Assistant Director of Education and Support Services
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1. Supervises the Early Childhood Services Coordinator and Manager of Education Services to ensure implementation of education requirements for children birth through five in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs that includes center-based and home-based options; and ensures that children with diagnosed disabilities and children with challenging behaviors that warrant evaluation are addressed, and that evaluation meetings with school districts are taking place.
2. This position works closely with Site Supervisors to ensure that the Transition Plan is ongoing and is being conducted in a timely manner; and with internal and external CLASS Reliability reviewers to ensure reliability and accuracy of data obtained during observations of classroom staff.
3. Responsible for providing training and technical assistance to Administrative and Teaching Teams.
4. Coordinates with local colleges and various resource agencies to promote education services for your children, families and staff as it relates to State Licensing and Head Start Performance Standards.
5. Other duties as assigned within the guidelines of this position.
Administration and Management
1. Assists in carrying out goals, policies, and activities designed to implement Early Childhood/Health Services objectives and Performance Standards, Illinois Early Learning Standards, and the State of Illinois ExceleRate Initiatives. Meeting with other divisions to coordinate and implement the Performance Standards.
2. Assists in reviewing, interpreting, and evaluating data affecting Education Services.
3. Assists in preparation of the budget and makes recommendations for funding allocations of program supplies and equipment, pooling resources and establishing a more comprehensive support system and empower parents as primary educators of their children.
4. Assists in planning and implementing Health/Education Program with interdisciplinary team, Health Advisory and Education Committees, in accordance with Performance Standards.
5. Coordinates efforts to achieve National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation status throughout the program.
6. Conducts training for staff in identified areas related to early childhood education, mental health and disabilities.
7. Coordinates the implementation and analysis of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, (CLASS) throughout the Early Childhood Services delivery system.
8. Maintains linkage to public/private schools to ensure appropriate transition from Head Start to Kindergarten.
9. Ensures a smooth transition for children/families is made from Early Head Start to and from Head Start into public/private schools by building Partnerships and lines of communication between Early Head Start/Head Start Parents and the Community, ensuring a working partnership is formed between families and community to promote self-sufficiency.
10. Establishes outreach initiatives with education communities throughout the program’s service areas.
11. Works in partnership with key management staff to develop and review Personnel Policies and Procedures as required.
Evaluation, Monitoring and Documentation
12. Reviews and evaluates existing programs with program managers, the division and assistant directors and or Policy Council Members to share service area success and challenges regarding compliance with the Head Start performance standards.
13. Provides implementation of education areas determined to need improvement based on continuous quality improvement activities that include classroom observations, review of files along with the monitoring of the computer tracking system.
14. Conducts monthly visits to observe classrooms and review records to ensure program compliance.
15. Collects and analyzes data related to school readiness and child outcomes on a regularly scheduled basis.
16. Works with the designated outcomes point person to ensure reports regarding school readiness and child outcomes are completed as required.
Employee Development and Consultation
17. Works with the program managers to develop and implement training that addresses the development of staff and corresponds to the Head Start Performance Standards, ExceleRate Illinois, and the State of Illinois Early Learning and State Licensing Standards; and provides career development counseling to staff and encourage in-service training, etc. to increase productivity and career advancement.
18. Works with parents and education substitute staff to obtain Child Development Associate, (CDA) credentials.
19. Provides guidance, training, and technical assistance to education staff on the Creative Curriculum along with other developmentally appropriate curricula.
20. Assist in monitoring teaching activities in planning Home Visits and issuance of division materials.
21. Confers regularly with education staff on behavioral and/or learning problems and recommends resource methods in conjunction with the Manager of Mental Health and Disabilities.
22. Networks with community colleges and universities to obtain information regarding their early childhood certification and degree seeking programs that will be shared with employees.
GREAT EMPLOYER PROVIDED BENEFITS INCLUDE:
- Work/Life Balance Time-off: 12 Holidays - 15 Days’ Vacation -3 Personal Days-9 Sick Days
- Medical/Dental/Vision Health Insurances
- Flexible Spending Account
- Long-Term Disability and Life Insurance
- 403B Retirement Plan with employer contributions
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Short-term Disability Insurance
1. Master’s Degree is required for this position with preference in areas of early childhood education or related field. All degrees must come from a regionally accredited educational institution which has U.S. Department of Education approval.
2. A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in Head Start areas with five (5) years of experience in a supervisory capacity directing programs that serve young children and families is required.
3. Classroom Assessment Scoring System, (CLASS) reliability must be achieved within one (1) year of employment.
4. Ability to work independently and to accept increased levels of responsibility.
5. A solid understanding of and/or experience in supervising and motivating staff, as well as providing support to staff in stressful work environments. Experience with reflective supervision practice preferred.
6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and constructively with persons from all racial, diverse cultures, family systems, and social backgrounds.
7. Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, and Teams.
8. Strong organizational, verbal and written communications skills.
9. Passage of complete background clearance, physical and Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
10. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, has adopted and follows the Codes of Ethics established by Catholic Charities USA, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association. As an employee of the Agency you are expected to support these codes to the extent doing so is consistent with and allowed by applicable law.
11. A valid driver’s license, reliable means of transportation and proof of liability insurance is required.