Director, Early Childhood Education (The Commons), Martha's Table

Location: Washington, DC
Director, Early Childhood 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.
 

About the Position 
The Director of Early Childhood Education (The Commons) is a dynamic, passionate educational leader responsible for directing the Early Childhood Education program at our Ward 8 headquarters and managing teachers and volunteers. The position, with oversight of the Senior Director, Education, develops the annual outcomes for the early education program and measures the performance of the program and its staff. This position is part of the Martha’s Table Education leadership team and, with the other team members, will be involved in organization-wide strategic planning and share responsibility for the promotion of its reputation, and the fulfillment of its mission.
 

Duties & Responsibilities

Program Management
  • Design and implement a high-quality Early Childhood Education program utilizing data, logic models, and strategies aimed at ensuring that all children in program are meeting all developmental milestones.
  • Ensure the operation of high-quality early childhood education programming that is aimed at supporting strong children, strong families, and a strong community.
  • Attract, retain, and support of high performing teachers.
  • Work collaboratively with and receive coaching from the Director, Professional Learning to provide quality instructional support to teachers.
  • Work collaboratively with and receive coaching support from the Director, Family Engagement and Education to ensure quality family engagement practices.
  • Implement high-quality curriculum in collaboration with the Director, Instruction and Program Quality.
  • Develop and implement a program to work effectively with parents of program participants with input and coaching from Director, Family Engagement and Education.


Program Evaluation
  • Measure, assess and report program outcomes.
  • 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)
  • Train, supervise and manage staff, consultants, contractors, volunteers, and others performing functions in the program. This includes timely completion of performance evaluations and professional development plans for all teaching staff. 


Administration
In Collaboration with Senior Director, Education:
  • Design and manage the program’s budget.
  • Design, manage, and implement critical operating and cost efficiencies within program’s budget.
  • Hire, onboard and offboard teaching staff consistent with Martha’s Table policies and procedures.
  • Educate and reinforce teacher’s knowledge of, and compliance with, Martha’s Table policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the maintenance of a safe, clean, and workable space for teachers, children, and families.
  • Maximize children and student enrollment in program.
  • Ensure all parents in program are aware of and abide by the program’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all programming requirements and performance outcomes adhere to multiple funding and model requirements.
  • Foster organization-wide culture of outcomes-based practice to spur progress and effectiveness of the program.
  • Foster organization-wide “culture of evaluation” and contribute to Martha’s Table capacity and efforts around organizational learning and knowledge management.


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.
 

Education
  • 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/Dispositions

Required
  • 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 three (3) years of supervisory and administrative experience working with early childhood development programs. Ability to partner with families in support of a child’s growth and development.
  • Experience with staff training, management, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay informed about new developments in best practice and research relating to early childhood education.
  • 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.


Preferred
  • 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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