Early Childhood Education Program Director


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Commensurate, depending on experience

Published:

05/14/2018

Address

135 North Mission Road
Los Angeles
CA
90033
United States

Description

Proyecto Pastoral was founded in 1986 by community residents and the California Province of Jesuits. Our mission is to empower the community of Boyle Heights through grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service. Proyecto has grown into a highly effective community-based organization that focuses on building reciprocal relationships with residents so they are empowered to create change in their own lives and in the life of the community.


Our community building programs include the Guadalupe Homeless Project, an emergency shelter for men and a separate shelter for senior aged women; IMPACTO, a youth development program for K-12 youth; Early Childhood Education Centers, focused on preparing children 18 months to 5 years old for kindergarten, and Comunidad en Movimiento, a civic engagement and leadership development program. Proyecto Pastoral also serves as the backbone organization for Promesa Boyle Heights, a cradle to career collaborative that is changing outcomes for neighborhood youth. Proyecto Pastoral serves over 6,000 children, youth, families and individuals annually.


Job Summary: The Program Director is the key management leader of operations for Proyecto Pastoral’s Early Childhood Education Centers, namely, Centro de Alegria and La Guarderia. The Director develops goals and objectives for the centers and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Centers. The day-to-day operations include overall management of the centers; assessing program needs and ensuring that program objectives are met and the development of positive work place relationships between and among parents and staff. Other key duties include marketing and community outreach. In addition, the ECE Director is also part of Proyecto Pastoral’s Leadership Team and has organization wide-responsibilities.


Key Responsibilities

Program Leadership, Development, & Management

  • Develop and implement a curriculum and program that will meet or exceed criteria for receiving a rating of 5 by Quality Start Los Angeles in the six elements of the Quality Continuum Framework: Child Observation, Developmental and Health Screenings, Staff Qualifications, CLASS Assessments, Ratios, and Program Environmental Rating Scales.
  • Maintain and Implement Policies, Procedures and program requirements that are consistent with Title 5 and should cover Community Involvement, Health & Social Services, Nutrition; Parent Education& Leadership Development, Program Self-Evaluation, and Staff Development;
  • Ensure a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment;
  • Develop and manage the program budget, regularly tracking and reconciling expenses;
  • Works with Proyecto’s development staff to identify funding opportunities, and secure funding to sustain and grow the program goals
  • Actively participate in Proyecto’s leadership team to implement the organization’s strategic goals, and collaborate with other program directors to promote a strong org culture, and increased community impact.
  • Manage contractual agreements to ensure program implementation is aligned with budget expectations
  • Set educational goals based on the CA Preschool & Infant Toddler Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks; and implement a child-centered assessment system to meet the individual developmental needs of our children based on the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP-Tech) and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS).
  • Ensure the centers provides inclusive, developmentally, and culturally appropriate learning experiences and activities, and an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for children.
  • Responsible for recruitment of children to meet funding requirements
  • Manages the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), which includes overseeing menu development, Claims Reporting, training for staff and monitoring to ensure that CCFP Guidelines are implemented.
  • Promotes Proyecto’s Early Childhood Education Centers in the Boyle Heights and broader LA community
  • Facilitates ECE and community partnerships, including Jumpstart, local ECE centers and elementary schools, volunteer groups; and develops new opportunities.  


Staff Development

  • Work with Site Supervisor to develop staff capacity, culture and practices that builds leadership through ones-on-ones, monthly meetings, retreats, and professional development;
  • Assess and support effectiveness of teacher child interactions using CLASS or another professionally accepted instrument to measure the quality of teacher child interactions.
  • Update the ECE handbook to reflect the evolving nature of the program.
  • With Site Supervisor, conducts bi-weekly staff meetings; orientation of new employees, ensures ECE staff professional development & leadership development; and oversees performance evaluation.
  • Supports intergenerational environments and practices


Parent Engagement & Leadership Development

  • Works with Proyecto’s Community Organizer, Promesa BH, Leadership Team, and partners such as LAPAI to support the engagement and development of parents as community leaders; including ECE advocacy and education campaigns.
  • Oversees ECE parent engagement strategies including the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), and works with staff to implement strategies that: engage parents to develop as educational advocates, facilitate access to community resources, and support positive parent-child relationship building.
  • Oversees and manages updates to Parent Handbook annually both in English and Spanish
  • Develops and updates a parent manual that includes policies and procedures

 

General Proyecto Pastoral Employee Organizational Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for Proyecto Pastoral and a strong commitment to its mission, including its community building vision and founding Jesuit values
  • Be an active team member supporting other staff members
  • Participate in Proyecto Pastoral events and activities


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in early education, or other education related field
  • Must have a California Program Directors Permit (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) with a minimum of 2 years’ experience operating a CSPP Program or similar government education agency
  • Must be proficient in managing documenting progress of individual child assessments via DRDP 2015Tech, ITERS/ECERS, and ASQ.
  • Knowledge of Title 5 and Title 22, California Department of Education/Early Education and Support Division, California Community Child Care Licensing and Quality Start Los Angeles
  • Experience with grant writing and cultivating partnerships to improve desired outcomes
  • Knowledgeable of the field of early education, political environment in Sacramento and policy that can potentially affect the field of early education.
  • Demonstrated success leading a team and managing a program to achieve its goals.
  • Enthusiastic team builder with strong leadership skills including: relationship building, strategic planning, verbal and written communication, organizational and time management abilities
  • Ability to coach, train, and support diverse staff.
  • Flexible, resilient, self-starter with a good sense of humor.
  • Ability to work flexible hours (ie. evenings and some weekends).
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred.
  • Licensed driver with reliable transportation and ability to meet organization’s minimum auto insurance requirements.
  • Physical Requirement
  • Must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactory; Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Approximately 50 percent of the time is spent sitting. However, will frequently be required to walk, stand and bend. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Required to lift and/or move unassisted up to 25 pounds.


Salary: Commensurate, depending on experience

Status: Full-time, Exempt with excellent benefit package, which includes health, dental, vision, vacation, sick days, holidays, and 401k plan.


Interested applicants should send cover letter highlighting their experience and why they are a fit for the position, and resume to hr@proyectopastoral.org. 


Proyecto Pastoral is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities. 


Benefits

Full-time, Exempt with excellent benefit package, which includes health, dental, vision, vacation, sick days, holidays, and 401k plan.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

hr@proyectopastoral.org

http://www.proyectopastoral.org

Interested applicants should send cover letter highlighting their experience and why they are a fit for the position, and resume to hr@proyectopastoral.org. 


Proyecto Pastoral is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.  


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