Head Start Director, Bank Street College of Education

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Bank Street College of Education (the College) is a private, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1916 and located in New York City. The College is considered to be one of the leading institutions in the area of progressive education and has grown over the years into an internationally recognized leader in early childhood education, a pioneer in improving the quality of classroom education and teacher preparation, and a national advocate for children and families.

As a part of Bank Street College of Education, Bank Street Head Start is a free preschool program offering educational, nutritional, and mental health and social services to 68 families each year. The primary goal is to prepare children for lifelong success by providing the social-emotional support they need to help them develop a positive feeling about learning and attending school.The Head Start Administrative Director is responsible for the administration and leadership of the program by developing and maintaining all necessary systems in such areas as: program assessment, development and evaluation; shared governance; staff policies and procedures; staff supervision, evaluation, and development; recruitment, selection, enrollment and attendance; budgeting and fiscal reporting; family & community partnerships; physical plant maintenance; licensing and all Head Start Performance Standards.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this work is done under the auspices of the larger institution, and the Director will work closely with the central operations teams in the areas of Human Resources, Budgets and Accounting, IT, and Facilities


Education and Early Childhood Services

●     Articulate and model the Bank Street College educational philosophy and Head Start Performance Standards for all children, parents and staff.

●     Ensure program quality through observations in classrooms, meetings, supervision, and kitchen, as well as maintaining programmatic connections with current ideas, beliefs and research in the Early Childhood field.

●     Develop and maintain plans to provide for special education, health services, mental health, parent involvement and all other Head Start Performance Standards.

●     Support Family Service Coordinator through supervision and staff development to position as leader of the program.

●     Develop and maintain a communication system that develops curriculum, interdisciplinary teams, active parent involvement and ongoing observing, planning and assessment.

●     Develop and maintain collaborations with staff and programs of Bank Street College, including Graduate School faculty and field placements, and other Children’s Programs.

●     Oversee a comprehensive set of services to ensure the Family Service team supports families to meet their emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs and Parent, Family and Community Framework is implemented.  

Staff Development and Evaluation

●     Develop and maintain an inclusive system for supportive supervision for all staff, involving ongoing staff evaluation using a strength based model.

●     Create opportunities for excellent ongoing staff development that is connected to the needs and desires of the program.

●     Develop and maintain excellent communication systems for staff, parents and board.

●     Ensure support from all available resources at Bank Street College level, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and other early childhood education providers.

Program Assessment

●     Complete program self-assessments annually with staff, parents and board participation and approval. 

●     Complete program Community Needs Assessment every three years with staff, parents, board participation and approval. 

●     Ensures program assesses and utilizes data from multiple outcomes measures to reflect, understand and plan for short and long term program goals.

●     Provide regular opportunities for parents and staff to provide feedback on program goals and achievements.

●     As per Head Start guidelines, ensure a Policy Council (PC) is elected annually in order to facilitate shared governance with the PC and Board, acting for staff interests.

●     Attend ACF and NYCDOE Director’s meetings and maintain effective communication and relationships with ACF and NYCDOE Office of Early Childhood staff.

Budget and Operations

●     Oversee and support the Assistant Director in the monitoring of all program budgets on a monthly basis.

●     Work closely with the Assistant Director to ensure adherence to all Bank Street College and ACF, NYCDOE policies and procedures for fiscal, personnel, reporting, budget and audits.

●     In partnership with the College Facilities team and Assistant Director, ensure center is safe and adheres to all New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) regulations for childcare and licensing (Article 47), systems are in place for proper maintenance of facilities, and plans for fire emergencies, emergency evacuations, safety of staff and families and cooperation with The Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association, Inc. (LESPMHA) building staff.


●     Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education or related area.

●     4 years of early childhood teaching experience.

●     New York State Certification in Early Childhood or related area.

●     Experience working with and supporting diverse and/or high-need student populations at the familial, classroom, school or district level.

●     Familiarity with the philosophy of Bank Street College and learning through play, as well as the broader domain of social-emotional learning.

●     Proven leadership experience, including the ability to create, support and work with teams, both internally and with outside partners, in a collaborative environment with multiple stakeholders.

●     Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of quickly changing priorities and tight deadlines.

●     Working knowledge and experience navigating City and Federal agencies.

Compensation and benefits reflect the guidance of Head Start Performance Standards(HSPS), ACF, NYC DOHMH, Bank Street College of Education and the current DC37 Local 95 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  

Bank Street College of Education (the College) is a private, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1916 and located in New York City. The College is considered to be one of the leading institutions in the area of progressive education…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    July 1, 2022
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Experience Level


535 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009, USA

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