Title: Education Director

JOB ID: 102

Report to:  Senior Director and/or Executive Director

Job Summary:

The Director is responsible for the success of the preschool. She or he will ensure that there is a caring and safe learning environment for the children. Responsibilities shall include coordination and supervision of all program components such as; intellectual growth of young children, preventative health and social services, nutrition, staff development, community outreach, parent involvement in program operation, facilities management and accountability, office/front desk management. The Director shall consider, confer and consult with other Supervisory Staff and center staff to arrive at decision areas in which these persons may specialize; Demonstrate leadership qualities, mature judgement and the ability to  work cooperatively with people; ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and a sound educational program; to be articulate, pleasant and resourceful; Willingness to utilize training available to improve administrative and supervisory skills, as well as understanding of NYC DOH Article 47 and the DOE Department of Education, UPK compliance; Hiring, supervising and training of staff.


  1. Administrative

  • Assure compliance with NYC DOH Article 47 Codes and DOE UPK Regulations; Ensure that the program is within policy guidelines for licensing requirements

  • Carry out/establish policies on admission, attendance and fees.

  • Ensure that the children receive nutritious meals.

  • Prepare periodic reports on the status of the program.

  1. Executive Administration

  • Communicate with parents by e-mail, phone, formal and informal meetings and newsletters.

  • Solicit information periodically from families to determine satisfaction and improve the program.

  • Prepare and maintain the Parent Handbook containing procedures and policies; present recommendations to Executive Administrators for changes/improvement.

  • Participate in professional development workshops and classes. Participate on Committees (i.e. UPK Moving up ceremony).

  • Maintain a variety of records including registrations, permission slips, accident reports, medical records etc.

  • Perform a variety of miscellaneous duties such as, answering the telephone, running errands, picking up supplies, conducting activities and helping set-up for events as necessary.

  • Perform related duties as required by Round-the-Clock Nursery Inc.

  1. Supervision & Personnel

  • Recruit, select and hire staff to run the preschool program in compliance with NYC Regulations (Article 47); refer new candidates to Human Resources.

  • Supervise and formally evaluate all preschool staff after probationary period and annually.

  • Plan and provide staff development opportunities and training.

  • Provide written staff observations to backup evaluations.

  • Hold staff, team and individual meetings on a regular basis.

  • Ensure that all staff is following their educational requirements and study plans.

  • Ensure that staff maintain appropriate work schedules and review their time sheets.

  • Take disciplinary measures and actions wherever needed in an appropriate time to maintain the program’s integrity.


  1. Curriculum and Instruction


  • Collaborate with and supervise teachers in planning instructional activities and lessons which promote developmentally appropriate children learning.

  • Oversee and formally evaluate the curriculum and the instructions of the staff.

  • Teach, educate and monitor children as needed (Provide coverage as needed or model teaching techniques).

  • Procure and organize instructional equipment and supplies.

  • Serve as a classroom assistant as needed to provide proper child to adult ratio coverage.


  1. Financial


  • Order supplies and equipment for program as needed.

  • Supervise Receptionist/Front Desk staff in Fundraising for the program.

  • Fundraising.




  1. Facilities and Safety


  • Monitor the safety of students, staff and the facilities.

  • Regularly inspect equipment and play areas to ensure safety and cleanliness.

  • Procure and use all required safety equipment, safety/health logs and manuals in the center and trains staff on the use of them.

  • Review safety issues at each staff meeting.

  • Ensure that all staff is CPR & First Aid Certified; and that all screenings are updated as per regulations.


  1. Marketing and Development


  • Promote the positive image of the preschool and advertise as needed.

  • Familiarize self with resources of the community.

  • Organize a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).


Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Valid New York State Teacher’s Certificate in Early Childhood Education (N-6 or B-2), MA/MS in Education and at least 5 years group teacher’s experience, plus academic course work pertinent to the appropriate age levels.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong organizational, leadership and managerial skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate to young children, staff and parents.

  • Knowledge of NYC Article 47 and UPK Common Core Standards.

  • Upon receiving a Job offer, references, a physical examination and background checks will be required along with other documents.



Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed, to be  an exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job.

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