Reporting to the Director of Head Start / Early Head Start, the Director of Education is a highly driven leader who oversees the strategic direction and focus of the agency’s early learning education content area, manages staff, and interacts with parents. The Director is responsible for aligning education goals with the strategic direction and needs of the entire Head Start program while ensuring that all education staff understands how their work relates to the program as a whole and the excellent results, regulations, and performance standards for which we hold ourselves accountable.

Director of Education

We are searching for a highly driven education leader to oversee the strategic direction and focus of Community Action’s Head Start education content area. Are you a socially conscious, dedicated individual who is committed to building a better future for children, families, and communities? If so, join us as we support impactful programs across Escambia County and Northwest Florida to create positive outcomes for children and families served.  If you’re up for the challenge, apply today.

Director of Education

Salary: $29.02/hour
40 hours per week / 52 weeks per year (Full-time- Benefits Eligible)

**Open until filled

Summary:  Reporting to the Director of Head Start / Early Head Start, the Director of Education is a highly driven leader who oversees the strategic direction and focus of the agency’s early learning education content area, manages staff, and interacts with parents. The Director is responsible for aligning education goals with the strategic direction and needs of the entire Head Start program while ensuring that all education staff understands how their work relates to the program as a whole and the excellent results, regulations, and performance standards for which we hold ourselves accountable.

The Director of Education will work in collaboration with others to fulfill the following activities:

  • Spearhead continuous improvement efforts in the classroom by monitoring CLASS mentor-coaches and the progress they make in achieving positive school readiness outcomes for children and families. Provide individual and group support for Early Learning Inclusion Specialists in their work with center directors to implement educational initiatives and coaching.
  • Implement a system of continuous monitoring of both curriculum fidelity and high-quality teacher/child interactions. This includes growing teachers and working with teaching teams to develop new ideas and approaches, adapt learning activities, and provide an outstanding education for our student cohorts across the Early Head Start and Head Start program.
  • Track lesson plans as well as follow-up execution to ensure successful curriculum implementation. The Director will work each day to ensure our Head Start curriculum is matched to individual students’ needs, and that national Head Start best practices are consistently being used in the classroom.
  • Consult regularly with teaching staff regarding curriculum needs, including those related to learning/behavioral concerns and supports for children with atypical needs. Recommend strategies to enhance every child’s learning
  • Pinpoint training needs and approve potential sources for training and curriculum in coordination with the Director of Head Start and expert consultants.
  • Execute the strategic plan of the overall Community Action Program Committee, Inc.-Pensacola agency, as it pertains to educating children and families on their journey to school readiness and self-sufficiency.
  • Interview, training, planning, performance evaluations, and staff development plans.
  • Plan and implement a comprehensive professional development program for education staff, including professional development plans that allow for succession planning and that align with an evidence-based performance rubric.
  • Embrace a school-to-home approach by bringing curriculum-based learning to life. Ensure parent education and outreach activities are consistent and cohesive with Head Start education goals and activities. Participates in meetings and other activities which encourage parental understanding of and involvement in their child’s education and the curriculum used in the classroom.
  • Contribute to professional excellence through leadership and participation in external community relationships within the regional education community (LEAs, Early Learning Coalition, higher education, NHSA, and state agencies).
  • Ensure fiscal management by monitoring educational expenditures.
  • Address health and safety concerns as they relate to the learning environment, including classroom design and how indoor/outdoor activities are organized.
  • Lead the revision of education procedures and forms according to national best practices.

Education/Experience: A BA/BS or advanced degree in early childhood education or a bachelor’s or advanced degree and equivalent coursework in early childhood education with early education teaching experience. Must have a demonstrated record of tracking child outcomes and program quality assessment results on a center- and program-wide basis, analyzing data, and making program development recommendations.  A minimum of five years’ experience in writing, planning, and implementing an education program for preschool children, designing and providing staff training. A minimum of 5 years of supervisory and program management experience in a Head Start or early learning environment. Demonstrated track record in curriculum design and implementation, coaching, and quality improvement.

The Community Action Program Committee, Inc. is an EOE; participates in E-Verify; and Advocates for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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