Under the direction of the Director of Early Learning, the Education Manager provides oversight and strategic leadership to Early Learning department education functions, including curriculum, assessment and instruction. This individual will ensure consistent and high-quality implementation of research-based best practices across sites and settings, maintaining compliance with all funder requirements and pursuing excellence. In addition, the Education Manager will establish robust professional development systems to support and advance the skills and knowledge of education staff. All work to be completed with minimum supervision and in accordance with organization standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include but are not limited to the following. The organization reserves the right to add to, delete, change or modify the essential duties and responsibilities at any time.
- Leads all education functions of the Early Learning department across all settings, including directly-operated centers, home visiting programs and early learning partners. Develops and implements strategies to ensure continuous compliance with all funder requirements and pursue instructional excellence.
- Provides guidance and supervision to teacher-coaches and home visiting supervisor.
- Monitors assessment data and provides ongoing reports of student growth and development. Drives agency use of aggregate data and trends towards continuous quality improvement at the classroom, site and program-level.
- Develops and implements a comprehensive strategy for professional development. Collaborates with site directors and teacher-coaches to identify and address department-wide training needs and to ensure that each education staff member has a current professional development plan.
- Identifies and pursues internal and external resources to support staff professional development. Assists education staff in pursuing opportunities for training and continuing education aligned to their plan.
- Leads development, implementation and annual review of agency school readiness plans. Assessed progress towards goals and uses continuous quality improvement process to address deficiencies.
- Provides input to preparation of the department's annual budget. Supports site directors and education staff in selecting appropriate materials, activities and field trips.
- Recruits, recommends for hire and supervises assigned staff; provides staff training; evaluates performance and promotes career development.
- As assigned, represents IAFC to external groups/organizations to promote the agency and increase utilization of services through events, presentations and/or day – to - day contact.
- Ensures confidentiality of parent and provider information received and managed by IAFC.
- Other Functions: The organization may assign other functions to the job at its discretion.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or a related field, with significant early childhood education coursework. Master's degree (M. A.) preferred.
SALARY: $67,000/min. a year
Illinois Action for Children is an EEO/M/F/D/V Employer.