Director of Early Head Start

Job Type

Full Time




101 Fleet Place
New York
United States


Program Description: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 31 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower the individuals we serve through comprehensive, quality services that strengthen families and meet the current needs of the community.

The Early Head Start and Family Child Care partnership program provides high quality, full-day, family child care services to children ages 6 weeks to 4 years of age.  Following Early Head Start & ACS Early Learn program standards, the program will provide comprehensive early childhood care and education, including health, nutrition, and mental health services. This program is funded through an Early Head Start federal grant and ACS Early Learn contract, and relies on deep collaboration between University Settlement and a large Brooklyn-based organization’s Family Childcare Network.  


  • Assume a leading role in the start-up of a new Early Head Start-Family Childcare collaboration program
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of the staff in developing and maintaining a high-quality program in child development, health, nutrition, social services and parent involvement to meet the fullest needs of the families served
  • Report to the Senior Program Director on the program’s progress in meeting HS performance standards and the program’s accomplishment of programmatic and fiscal goals
  • Participate in the development and oversight of the program’s budget, grant application, progress reports, enrollment and Program Information Report to the Office of Head Start
  • Ensure adherence to the program’s planning calendar to ensure the program is in compliance with yearly requirements for ongoing monitoring, self-assessment, program plans, community assessment, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of early childhood managers in a multi-program early childhood division.
  • Provide monitoring and oversight of the Family Child Care agency’s provision of services and compliance with Head Start Performance Standards
  • Develop and maintain monitoring systems for the program
  • Lead the program’s self-assessment and program planning process
  • Plan and evaluate all program components with input from staff, parents, and University Settlement’s management team and develop and monitor the implementation of corrective actions plans
  • Lead collaboration with the Family Child Care provider agency to develop quality services to enrolled families and one cohesive staff
  • Provide direct supervision to the program’s management and administrative staff, as well as review work of all other staff
  • Oversee development of a program of on-going training and staff development with the assistance of other management staff
  • Oversee the development of the program’s intake and case management with the assistance of other management staff
  • Maintain direct and open communication with families
  • Other program-wide responsibilities as needed


  • Masters in Education, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Special Education or related field with specialization in infant/toddler development 
  • Three to five years of supervisory experience in Early Head Start programs.
  • Four to five years of supervisory experience in Early Head Start programs 
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree