This position will include all aspects of program planning and curriculum development for preschool, UPK, and other early childhood learning opportunities. The Early Childhood Director will be a very hands-on role, responsible for developing and facilitating parent/child activities, as well as teaching and leading the instructional team for preschool programming. The Early Childhood Director will provide leadership, direction, supervision, and support to preschool teachers and staff. She or he is responsible for building strong relationships with the community, including prospective students and their families. Additionally, the Early Childhood Director is responsible for helping NIA establish a new Universal Pre-K program, which may include grant writing to secure funding.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan curriculum and program structure for all early childhood, preschool, and UPK programming

  • Develop and facilitate parent/child workshops and early childhood family activities

  • Become familiar with all DOHMH regulations pertaining to NYS Group Child Care Center operations and complete OCFS licensing process for Group Child Care Center Permit

  • Work with NIA leadership team to select facility, develop safety/emergency plans, secure licensing, and secure UPK funding

  • Select books and materials needed for start-up programming

  • Recruit and enroll participants

  • Set up physical space

  • Oversee operations for early childhood and UPK programming

  • Ensure that programming operates in compliance with all DOH and funder regulations and meets all contractual obligations

  • Organize program logistics, such as daily schedules, lesson planning, proper food service, trips, and supply requests

  • Maintain accurate records, including student files, up-to-date medical forms, allergy information, emergency contacts, and attendance data

  • Keep clear, organized records, incident and accident reports, and other required documentation

  • Build positive relationships with all stakeholders (participants, parents, funders, and NIA)

  • Supervise and coach program staff and volunteers; conduct performance evaluations

  • Maintain accurate time and attendance records for all staff

  • Ensure program content supports initiative goals and outcomes

  • Work closely with families, parents, and guardians to ensure needs of students are met

  • Perform other duties and tasks as deemed necessary by the NIA

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in early childhood education

  • All candidates must have at least three years of direct experience teaching in a preschool setting, and at least one year of experience in a supervisory capacity in a childcare program or related field of work

  • All candidates must posses Teaching license in early childhood grades; Early Childhood Certification (Brith-Grade 2); n-6, or PreK-6

  • Strong leadership, conflict resolution, and diplomacy skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and multitask in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent judgement and responsiveness in high-pressure situations

  • Capable of functioning independently at a high level; must be able to problem solve without extensive oversight

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively

  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office suite and database management is required

  • Understanding of NY State Standards

  • Must take part in 30 hours of professional development opportunities per year and be available for some organization events outside of regular business hours

This is a full time position. The salary offered for this position is starting at $57,000, commensurate with applicant experience.

How To Apply:

Please fill out the form below. Put "Early Childhood Director" in the Position You're Applying For field. Please attach your resume and a cover letter as well. Applications submitted without a resume and cover letter will not be considered. Only candidates being considered for the position will be contacted. 

About NIA:

Founded in 1981, the NIA Community Services Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues that impact youth, families, and seniors. The NIA serves thousands of clients each year through after-school programs, summer day camps, cultural arts opportunities, youth and family counseling services, community assistance, referral services, and senior support programs. 

The NIA offers students access to arts, sports, leadership, STEM, and academic opportunities through after-school programs that foster positive youth development, teach new skills, and encourage learning through exploration. NIA programs provide an environment where students learn to think critically and communicate confidently; a place where students develop the tools necessary to realize their individual talents and embrace the larger world through meaningful opportunities for experiential education, service learning, and community building.

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