Early Childhood Education Program Manager

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About PUENTE Learning Center

For over 34 years, PUENTE Learning Center is a place for learning, achievement and success. We are committed to making education and job training skills accessible to all. We offer classes for students ages 3 to 80+ including Digital Innovations, English as a Second Language, Adult High School Diploma, and more. PUENTE operates an award-winning Preschool and Charter Kindergarten, after-school and summer programs. PUENTE is proud to be part of the Boyle Heights neighborhood, a primarily immigrant community, having served over 100,000 students in its 34-year history.

PUENTE’s Early Childhood Education Program offers students a family-centered, technology-based learning experience designed to help children meet and exceed the State Standards mastery and build a solid foundation for lifelong academic achievement.

Position Overview

The Early Childhood Education Program is seeking an experienced professional who has substantial programmatic and educational experience to design, coordinate, and evaluate the program’s curricula. This new position of Early Childhood Education Program Manager will oversee the Early Childhood Education Program in collaboration with other Program staff to expand and update its current curriculum to that of the California State Department of Education standards.  The knowledgeable professional will join the Center’s leadership team and will work closely with Program staff to provide instructional leadership and ensure that the program’s curriculum is implemented and follows best practices.  As a direct report to the Center’s CEO, the Early Childhood Program Manager will ensure and report that the curriculum development is aligned with state standards, will develop and implement an annual program plan, ensure the systematic use of formative and summative assessment data, provide support, compliance, and quality impact on a day-to-day basis, and offer ongoing and innovative professional development to instructional leaders that adhere to deliverables for the state preschool operations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Actively participate in PUENTE’s leadership team to implement the organization’s strategic goals, and collaborate with other staff to align ECE program strategies to help advance programs, promote a strong organizational culture, and increase community impact.
• Ensure the program provides inclusive, developmentally, and culturally appropriate learning experiences and activities, and an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for children.

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

• Set educational goals based on the CA Preschool Curriculum Frameworks.
• Maintain and implement policies, procedures, and program requirements that are compliant with Title 22, Title 5, contractual obligations.
• Develop and implement a curriculum and program that will meet or exceed criteria of the Quality Continuum Framework: Child Observation, Developmental and Health Screenings, Staff Qualifications, CLASS Assessments, Ratios, and Program Environmental Rating Scales.
• Manage the program budget, regularly tracking of expenses, and ensures program implementation is aligned with budget expectations; together works with the development staff to identify funding opportunities, and secure funding to sustain and grow the program goals.
• Implement a child-centered assessment system to meet the individual developmental needs of our children based on the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS).
• Responsible for enrollment, recruitment, out-reach of children to meet funding requirements.
• Manages the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), which includes overseeing menu development, Claims Reporting, training for staff, and monitoring to ensure that CCFP Guidelines are implemented.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND INSTRUCTIONAL OVERSIGHT

• Develop a management structure to support the operation of the program.
• Manage, support, and supervise an ECE team who are responsible for all operational objectives.
•Develop staff capacity, culture, and best practices that builds leadership which includes conducting staff meetings and professional development; and oversees performance evaluations.
• Identify professional development resources to support teacher development, including books, articles, conferences, and learning opportunities
• Evaluate, assess, and support effectiveness of teacher-child interactions using professionally accepted instrument to measure the quality of teacher-child interactions.
• Creates and implements the ECE handbook and updates as needed.
• Create personalized professional development plans for teachers
• Model lessons as appropriate
• Conference with teachers on planning, classroom, and student data
• Conduct observations and provide feedback to teachers
• Ensure provision of supplies and classroom materials across all subject areas

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION

• Development and design of the preschool curriculum
• Provide structures for collaborative planning in all subject areas, including opportunities for vertical and horizontal planning with teachers to ensure instructional alignment and consistency
• Ensure provision of resources for curriculum development across all subject areas
• Support teachers in unit and lesson planning, including providing ongoing feedback
• Lead blended learning curriculum
• Advise instructional team on overall subject curriculum design
• Stay abreast of research and effective practice in all subject areas
• Provide leadership in developing and expanding the current program offerings to meet educational trends
• Provide leadership in establishing new and emerging technologies in support of our preschool program
• Create/update progress reports assuring they are aligned with state standards

SYSTEMIC USE OF FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT DATA

• Coordinate system of daily formative assessment practices and interim assessments, including assessment design, revision, tracking, and analysis
• Facilitate the coordination of the interim assessment process to ensure opportunities for a comparison of interim assessment data and to benchmark progress towards state standards mastery
• Ensure alignment of internal assessment practices with state assessments
• Ensure comprehensive preparation for state assessments
• Facilitate data-driven instructional planning through regular meetings and professional development sessions
• Prepare monthly assessment reports for the quarterly reports for the PUENTE Board of Directors meetings.
• Use formative assessment data to drive on-going responsive support for students
• Promote an instructionally effective and compliant program that accelerates the academic achievement for all students

PROGRAM PARTNERSHIPS AND PARENT ENGAGEMENT

• Works closely with other members of the team to establish meaningful collaborative partnerships with organizations and institutions.
• Develops and maintains community and professional networks and stays up-to-date with the latest trends in education and participates in key activities
• Oversees ECE parent engagement strategies including the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), and works with staff to implement strategies that: engage parents to develop as educational advocates, facilitate access to community resources, and support positive parent-child relationship building.
• Creates and oversees the updates to the parent handbook on an annual basis which includes policies and procedures

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

• Dedication to PUENTE’s mission-driven work. Passionate advocate for the mission and those being served through the organization.
• Outstanding communication skills. A collaborative and communicative work-style that translates into measurable results with internal partners.
• Excellent strategic, organizational, and school management skills. A decisive, “roll-up-the sleeves” attitude.
• Enthusiasm for all subject areas and for on-going acquisition of knowledge across all areas.
• A person who is comfortable with change for the growth of the child and school.
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Must have the ability to motivate and inspire confidence among staff, colleagues, and volunteers.
• Constant learner who seeks to expand their knowledge for all subject areas and open to new ideas and innovations to enrich their work.
• A self-motivated, confident, and influential style that is coupled with sensitivity and flexibility. A strong leader with high emotional intelligence and professional standards.
• Character and substance; a person with the highest ethical standards.
•  Ensure a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment.
• Positive attitude is a must.

EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AND EXPERIENCE

• A bachelor’s degree in early education or other education related field from an accredited college or university
• A valid California Children’s Center Supervision Permit with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a CSPP Program
• Must have knowledge and experience of Title 5 and Title 22 and CDE Early Education and Support Division
• Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in administrative, leadership or coaching position
• Demonstrated success working with a diverse student population
• Demonstrated record of meeting deadlines for school compliance operations
• A strong background in and command of children’s assessments via DRDP and other content areas and framework
• Knowledge of CDSS California Community Child Care Licensing and Quality Start Los Angeles
• Bilingual proficiency desired.

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume via email to Tesa Marquez, Administration and HR Manager, at tesa@puente.org. No phone calls, please. Review of applications will begin immediately.