Assistant Director, Early Head Start (Lawrence, MA)
Organization: Community Day Care
Name of Contact: Tarah Mohika
Job Description and Location: The Assistant Director for TCG’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships program will provide strategic leadership and direction for children, families, and early childhood educators (both Center-based and Family Child Care providers) across Lawrence. He/she will assist the Director in setting goals and overseeing the direction of the program and will ensure that all EHS children and their families receive services meeting and exceeding all components of the Head Start Performance Standards, along with other licensing and accrediting entities. The Assistant Director will supervise the education coordinator and will implement and monitor Practice-Based Coaching practices across the program. The Assistant Director will develop relationships with the regional office TA staff, community partners, and families to ensure a successful Early Head Start program. He/she will demonstrate a commitment to early childhood best practices and innovation. The Assistant Director will also serve as the key point of contact in the absence of the Director.
Primary Responsibilities: Ensures that early childhood education services are implemented in a high-quality manner to support school readiness for all children; Ensures that curriculum components are implemented in a manner that meets the needs of children enrolled; Ensures that teaching staff are entering screening and assessment data as required to document child progress in each classroom or provider home program; Ensures that teaching staff are conducting Home Visits and implementing strategies that keep parents informed (conferences, notes home, etc.) about child progress and opportunities at home to reinforce development/learning; Works with the EHS management team to ensure that opportunities to support school readiness are reflected across both home and school; Designs a strategy for classroom assessment based on data from previous program years; Acts as a primary source of contact for program database (Child Plus); Develops and implements operational procedures related to annual goal-setting process; Assists with ongoing program monitoring. Administrative/Other Compiles data required for monthly, quarterly, and annual reports; Serves as the program’s primary point of contact in the absence of the Director; and Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field; Past experience successfully supervising teaching staff and designing curriculum approaches; Knowledge of Head Start, Child Care licensing, and/or NAEYC accreditation; Red Cross First Aid, CPR Certification, and a valid Driver’s License required; Proficiency in MS Office programs and ability to quickly learn other software platforms; Demonstrated commitment to accountability, measuring outcomes, and a results-oriented culture; Strong verbal and written communication skills; Resourceful, creative, and excellent problem-solving skills; Strong interpersonal, supervision, administration, and management skills; Ability to maintain a high level of professional and personal integrity; Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail; Ability to interact/communicate effectively with children, families, and staff at all levels from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; Experience with Teaching Strategies Gold and Child Plus, preferred; and Bilingual language ability (English/Spanish), preferred.
The Community Group is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.