Assistant Director of Education
Department: The Center Early Childhood Programs
Salary Grade: $38,000-$42,000
Work Year: 215 days
Reports To: Director of Early Childhood Programs
SUMMARY Oversee and coach teaching staff in implementing developmentally appropriate practices, enhancing professional development and involving families in the educational process in a variety of program components. Act as a member of the management team by assisting in building supervision and management decision-making. Ensure quality standards from various funding sources are met. Oversee all education-related compliance requirements and activities. Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
D 30% Oversee and coach teaching and support staff in individualizing the early childhood program to meet child needs through developmentally appropriate practices, strategies & activities in all domains, as well as assisting with the full integration of a literacy approach throughout the curriculum and assessments. Act as mentor/coach for teachers in order to help staff establish a rich language and literacy environment and support positive teaching behaviors with side-by-side coaching and demonstration lessons. Orient new staff to the education component . Conduct regular staff planning meetings. Participate in hiring and teaching staff decisions.
D 10% Review, evaluate and update curriculum and assessment process. Monitor an educational outcome system that meets Head Start and Colorado Preschool Program requirements. Analyze data from child outcome assessment and prepare reports 3 times each year. Ensure that teaching staff use information appropriately through data dialogues.
D 5% Be an expert in the regulations, guidelines & procedures for Head Start & The Center contained in the Colorado State Childcare Regulations, Head Start Performance Standards and Colorado Preschool Program guidelines. Work with the Director of Early Childhood Programs to insure that all regulations and procedures are followed.
D 5% Plan, coordinate, and facilitate professional development for staff related to educational components, CLASS, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Pyramid Plus as outlined in the program training plan. Maintain and monitor additional professional development opportunities which will meet the individual needs of The Center’s staff.
D 5% Monitor the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and CDE Pre-K Learning Standards in all areas of classroom instruction and assessment.
D 4% Monitor teacher progress related to the coach/mentor process, resulting in classroom improvement and quality educational experiences.
D 3% Invite parents to all trainings and contribute to parent newsletters. Oversee homeside activities for parents. Provide Kindergarten readiness counseling to parents as requested.
D 5% Conduct formal and informal review of education component needs and correct identified weaknesses through the program planning process. Monitor fidelity to the curriculum and provide supports to teachers and classrooms as necessary. Facilitate education committee and participate in annual program
D 4% Participate on CAT team. Coordinate with Special Education Specialist to ensure children with special concerns are identified. Assist teachers with the implementation of identified strategies. Assist with behavior needs and concerns and provide support with the development and implementation of behavior plans. Monitor classroom implementation of Pyramid Plus.
D 1% Involve parents in the program in ways that enhance their abilities to support their children’s growth and development and promote the clear expectation that opportunities for involvement are intended to include fathers, mothers and other caregivers.
D 4% Participate in management team meetings to provide input, participate in ongoing monitoring of program, support problem solving and leadership of the program. Coordinate home visits and parent teacher conferences twice a year. Support teaching staff with scheduling, checklists, materials, and utilizing these opportunities to support families with growth and progress of their preschool child.
M 3% Facilitate preschool to Kindergarten Transition program. Support with process for children transition in from Part C to Part B services for Special Education as needed.
W 5% Monitor children’s progress regularly through observations and review of records such as portfolios, assessments, and individualized lesson planning. Select modifications and additions necessary to meet children’s needs.
W 2% Maintain resources and materials for classroom use by children, parents and staff. In cooperation with the Business Manager, maintain classroom supplies, assist in annual inventory.
W 5% Assist with the development of class lists for preschool and also kindergarten. Participate in the Child Care Collaboration team to insure seamless services to all preschool children and families from enrollment through program completion.
W 5% Support the Child Care Director in monitoring and maintaining staff, substitutes and scheduling to provide appropriate coverage.
W 2% Create professional development plans for teaching staff. Support and monitor teacher progress in meeting educational goals and qualifications as required by the Head Start Performance Standards, including the Head Start Act.
W 1% Attend school functions, trainings and mandatory staff meetings. Become aware and knowledgeable of regulations, guidelines & procedures for Head Start & The Center contained in the Colorado State Childcare Regulations, Employee Health & Policy Handbook, Employee Code of Conduct and Head Start Policy & Procedure Book & Performance Standards.
M 1% Prepare monthly manager report.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING Baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field is required.
EXPERIENCE Minimum 2 years in the early childhood education field, preferably with both teaching and supervisory experience.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT Good verbal and written communication, office, basic microcomputer, interpersonal, basic math, and basic word processing skills. Ability to relate with and respect people from all social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Working knowledge of community resources. Must be self-motivated. Operating knowledge and experience with general office equipment and microcomputers.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS CPR and First Aid certifications required within six months after hire. Must obtain physical and TB test within 30 days after hire.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Wendy Wyman