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Educational Director, Early Childhood Education

Location: New York New York, NY

Department: Early Childhood Education

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

Sheltering Arms is currently seeking an Educational Director to oversee the day to day management of our Early Childhood Day Care, Virginia Day Nursery on the Lower East Side, Manhattan. The Director will be responsible for overall administration and staff supervision; coordination and of all program components, including the intellectual growth of the children; overseeing 3 classrooms (2 year olds, 3 year olds, & UPK), providing preventative health and social services, nutrition, staff development, and community outreach; promoting parent involvement in program operation; and fiscal management. This is a full time position in Manhattan; comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life, vision, prescription, and pension plan.


  • Overseeing the overall functionality of the center, including financial management; Developing/maintaining quality standards of education and nurturing of the children; ensuring the program meets the emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs of the individual the child/ren
  • Ensuring that staff records the behavior and progress of each child, providing program planning and referrals
  • Assisting staff in all areas of professional growth and development through regularly scheduled individual conferences, group and staff meetings, frequent observations and discussions of teachers’ performances; Ensuring good continuing relations between the Center and the parents through informal contacts, planned conferences and discussion of their child/ren’s progress
  • Facilitating the election, establishment and continuation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and of Policy Counsel (For Early Head Start); assisting in creating a mechanism for regular communication between the Board and PAC; and interpreting Board policies and programs pertinent to parents’ relationship with the day care center
  • Maintaining community relations, including familiarity with community resources; engaging in outreach and networking regarding agency services; and developing/maintaining ongoing productive communication with the community, stakeholders, parents, and internal professionals
  • Assisting Human Resources in all areas of hiring and recruitment


  • Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, with NYS Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
  • 1-2 years of prior management experience, plus 2 years of experience working in a group setting with children

It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment, without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or veteran status in all employment decisions, including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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