This Early Childhood Specialist is responsible for helping NIA establish a new set of Pre-K after-school programs for the 2018-19 school year. This position will include overseeing all aspects of Pre-K after-school programming at multiple locations throughout District 20 in Brooklyn. They will also be responsible for developing and leading other early childhood education initiatives for NIA, such as mommy and me early literacy activities, and family learning events.

The Early Childhood Specialist will be a very hands-on role, responsible for developing and facilitating parent/child activities as well as leading the instructional team for pre-school programming. The Early Childhood Specialist will provide leadership, direction, supervision, and support to pre-school teachers and staff.They are responsible for building strong relationships with the community, including prospective students and their families. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with al DOHMH regulations pertaining to NYS Group Child Care Center operations and complete OCFS licensing process for Group Child Care Center Permit, develop safety/emergency plans, secure licensing

  • Work with NIA leadership team to select teaching staff for multiple locations

  • Recruit and enroll participants; work closely with families, parents, and guardians to ensure the needs of students are met

  • Oversee operations for pre-k after-school programming; supervise and coach program staff; conduct performance evaluations

  • Maintain accurate time and attendance records for all staff

  • Organize program logistics, proper record keeping, food service, and supply requests

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

  • Ensure that each program keeps clear, organized records, incident and accident reports, and other required documentation

  • Ensure that programming operates in compliance with DOH

  • Plan and host family events and workshops

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

  • Ensure program content supports initiative goals and outcomes

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

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

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field; Teaching license in early childhood grades preferred

  • Direct experience teaching in a pre-school setting, or experience  in a supervisory capacity in a child care program

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

  • Strong leadership, conflict-resolution and diplomacy skills

  • Ability to manage work at multiple locations and willingness to travel between locations

  • Excellent judgment 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 collabortively

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

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