The Education Manager provides early childhood technical assistance, management, oversight, and support to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs to ensure effective coordination, implementation, and monitoring of the education services. The Education Manager is responsible for overseeing Education and Mental Health/Disability services, and supervising the mental health and disability portion of the Head Start regulations and Performance Standards as well as other state and federal requirements as they relate to ADA. This includes working to develop appropriate placement and early childhood education curriculum and providing educational resources for staff and parents, ensuring compliance with Performance Standards and recognized “best practices” in the field of Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Under the supervision of the Program Director and working as the supervisor of early childhood staff, Education Specialists, and Mental Health and Disabilities Specialists, the Education Manager oversees the implementation of the education services at all sites and works with all local educational institutions and other STC Head Start partners.
The HS/EHS Education Manager will provide training and technical assistance to the Head/Early Head Start staff to ensure high-quality programming, monitor child and teacher progress and performance to ensure they are achieving program objectives, and consult with the Program Director, other Managers, and/or the Education team as needed to resolve complex issues and to ensure compliance with Head Start regulations and performance standards.
As a front line representative of Save the Children, the Education Manager is required to ensure the safety and security of children and families that he/she comes in contact with adhering to the agency’s values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity.
As a Save the Children employee who will come into contact with children on a routine basis, you are expected to prevent child abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness, good practice and training to minimize risk to children. You must take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of concern and report and respond to any instance of child abuse and promote training and awareness around all child safeguarding obligations.
Program Planning and Implementation
Training and Technical Assistance
Operations and Management
Supervision and training
Responsibilities and Impact
Coordinate the Education and Early Childhood Development of the prescribed content area of the Early Head Start program.
Work closely with the program director and other administrative/management staff to assure adequate classroom supplies and equipment are available to staff.
Attend home visits, parent conferences, and/or IFSP meetings.
Visit each site and classrooms on a regular basis (4-6 hours per month, per site) to conduct observations and provide training, technical assistance, coaching, and mentoring.
Provide training and technical assistance to build capacity by working directly with HS/EHS staff, parents, and community partners to ensure high quality programs.
Develop and incorporate the Program for Infant Toddler Caregivers (PITC) into the curriculum and parent/child activities; ensure that staff consistently incorporates PITC information into their classrooms and home visits; provide strategies to support young English language learners and their families.
Oversee site tracking of early childhood screenings and assessments and early childhood data collection, and participate in local evaluation activities.
Assists in developing and tracking budget information as it relates to Head Start/Early Head Start.
Supervise HS & EHS Specialist(s) and designated Center Directors and approve work hours, leave hours, and overtime in advance for all employees.
Provide ongoing training in policies, procedures, and program requirements as well as communication and problem solving skills to staff of assigned team.
Responsible for setting up and tracking that all educational staff with a professional development plan tie into the agency-wide T/TA plan;
Work with individual teachers to develop training plans for obtaining CDA credentials and AA degree or higher in Early Childhood Education.
Complete other tasks as assigned or needed.
Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors
Minimum of Baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or any subject and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children or other related field.
Minimum 5 years of experience working with infants and toddlers and preschool age children.
Experience in supervision and training and ability to develop consistent, stable, and supportive relationships with very young children.
Extensive knowledge of early childhood development, safety issues, and methods for communicating effectively with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and other staff.
Must have extensive knowledge of Heat Start Performance Standards and developmentally appropriate early childhood education practices in infant/toddler programs.
Knowledge of program planning, supervisory techniques and practices, and basic fiscal accountability.
Ability to exercise professional judgment and evaluations.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency staff, children, parents, and outside agencies.
Effective communication, problem solving, and time management skills.
Ability to perform medium to heavy physical work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds frequently and up to 5-10 pounds constantly, performing such activities as sitting, crawling, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping. This also includes some duties that require repetitive action and motion skills, keyboarding, and computer use.
Clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and pass all state and local health requirements required post job offer and prior to employment. To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Save the Children Head Start insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to Save the Children Head Start. Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children Representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of Child Abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of Child Abuse. All Save the Children Representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue.
Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.
Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Team Player: Works well as a member of a group
Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them
Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
Flexibility: Inspired to perform well when granted the ability to set your own schedule and goals
Self-Starter: Inspired to perform without outside help
Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
Bachelors or better in Early Childhood Education.
2-5 years: Minimum of Baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or any subject and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool age children or other related field. Minimum 5 years of experience working with infants/toddlers and/or preschool age children.