Pre-K Expansion Director - NYC DOE Division of Early Childhood

New York, United States Full-time

Position Summary: The Mayor and the Chancellor are committed to providing high-quality full-day Pre-K for all 4-year-olds in New York City.  Research demonstrates that quality Pre-K contributes to student achievement and is associated with other long-term benefits. Every student in NYC deserves access to the variety of teaching approaches and strong foundation of skills and knowledge that high-quality Pre-K provides.

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) administers Pre-K programs for NYC students in public elementary schools and New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).  DECE provides families access to high-quality early childhood options that prepare their children for academic success and the skills to lead a successful life. Working together with families and programs, DECE ensures that children are engaged, nurtured, and supported with the tools needed to develop into independent learners and creative problem-solvers. 

The Expansion Director is responsible for the development and effective implementation of policies and procedures related to Pre-K expansion. The Director will develop processes and systems for effective management of the RFP process and for data collection. The Director will work closely with the field office managers to align practices and protocols and track data on budgets, seat allocations, and personnel and assist with reporting structures from the field to central. Performs related work.

Reports To: Senior Director, Expansion Development

Direct Reports: Special Projects Coordinator

Key Relationships: DECE Executive Directors, DECE Field Offices, Community Superintendents, School Leadership, Division of Contracts and Purchasing, Division of Financial Operations, Office of Auditor General (OAG), other central DOE offices, and New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs).

Responsibilities

  • Leads recruitment efforts to identify possible new Pre-K providers, both NYCEECs and district school programs.
  • Leads community engagement processes related to use of community space for Pre-K programs, and collaborates with superintendents and school leadership to ensure smooth integration of Pre-K programs citywide.
  • Supports the implementation of the evaluation and scoring process for NYCEEC and District School Pre-K awards.
  • Implements all activities related to the Pre-K RFP and district schools awards processes for Pre-K NYCEEC contracts, and makes recommendations for improving the process.
  • Leads coordination across multiple DOE offices (including ODP, DCP, OSE and others), to ensure that Pre-K programs are developed operationally and all needed resources are available to launch Pre-K programs at the start of the following school year.
  • Leads inter-office communication plans for key strategic Pre-K expansion initiatives.
  • Establishes communication protocols for field office staff and for key internal and external stakeholders, including coordinated communications for the central office, field offices, and NYCEECs, to ensure alignment in messaging.
  • Acts as resource to evaluators, staff, and all internal stakeholders, and helps troubleshoot any contract or operational issues.
  • Develops and oversees project timelines, milestones and deliverables with both internal and external stakeholders. Leads strategic planning efforts to identify and secure new space for Pre-K programs, working with internal program office and City agencies; oversees construction project timelines.
  • Reviews and responds to expansion-related data requests on topics such as seats awarded, demand, and enrollment. Advises DECE Executive Directors on policy issues regarding Pre-K expansion strategies and initiatives.

Qualification Requirements:

Minimum

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, educational psychology, educational leadership, public administration, public policy, social work, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration, in such areas as: portfolio planning, educational grants/funding, student enrollment, assessment and accountability, youth development, special education, early childhood, program evaluation, policy research, college and career readiness, health and wellness, immunization, diagnostic and treatment services for parents and children, out of school programs, career and occupational education, curriculum development, evaluation and testing, educational planning, and educational statistics, or a related field, at least 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration; or
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of satisfactory, fulltime progressively responsible professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in “1” above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
  3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of satisfactory, full time professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in “1” above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
  4. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1”, “2”, or “3” above. Undergraduate education above the high school level may be substituted for professional experience, in the areas described in “1” above, at the rate of 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university for each year of experience, up to a maximum of 4 years. Graduate education in areas other than those mentioned above, may be substituted for the professional experience, at the rate of 15 graduate semester credits from an accredited college or university, for 6 months of experience, up to a maximum of 1 year of professional experience. However, all candidates must have a high school diploma or its educational equivalent and 18 months of experience in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration as described above.

Preferred

  • MA, MBA or MPA degree.
  • Knowledge of word processing software, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Capable and detail-oriented multitasker who can prioritize and remain professional in demanding situations.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to learn quickly and succeed in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Team player capable of resolving organizational roadblocks.
  • Educational experience.
  • Talent for listening, asking effective questions, and synthesizing information.
  • Internal candidates preferred.

Salary: $84,188+

(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

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