Are you an experienced early education leader committed to THINKING BIG on how family engagement is carried out for the highest-risk young families? Are you looking for a position that allows you to BOLDLY innovate and promote your vision for social justice? UTEC, Inc., a nationally recognized youth organization in Lowell, will launch an innovative EEC licensed early education center in early 2017. The center will serve the children of the young men and women, ages 17-25, who attend UTEC’s workforce development and educational programming and have past histories of gang and criminal involvement. The center will serve as the foundation for launching a comprehensive Two-Generation (2Gen) Center. We will emphasize a 2Gen approach, defined as a dual focus on providing high quality education to children and engaging parents as true partners in their children’s development, while parents focus on their own educational and employment goals.
The Director hired by UTEC is a creative and tireless champion of progressive education and family engagement. The Early Education Director will work with staff to help advance a 2Gen approach by ensuring that UTEC’s young parents are best prepared to be the primary teachers in their children’s lives. The ideal candidate has experience providing high quality education to young children, developing respectful partnerships with families, working in socioeconomically and racially diverse environments, and inspiring staff to become phenomenal educators. The Early Education Director will report to the Chief Program Officer at UTEC.
- Supervise, coach and model for all center staff. Supervisory duties include recruiting, hiring, training, and formal evaluations
- Facilitate the partnership with Imajine That, who will be serving as a consultant to UTEC in our start-up phase of the early education center.
- Develop and implement a robust two-generation program model to promote family engagement in students’ learning and development, including fostering various partnerships with other organizations
- Develop and promote an innovative and culturally-relevant child-centered curriculum. Promote hands-on learning that also draws on the engagement and strengths of families. Curriculum should meet the standards of EEC, ITERS, QRIS, ECERS, and NAEYC.
- Collaborate with UTEC’s Evaluation Team to develop and monitor measurable education and family engagement outcomes.
- Demonstrate superior leadership communicating with UTEC’s stakeholders, including staff, children, families, early education colleagues, consultants, community partners, and sponsors
- Possess complete mastery of EEC licensure regulations and QRIS standards; including but not limited to, the ability to sustain a high quality early education center, prepare a center for licensure visits, proactive communication with licensor, and adapt to changing regulations and standards
- In partnership with Imajine That during the start-up phase, learn and understand the systems and processes to manage the financial and logistical operations of the center, including scheduling and payroll calculations, Profit & Loss calculations, management of Budget Changes, Petty Cash, and the ordering of all necessary food and supplies. Such duties will become the sole responsibility of the Director after Imajine That’s consultation ends.