Director of Early Childhood Education Programs / Downeast Community Partners / Ellsworth, Maine
Downeast Community Partners is seeking a Director of Early Childhood Education Programs, based in the Ellsworth, Maine. The role makes a profound impact on he lives of children and families in Downeast communities and is responsible for managing a $4M budget and a team of 65 employees delivering critical early childhood education programs in Washington and Hancock County (Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care, Family Futures Downeast, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program).
Requirements of the Director of Early Childhood Education Programs:
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, or Human Services or significant early childhood course work with another related degree.
5+ years of experience with responsibility for managing early childhood development and education programs; Head Start experience strongly preferred.
Strong understanding of operational processes for effective program management as well as ability to bring strategic perspective to program development and management.
Excellent leadership skills and ability to effectively support staff development, wellness, adaptability, and morale.
Ability to bring creative solutions to delivering high quality education programs within funding guidelines, recruiting and retaining staff, and supporting staff as they work with families experiencing multiple challenges.
Must be able to pass background checks.
Ability to commute to Ellsworth office and travel occasionally to program sites in service area which extends to Machias.
Benefits of the Job:
Full-time, exempt position with pay between $75,000 and $90,000 per year, depending on experience.
90% Employer paid Health Insurance (employee only)
$3,500 Employer funded Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
403(b) and Roth Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan with generous employer match (percentage increases with years of service) – contributions are pre-tax
Employer paid Short Term Disability Insurance
Employer paid Long Term Disability Insurance
Employer paid Life Insurance
Holidays and Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employee Assistance Program
20% Child Care Discount for Centers in Ellsworth, Machias, and Calais
Tuition Reimbursement, Training, and Conference Fees – for approved activities
Group Dental Insurance
Group Vision Insurance
Supplemental Life Insurance
Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
Sam’s Club Membership
Responsibilities of the Director of Early Childhood Education Programs:
Manages and leads a team to meet program outcome goals. The team includes an Assistant Director who oversees day-to-day program operations, an Enrollment Specialist, Admin Assistant as well as experienced and highly skilled center coordinators. Provides direct supervision, coaching and feedback for staff professional development.
Manages early childhood development and education programs and ensures that the organization implements best practices, complies with all applicable standards (e.g. Head Start Performance Standards and State licensing requirements), and ensures timely submission of annual contract renewal applications and required reporting.
Reviews current systems, processes and policies to identify areas for improvement and collaborate with stakeholders to implement changes.
Develops, implements and oversees budgets for programs and demonstrates prudent stewardship of program resources. Identifies program outcomes and measures progress.
Builds strong relationships with school districts providing collaborative pre-k programming and with other community partners.
Oversees the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) ensuring staff supervision and timely submission of annual contract renewal applications.
Downeast Community Partners (DCP) was formed in 2017 when two of the most venerable organizations in the region, Child and Family Opportunities and the Washington Hancock Community Agency merged. With a mission to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities, DCP is committed to creating and delivering services and programs that treat community members with dignity and compassion and offer them the possibility of achieving their goals and dreams.
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Downeast Community Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.? All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, familial status, or any other status protected by law.?
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