Curriculum Development/Supervision, Other Management, Program Administration
LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE Director of Early Childhood Education
New York, NY
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 125-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. The Neighborhood House’s clients live, work, go to school or access services on the East Side from 14th Street to 143rd Street and include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, disabled persons, adult learners and thousands more.
The Neighborhood House has shown a continuous commitment to providing the best possible educational, developmental and social services to children since our founding in 1894 as a free kindergarten for immigrant children. The Neighborhood House’s award-winning and nationally-recognized Early Childhood Center (ECC) is lab school for innovations designed to erase the school readiness gap for children as well as to advance the field of early childhood education. The ECC Program works to offer the best possible educational, developmental and social services to its children, all of whom are eligible for Head Start, and their families. Moreover, the Neighborhood House provides the best facilities, partnerships, and resources in support of the health and growth of these families. The ECC Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), achieving outstanding ratings in all review categories as part of its 2019 reaccreditation, and was selected by Social Impact Research (SIR) as one of the top seven programs in New York.
With a long and rich history of providing services to young children and their families, the core philosophy is to help clients holistically, providing individualized services to address the full range of strengths and needs of very low-income children and families. For these reasons, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House emphasizes Family Services as much as educational development. They integrate entire families into programs by assessing the parents’ strengths and needs, as well as the children’s, to connect children and families with the appropriate supportive services, both within the Neighborhood House and with community partners. All families participate in a detailed intake process (e.g., family dynamics, health, the child’s educational background) to assess family strengths and needs.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Early Childhood Education serves as the chief childhood education professional of the organization. S/he is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the school and ensuring that the ECC aligns with the overall mission and vision of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
The Director will be a hands-on leader responsible for the management and excellence of the ECC, including program development, teacher and social worker leadership, interaction with families, and implementation and evaluation of all operations, in conjunction with the Neighborhood House senior staff, outside stakeholders and governments funders. Professional leadership is an integral component of the position. The Director will be expected to be a leader and resource to the leadership team and faculty in addressing opportunities and challenges.
S/he will also be the driver in seeking ways to innovate. The Director will be tasked with identifying, proposing and implementing innovative and effective ways to provide high quality educational programming in order to give children the tools they will need to succeed in the future. The Director will also work closely with his/her peers within the Neighborhood House as part of the holistic approach to human services in order to ensure positive outcomes for the child and their families.
WHAT WILL SUCCESS BY THE DIRECTOR LOOK LIKE
Ensure a seamless transition from the long-serving Director who is retiring in the summer of 2021 after an extremely successful career at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.
Strive for excellence in an integrated service model that serves both the child and their family’s needs in a holistic manner.
Be a driver in exploring pedagogical methods to increase positive outcomes for students.
Serve as an effective leader to faculty and ensure a committed corps of educators, social workers and other staff and volunteers.
Provide leadership to faculty and staff in the implementation of ECC’s mission. Set strategies, devise action plans, and establish goals. Review and evaluate progress and implementation.
Help to supervise a team of educators, social workers and administrators to ensure the smooth operations of the ECC, mentoring them to excellence and developing a steady pipeline of internal talent. As necessary, revise the team structure, reassign responsibilities and recruit external talent.
Serve as the driving force in ensuring that the ECC adheres to best practices in all aspects of its work with students, faculty, administration, and community.
Ensure clarity of all staff roles and expectations throughout the ECC. Hold staff accountable and create an environment of self-improvement through regular performance reviews that, among other items, stress the needs of all staff for continual learning, team building, and commitment to each other and to their students.
The Director will be committed to education and will demonstrate a genuine passion and appreciation for students and their well-being. S/he will have a deep understanding of pedagogy, curriculum development and implementation, and progressive educational movements and educational technology trends.
As a continual learner who stays ahead of educational trends and best practices, the Director will work closely with the senior leadership team to institute real and innovative program enhancements.
Establish goals consistent with being the leading early childhood program in the region and maintain the highest standards.
The Director will be the liaison between the ECC Program and external stakeholders, funding sources, and our community-based partners.
The Director should have strong interpersonal skills, excel in identifying potential organizational partnerships and maintaining relationships with both government and private funding sources.
Strong communication skills are essential, as the Director will ensure accurate, timely, and appropriate communications to senior leadership, faculty, and parents.
Student Recruitment and Admissions
Ensure that the ECC Program is appropriately marketed to relevant audiences, generating interest of parents and students.
Manage year-round recruitment process and ensure that all available classroom seats are full at all times; maintain a waitlist for each upcoming academic year.
At least 10 years progressive senior level management and organizational leadership experience in addition to a minimum of 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience.
Demonstrated track record of performance excellence in a similarly-sized school or program.
Strong leadership skills with a philosophy and style that encourages creativity, accountability, growth, collaboration, and problem solving.
Exceptional leadership, communications, supervisory, and team-building skills.
Track record of successfully working with educators, funders, parents and senior leadership.
Graduate degree in education required, including teacher certificate.
A creative and skillful professional able to motivate others and instill a positive work ethic.
Excellent written, oral and presentation skills.
Superior active listening, observation, analytical, and problem recognition and solving skills.
Ability to make sound judgments independently and to take initiative.
Well-disciplined and results-oriented self-starter who is extremely resourceful and resilient.
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