Director of Early Childhood Education

Iredell County Partnership for Young Children   Statesville, NC   Full-time     Education
Posted on August 18, 2023

Director of Early Childhood Education 

Salary Grade: Grade 20 ($46,180 - $69,270)

 Primary Purpose of Position:  

The Director of Early Childhood Education is responsible for oversight of the early childhood education activities, ensuring the quality and integrity of all aspects of services provided and provides supervision of the early education staff.  

Duties and Responsibilities:  

Management

• Work cooperatively with the Leadership Team and staff to frame and articulate the vision and mission of the Partnership as it relates to quality early care and education.  

• Administer early education activities to include, but not limited to: NC Pre-K, Quality Support Services and Early Learning Resource Center.

• Plan, implement and evaluate services; supervise staff; develop and coordinate outreach; monitor budgets and expenses.

• Ensure agency and service providers’ compliance with legislative mandates and contract requirements.

• Maintain client confidentiality.  

Personnel Management/Coordination

• Recruit, train, and supervise early education staff.

• Conduct department staff meetings and coordinate communication/information.

• Ensure staff compliance with Partnership personnel policies and procedures.

• Establish work plans with assigned staff and monitor progress.

• Implement and maintain annual performance assessment process with all staff.  

Program Development

• Research best practices for program delivery.

• Track child care and licensing needs and activities in the community and develop new activities/services as determined by the Partnership's strategic plan.

• Provide direction, leadership, assessment, implementation and staff development for early education staff.

• Review and coordinate services with other Partnership and community activities. 

Collaboration/Community Outreach

• Participate in local and state initiatives that focus on quality early care and education.

• Build and strengthen relationships with both child care providers and community organizations serving children and their families.

• Broaden community awareness about the child care needs and services available in Iredell County.

• Coordinate and offer technical assistance and professional development workshops on topics/issues related to providers.

• Advocate on behalf of young children, their families and child care providers.

• Promote knowledge and usage of early care and education principles in the Partnership and other organizations.  

Marketing/Outreach

• Market and recruit child care providers for Partnership services.

• Produce news releases, publications, presentations, photos, reports and other vehicles to increase awareness of early education services as needed.  

Resource Development

• Identify funding resources related to quality early care and education, professional development services, etc. and draft grant proposals as warranted.

• Participate in and support Partnership’s fundraising efforts.  

Fiscal Management

• Provide oversight to early education activity budgets.

• Ensure proper expenditure of budgeted funds.

• Monitor paperwork and documentation kept on expenditures to ensure accountability for Smart Start and other funding sources.

• Fully comply with all fiscal policies and procedures as approved by the Partnership’s Board of Directors.  

Evaluation

• Systemically collect and analyze information about activities, characteristics, and outcomes of early education activities to assist staff and ICPYC’s Board of Directors with data regarding Partnership needs or target populations, and overall effectiveness.

• Ensure regular entry of required data into computer databases.

• Complete required Partnership reports.  

Other Duties as Assigned

• Perform other duties as necessary to promote and foster the mission of the Iredell County Partnership for Young Children and DCD Region 9. 

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and meet the requirements listed below.  

• Must pass a criminal background check.

• Must have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license.  

• Occasional evening, early morning, and/or weekend hours required.  

• Local travel is required.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Applications.  

Education and/or Experience:  

Bachelor’s degree in a field related to early childhood education, child development, or human services from an accredited college or university and five (5) or more years’ experience in supervision of staff and programs working with child care providers, with an emphasis on program development, management and evaluation. Master’s degree preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience considered.  

Knowledge and Abilities:    

• Understanding of current theory and practices of group child care and best practices for children.

• Knowledge of Child Care regulations, from the North Carolina Division of Child Development.

• Familiarity with Environment Rating Scales (ITERS, ECERS, FCCERS).

• Ability to present information effectively in writing and orally.

• Ability to convey ICPYC’s mission through creative methods.  

• Ability to effectively present information to small groups, top management, and/or boards.

• Ability to communicate and work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

• Ability to adapt to and support a changing work environment and new demands.

• Attention to detail, and compliance with rules, regulations, and deadlines.

• Ability to assess and report on compliance and quality.

• Ability and experience managing program budgets.

• Ability to write reports and present findings.

• A high level of organizational and interpersonal skills.

• Ability to work independently and as part of integrated team.

• Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.