Senior Director, Education, Martha's Table

Location: Washington, DC
Senior Director, Education (The Commons) 
Martha's Table

About Martha's Table 
At Martha’s Table, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity for his or her brightest future and a family and community deeply committed to their success. The organization values a “roll up your sleeves attitude” and a “joy in the day and joy in the work” approach in an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We believe in the power of community – a strong community.  For over 35 years, we have offered a continuum of support — through which we offer access to healthy food and quality education — to strengthen the lives of children and their families, and build stronger, healthier communities.  Through our Healthy Start program, we provide nationally accredited, high-quality early education programming and the health and life supports to ensure a great start for children from 3 months to 13 years of age.

Position Summary 
The Senior Director, Education is a visionary, dynamic, passionate change agent and educational leader responsible for advancing and strengthening the education programs at Martha’s Table. This person will strategically lead all education initiatives aimed at ensuring Success by Third Grade for all children enrolled in Martha’s Table education programs, which include Early Childhood Education, Out of School Time, and Family Engagement and Education programs. The following leaders report to the Senior Director: Director, Early Childhood Education (Maycroft); Director, Professional Learning; Assistant Director, Out of School Time; and Assistant Director, Family Engagement and Education. Additionally, the Education Operations Manager reports to the Senior Director, Education. This position is part of the senior management team and, along with other team members, will actively contribute to strategic planning and share responsibility for the overall management of Martha’s Table, the promotion of its reputation, and the fulfillment of its mission.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities

A.  Program Management
  • Model a transformative learning approach to education.
  • In collaboration with the education leadership team, design and implement high-quality education program models utilizing data, logic models, and strategies aimed at ensuring that all children in the program are meeting all developmental and academic benchmarks and milestones.
  • Implement the Success by Third Grade framework aimed at delivering needle moving educational outcomes for the Early Childhood Education program, Family Engagement and Education program, and Out of School Time program.
  • Attract, retain, and support of a high performing leadership team.
  • Identify and utilize the proper educational tools and resources to ensure Success by Third Grade.
  • Measure effectiveness of high-quality curriculum in collaboration with education directors.
  • Develop and implement a robust family engagement and education program to establish and strengthen the home-school partnership in collaboration with the Assistant Director, Family Engagement and Education.
  • Sustain partnerships with school leaders in Ward 8.
  • Attract, retain, and support high performing teachers.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, Professional Learning to provide quality instructional support to teachers.
  • Work collaboratively with Assistant Director, Family Engagement and Education to ensure quality family engagement practices.

B.  Program Evaluation
  • Ensure program compliance with all applicable codes, regulations, and permits, including those required for maintaining the license under the District of Columbia regulations.
  • Operate a program that meets the standards of the Office of the State Superintendent for Education for the District of Columbia (OSSE) Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS), standards of national accreditation and for pursuing and maintaining accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Measure, assess and report on all education program outcomes.
  • Train, supervise and manage the leadership team, consultants, contractors, and others performing functions in the department. This includes timely completion of performance evaluations and professional development plans.
  • Responsible for generating quarterly education program dashboards and other Board reports as necessary.
  • Responsible for generating quarterly Progress to Outcomes reports and facilitating meetings with Chief Program Officer and education leadership team.
  • Responsible for identifying program growth areas and proposing models for closing gaps aimed at supporting achievement (academic, social-emotional, and developmental) for all children enrolled in education programs.

C.    Administration
  • In collaboration with education leadership, develop and support the mastery of core and leadership competencies of the Education leadership team.
  • Responsible for strategic management of resources and environment.
  • Design and manage the program’s budget.
  • Design, manage and implement critical operating and cost efficiencies within education program’s budget in collaboration with education program leadership.
  • Responsible for the hiring, onboarding and offboarding of department staff consistent with Martha’s Table policies and procedures.
  • Responsible for knowledge of department policies and practices that ensure a safe program for program participants, staff, and others in the space, including emergency plans.
  • Ensure that all programming requirements and performance outcomes adhere to multiple funding and model requirements.
  • Maximize children and student enrollment in program.
  • Ensure all parents in program are aware of and abide by the program’s policies and procedures.

D.   Organizational Advancement
  • Support Martha’s Table efforts in advancing racial equity and transformative community engagement.
  • Lead a culture of outcomes-based practice to spur progress and effectiveness of the education program.
  • Foster a positive “culture of transformation” and contribute to Martha’s Table capacity and efforts around organizational learning and knowledge management.
  • Responsible for department providing necessary information to secure grants, including government contracts, and to ensure compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Responsible for collaborating with the other Senior Director and the Director, Volunteers and Community Supports to ensure integration between all programs at Martha’s Table

E.    External Relationships
  • Maintain relationships with external partners, including other non-profits, schools, funders, and other supporters.
  • Collaborate with other departments to identify and develop program funding for the department.
  • Responsible for representing Martha’s Table at speaking and other public events.

  • Minimum of a master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university from an accredited college or university in early childhood education, early childhood development, early childhood special education or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years experience teaching children in a licensed District of Columbia Child Development Center or its equivalent in another jurisdiction.
  • Director is a member of a national early childhood professional organization.
Special Training/Experience:

  • Commitment to Martha’s Table’s mission.
  • Strong leadership, management and organization and program design skills.  
  • Strong understanding of opportunities and challenges facing urban communities.
  • At least seven (7) years of supervisory and administrative experience working with elementary and early childhood programs. Ability to partner with families in support of a child’s growth and development.
  • Extensive experience managing complex change efforts in multi-faceted education programs.
  • Experience with staff training, management, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay informed about new developments in best practice and research relating to elementary education, early childhood education, and out of school time.
  • Experience using evidence-based assessment tools to drive outcomes for students.
  • Leadership experience in multicultural environments serving vulnerable or underserved populations.
  • Excellent communications skills (oral and written) with parents, teachers, children, and colleagues.
  • Comfort leading in new, developing contexts.
  • Comfort with ambiguity.
  • Effectively communicate with funders and other external constituents and partners.

  • Experience leading an organization through an accreditation process.
  • Knowledge of OSSE and NAEYC licensing requirements.
  • Knowledge of DC Early Learning Standards.
  • Knowledge of ITERS, CLASS, ASQ and ASQ-SE, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD.
  • Proficiency in multiple software applications including most Microsoft Office products.
  • Experience navigating Excel and Google drive.
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