|Position Description: *
|| The Site Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the OKC Educare site, ensuring the implementation of comprehensive services, including evidence-based early childhood development and education for at-risk children ages birth to five, family support and engagement, health, nutrition, mental health, and social services in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards, Educare Learning Network guidelines including the Educare model core features, national accreditation standards, and state and local regulatory guidelines. The Site Director provides leadership to Educare staff in the implementation of the Educare model and its core features, and is responsible for planning, implementing and supervising all operations as well as leading ongoing program planning, continuous program improvement, and monitoring of the site.
|| EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Master's degree in education with at least 18 hours of training/education focused on early childhood education, child development, or related field.
Effective experience in child care as well as in training and supervising teachers preferred.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS
Oklahoma State Board of Education Certification preferred.
ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIRMENTS
Clearance of background check and drug screen
TB screen required
Bilingual Spanish/English ideal.
KNOWLEDGE, SKLLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
-Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice for early childhood education
-Knowledge of or proven ability to learn Head Start Performance Standards and Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
-Knowledge of or proven ability to learn and implement the Educare model and its core features.
-Knowledge of city and state licensing requirements.
-Knowledge of state and/or local early learning standards.
-Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of developments in best practice and research relating to early education, as well as family engagement.
-Ability to lead an interdisciplinary team of professionals.
-Ability to utilize and provide reflective supervision.
-Familiarity with community culture and knowledge of community resources and services.
-Knowledge of basic principles and practices of program management and staff supervision.
-Advanced knowledge of computer software, including but not limited to Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
-Ability to engage and motivate program participants to increase their self-sufficiency and work towards resolution of the challenges they face.
-Ability to advocate on behalf of program participants and belief that program participants have the capacity to grow and change.
-Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of poverty, oppression, sexism, racism, ageism and other forms of societal and individual prejudice that confront our staff, volunteers, program participants and community at-large.
-Ability to work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of people from diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
-Demonstrated philosophy and value base consistent with the purpose and goals of Kingsley House and the Bayou District Foundation, utilizing a strengths and empowerment perspective and working towards increasing the capacities of program participants and their families.
-Ability to work holistically, as part of a team, with staff, program participants, their families, volunteers and the community at-large toward successful outcomes for program participants.
-Respect for the integrity of each program participant, their right to privacy and confidentiality and their right to participate to their maximum capacity in determining their participation in our programs, including the formation of a service plan.
-Ability to meet deadlines, stay well organized, and work under pressure of multiple deadlines and prioritize workload; flexible and efficient time management skills.
-Acts as a role model within and outside of the agency, including professional representation of the agency with external entities and community groups.
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
-Intermediate knowledge of computer applications, including word-processing software in a Windows environment and the ability to learn and master other computer technology /software programs, as needed.
-Experience in use of standard office equipment.
|| ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
-Demonstrate capacity for providing developmentally appropriate practice, for exemplifying the values expected within the program, and for promoting the mission of the organization.
-Ensure full implementation of the Educare model's programmatic core features.
-Oversee and monitor implementation of effective early childhood education and development services, including developmentally appropriate, evidence-based practices and curricula, in coordination with effective family support and family engagement services.
-Ensure program compliance with Federal Head Start Performance Standards, Oklahoma Early Childhood Program requirements, and Oklahoma Department of Human Services licensing standards.
-Establish and monitor systems for the evaluation of services implementation and outcomes, including the integration of the Research Partnership into the center to promote the use of data for program planning and practice.
-In collaboration with other organizational leadership, develop written program plans with annual and long-range goals, objectives, and implementation plans.
-Coordinate and facilitate an appropriate system of staff meetings and learning opportunities/reflective practice groups and the corresponding infrastructure to support a culture of reflection, collaboration and inquiry, ensuring that opportunities exist for staff to engage in communities of practice, reflection, interdisciplinary work, and ongoing Professional Development to promote continuous improvement.
-Work cooperatively with Interdisciplinary team to plan education services integrated with health, mental health, dental health, nutrition, parent involvement, and social services.
-Foster mutual respect, communication, and partnership between and among the staff and families.
-Review program, family, and child assessment data to utilize in program planning and continuous program improvement and ensure Master Teachers utilize these data in their coaching and mentoring.
-Ensure the implementation and utilization of the agency's Management Information System (ChildPlus).
-Provide monthly and other written reports as required by management, leadership, and funders.
-Participate in the collaborative work of the Educare Learning Network's Leadership Group, including attendance at meetings and learning events, in support of the professional learning community that operates among Educare Centers.
-Maintain confidentiality with respect to participant, personnel, and proprietary information.
-Coordinate monthly program reports for OKC Educare, programmatic reports to the Educare Learning Network, funding partners, annual management, and QA reports, as needed.
-Provide strategic leadership, and vision for the site.
-Ensure staff meet the necessary Educare qualifications and monitor ongoing professional development and training, including staff progress towards reaching individual goals.
-Ensure and integrate the implementation of reflective practice and supervision with all Educare staff, including the Director's own supervisees, in order to support their professional development and effective work with children and families.
-Promote teamwork and ensure that a system for interdisciplinary work with children and families among staff and consultants is implemented and supported.
-Ensure and participate in a system of staff meetings to support the implementation of the Educare model and other best practices.
-Approve all purchase requisitions for supplies, service contracts, and equipment, as needed.
-Implement a system of regular data feedback and utilization for continuous program improvement and individualized planning for children and families, in accordance with Sunbeam Family Services Quality Assurance process and Educare Learning Network requirements.
-In collaboration with the National and Local Evaluation Partner, ensure participation in and the collection of all data and assessments required for the National Educare Learning Network Implementation Study.
-Supervise and evaluate Master Teachers according to Sunbeam policies and procedures.
-Establish education staff schedules, including approval of time off requests, and coordinate placement of classroom substitutes and floaters, as needed.
-Know the personnel policies and procedures, ensuring that subordinates are aware of these and any changes to them that occur.
-Coordinate the transition of children to Head Start/Kindergarten, and assist with the children's transition to their next destination at the end of each program year.
-Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance, as needed.
-Assist in recruiting and orienting educational interns, providing them with guidance as needed.
-Perform required and other assigned duties in a manner that demonstrates compliance with Sunbeam's Culturally Competent Practice Policy as well as other agency policy and procedure and those of grants/contracts so that work of the agency is systematized and effective.