upon hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources. An initial driving record check will be conducted. License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume to capjobs@straffordcap.org.

Job Location:

Rochester

Date Added: February 8, 2021

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