Position Summary: The Director of Education provides mentoring, training and development to coordinator staff, teaching staff, site directors and others to support quality early childhood development programs. Education Director plans, monitors and implements program education components including overseeing disabilities and mental health programs, literacy coaches and paraprofessionals. The Director of Education is also the Transportation Manager. The Education Director is an instructional leader for the organization.
Responsibilities: Education quality with Fidelity, CLASS preparation, curriculum technical assistance, Early Head Start and Head Start monitoring, Preschool for All and Preventive Initiative monitoring, screenings monitoring and NAEYC and Illinois State Standards monitoring, Gateways monitoring, collaborating with program partners, implementing ESL support, IEP support, establishing and implementing School Readiness Goals, attendance monitoring, COPA monitoring, aggregating data and reporting and modeling and feedback for teachers, teaching teams and site directors.
Present Creative Curriculum, School Readiness Goals and Checkpoint Outcomes Reports to families and parent policy council.
Provide Education support to families with one home visit from each classroom per year.
Provides professional development for staff during weekly team meetings and bi-annual in-services.
Facilitates professional development for staff through program partners and conferences.
Conducts post-observation debriefs with teaching teams, site directors and staff as needed.
Monitors NAEYC standards for agency quality.
Monitors Illinois State Standards and licensing for agency quality.
Monitors CELS standards (Head Start, Early Head Start, Preschool for All and Preventive Initiative) for agency quality.
Establishes School Readiness Goals annually.
Advocates for quality education.
Other duties as assigned.
Mandatory Job Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college (preferred)
or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of the Mary Crane Center.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive and Comprehensive.
Internal Number: 12042019
About Mary Crane Center
In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife. Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education. Their shared knowledge and firsthand experience of working with children and families was groundbreaking in the efforts to prepare young underprivileged children for success.Originally assisting children of poor immigrants on Chicago’s near West Side, the Center moved north to the Julia C. Lathrop Homes in 1963. In keeping with the spirit of its inception, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need and has added sites in Rogers Park, Austin and West Garfield Park over the past several years. The Mary Crane Center has launched the lives of over 15,000 children and families.