Educational Director

Bronx, NY
Full Time

Organization Overview: 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.

Job Summary: The Educational Director is responsible for overall administration and supervision of the total program of day care services to families and children at the Malcolm X Day Care Center. These 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, fiscal management and accountability, office and facilities management. In order to effectively carry out these overall responsibilities, the Director shall consider, confer and consult with other supervisory staff members of the center in arriving at decisions affecting areas in which these persons may be specialists.

Essential Functions

Staff and Organization

  • Responsible for overall functionality of the center.
  • Develops and maintains good staff relationships, including awareness of the particular job of each staff member and its relationship to the whole.
  • Establishes time and work schedules for all staff in relation to the daily tasks. Schedules appointments, individual and group conferences and vacations for all in keeping with the needs of the center for adequate staff coverage at all times.
  • Organizes own time schedule so that important matters receive priority.
  • Maintains sound financial management of the center

Supervising Efficient Household Management

  • Sees that sanitary conditions are maintained and that plant is kept in good repair so that proper protection of the children is assured.

Supervising Educational Program

  • Develops and maintains quality standards of education and nurturing of the children throughout the total day of the center’s operation.
  • Maintains a program that meets the emotional, physical, intellectual and social needs of the individual child and the group.
  • Coordinates the work schedules of individual staff with planned group activities.
  • Ensures that staff records behavior and progress of each child and utilizing these with staff for program planning and referrals, as needed.

Staff Development

  • Helps staff to understand the framework of the agency and the community in which they work.
  • Responsibility for the professional growth and development of staff through regularly scheduled individual conferences, group and staff meetings and frequent observation and discussion of teachers’ performance with their group.
  • Keeps staff informed about and stimulating their interest in current developments in the professional field, such as courses, lectures, conferences, etc.
  • Evaluates staff in writing at the end of probationary periods and annually thereafter.

Parental Relationships

  • Facilitates the election, establishment and continuation of a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and of Policy Counsel (For Early Head Start).
  • Assists in creating a mechanism for regular communication between the Board and PAC.
  • Interprets policies and programs of Board pertinent to parents’ relationship with the day care center.
  • Maintains and helps staff to maintain good continuing relationship with parents through informal contacts, planned conferences and appropriately shared information about children’s progress.
  • Plans group meetings with parents and staff.


  • Remains familiar with resources of the community.
  • Keeps a direct relationship with the Executive Team and attend meetings where invited. 
  • Engages in community outreach and networking regarding services provided by the agency. 
  • Develops and maintains ongoing productive communication with the community, stakeholders, parents, and internal professionals. 
  • Other related tasks that may be assigned.


  • Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and NYS Teacher Certification 
  • 1-2 years of prior management experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Completed or are in the process of obtaining the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential if degree is not concentrated in early childhood education.
  • Two years experience working in a group setting with children
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • For this role, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the job
  • First Aid and CPR trainings required and recertified as needed

Shift: 8-4, 9-5, 10-6 (hours vary)

Salary: 80-85k


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 an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.


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