Senior Program Director of Early Learning

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Job Description

This position supports the work of association early learning services in the Valley of the Sun, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. This position directly supports operations at assigned early learning centers, in addition to providing training, coaching and technical assistance to branch led early learning centers. This position is grant-funded for a 2 year grant cycle.   

  1. Bachelor's degree in early child development, human services, education, childcare or a related field,or equivalent, preferred.
  2. Five or more years of management experience, preferably in a YMCA or other nonprofit agency.
  3. Knowledge and experience with AZ First Things First- Quality First initiative and standards or a similar quality rated early childhood initiative.
  4. Proven experience in early childhood curriculum development, implementation and student portfolios.
  5. Ability to direct assigned operations including staff and volunteer development, program and curriculum development, marketing and public relations, and high-quality operations.
  6. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations
  7. Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations.
  8. YMCA Team Leader or Multi-Team/Branch Leader certification preferred.
  9. CPR and First Aid certifications may be required.
Essential Functions
  1. Provides direct support to the development of assigned early learning centers, providing coaching and guidance to the early learning teams specific to educational curriculum, quality first standards and student portfolios.
  2. Oversees the student enrollment and recruitment process; ensuring grant funded enrollment slots are filled based on most-in-need and grant criteria.
  3. Coordinate the engagement of the YMCA in community events; supporting family engagement and impact strategies.
  4. Serves as part of the early learning grant management team, ensuring all grant data and required components for funding sources are captured and implemented into programs.
  5. Evaluates programs for education curriculum, teacher strategies and provides support for advancing the academic success of all programs.
  6. Serves as the lead coordinator of the Teaching Strategies platform to include Tadpoles (parent communication), Creative Curriculum (curriculum development) and Teaching Strategies Gold (student portfolios).
  7. Supports the recruitment and hiring of early learning employees and volunteers throughout the valley.
  8. Provides coaching, training, mentoring and technical assistance specific to early learning and center management to early learning and branch employees.
  9. Develops a comprehensive training and development plan for early learning roles in partnership with the Executive Director of Early Learning.
  10. Serves a subject matter expert for early learning for the association, providing support to the early learning cabinet.
  11. Assesses and monitors early learning programs for alignment and compliance to AZ-DHS licensing standards, Quality First standards and YMCA best practices.
  12. Represents and promotes the YMCA in the local community and develops positive working relationships with other organizations, businesses, and governmental entities. Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with community agencies in service delivery area.
  13. Provides staff support for assigned committees.  Provides staff leadership for annual support campaign.
  14. Serves as a member of YMCA management and supports the overall objectives of the YMCA.