Director, Family University

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary Commensurate with Experience




3141 Chestnut Street
United States


Drexel University was founded in Philadelphia in 1891 to provide educational opportunities for women and men of all backgrounds. Now, as a comprehensive research university with over 26,000 students across its 15 colleges and schools, Drexel’s strength in co-operative education, experiential learning, and translational research provides its students and faculty with excellent opportunities for career success. Known for innovation and dramatic growth, Drexel has earned top rankings from U.S. News & World Report, appearing among its Top 100 National Universities for the past seven years and on its Best Colleges list for the past 11 years.

Job Overview:

Since 2014, Drexel University has taken the lead on improving the quality of early childhood education in West Philadelphia through the formation of AFEL. This place-based initiative aims to build awareness around the importance of early childhood education; to strengthen the capacity of childcare providers to work toward higher quality; and to support West Philadelphia families/caregivers as advocates for their children accessing quality education. Drexel is committed to becoming the most civically engaged university in the country and its place-based neighborhood initiatives reflect this priority.


Experienced professional with a minimum of 5 years' experience in early childhood education, child development, community studies, and family engagement.

Demonstrated experience in program management, including supervising individuals and teams. Master's degree in related field with a minimum of 5 years' proven experience in related work (or completed doctorate if applying for the position as a postdoc).

Experience with effective engagement with civic, education, social service and non-profit organizations. Extensive experience in training and facilitating groups.


Experience managing a high volume of email communication. Ability to attend and/or lead evening and Saturday meetings, workshops, programs or events. Highly organized, can work independently, is a good problem solver, has strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to juggle multiple tasks, flexibility with managing changing priorities. Demonstrates professionalism, a strong commitment to solutions, and embraces challenges as expected parts of the job/problems to be solved.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to identify opportunities for collaboration; to streamline, align and coordinate work; and to ensure long-term sustainability and efficiency in delivering program impact. Mission-driven, with excellent interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrates a strong interest in the mission, public sector and community work.

Essential Functions:

Review existing parenting programs to identify potential curricula that align with AFEL goals. Develop strategies for presenting potential parenting programs to community members for their input at Community Conversations. Work with AFEL Leadership Team and Drexel Faculty advisor/consultant to develop content and implementation design of Family University. Work with both internal and external project leaders and Drexel faculty advisor/consultant on program evaluation and research. Ensure coordination of data collection.

Create and implement data management tools and documentation for data management processes including data entry, data processing and integration, data storage and security, data access, and reporting. Collaborate and work closely with AFEL Outreach Team on parent recruitment and retention strategies.

As part of Family University, conduct workshops and facilitate playgroups to support continued knowledge development in key early childhood education topics including:

o  Realistic expectations of each stage of child development.

o  How to support their children's developmental needs and promote early literacy.

o  How parents can support their own and their children's resilience; and

o  The importance of high quality childcare and how to identify quality early childhood education.

o  Supervise a team of one full-time coordinator and two part-time community liaison representatives/family navigators.

o  Oversee the process of building the capacity of the team to create alignment and synergy. Direct family liaisons and coordinator to work with families in the community to help them navigate the early childhood education system including:

o  Promoting partnerships between community families and AFEL, early childhood education centers, schools and teachers.

o Provide resources and referrals for family members, i.e., early intervention, Childcare Information Services (CCIS), adult education opportunities, and so on.

Liaise with local hospitals, maternity wards, pediatricians, Women Infant and Children (WIC) and Childcare Information Services (CCIS) offices to facilitate communication and resource sharing. Identify opportunities to connect/promote AFEL programs and work to appropriate civic, community, and national initiatives. 

Represent AFEL at university, civic, social service, education/school and AFEL working group meetings. Support data collection to track impact of program.

Contribute to grant research and writing to showcase AFEL outcomes including collecting and organizing materials for grant applications, progress reports, and other grant related activities, as well as for RFPs. Schedule includes evening and Saturday events, programs, etc.

Supplemental Posting Information:

The Director reports directly to AFEL's Project Director and is part of AFEL's leadership team, along with the Manager of AFEL's Alliance of Childcare Providers, the Outreach and Awareness Manager and the Evaluation and Research Manager. The Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of quality content and programming for the Family University as well as support the design and implementation of research and evaluation for the project. 

The Director will oversee and supervise a team of (1) full-time coordinator and (2) part-time family community liaison representatives. For the formation of a Family University, the AFEL leadership team will receive support from and work closely with the Drexel University Faculty Advisor/Consultant, a senior level professor of early childhood education and child development in the School of Education.

Expected Program Outcomes:

The primary goal of Family University is to increase positive parenting/caregiving skills in adults through interactive sessions on child development, parenting, and early childhood education.

In these sessions, the adults will learn about and have opportunities to try out activities that will promote optimal learning and development in children. They will also learn how their interactions with children are important contributors to the enhancement of their children's social, emotional, and behavioral competence. To that end, the adults who participate in the Family University program will demonstrate an increased knowledge of: Developmental milestones:

what children need to know to be kindergarten ready.

how quality early childhood education can support children's achievement of developmental milestones.

what quality early childhood education looks like.

strategies that can be used by family members to support children's achievement of developmental milestones and resilience.

Strategies to advocate for early childhood education within the education system and/or for their child's education within the school setting; and resources available in the community.

This position is supported fully or partially by external funds; therefore, the continuation of employment is contingent on receipt of those external funds.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

To apply for this position, please apply online at: or visit and search for Director, Family University. The requisition number is 8749



Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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