Vice President of Programs
As Vice President of Programs for Educare DC, you will ensure delivery of high-quality early learning, family engagement, and comprehensive health services to 424 children (prenatal to age 5) and their families. Operating two state-of-the-art campuses, partnering with five childcare centers, and maintaining numerous community partnerships, Educare DC is the second-largest Head Start provider in the District. Our approach extends beyond the classroom to help children, families, and neighborhoods thrive. Educare DC promotes school readiness for historically underserved children, eliminating the opportunity gap often experienced by low-income communities.
In this role, you will report to the President & CEO (CEO) and lead a team of over 100 staff. You will directly supervise the School Director, Director of Early Head Start Partnerships, Director of Family Engagement, Director of Comprehensive Services, Facilities Director, and Professional Development Specialist, and share a Project and Admin Coordinator with the CEO. You will ensure oversight of Head Start Program Performance Standards, state and local regulatory guidelines, and the Educare model.
You will lead and develop program managers in both the practice and culture of continuous quality improvement (CQI), reaching for the highest standards of excellence and promoting a growth mindset for the whole community and a strengths-based approach to supporting children and families. You will develop annual goals and budgets and keep your team focused on and aligned with those goals and budgets. You will lead the planning and support the implementation of strategy across all programs, coordinating with departments including finance & administration, development & communications, and advocacy to achieve program outcomes and utilize resources effectively and efficiently.
You will develop and maintain relationships with D.C. government agencies, partners, community stakeholders, and funders, representing Educare DC in community and civic forums to communicate, advocate, and generate visibility and support for Educare’s mission, vision, and goals. And you will oversee data analysis and reporting for grants and the board.
As one of the nation’s most effective early childhood schools, Educare DC is part of the 25-school Educare Learning Network that serves as a platform for broader change, inspiring high-quality programs in communities, improving public policies nationally and within each state, and demonstrating a comprehensive, research-based approach to the first five years of life and learning. Educare draws on a blend of private and public dollars, including federal child care funding, Early Head Start, Pre-K, and other state and federal funding streams.
Program planning and management
- Ensure full implementation of the Educare model’s programmatic core features.
- Ensure full implementation of an effective early childhood education program and services, including developmentally appropriate, evidence-based education practices and curricula, family support and engagement services, and coordination of health, nutrition, special needs, and other consultation services.
- Ensure strong coordination between education, family engagement, comprehensive services, and the facility departments for effective and seamless delivery of services.
- Ensure program compliance with federal Head Start Program Performance Standards, D.C. licensing and regulatory requirements, and NAEYC accreditation standards.
- Serve as our lead contact for Local Evaluation Partner (LEP) data collection, determining evaluation priorities and supporting the implementation of the Research Program Partnership (RPP). Model and support program departments in their use of program and child assessment data for program planning and CQI, coaching, and mentoring.
- Ensure participation in and compliance with the requirements of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
- Supervise and coach department heads to ensure strong communications, effective use of meetings, reports, and software tools, and strong collaboration for purposes of program planning and development, service delivery, and evaluation.
- Ensure accurate completion and submission of all reports as required by management, regulators, and funders.
- Represent Educare with visitors and stakeholders, and at community events.
- Take an active role in supporting public policy change that promotes early childhood education.
- Participate in collaborative work of the Educare Learning Network.
Training and professional development
- Set the strategy for Educare Best Practices Training initiatives to increase quality and build capacity across D.C. and in the broader MD/DC/VA region, as appropriate.
- Implement Touchpoints training across all programs and partners.
- Identify training needs in D.C. that Educare can serve well.
- Ensure staff members across departments meet the necessary qualifications. Support department managers in staff development and coaching plans. Ensure consistency in supervision and execution of policies.
- Ensure reflective practice is conducted across the organization.
- Promote teamwork and the Educare system for an interdisciplinary approach among staff and consultants to working with children and families.
- Supervise direct reports using reflective practice, individual development plans, and other practices to ensure strong staff support, consistency, positive culture, and accountability.
Fiscal management and control
- Prepare Educare‘s annual budget, in collaboration with finance colleagues.
- Monitor revenue and expenses to ensure the financial viability and sustainability of Educare.
- Approve all purchase requisitions for supplies, service contracts, and equipment.
Program evaluation and continuous improvement
- Implement a system of regular data feedback and utilization for continuous program improvement and individualized planning for children and families.
- In collaboration with the Local Evaluation Partner, ensure the collection of all data and assessments required for the National Bounce Learning Network Implementation Study.
- 7-10 years of direct experience in administration/supervision in a public or charter school and/or early childhood program, including teaching in a center-based early childhood program or elementary school.
- Experience with infants and toddlers. Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice for early childhood education, Head Start Program Performance Standards, and Early Head Start programs.
- Ability to lead an interdisciplinary team of professionals and provide reflective supervision. Prior program development, management, and evaluation experience preferred.
- Knowledge of city and state licensing requirements and early learning standards.
- Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of developments in best practices and research relating to early education, as well as family engagement.
- Familiarity with community culture and knowledge of community resources and services.
- Ability to work with diverse staff and varied community cultures, including children and families living in poverty.
- Advanced knowledge of computer software, including but not limited to Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
- Master’s degree in early childhood education, school administration, child development, or related field.
- Coach. You are an excellent mentor who is willing to listen and learn from others. You have proven experience developing staff at all professional levels, skillfully identifying and promoting talent, and building productive and cohesive leadership teams.
- Collaborative. You have a naturally collaborative style and understand it takes a team. You are happy to listen to others and share your input and opinions. You understand that it takes combined expertise to create success for children.
- Communicator. You communicate effectively and appropriately, both in writing and verbally, with a diverse staff and external constituents. You communicate in a manner that demonstrates and fosters cooperation, respect, concern, and openness to change.
- Connector. You naturally bring out the best in people. You easily acknowledge others for their accomplishments and can be trusted to respond to their concerns or questions.
- Leader. You can understand and support the goals of an organization while enforcing, explaining, and teaching policies that have a long-term impact on objectives.
- Mission-driven. You understand the big picture and easily translate objectives into community impact. You get what matters to donors and what serves the mission.
- Rapport builder. You instill trust and confidence with internal staff and external entities. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises. People know you have their best interests in mind and you are sincere in your communications.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
- Your work will have an immediate and lasting impact on children and families. Educare’s exciting and continued growth moves us toward a future where all children in D.C. get a strong start that unlocks their full potential.
- As a senior leader of the organization, your input is integral to the continued growth of Educare DC. You will have the capacity to be strategic about decision-making that affects programs across the organization.
- You will join a strong team passionate about the work we do and the people we serve. We value each person’s unique contributions and work together to accomplish our mission.
- The CEO is an experienced leader with a thoughtful plan to support you as you come up to speed.
- We offer a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; long-term and short-term disability; 403(b) with company contribution; fixed leave during school closings plus personal days, holidays, and more.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Educare - VP Programs #2022-2723 SA” as the subject of the email.
Job responsiblities are similar to the following positions: Vice President of Educational Programs, Executive Director, Site Director, Deputy Director, Center Director, Director, Program Director, School Director.
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