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Education Director

Supervisor: Program Director

Overview: University Settlement is one of New York City's most dynamic social justice institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the nation. For 130 years, University Settlement has been an anchor in the low-income and immigrant communities where we work, offering pioneering programs in early childhood care and education, youth development, eviction prevention, literacy, theater and visual arts, senior services, and mental health. Each year, we engage over 40,000 New Yorkers through our network of 31 sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mission is to empower the individuals we serve through comprehensive, quality services that strengthen families and meet the current needs of the community.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team. Your primary focus will be in the development and implementation of curriculum as well as onboarding and helping to develop and support the teaching staff within the center. A successful Education Director must be an excellence champion, a parent-interaction leader, and be a community connected. The Education Director has strong leadership skills, is an excellent communicator, and can motivate and inspire others. The Education Director will be able to provide comprehensive supervision to Early Childhood Teachers and supervises paraprofessionals and support staff.


  • Oversee classroom staffing, paperwork, and curriculum to ensure proper coverage and compliance with Department of Health, ACS and Head Start regulations
  • Oversee and maintain the implementation of high-quality programming with evidence-based curricular and child outcomes, including lesson planning, observations, portfolios and Parent/Teacher conferences
  • Provide guidance, training, and coaching to teaching staff on implementing lesson plans and responding to the social-emotional needs of children
  • Provide strengths-based coaching and mentorship to teaching staff to meet professional development goals
  • Develop and implement weekly staff meetings
  • Responsible for coordinating yearly in-service trainings and biannual staff evaluations
  • Provide any necessary reporting to Directors to meet Administration for Children Services requirements and attend required ACS training for Educational Coordinators/Directors
  • Support staff in meeting the individual needs of children through individualized planning, within the context of their families and communities
  • Support teachers to collaborate with other support services such as Mental Health and Special Needs to support the needs of children and families
  • Support the Program Director in recruitment, enrollment and administrative tasks
  • Assist with the review of program practices and update program plans, policies and procedures
  • Responsible for upholding the program's play-based, developmentally and culturally relevant philosophy


  • Master's degree in ECE and/or related major with NYS Teacher Certification (Birth – 2nd grade) required
  • Three to five years of combined experience as a teacher and/or early childhood administrator/supervisor
  • Must have good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of Teaching Strategies Gold Online Child Tracking System preferred

Hours: Full Time

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience, plus benefits package


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